The Lady Wolves overcame a slow start to grab a 25-22 halftime lead over Pine River-Backus Saturday night in the semifinals of the Section 5A North playoffs played in Park Rapids.

But Walker-Hackensack-Akeley was unable to replicate that in the second half when the Tigers opened with a 7-0 run to grab a four-point lead.

The Wolves kept the game close, but the missed shots and 15 second-half turnovers allowed the Tigers to get a 56-40 win.

The Lady Wolves close the season with a 22-6 mark, but they have no seniors on the team.

Both teams played good defense and rebounded the ball well, but it came down to the Tigers ability to knock down more shots and force mistakes. The Wolves finished with 23 turnovers while the Tigers only had 11.

WHA finished the game shooting 38 percent. In the first half they made 3-8 three-pointers and only had eight turnovers. In the second half WHA made only one three-pointer.

Justine Day was the only Wolf to finish in double figures, leading the way with 21 points. She had two three-pointers in the first half, including one from NBA-range just before the buzzer to give WHA a three-point lead.

Both Bri Raddatz and Kali Oelschlager scored six, while Bailey Nornberg had four points.

Megan Benjamin led with 16 rebounds and had four of the Wolves’ seven assists.

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