SOUTH RIDGE— The fourth-seeded Timberwolves ended their regular season on a high note here last Friday with a hard-fought 53-50 win over the Panthers. “We had to fight the whole game to …
SOUTH RIDGE— The fourth-seeded Timberwolves ended their regular season on a high note here last Friday with a hard-fought 53-50 win over the Panthers. “We had to fight the whole game to be able to get a lead,” said Ely Head Coach Darren Visser. “This was also the first game in almost a month that we were full strength and had everyone healthy, allowing some of our players to get game experience again before heading into the playoffs.”
The 17-7 Wolves earned a bye in the opening round of the Section 7A playoffs and were set to host 13th-seeded Bigfork on Thursday night, beginning at 7 p.m. The winner will advance to a quarter-final match-up set for Saturday, Feb. 29, at UMD’s Romano Gym. Tip-off is set for 12:30 p.m.
In their regular season wrap-up, senior Erika Mattson led the way offensively, as she has much of the season, with 18 points, including two three-pointers. Eighth-grader Grace LaTourell was hot from the outside, connecting on three treys on her way to 15 points, while senior Brielle Kallberg tallied 11 points and ten rebounds for a double-double. Senior Winter Sainio added six points for the Wolves.
Last Friday’s win came on the heels of an easier contest last Thursday as the Wolves dominated Northeast Range 50-20. “We were able to play a lot of different players and continue to develop our bench depth,” said Visser.
Mattson was again the go-to offensively, as she put up 19 points to lead all scorers. LaTourell added nine points while ninth-grader Madeline Perry tallied eight. Sophomore Ande Visser added four points and ten rebounds.