When and Where: Feb. 18 at St. Croix Falls.
Outcome: St. Croix Falls 72, Somerset 35 (non-conference)
Summary: The Saints ended the season with a 7-0 record against Middle Border conference teams by defeating the Somerset Spartans by 37 points. The only MBC team that St. Croix Falls did not play was the New Richmond Tigers.
Highlights: SCF had four players in double figures in scoring and 10 different Saints had at least one point. Olivia Miron led the way followed by Emily McCurdy with 14 and Lucia Neuman and Brianna McCurdy with a dozen each.
Comments: “It was a great night for all the girls to be able to play,” St. Croix Falls coach Angie Maternowsky said. “We are always excited to play a Middle Border conference team. It’s a little more physical game. Good experience for all the girls.”
When and Where: Feb. 20 at St. Croix Falls
Outcome: Clear Lake 46, St. Croix Falls 39 (non-conference)
Summary: It was a match between an immovable object against an irresistible force. St. Croix Falls came into the non-conference game with Clear Lake with a 21-0 record while the Warriors were undefeated at 20-0. Something had to give. The Saints held on to a 19-15 halftime lead but then Clear Lake’s offense began to roll and the Warriors pulled away to a 46-39 decision.
Highlights: Emily McCurdy scored 16 points to lead the SCF scoring but the offensive story of the game belonged to the Warriors’ Madison Zimmer. Zimmer hit four shots from behind the arc on eight attempts, added a pair of deuces and went 9-of-10 from the charity stripe to finish the game with 25 points.
Comments: “The conference crossover game was between two undefeated teams (St. Croix Falls from the West Lakeland and Clear Lake from the Central Lakeland conference),” Maternowsky said. “It became a good learning experience for us. We did not do the little things we needed to do to win. Too many forced passes and lack of rebounding.”
What this Means: St. Croix Falls finished their regular season undefeated in West Lakeland conference play with a 12-0 record. The Saints finished 21-1 overall and will now begin Regional action where they are the top seed.
Upcoming: St. Croix Falls gets a bye in the first round of action in the WIAA Regional playoffs. The Saints will entertain the winner of the game between the Baldwin-Woodville Blackhawks (8-seed) and the Osceola Chieftains (9-seed) on Feb. 28. St. Croix Falls defeated both teams this season in non-conference action.
“Playoffs are this week,” Maternowsky said. “We are going to step up our game and work harder in practice to mentally prepare for our future games.”