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Basketball: Two Harbors rolls to tournament win

Silver Bay senior Mita Frericks brings the ball up court during the Mariners loss Thursday, Dec. 28, to Two Harbors. (News-Chronicle photo by Jamey Malcomb)1 / 3
Two Harbors senior Carina Hebl goes up for a shot during the Agates' victory over Silver Bay. (News-Chronicle photo by Jamey Malcomb)2 / 3
Two Harbors senior Katie Archer drives past Silver Bay's Jenny Walewski and Jocelyn Russell (3) during the Agates' win over the Mariners in the Two Harbors Invitational on Thursday, Dec. 28. Archer was named tournament MVP after leading the Agates in scoring during both tournament wins. (News-Chronicle photo by Jamey Malcomb)3 / 3

Two Harbors senior Katie Archer took home the Two Harbors Invitational tournament MVP after leading the Agates in scoring in each of the team's two blowout wins en route to the tournament title.

In the opening-round game against Silver Bay on Thursday, Dec. 28, Archer scored 20 points in a 48-28 win for Two Harbors. Archer led the team in scoring for the first time this season and provided an offensive spark as the Mariner defense focused on preventing leading scorer Tori Bott from taking over the game.

Archer was 5-for-10 from the field, while the rest of the Agates were 9-for-23. Archer also was 10-for-12 from the free-throw line and her offensive output keyed the Agates to a 28-12 halftime lead.

Other scorers for Two Harbors included Bott and Carina Hebl with eight points each, Emily Olson with six, Brianna Hiukka with four and Tricia Osbakken with two.

Silver Bay was led by 11 points from Alexxa DeQuevedo. Other scorers for the Mariners included Mita Frericks with six points, Jocelyn Russell and Julia Littlewolf with four each, Hanna Thums with two and Jenny Walewski with one.

In the championship game against Cook County on Friday, Dec. 29, the Agates jumped out to a 23-12 halftime lead on their way to a 65-26 win.

Archer scored 15 points and Bott scored 13 in the win. Other scorers for the Agates included Hiukka with 10 points, Olson with seven, Hebl with five, Laura Erickson and Mary Libby with four each, Riley Larson with three and Osbakken and Elise Poe-Johnson with two each.

In the consolation game Friday, Dec. 29, Silver Bay downed Duluth Denfeld 46-29, with Russell leading the way with 15 points. DeQuevedo scored 11 and Frericks hit three 3-pointers for nine points. Other scorers included: Walewski with seven points and Corinna Marolt and Amiah Mitchell with two each.

Two Harbors (7-2) begins its toughest stretch of the season with a game against Cook County at 6:15 p.m. Friday in Grand Marais. The game against Cook County is the first of six straight road games before the Agates finally come back to Two Harbors to play Cromwell-Wright Jan. 25.

Mariners fall to Floodwood

Alexxa DeQuevedo scored 17 points on 8-of-14 shooting, but Silver Bay fell to Floodwood 55-36 Tuesday, Jan. 2, in Floodwood.

The Mariners played well in the first half, taking a small lead into the locker room, but the Polar Bears came out in the second half with a full-court press and held the Mariner offence to just 11 second-half points.

Other scorers for Silver Bay included Jocelyn Russell with nine points, Mita Frericks with six, and Corrina Marolt and Hannah Thums with two points each.

Silver Bay (4-6) will play Carlton at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, in Silver Bay.

Jamey Malcomb

Jamey Malcomb has been a reporter for the Pine Journal since October 2018. He previously worked as a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle from 2015-2018. Malcomb is a native of North Carolina and holds a bachelor's degree in English and history from the George Washington University and a master's degree in education from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Malcomb moved to Minnesota in July 2012 and worked as a sports clerk and news assistant at the Duluth News Tribune. 

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