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Basketball: Mariner girls, boys split with Wrens

Wrenshall's Gracie Bergman (34) and Silver Bay's Alexxa DeQuevedo fight for the ball during Tuesday's game. DeQuevedo finished the game with eight steals in the Mariners' 54-16 win in Wrenshall. Dan Saletel/Pine Journal1 / 3
Silver Bay sophomore Mason Ollman goes up for a basket against Wrenshall on Tuesday, Jan. 16. Ollman had 15 points in the Mariners' 67-62 loss to the Wrens. Dan Saletel/Pine Journal2 / 3
Silver Bay senior Jenny Walewski (right) brings the ball up the court with Wrenshall's Hannah Lattu on her heels. Dan Saletel/Pine Journal3 / 3

Wrenshall senior Tyler Kelley scored 20 points, grabbed six rebounds and doled out seven assists in the Wrens 67-62 win over Silver Bay on Tuesday, Jan. 16, in Wrenshall.

Coach Jon Bartczak said the Wrens started out a little sluggish on the offensive end and the first half was marred by 22 called fouls.

"We started out very slow," Bartczak said. "Silver Bay is a good team and they knew exactly what they needed to do to attack us and really offensively we weren't flowing well and the whole tempo of the game was dictated by a lot of fouls."

The game had a slow methodical pace that saw Wrenshall down by three points at halftime. Bartczak said the Wrens were a little short handed because of injuries they knew that Silver Bay would continue to attack the Wrenshall bigs in the post because of a size advantage.

Nick Mattson was just coming back from a leg injury, but was still effective in his first game back, scoring 18 points on 6-of-12 shooting.

"They're much bigger than we are and they ran their 1-3-1 (offense) very effectively," Bartczak said. "Nick is just coming back from a pretty bad ankle injury, but he was at least able to give us some good minutes, especially on defense. He put up 18 points, but defensively he came in clutch guarding Jason Blood."

Blood was able to score 20 points on 9-of-13 shooting, but Mattson was able to keep the Mariner senior from heating up from outside and really doing some damage. Blood missed his only three-point attempt of the night, but did record a double double with 10 rebounds while also recording five assists.

Silver Bay coach Terry Blood said fatigue played a part in the defensive letdown in the second half. The Mariners have been plagued by injury and illness over the past few weeks and only had six players available against the Wrens after Riley Tiboni was lost last week to an ankle injury. Tiboni's long-range shooting gives the Mariners a third deep threat and helps with floor spacing when Blood or forward Weston Monson post up smaller players in the lane.

"I think what happened in the second half is we just ran out of gas," Blood said. "Riley would have given us a lift. He would have given us a little speed on the top and allowed us to take more breaks than we did."

Wrenshall (11-1) will play Cromwell-Wright on Tuesday, Jan. 23, and Silver Bay (8-6) will play Moose Lake-Willow River on Friday, Jan. 19.

Mariners swamp Wrenshall

The Silver Bay girls basketball team scored its biggest win of the season, topping Wrenshall 54-16 on Tuesday, Jan. 16.

Jocelyn Russell scored 13 points for Silver Bay, hitting a pair of three-pointers in the process. Alexxa DeQuevedo scored 10 points, grabbed seven rebounds and collected eight steals.

Mariner coach Dan Johnson was pleased with his team's effort, particularly on the defensive end.

"We played a game in which we controlled the tempo and kept our turnovers to a minimum," Johnson said. "Overall, we shot well and created offense with our defense."

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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