Lady Wolverines close, but can’t get past Jordan


Sixth seeded Sibley East couldn’t get past #3 Jordan Tuesday. The Lady Wolverines fell 62-51 in first round playoff action at Jordan.

Sibley East’s Erin Evans scored the first basket of the game but that would prove to be the only lead of the night for the Wolverines.

Jordan answered with seven straight points and would maintain a narrow lead throughout the opening half. The Wolverines would later trim the margin to 11-10 only to have the Jaguars answer with points.

That scenario would play out a few times throughout the evening as whenever Sibley East would get close, Jordan would answer with timely baskets.

The Hubmen stretched a four point halftime lead to 12 points midway through the second half.

But, back came the Wolverines. With a 15-3 run, Sibley East would knot the game. A 6 for 6 effort from the free throw line highlighted the rally. Courtney Nienaber’s free throws tied the game at 42-42 but that was where the Wolverine run ended.

This time Jordan’s answer came from eighth-grader Maddy Dean. She delivered back-to-back three-pointers and Jordan would lead the rest of the way.

Sibley East finishes the season with a 10-15 record.

…drop regular season finale

Sibley East’s girls’ basketball team couldn’t put the brakes on St. Peter’s offense last Tuesday. The Lady Wolverines, in their regular season finale, fell to the Saints 65-49 in non-conference action at Arlington.

It was a closely contested first half. St. Peter, with some balanced scoring, went into the break with a 26-22 advantage.

Courtney Nienaber led the Wolverines in the opening half with seven points including a three-pointer. Lauren Highland also hit a three for the Wolverines while Kayla Trocke was 4 for 4 from the free throw line.

St. Peter would slowly extend its lead in the second half. Five Saints combined for 39 points over the final 18 minutes of action.

Nienaber and Highland finished the night with 12 and eleven points respectively. Marie Rose added ten points for the Wolverines.

Rose and Nienaber charted nine and five rebounds respectively. Rose also tallied three assists.

With the setback, Sibley East closed out the regular season with a 10-14 record. The Wolverines finished 6-8 in Minnesota River Conference (MRC) play.