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Wren girls, boys split with Mariners

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.

Wrenshall’s Haley Patritto (42) sets a pick on Silver Bay’s Jocelyn Russell, allowing Wrenshall’s Alexis Perry (10) to cut to the basket. Dan Saletel/Pine Journal
Wrenshall’s Haley Patritto (42) sets a pick on Silver Bay’s Jocelyn Russell, allowing Wrenshall’s Alexis Perry (10) to cut to the basket. Dan Saletel/Pine Journal

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. 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. 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 due to 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 and shooting 6 of 12.

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"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 doing 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 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.

Mariner girls 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.

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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."

Silver Bay 33-29-62

Wrenshall 30-37-67

Silver Bay - Zach Blood 3, Jason Blood 20, Mason Ollman 20, Weston Monson 15, Coby Olson 3, Jared DeHart 6. Totals: 25 9-15 62.

3-point goals - Z. Blood, Olson.

Wrenshall - Jared Kelley 4, Kyle Despot 4, Nick Mattson 18, Tyler Kelley 20, Chase Duncan 4, Eli Krisak 6, Dan Merill 3, Randy Wimmer 8. 23 16-26 67.

3-point goals - Mattson 2, T. Kelley, Krisak 2.

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Silver Bay 25-29-54

Wrenshall 10-6-16

Silver Bay - Jocelyn Russell 13, Deynah Barstow 1, Jenny Walewski 9, Corrina Marolt 3, Natalie Nelson 8, Alexxa DeQuevedo 10, Lily Lewis 4, Hannah Thums 6. Totals: 20 9-15 54.

3-point goals - Russell 2, Walewski 2, Lewis.

Wrenshall - Janae Sjodin 1, April Lattu 4, Gracie Berman 2, Taylor Bryce 2, Haley Patritto 7. 5 6-13 16.

3-point goals - None.

Wrenshall's Keyenna Bissonett (22) goes up for a shot between Silver Bay defenders Jenny Walewski (14) and Natalie Nelson (21) during the Tuesday, Jan. 16, matchup between the Wrenshall Wrens and the Silver Bay Mariners. Dan Saletel/Pine Journal
Wrenshall's Keyenna Bissonett (22) goes up for a shot between Silver Bay defenders Jenny Walewski (14) and Natalie Nelson (21) during the Tuesday, Jan. 16, matchup between the Wrenshall Wrens and the Silver Bay Mariners. Dan Saletel/Pine Journal

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