Anna Stephhenson under the basket March 11.
Riley Paulson puts the ball up for the Lady Vikings. Greta Tollefson is at left, in action March 11 at the state tourney.
Rachael Guler brings the ball forward for the Lady Vikings, late in the game—as the clock ticked down in Pelican’s loss to Waseca.
Mia Stewart delivers a pass for the Lady Vikings against Waseca.
Abby Syverson grapples for a rebound with Waseca defenders.
Coach Brian Korf, delivering instuctions to his squad from the sidelines during action March 11 at Williams Arena.

Pelican Lady Vikings magic not enough to overcome Waseca, in defensive battle at state  

By Steve Frendin, Guest Contributor 

Williams Arena, the campus of the University of Minnesota, the ‘Barn’, raised floor, home of the Gophers…

What a venue for the opening round 2A State Girls Basketball game between the Pelican Rapids Vikings, and the Waseca Bluejays.

Bluejays got the opening tip, but this game was a defensive battle for the opening 8 minutes. (5 total points scored).

A close but lackluster first half, Waseca put in a last second layup to take a 13-11 lead.

In the second half, Waseca gradually gained momentum and the lead. They warmed up their 3 point shooting, grabbed key rebounds, and avoided fouls and turnovers.

Not many fouls were called either way and eventually time ran out and the 2020 Pelican Rapids girls long winning streak ended.

Greta Tollefson led the Vikings with 10 points and 9 rebounds. Anna Stephenson had 7 points and 4 rebounds. Abby Syverson had 5 steals.

The Vikings moved on with their impressive 29 and 1 record into the consolation bracket Thursday night, March 12 against Concordia Academy.

Editor’s note: Steve Frendin, lifelong Viking fan and 1969 graduate of Pelican Rapids High School, was courtside during the state tournament play, and filed stories for the Pelican Rapids Press.
A Fergus Falls resident, Frendin and his family are remmembered by many longtime Pelican residents. His father, Dr. Frendin, operated a chiropractic clinic in Pelican for four decades.