By Steve Frendin, Special Correspondent
One of the most glorious seasons in the history of the program came to a somber end March 30, as the Pelican Rapids Lady Vikings were stopped cold by the Albany Huskies.
The Vikings barely broke into double digits, as Albany shut down Pelican’s high-scoring Greta Tollefson—who has averaged 18 points a game. Albany’s opportunistic defense converted Pelican turnovers into points, winning 41-12.
Pelican’s defense was sturdy —holding Albany to its lowest score all season. Pelican was within striking distance in much of the first half—but Albany pulled ahead to 21-9 at the buzzer.
Only three points were netted in the entire second half, as the Lady Vikes struggled to find any opportunities. Senior Anna Stephenson topped Pelican’s offense, with five points. Rounding out the scoring for the Lady Vikings were Tollefson, Chloe Paulson and Allie Haiby.
It was Pelican’s second consecutive trip to the Minnesota State tourney. During the “COVID year,” the game was moved to the neutral site of Pequot Lakes.
Albany goes on to play Glencoe-Silver Lake next week in the second round.
Coach Brian Korf’s Vikings returned to an appreciative hometown, with only two losses the entire season—and only three losses for the past two years.
Seven teary-eyed seniors will be moving on, but there is solid talent coming up, and optimism for the Lady Vikings in 2022–and beyond.