By Tyler Ohmann
Between the trio of Melanie Dorn, Jordan Schuett and Sarah Gold, the Little Falls Flyers had the free throw shooting they needed to slide past Sauk Rapids-Rice 62-51 in the Section 8AAA quarterfinal, Wednesday.
The four-seed Storm cut a 12-point Flyers lead to four points in the second half twice, but Little Falls responded.
“I knew we had to work for it,” said senior post Mikalya Burns. “I felt like we did a good job calming things down at the end and back to where we were with the lead.”
After a low scoring first half, Little Falls led 22-17 at halftime. They built up their lead with a strong zone defense.
“Limiting them to points helped us when we got a rebound to push it up the floor and score,” Dorn said. She had 13 points.
Schuett led the Flyers with 14 points, including 5-of-6 from the line late in the second half.
“Free throws are huge at the end, and free throws win games,” Dorn said.
The win also avenged a 49-48 loss in the season opener, Dec. 1.
“We wanted revenge,” Dorn said. “They hit that last second shot when we played them the first game of the season, that hurt, everybody was still thinking about it.”
“I’m glad we came out and took it to them,” Dorn added.
The win was the third in a row for the Flyers, who closed the regular season with wins, Feb. 25 and 26.
Little Falls topped Rocori 53-43, Feb. 25.
Senior Laura Fregin had a team-best 14 points. Dorn added 13 points in the win.
The Flyers followed up the win with another the next night, a 60-52 win over Zimmerman.
Gold had 13 points, while Dorn and Schuett each added 10.
After the quarterfinal win, the Flyers are now 18-9 overall on the season, and advanced to take on top-seeded Alexandria, Saturday, March 5 at St. Cloud State.
The game wasn’t played until after the paper was printed, but be sure to check for updates @typhoonater467 on Twitter.
If the Flyers were to upset Alexandria, they would play in Moorhead for the section title, Thursday.