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L’Anse graduate Bailey Froberg leads Finlandia women’s basketball team in scoring over weekend

Bailey Froberg

LA CROSSE, Wis. — L’Anse High School graduate and Finlandia junior Bailey Froberg had a big weekend for the Lions women’s basketball team even as her team lost both its games at the Wisconsin-La Crosse Thanksgiving Classic over the weekend.

Froberg led Finlandia (3-7) in scoring in both games, putting in 21 points in a 74-56 loss on Friday to nationally ranked No. 17 La Crosse and scoring 16 points in a 73-64 setback to UW-River Falls on Saturday.

Froberg made four 3-pointers on Friday and two more Saturday, while pulling down seven rebounds on Friday. On Saturday, she had two rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Other area players also made contributions for the Lions. On Friday, Baraga sophomore Carsyn Osterman scored six points and added two rebounds, two assists and two steals; Ishpeming sophomore Mariah Austin had five points with a 3-pointer and grabbed six rebounds, dished out three assists and made two steals; and Ishpeming sophomore Katie Loman had two steals, a rebound and a block.

On Saturday, Austin scored nine points, going 5 for 5 at the free-throw line, and added three rebounds and a blocked shot; Osterman had five points, four rebounds, an assist and a steal; and Loman four rebounds, three steals, two assists and a block.

On Friday, Finlandia had the game tied 18-18 in the second quarter before La Crosse (6-1) went on a 14-2 run to take a 32-20 lead that became a 42-30 advantage at halftime. The Lions pulled within 43-37 in the third quarter before a 7-0 La Crosse run broke the game open for good.

On Saturday, River Falls (4-2) jumped out to an early lead, including 40-22 late in the first half, before the Lions scored the final seven points of the half to pull within 40-29 at halftime. FU further cut its deficit to 45-41 midway through the third quarter before an 11-0 run by River Falls made it 56-41 entering the final period.

Finlandia comes home for a pair of games in Hancock this week, hosting Viterbo at 5 p.m. Wednesday and River Falls at 3 p.m. Saturday.