WADENA -- With youth on her side Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines guard Marissa Browne has no limitation on how good she can be.
She's already established herself as a force to be reckoned with, leading a young team that starts four sophomores.
Last week against a talented Pine River-Backus Tigers team Browne knocked in 21 points to lead the Wolverines to a 50-36 win.
"Her offense has been coming along slowly this year," said Wolverines head coach Becky Woessner. "We've been telling her to concentrate on defense and her offense will come. She played a good all-around game.
"She has a great outside shot and she can drive to the basket. We've been telling her she needs to penetrate more so she can get to the foul line and that's what she did Tuesday."
Browne thinks offense is her strong point but says it's been difficult this year to find the confidence.
"I felt pretty pumped up because we haven't been winning," said Browne, who also had seven steals against PR-B. "We were down on ourselves and I haven't been playing up to my potential.
"I got to the free-throw line more, which really helped."
Only a sophomore she is handling the pressure of being the floor general as well as the go-to person during crunch time.
"Offensively she can read the floor really well," said Woessner. "She recognizes the defense and can make the adjustments. She makes nice passes for the assists. She's a team player all-around."
With basketball her first love Browne has devoted much of her time and energy to the sport in the off-season. Last summer she worked out with the Amateur Athletics Union in St. Cloud and has been to many basketball camps.
That hard work has made her a marked player.
"She's made great strides from last year to this," said Woessner. "She's our go-to person to shoot the ball and bring it up the court. Other teams know this so they will double-team her so we have to take the ball out of her hands sometimes."
Browne doesn't think experience has anything to do with her improvement. Because of her off-season work she has developed a quiet confidence in her abilities and her knowledge of the game.
"I don't really think about age," said Browne. "I don't think of my opponents as being older than me. I just think everyone is the same age on the court."
This is the second year on the varsity squad for Browne, who also plays volleyball and golf. She has a 3.9 grade-point average, which is noticeable in her preparation for each season.
"Every season I set goals for myself and tape them to the wall in my room," said Browne. "My team goals are to be over .500 because last year we didn't do so well.
"Personally, I want to give 110 percent all the time and be positive. I also want to average 15 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals a game and shoot 75 percent from the free-throw line."
So far Browne is doing well on all of her goals.
Other notable performances:
Basketball -- Brianna Biebighauser of Pequot Lakes recorded a triple-double in a win over Pillager. She scored 13 points, dished out 13 assists and had 11 steals. She also scored 24 points with 11 assists and six steals against Breck and 22 points against Two Harbors.
Aitkin's Mandy Boyd (23 points), Marissa Chatelle (20) and Jennifer Straughn (20) scored all but 15 of the Gobblers' points in a win over Ogilvie.
Rachel Davich of Little Falls scored 18 points, grabbed five rebounds and blocked four shots in a four-point loss to Rocori Friday.
Hockey -- Angie Johnson of Wadena-Deer Creek scored two goals in an overtime loss to Long Prairie-Grey Eagle.
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