Lakers bust up Cardinals early and often
From start to finish, it was all Detroit Lakes.
It was as simple said as done by the Detroit Lakes girls' basketball team, which steamrolled over the visiting Staples-Motley Cardinals 72-37 Friday night inside Ralph Anderson Gym.
The win keeps the Lakers undefeated in the Mid-State Conference at 7-0 and improves them to 17-2 overall, with three more games against conference opponents remaining on the schedule.
And it's looking more and more that zero could remain in DL's Mid-State loss column, with games at Park Rapids Feb. 16 and a pair of home tilts against Pequot Lakes Feb. 17 and Wadena-Deer Creek Feb. 23.
"These girls have the capabilities to go undefeated in the Mid-State," said DL head coach Mike Hoganson. "But we can't overlook any team from here on out. That game in Park Rapids will be a big match up."
The Lakers applied some strong pressure defense on the Cardinals early in the game, while knocking down virtually a shot in every series to take a 14-5 lead with under 14 minutes left in the first half.
It didn't get any better for the Cardinals, as DL ran the floor effectively and remained stingy on defense. Back-to-back three pointers by Kally Wolf and Abby Hoganson upped DL's lead to 26-8, with an open-court steal by Hoganson soon after put the Lakers up by 20 at 28-8.
Staples-Motley would not get the deficit under 20 points again.
"The kids got into a flow offensively, which was set up by their pressure defense," Mike Hoganson said. "The girls were wired to play after having a week off and they executed well tonight."
Last rights were executed on the Cardinals on DL's first three possessions in the second half after building a more than comfortable 43-13 lead.
Junior forward Betsy Hutchinson started off with a bank-in and foul, completely the three-point play the old fashion way. That was followed by junior forward Corey Lof's field goal and free throw for a 49-13 edge.
Lof would follow that up with an easy transition lay-up as DL buried S-M 51-13 with just over 15 minutes left in the second half.
DL's defense forced a bevy of turnovers and more importantly capitalized on them by turning them into points.
"One thing we want to get is tipped balls or force turnovers on defense," Mike Hoganson said. "Tip balls usually lead to transition baskets."
There were 10 Lakers who scored, led by senior Jordanne Even with 17 points. Junior guard Hallie Hoganson added 11, while Hutchinson contributed eight.
For the Cardinals, Kendell Spar had 12 points and Brittany Miller netted eight.
The Lakers will play at Park Rapids next Thursday, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Staples-Motley at Detroit Lakes, Friday, Feb. 10.
Cardinals 13 24 - 37
Lakers 43 29 - 72
DL: Macey Bentley 0-0-2-2-2; Jena Hanson 0-0-4-4-4; Abby Hoganson 1-1-0-0-5; Alice Branden 0-0-2-2-2; Kally Wolf 1-1-0-0-5; Jordanne Even 7-1-0-0-17; Alexis Kotschevar 2-0-0-0-4; Betsy Hutchinson 3-0-2-5-8; Hallie Hoganson 4-1-0-0-11; Nichole Norby 0-0-3-4-3. Team: 18-4-13-17-72.
SM: Nikki Pearson 0-0-1-2-1; Caitlin Robinson 1-0-0-5-2; Megan Pierce 2-0-0-0-4; Kendell Spar 3-2-0-0-12; Brittany Miller 1-2-0-0-8; Chelsea Einerwold 2-0-2-3-6; Samantha Rosenthal 1-0-3-4-5; Jessica Heldman 0-0-0-2-0. Team: 10-4-6-16-37.