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Laker senior forward Morgan Lof passes across court during DL's Class 3A state quarterfinal Wednesday against Totino-Grace. (Brian Wierima/DL Newspapers)

Lakers don't have enough in state quarterfinal loss to Totino-Grace

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MINNEAPOLIS - A first-half comeback for the Detroit Lakes girls' basketball ironically became the Lakers' unraveling in the second half of the Class 3A state quarterfinals against No. 2 Totino-Grace Wednesday inside Williams Arena.

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After expending a large amount of energy chipping away at a 10-point deficit in the first half, the Lakers were run down by the Eagles in the second, who outscored DL by a 30-15 margin in that time span to key a 51-38 victory.

Although the Lakers were able to erase a 14-4 deficit midway through the first half -- even taking a 21-16 ad-vantage at one point and a 23-21 halftime lead -- it was just a little too much chasing for DL.

"When the girls came down to the locker room at halftime, they were red-faced and looked exhausted," said DL head coach Mike Hoganson. "They had to work so hard to make that comeback, and Totino-Grace was able to wear us down in the second half."

The Eagles (28-3) also used their depth to keep the pressure on the Lakers, as Totino-Grace's bench out-scored DL's by an 18-4 margin.

"We thought coming in that we were a deeper team," said Totino-Grace head coach Shannon Hartinger. "So we brought the pressure in the second half."

The Eagles went on a 15-0 run after DL senior guard Dani Labine sunk a three to put the Lakers up 26-23.

Rebounding and an effective transition game kept DL on its heels, as Totino-Grace built a 38-26 lead by the 10:35 mark.

Eagle guard Jenny Dillon also put some strong pressure on DL point guard Abby Hoganson and recorded four steals -- all in the second half.

The Eagles also established a strong rebounding and inside presence during the 15-0 run, something the team takes pride in as they outrebounded DL 39-30, with 16 being offensive boards.

"Rebounding is my cup of tea," said senior center Lizzi Naumann, who finished with 11 boards. "We were able to get the rebounds, look down court and get the fast break. We also got great play from our guards defensively, (DL) had a hard time getting through them."

Added Hartinger, "We didn't allow them any second opportunities and we crashed the boards much harder in the second half."

The Lakers fell down 14-4 in the opening half, but regained their composure shortly after the 9:57 ark with a 13-0 run to take a 17-14 advantage with 4:15 to go until halftime.

DL was able to pound the ball inside to posts Morgan Lof and Taylor Tschider during the run, while they forced Totino-Grace to one-and-done series by cleaning up on the defensive glass.

But, in the end, the run took a bit too much out of the Section 8-3A champions.

"We felt at halftime we weren't playing our game, we were playing individually and not as a team," Naumann said. "When we win, we play as a team and in that first half, we weren't doing that."

The Lakers led 23-21 at halftime, keyed by a 47.1 shooting percentage, compared to the Eagles' 25-percent mark.

Tired legs started working against the Lakers in the rebounding game, as well, Mike Hoganson said.

"When you get a little tired, you don't box out as much," the DL coach said. "In the second half, we just missed shots. There were three to four shots which just came out and if they would have gone in, it could have been a different game."

Fouls also played a part in the second half, with the Eagles hitting the bonus free throw mark by the 10-minute mark and the double bonus with 7:01 left in regulation.

Totino-Grace finished 18-for-24 from the charity stripe, while DL was 9-for-12.

"That was a frustrating to see and I think that could have been a little bit more balanced (in the calls)," Mike Hoganson said.

Lof and Tschider led the Lakers each with eight points, while the Eagles had spread out scoring with nine different players finding the scoring column and led by guard Kaeli Kraska with 11.

"Basically, they wore us down and that's an attribute to Totino-Grace," Mike Hoganson said.

The Laker's season ends with a 16-12 record, while Totino-Grace moves onto the semifinals at 2 p.m. Thursday inside the Target Center in Minneapolis.

Laker results

Minnesota State High School League Class 3A state quarterfinals, Wednesday, March 18, in Williams Arena on the Uni-versity of Minnesota cam-pus: (2) Totino-Grace vs. Detroit Lakes.

Eagles 21 30 - 51

Lakers 23 15 - 38

Scoring (2-3-ftm-fta-pts)

DL: Abby Hoganson 2-0-0-0-4; Morgan Lof 2-0-4-4-8; Taylor Tschider 3-0-2-4-8; Robin Hutchinson 1-1-2-3-7; Dani Labine 0-2-1-1-7; Kayli Muckenhirn 1-0-0-0-2; Jenny Matter 1-0-0-0-2. Total: 10-3-9-12-38.

TG: Kaeli Kraska 2-0-7-7-11; Jackie Meyer 2-0-0-0-04; Libby Norris 1-0-2-2-4; Lizzi Naumann 2-0-4-5-8; Lauren Soukup 2-0-2-2-6; Rachel Lukasik 1-0-0-0-2; Jenny Dillon 2-0-3-4-7; Keyana Mir-gaghri 1-1-0-0-5; Emily King 2-0-0-2-4. Team: 15-1-18-24-51.

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