Lakers swamp W-DC
There are certain watershed marks a team likes to hit during the season, and the Detroit Lakes girls' basketball team vaulted over one Thursday night.
The Lakers claimed their 20th victory of the season, topping conference foe Wadena-Deer Creek 75-46, while improving their record to 20-3 overall and 8-1 in the Mid-State.
With Park Rapids' surprising loss to Staples-Motley this week, the Lakers could have clinched the conference outright with a win over Pequot Lakes Saturday (the game was played past deadline and the results will be in Wednesday's Becker County Record).
Another good sign was DL's leading scorer -- senior forward Jordanne Even -- looks to be back to her usual high-scoring self. After games with two points versus Park Rapids and eight against Bemidji, Even was back notching double digits in the scoring column with 19 points, despite not playing the last nine minutes of the game.
"Jordanne injured her hand against Park Rapids and Bemidji also played a box and one on her (to limit her scoring), but it was nice to see Jordanne get out there and knock some shots down (Thursday against W-DC)," said DL head coach Mike Hoganson.
Junior point guard Hallie Hoganson joined Even in the double digit scoring, tallying 14 and adding seven assists.
DL was able to put together two big runs, one in the first half and the other in the second, to separate from the Wolverines.
The Lakers held a sizable 38-20 edge at halftime, then outscored the home team 37-26 in the second half to seal the victory.
"We were inconsistent at times, but our girls were able to put together a couple of runs in the first and second halves," Mike Hoganson said. "The girls ran the floor well, but give credit to Wadena-Deer Creek, they were a scrappy team."
The Wolverines were led by Nikki Kneisl's 12 points.
The Lakers will now head into the Section 8-3A playoffs, which start Thursday. DL is favored to gain the No. 1 seed in the North half, and will host a quarterfinal game Thursday.
Detroit Lakes at Wadena-Deer Creek, Thursday, Feb. 23.
Lakers 38 37 - 75
Wolverines 20 26 - 46
DL: Macey Bentley 1-0-0-0-2; Jena Hanson 1-0-0-0-2; Abby Hoganson 1-0-1-2-3; Corey Lof 4-0-3-5-0-11; Kally Wolf 0-2-0-0-6; Jordanne Even 7-1-2-2-19; Alexis Kotschevar 2-0-1-2-5; Betsy Hutchinson 4-0-3-4-11; Hallie Hoganson 5-0-4-4-14; Nichole Norby 0-0-2-4-2. Team: 25-3-16-23-75.
WDC: Briggetta Berg 2-0-1-2-5; Kasey Theisen 2-0-0-0-4; Brittany Ohrmundt 2-0-0-0-4; Nikki Kneisl 4-0-4-9-12; Hannah Bigham 3-0-0-0-6; Jordan Moenkedick 3-0-1-2-7; Abbe Malone 0-0-0-1-0; Lorraine Endres 2-0-0-0-4. Team: 20-0-6-14-46.