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Prowlers use inside game to sink Detroit Lakes girl hoopsters

Brian Basham/TRIBUNE Dani Labine puts up a shot against Thief River Falls Thursday night.

DETROIT LAKES- Match-up problems hindered the Detroit Lakes girls' basketball team as the visiting Thief River Falls Prowlers took advantage of their size and strength to key a big 56-45 section win over the Lakers on Thursday.

The inside post duo of seniors Beth Tvedt and Cassie Gunderson combined to score 32 points -- the majority from inside the comforts of the lane.

Gunderson's 14 points in the first half enabled the Prowlers to keep the score close and take a 26-24 halftime lead.

"Thief River Falls came in intent on going inside with the ball," said DL head coach Mike Hoganson. "They sealed and posted up well."

The Prowlers used their size and boxing out abilities to haul in several offensive boards in the first half, which prevented the Lakers from pulling away with any sizable lead.

The two teams were not separated by more than two points in the final 10 minutes of the first half, and TRF started to pull away around the six-minute mark of the second half.

With how hot the Prowlers' shooting was inside, it was that cold for the Lakers on the perimeter.

DL had a tough time pounding the ball in the paint, but their outside shots weren't falling, either.

"Shooting comes and goes and when you're off, you need something else to step up and tonight and we needed defense to be that thing," Hoganson said.

The Lakers' series were mostly one-and-out, with TRF rebounding effectively defensively, as well.

But the Lakers hung in the game, even taking a 37-34 lead on a Dani Labine three-pointer at the 9:55 mark in the second half.

But the Prowlers stayed with their inside attack, with guard Lacey Stennes making a nice driving layup to pull her team to within 37-36.

That sparked an 11-0 run by the Prowlers, which included a big three by Brittany Wiseth with 5:50 on the clock to put TRF up 43-37.

During the backbreaking run, the Lakers had several turnovers which led to TRF points and a snap of cold shooting.

Wiseth put the Prowlers up by 10 at 47-37 after breaking DL's full-court press.

A stall implemented by TRF at the 4:00 mark killed two full minutes off the clock to hinder any DL hope for a comeback.

DL was led by Abby Hoganson's 10 points, while Morgan Lof had nine and Jenny Matter eight.

"Rebounding hurt us and that happens when you play a lot of zone like us, there's a weakness (in zone) and that's rebounding because there are no individuals blocking out," Hoganson said. "This was a big section game because it has built a lot of confidence for Thief River Falls.

"They earned the win and it was a good barometer for us, and it shows us we have lots of work to do."

The Lakers (6-5) have lost three of their last four games and will play at Park Rapids (1-7) Friday.

"We are in a mid-season slump and in my experience, there is only one way to break a slump and that's by working harder," Hoganson said.

Laker results

Thief River Falls at Detroit Lakes, Thursday, Jan. 15.

Prowlers 26 30 - 56

Lakers 24 21 - 45

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

DL: Chelsea Bjerke 1-0-0-0-2; Abby Hoganson 1-2-2-2-10; Morgan Lof 4-0-1-2-9; Jenny Matter 3-0-2-2-8; Taylor Tschider 2-0-0-2-4; Robin Hutchinson 2-0-0-0-4; Dani Labine 1-1-0-0-5. Total: 14-3-5-8-45.

TRF: Hailey Peterson 0-0-2-4-2; Toni Sorteberg 0-1-2-2-5; Brittany Wiseth 4-1-0-0-11; Lacey Stennes 3-0-0-3-6; Beth Tvedt 5-0-5-7-15; Cassie Gunderson 8-0-1-1-17. Total: 20-2-10-17-56.