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Lakers clip Patriots to snap two-game skid -- Lof paces DL girls' b-ball with 17 points in 56-46 conference win

Brian Basham/TRIBUNE Laker sophomore Jenny Matter puts up a shot under the Pequot Lakes' net during the first half of Friday night's game.1 / 4
Brian Basham/TRIBUNE Lakers Jenny Matter, left, and Morgan Lof (23) battle for a loose ball under the Pequot Lakes' net Friday night.2 / 4
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The Detroit Lakes girls' basketball team halted a two-game skid with a strong second half performance in a 56-46 Mid-State Conference victory over Pequot Lakes Friday evening inside Ralph Anderson Gym.

A 7-0 run midway through the second half bumped the Lakers (6-4) to their first 10-point lead at the 5:17 mark after an Abby Hoganson three-pointer.

The Patriots (8-4) climbed back to seven on a couple of turnovers by DL on a full-court press, but guard Dani Labine's third trey drained Pequot Lakes' chances, as DL went up 54-42 with 3:55 remaining in regulation.

It was a run sparked by Laker guards Hoganson and Chelsey Bjerke, who were able to maintain possession throughout the first half and eventually loosen up the middle.

"Chelsey and Abby each handled the ball well throughout the game and they were able to extend the court," said DL head coach Mike Hoganson. "They were able to get the ball over the defense and to (forward) Morgan Lof, who had a good second half, as well."

Lof led all scorers with 17 points, nine coming in the first half and eight in the second.

The Laker forwards also controlled the boards defensively, forcing one-and-out series for the Patriots, who were not shooting particularly well.

"The forwards started looking up and passing the ball up the court, which helped our transition game," Mike Hoganson added.

DL's offense was well spread out, with Taylor Tschider netting 10 points, behind Lof's 17.

Labine's nine points all came from beyond the three-point arc, while Abby Hoganson added nine, including one three.

"I'm happy no one on the team cares who scores, it only matters if it's a Laker scoring," Mike Hoganson said.

The game was close up to DL's second-half run, with the home team building a 25-19 advantage in the first half, but seeing the Patriots slice that to a 27-23 halftime margin. That margin would have been just two points, but for Jenny Matter's bucket at the buzzer to extend DL's lead to four.

The home team struggled out of the gates in the second half, not scoring their first bucket until almost four minutes into the half.

But the Laker defense kept the Pats to just four points in that span for a 29-29 tie.

Bjerke's three at the 13:08 mark gave DL the 32-29 advantage, a lead they wouldn't forfeit the rest of the contest.

Pequot Lakes' Katelyn Schmidt kept her team close with a three with 8:07 remaining at 42-37.

But the Lakers answered on an Abby Hoganson driving layup and a Lof bank in to up the lead back to 46-39, before Hoganson's back-breaking three for the 10-point edge.

Pequot Lakes was led by Mindy Howard's 12 points and Emily Lueck's 11.

"Our defense played well at times, but we still missed some assignments," Mike Hoganson said. "But they missed some shots they usually make, too."

Bemidji (8-1) was one of the culprits in DL's two-game losing streak, with a 78-53 win in Ralph Anderson Gym Thursday.

The Lumberjack's scoring phenom Kayla Hirt was too tough on the inside, going for 31 points on the night, including 23 in the first half.

Bemidji went on a 10-point run to end the first half and extended their momentum in the second half to pull away.

"Our perimeter game kept us in it in the first half, with Abby hitting four three's," the DL coach said.

Bemidji ran out to a 14-6 lead to start the game, while DL chipped away to within two points with 4:30 left to halftime.

But Hirt rallied Bemidji with the big run to halftime.

"Kayla is so quick and strong, she probably had 10 to 12 points just off their transition," Mike Hoganson said.

Abby Hoganson had 16 points, while Bjerke added 12 and Tschider 10.

The Lakers will host Thief River Falls (5-3) Thursday for a 7:30 p.m. start. DL defeated the Prowlers earlier in the season by the score of 56-49.

Laker results

Pequot Lakes at Detroit Lakes, Friday, Jan. 9.

Patriots 23 23 - 46

Lakers 27 29 - 56

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

DL: Chelsea Bjerke 0-2-0-3-6; Abby Hoganson 2-1-2-2-9; Morgan Lof 7-0-3-4-17; Jenny Matter 2-0-0-0-4; Taylor Tschider 4-0-2-2-10; Robin Hutchinson 1-0-0-0-2; Dani Labine 0-3-0-2-9. Total: 16-4-7-13-56.

PL: Kylie Beltz 1-0-0-0-2; Katelyn Schmidt 3-0-0-0-6; Mattie Lueck 3-0-0-0-6; Kirsten Noska 2-0-0-2-4; Sarah Thomas 2-0-1-2-5; Mindy Howard 3-1-3-6-12; Emily Lueck 3-1-2-3-11. Total: 17-2-6-13-46.

Bemidji at Detroit Lakes, Thursday, Jan. 8.

Lumberjacks 78

Lakers 53


DL: Bjerke 0-4-0-0-12; Hoganson 2-4-0-0-16; Lof 3-0-1-3-7; Matter 1-0-0-1-2; Tschider 4-0-2-2-10; Labine 1-0-0-0-2. Total: 11-8-3-6-53.

Bem: Megan Larson 1-1-0-05; Meg Claypool 3-0-0-0-6; Erika Wieman 1-1-4-4-9; Kayla Hirt 12-0-7-10-31; Ashley Hirt 2-0-3-4-7; Megan Huseby 0-0-3-4-3; Abby Hendricks 2-0-0-0-4; Paige Jensen 3-0-2-3-8; Kelsey Hiesler 2-0-1-2-5. Total: 26-2-13-27-78.