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Lakers girls' basketball stifles Wahpeton

Laker junior Taylor Tschider (15) puts up an inside shot against Wahpeton Tuesday night. (Brian Basham/DL Newspapers)1 / 4
Jenny Matter looks to the Wahpeton hoop during Tuesday night's game in Ralph Anderson Gym. (Brian Basham/DL Newspapers)2 / 4
Courtney Gray puts up an outside shot against Wahpeton on Tuesday night. (Brian Basham/DL Newspapers)3 / 4
Kayli Muckenhirn drives the baseline during Tuesday's game against Wahpeton. (Brian Basham/DL Newspapers)4 / 4

A breakout game defensively built into the Detroit Lakes girls' basketball team's second win of the season, a 57-43 home victory Tuesday over Wahpeton, N.D.

Some high-pressure defense led to a bevy of turnovers by the visiting Huskies, while the Lakers had well spread out scoring -- mainly from 10 feet and within range for the high-percentage shot.

"We had a height advantage on them and tried to work the ball inside," said DL head coach Mike Hoganson. "The girls rebounded the ball well and forced one and done series by Wahpeton."

For junior center Jenny Matter, finding an open look in the first half wasn't the problem, but finishing off the bucket was.

Matter's shots were rimming out for most of the first half as she finished with just two points, but in the second, the lid was lifted off the basket.

Matter found her touch early and the snowball just went downhill from there as the junior center poured in 14 points in the second half to finish with a game-high 16.

"When I hit that early shot in the second half, it just boosted my confidence," Matter said. "My teammates just kept getting the ball in to me and I just started making my shots."

The Lakers were able to build a comfortable 32-25 halftime lead, with junior guard Taylor Tschider contributing eight points, along with sophomore forward Courtney Gray, who also had eight.

The Lakers went on a 13-3 run towards the end of the first half, with several trips to the free throw line after repeatedly feeding the ball in the paint.

Wahpeton made a rally with a three by Allison Albrecht -- who finished with a team-high 11 points -- and a pair of free throws by Ariel Edwards to cut into the deficit at 25-22.

But Gray continued to use her effective turnaround shot to quell the uprising with four consecutive points, to put DL up 29-23.

Sophomore point guard Courtney Hedstrom put the cap on the first half with a three from the top of the key at the buzzer for a 32-25 advantage.

From the get-go, Matter started the second-half on a torrid pace, with seven field goals on the first possession, and just went from there.

She helped extend DL's lead to 40-27 by the 15-minute mark, where the Lakers sailed onto the win from there.

"You have give Jen (Matter) credit, sometimes you miss shots, but she just kept playing hard and kept going up strong, which is a good sign," Hoganson said.

Defensively, Gray led the team in steals, while DL maintained a high intensity to keep the Huskies at bay for most of the game.

"Courtney (Gray) played well in the middle and we were boxing out and playing tough defense all over the floor," Matter said.

The Huskies were able to contain DL leading scorer Kayli Muckenhirn, holding her to nine points, but Tschider added 10 points while Gray dumped in 13.

"We did a good job getting the ball to everyone," Matter said.

The Lakers (2-9) will host Park Rapids Friday in Mid-State Conference action, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Laker results

Wahpeton, N.D., at Detroit Lakes, Tuesday, Jan. 12.

Huskies 25 18 - 43

Lakers 32 25 - 57

Scoring stats (2-3-ftm-fta-pts) -- DL: Jalen Even 1-0-0-0-2; Courtney Gray 6-0-1-2-13; Taylor Tschider 4-0-2-4-10; Courtney Hedstrom 0-1-1-2-4; Jenny Matter 8-0-0-0-16; Kayli Muckenhirn 2-0-5-5-9; Rachel Shane 0-0-3-4-3. Team: 21-1-12-17-57.

Wahp: Ashley LaHaise 5-0-2-3-12; Ariel Edwards 1-0-3-4-5; Brandi Matejcek 0-0-1-2-1; Allison Albrecht 0-3-3-3-11; Tawny Irwin 0-0-2-2-2; Marie Lommel 0-1-0-0-2; Shanna Krogh 0-0-2-4-2; Megan DeVillers 1-0-3-4-5. Team: 7-4-15-21-43.

Brian Wierima
Detroit Lakes Newspapers Sports Editor for the last 15 years. St. Cloud State University graduate, who hails from Deer Creek, MN.