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TRF is three-savvy to defeat Laker girls' basketball 57-42

The three-pointer was an effective weapon for the Thief River Falls girls' basketball team once again, as they used seven of them to help defeat the visiting Detroit Lakes Lakers Thursday by the score of 57-42.

The first time the two teams met, the Prowlers drained 11 treys in a one-point win, this time they used a smothering defense and seven three's to keep the Lakers at bay.

"Thief River Falls came out and out-hustled and outworked us," said DL head coach Mike Hoganson. "That showed up on the loose balls and rebounding."

The Lakers were able to use their size advantage with post players Jen Matter and Courtney Gray each having effective games, but foul trouble for both hindered them in the second half.

Matter still scored 12 of her game-high 18 points in the second half, while Gray finished with 10.

But TRF guard Hailey Daniels netted five three-pointers for all of her 15 points, while Sarah Korpi played well from the mid-range area with 18 points.

"We had some good looks inside, but we were in some foul trouble, so that hurt," Hoganson said. "Turnovers hurt us, as well."

DL had 25 turnovers, which led directly to eight Prowler points, but more importantly limited their own offensive output.

"You have to give Thief River Falls credit for their hard-nosed defense," the DL coach commented.

The Lakers did delve into a 16-point deficit in the second half -- after trailing 27-18 at halftime -- by slicing the TRF lead to eight points.

But a Daniels three-pointer put the Prowlers back up by double digits, where they wouldn't relinquish that type of lead again for the rest of the game.

Defensively, DL was stumped on how to defend the Prowlers (5-11).

"We threw every defense at them and by the end of the game, we still were searching for one," Hoganson included.

To add insult to injury, Hoganson also found out that starter Taylor Tschider is lost for the season after re-injuring her ACL for the second consecutive year.

"It's unfortunate and we'll miss her," Hoganson added.

The Lakers, now 4-13, will look to rebound against Mid-State Conference foe Wadena-Deer Creek (4-13) Friday, in Ralph Anderson Gym.

"We just need to continue to show maturity and play better defense," Hoganson added. "We also have to take care of the ball better, because I know we can score. We just need to keep moving forward."