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Laker girls' basketball team loses to Fergus Falls in section playoffs

Running the game plan to a "T", along with some solid defense, wasn't enough for the Detroit Lakes girls' basketball team, as its season ended with a 54-46 loss in Fergus Falls in the opening round of the Section 8-3A playoffs Tuesday.

Laker guard Kayli Muckenhirn did go off for 25 points, but the Otters had guard Sydney Schultz go for 16 -- including four three's -- and Mariah Monke did the damage inside with 14 points.

Muckenhirn paced the Lakers in the first half, as well, converting 18 of her 25 points in that time span.

"The girls followed the game plan perfectly, which was to play physical defense," said DL head coach Mike Hoganson. "We did a good job mixing up our defense every third trip down the floor, from man-to-man to zone."

The different defenses contained the Otters in the first half, as DL led 23-20 at the break, but Fergus Falls was able to force the Lakers into a half-court game, which favored the home team.

A three-minute stretch where the Otters sunk two three-pointes by Schultz, along with a missed transition opportunity by DL, which in turn resulted in a layup by Fergus Falls was the eight-point swing which ultimately decided the game.

"We had an opportunity for a fastbreak bucket, but we didn't capitalize and they turned it into two points," Hoganson said. "That, along with Schultz' two three's, was a big eight-point swing for them."

The Lakers even limited their turnovers down, along rebounded the ball well.

"That's why we were able to hang with them," Hoganson added. "The girls played hard from start to end and they followed the game plan."

Point guard Courtney Hedstrom added nine points in the losing cause.

The Lakers finish the season with a 5-21 record.

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Section 8-3A playoffs: (6) Detroit Lakes at (3) Fergus Falls, Tuesday, March 2.

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