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LP-A VS. WAUBUN GIRLS BASKETBALL: Raider Knudsvig hits point No. 2,000

LP-A's Andi Knudsvig (23) drives the lane Monday against Waubun's Rachel Pazdernik.1 / 3
Waubun's Lea Haverkamp (32) looks for a shot Tuesday in Audubon. The Bombers won 61-51.2 / 3
Andi Knudsvig (23) receives a hug from teammate Tate Hall after scoring her 2,000th career point.3 / 3

When Lake Park-Audubon senior Andi Knudsvig thought about scoring her 2,000th career point, converting it on the free throw line was the preferred method.

Fittingly enough, and much like Knudsvig's stellar high school basketball career, she made it happen.

Knudsvig reached career point 2,000 on the front end of a 1-and-1 free throw attempt Monday evening in Audubon against Waubun, at the 6:49 mark in the first half.

"It was funny, because my Dad (Loran) and I were talking about it before the game and we said it would be nice if it came on the free throw line, since that's where I've scored a lot of my points from," said Knudsvig. "It was certainly a pressure free throw, but I just thought, 'I love basketball so much,' and shot it.

"It felt good and it was a huge weight off my shoulders."

LP-A's all-time leading scorer needed just seven points to reach the rare milestone, as she made two free throws to start her march, then made a driving bucket to give the Raiders a 7-5 lead to cut it to three points.

Her fifth and sixth points of the evening came on Knudsvig's signature drive to the basket, where she was fouled and sunk both free throws to set her up at 1,999 points.

Another special moment came after Knudsvig's 2,000th point, when the game was halted to recognize the accomplishment.

The LP-A guard grabbed the basketball and ran up to the stands, where Loran was taping the game. She gave him the historic ball and gave out a huge hug.

"My dad couldn't be here when I scored my 1,000th point, so this was special that he was here this time," Knudsvig said. "He doesn't get choked up too much, but he was a little when I ran up to him to hand him the ball."

First-year LP-A head coach Anthony Bryant felt pretty lucky to experience such a player his first year on the job, as well.

"She's a warrior," Bryant said.

"It's pretty exciting to see Andi reach 2,000 points against another 2,000-point scorer (Waubun's Jenna Lundon). I'm proud of Andi, I'm proud of her love for the game and I'm proud of her accomplishments."

Waubun gets best of LP-A the second time around

A harassing Waubun defense, along with a different kind of scoring by the Bombers, was enough to exact a little revenge on the Raiders Monday with an impressive 61-51 victory in Audubon.

With a pair of 2,000-point scorers on the court in Knudsvig and Lundon, it was Waubun junior guard Justine Yost who stole the show with her 25 points to lead the Bombers to victory.

Yost sunk three well-timed three pointers, while picking up the slack after Lundon -- who still scored 15 points -- fell into foul trouble early in the second half.

"Justine had a great game and she help start building our lead after Jenna picked up her fourth foul and went on an 8-0 scoring spree by herself," said Waubun head coach Ben Baker.

"Justine is one of our fastest players on the court and she did a nice job penetrating into the middle and creating her shots."

After LP-A held a mini-celebration for Knudsvig's 2,000-point accomplishment and the two teams battled to a 28-25 Waubun halftime lead, the Bombers took off.

An 11-0 run to start the second half separated Waubun for a 39-25 lead, as the Raiders were held scoreless until the 13:26 mark, when they scored on a Lindsey Olson jumper.

The Bomber press caused LP-A to turn the ball over and disrupted any rhythm they tried to create.

Waubun also held the Raiders to one-and-done series by keeping one of the state's leading rebounders -- sophomore Bailee Bartunek -- in check.

"I was very pleased with our rebounding, our three posts did a great job," said Baker.

"I thought we picked up a lot of cheap fouls early in the game, but then started playing better, sound defense."

Yost put the Bombers up by double digits for the first time on a long set shot at the 11:20 mark in the second half, for a 41-31 lead.

She later scored eight consecutive points on a pair of three-pointers and a long set shot.

After the Raiders shaved the lead down to six points at 48-42, Yost's run gave the Bombers a comfortable 56-42 advantage with 4:52 left in regulation.

"We needed better passing to break their press, we just need to get back to the fundamentals," Bryant said.

Knudsvig finished with 26 points, while Olson had 10.

The game was important for section seedings, as the two squads are battling for the second and third seeds behind Ada-Borup.

LP-A sits at 14-7, while Waubun is now 15-4.

"We're going to have to put everything together now before the playoffs," Knudsvig said. "We got a glimpse of what we can do after winning eight of our last nine games before Waubun.

"So we do feel confident."

The Raiders will host Win-E-Mac (20-1) Friday in another big section game, while Waubun will have Mahnomen (2-14) Friday, as well.

Game results

Waubun at Lake Park-Audubon, Monday, Feb. 6.

Bombers 28 33 - 61

Raiders 25 26 - 51

Scoring (2-3-ftm-fta-pts) -- Waub: Jenna Lundon 5-1-2-5-15; Samantha Heisler 1-0-2-4-4; Justine Yost 6-3-4-7-25; Taylor Winter 2-0-2-4-6; Tori Voss 0-0-0-1-0; Rachel Pazdernik 1-0-3-4-5; Lea Haverkamp 2-0-2-4-6. TEAM: 17-4-15-29-61.

LPA: Tate Hall 0-1-1-2-4; Lindsey Olson 4-0-2-4-10; Meagan Anderson 1-0-2-2-4; Andi Knudsvig 9-0-7-10-26; Breann Hogie 1-0-0-0-2; Marley McDunn 1-0-0-0-2; Bailee Bartunek 1-0-2-6-4. TEAM: 17-1-14-24-51.

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