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Thief River Falls pulls off close win to end DL's season

A late three-pointer by Thief River Falls guard Brooke Yaggie was enough to push the No. 2 Prowlers girls' basketball team over visiting No. 3 Detroit Lakes in the Section 8-3A quarterfinals Thursday.

The trey by Yaggie was nearly answered by DL's leading scorer, senior Kayli Muckenhirn, but her shot was a bit off the mark as Thief River Falls survived, 58-55.

The loss ended DL's season, as the Lakers finished with a 13-13 record.

"It was a nail biter," said DL head coach Mike Hoganson of the closely-contested playoff game. "We had the advantage with our inside game, while Thief River Falls made their tough shots."

Muckenhirn became the seventh Laker to eclipse 1,000 career points, as she needed four points heading into the game.

She finished with seven points and ends her DL career with 1,003 points.

"It's a good honor for her," Hoganson said. "It's too bad she couldn't end the night celebrating a win, but looking at the big picture, she had a super career."

The Lakers were able to stay with the Prowlers the entire way with an effective inside game, where senior post Courtney Gray poured in a game-high 21 points.

Sophomore Trisa Hutchinson added 12 points, as well, from her post position.

But the Prowlers countered with effective guard play, led by Yaggie's 20 points, including going 7-11 from the free throw line.

"Yaggie is a very good player and she knocked down her three's (three of them)," Hoganson added.

TRF also received a lift off the bench by Kirstyn Scholin, who had 10 points.

The Lakers were able to head into halftime with a 30-29 advantage, with no lead larger than five points being had by either team.

The game was tied with under three minutes to go in regulation, but the Lakers let a couple of opportunities slip by the wayside on some missed free throws.

The Prowlers advanced to the semifinals, where they lost to the south's No. 1 seeded Alexandria, 69-46 Saturday.

The Section 8-3A finals will feature both top seeds, with Fergus Falls (27-1) facing Alexandria (22-4) Friday at Minnesota State University Moorhead, starting at 7 p.m.

Laker results

Section 8-3A quarterfinals: (3) Detroit Lakes at (2) Thief River Falls, Thursday, March 1.

Lakers 30 25 - 55

Prowlers 29 29 - 58

Scoring (2-3-ftm-fta-pts) -- DL: Megan Lindquist 0-0-1-2-1; Makenzie Gedrose 1-0-0-1-2; Courtney Gray 6-1-6-9-21; Courtney Hedstrom 0-2-0-0-6; Shay Nielsen 0-0-1-2-1; Kayli Muckenhirn 2-1-0-2-7; Kyley Foster 1-0-0-0-2; Trisa Hutchinson 5-0-2-4-12; Karli Kerzman 0-1-0-0-3. TEAM: 14-5-12-23-55.

TRF: Kirstyn Scholin 2-1-3-3-10; Brooke Anderson 1-1-2-2-7; Brooke Yaggie 2-3-7-11-20; Crystal Amundson 2-0-1-2-5; Lilly Kainz 2-0-0-2-4; Morgan Numedahl 0-1-2-2-5; Lindsey Guzek 1-1-0-0-5; Madison Brekke 1-0-0-0-2. TEAM: 11-7-15-22-58.

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