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DL Girls Basketball - Lakers fall short in Pequot

DL point guard Kyley Foster drives the lane against Thief River Falls last week. Foster scored a career-high 16 points against Pequot Lakes Tuesday. Photo by - Brian Basham

It was a near miss for the Detroit Lakes girls' basketball team, as they hit the road for the first time of the season.

The Pequot Lakes Patriots withstood a Laker rally in the second half to win 51-49.

The Lakers (1-3) came back from a nine-point deficit at the eight-minute mark, as sophomore point guard Kyley Foster drove the lane and found open teammates.

The rally resulted in the Lakers taking a three-point advantage with four minutes left in the game, but the Patriots answered with a trey to tie the game.

Pequot Lakes was able to take the two-point lead, as DL had a shot at the buzzer, but the ball rolled off the rim.

"We were successful in slowing the tempo down and handling their full court and half-court pressure," said DL head coach Mike Hoganson. "They gave us many perimeter looks, but we couldn't knock down the three-point shots."

The Lakers were 3-15 from beyond the arc, as Foster led the team with 16 points and Shay Nielsen added 11 from her post position.

Lakers use defense to upset Alexandria

Defense was the name of the game in the Detroit Lakes girls' basketball team's 44-33 upset of the Class 3A No. 9 ranked Alexandria Friday inside Ralph Anderson Gym.

The victory was a big Section 8-3A one for the Lakers, who used strong defense to limit Alexandria's leading scorer, junior center Amanda Christianson, to 10 points.

"Our defense was outstanding," said DL head coach Mike Hoganson. "Our players really locked into Alexandria's shooters, especially Christianson."

Although the way the Lakers handled the Cardinal's 1-3-1 pressure defense wasn't pretty, it produced results.

Sophomore guard Hailey Jorgenson busted out for 13 points for the Lakers, all coming in the first half, with nine resulting from shooting behind the three-point arc.

The Lakers had only five field goals, but also had five three pointers and went 19-30 from the free throw line.

"It wasn't always pretty, but Alex relies on their defense to score many of their points," Hoganson said.

The Lakers did well protecting the ball by giving up only six points off of related steals.

Senior guard Karli Kerzman also keyed the Lakers' offense with two three pointers, but closed out the game by going 8-10 from the free throw line. She finished with a team-high 14 points.

The Lakers (1-3) will host Mid-State Conference foe and Class 2A No. 6 ranked Staples-Motley (2-2) Thursday, for a 7:30 p.m. start.

Laker results

Alexandria at Detroit Lakes Friday, Nov. 30.

Cardinals 13 20 - 33

Lakers 25 19 - 44

Scoring (2-3-ftm-fta-pts) -- DL: Kyley Foster 2-0-6-12-10; Hailey Jorgenson 1-3-2-2-13; Shay Nielsen 1-0-0-0-2; Trisa Hutchinson 1-0-3-6-5; Karli Kerzman 0-2-8-10-14. TOTAL: 5-5-19-30-44.

Alex: E. Thul 1-0-0-0-2; A. Christianson 1-2-2-2-10; D. Strater 3-0-0-0-6; S. Brozek 1-0-3-6-5; K. Betterman 2-0-1-2-5; J. Synrud 0-0-0-2-0; K. Bowser 0-0-3-8-3; A. Gould 2-0-0-0-4. TOTAL: 10-2-9-20-33.

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