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Flu bug slows down DL in Sartell Holiday Tournament

Brooke Olson goes up for a shot earlier this season. Photo by - Brian Basham

A strong start to the Sartell Holiday Tournament fizzled into a pair of losses for the Detroit Lakes girls' basketball team, which dropped to 3-8 on the season.

The Lakers started the tournament with a 16-9 lead over East Grand Forks (3-6) Dec. 27, but DL stalled in the second half, where the Green Wave outscored them by a 27-12 margin for a 46-33 victory.

Host Sartell (6-5) had the strong start Jan. 28, and maintained it over the Lakers, as they handed DL a 48-34 defeat.

"As the game went on, our stamina went down and our energy went down," said DL head coach Mike Hoganson of his team's loss to EGF. "The flu bug hit us beforehand and we lost (post) Shay Nielsen in the second half because of it. That really hurt us."

Senior guard Karli Kerzman was hot from the perimeter, as she drained four three's, to lead the Lakers with 14 points.

EGF was led by Aubrie Carlstrom with 13 points and Kelsey Schlenk with 10.

The Sabres jumped out to a 27-14 halftime lead, en route to a 48-34 win.

"We couldn't match their energy level and we had way too many turnovers," Hoganson added.

The Lakers opened their 2013 portion of the schedule in Bemidji Friday and will be back in action in Pelican Rapids Saturday, starting at 7:30 p.m.

Laker results

Sartell Holiday Tournament, Thursday-Friday, Dec. 27-28.

Lakers 21 12 - 33

East Grand Forks 19 27 - 46

Scoring (2-3-ftm-fta-pts) -- DL: Kyley Foster 1-0-4-8-6; Hailey Jorgenson 1-0-0-0-2; Shay Nielsen 2-0-1-3-5; Trisa Hutchinson 2-0-2-4-6; Karli Kerzman 1-4-0-0-14. TOTAL: 7-4-7-15-33.

EGF: A. Carlstrom 5-0-3-4-13; K. Skyberg 3-0-0-0-6; Kelsey Schlenk 0-2-4-4-10; E. Totter 4-0-0-0-8; H. Schnathorst 1-0-0-0-2; K. Westrom 2-0-3-6-7. TOTAL: 15-2-10-14-46.

Lakers 14 20 - 34

Sartell 27 21 - 48

DL: Foster 0-0-2-2-2; Megan Lindquist 1-0-0-0-2; Jorgenson 0-0-2-2-2; Nielsen 1-0-2-3-4; Hutchinson 6-0-1-2-13; Kerzman 1-1-0-0-5; Brooke Olson 1-0-2-2-4; Sarah Halbakken 0-0-2-2-2. TOTAL: 10-1-11-13-34.

Sart: K. Zipp 1-0-0-0-2; R. Winter 0-4-0-0-12; T. Mareck 3-0-0-0-6; M. Carriere 0-0-3-4-3; A. Haider 0-4-1-3-13; K. Raths 4-0-4-4-12; E. Johnson 0-0-0-2-0. TOTAL: 8-8-8-13-48.

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