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DL Girls Basketball - Stingy defense and rebounding lead Lakers over C-I

Over the last two games, opponents of the Detroit Lakes girls' basketball team have played right into the Lakers' hands, hence their two straight wins.

The Lakers' game plan of holding their opponents under or near the 40-point mark has produced two straight wins, the latest being a 32-27 Mid-State Conference victory over Crosby-Ironton Thursday.

"The girls were moving the ball well and their passing has really improved over the course of the last couple of weeks," said DL head coach Mike Hoganson. "We also have started to get the ball inside, where our posts are being more aggressive and improving on their footwork and fundamentals."

The Lakers (5-9) bolted off to a 15-6 lead midway through the first half, but the Rangers (5-7) climbed back in it to tie the game 17-17 at halftime.

"It was at the tempo in which we wanted it, slowed down, because we like keeping the score around the 40's," Hoganson said.

Crosby-Ironton did control the early portion of the second half by building a 24-19 margin, but after a DL timeout, the Lakers regrouped and went on a 12-2 run.

"The girls had a determined look and went out and played well after the timeout," the DL coach commented.

Center Brooke Olson had a solid game with 10 points, while post Shay Nielsen had all eight of her points in the second half.

Point guard Kyley Foster drained a trio of three's as well, for a final tally of nine points.

The biggest discrepancy was in rebounding, where the Lakers dominated by a two-to-one margin.

"Our posts really went hard on the glass," Hoganson said. "Trisa Hutchinson, Shay Nielsen and Brooke Olson really stepped up in rebounding."

Defensively, the Lakers kept the Rangers off-kilter with a variety of looks.

"(Assistant coach) Tim Swenson has been doing an excellent job running the defense," Hoganson said. "The defense is keeping teams off balance and they are playing aggressive."

Chelsey Bonsante was the Rangers' only offensive threat, scoring a game-high 19 points.

With two nice wins in their back pocket, the Lakers will look to continue their stride at home against Moorhead (5-8) Tuesday, starting at 7:30 p.m.

Laker results

Detroit Lakes at Crosby-Ironton, Thursday, Jan. 17.

Lakers 17 26 - 43

Rangers 17 20 - 37

Scoring (2-3-ftm-fta-pts) -- DL: Kyley Foster 0-3-0-2-9; Shay Nielsen 3-0-2-8-8; Trisa Hutchinson 3-0-0-0-6; Karli Kerzman 0-2-4-4-10; Brooke Olson 4-0-2-2-10. TOTAL: 10-5-8-16.

CI: Lauren Peterson 0-1-0-0-3; Chelsey Bonsante 4-3-2-7-19; Hallie Schmidt 0-0-1-2-1; Bailey Swenson 0-1-0-0-3; Meredith Silgen 2-0-4-4-6; Monica Buchte 0-0-1-2-1. TOTAL: 6-5-8-15-37.

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