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Laker girls basketball wrap-up

Trisa Hutchinson was a key defensive and offensive player for the Lakers as a junior post this season. Brian Basham/Tribune

The evolution of the Detroit Lakes girls’ basketball team throughout the 2012-13 season heavily tilted on the defensive side of the court, as the Lakers finished as the fourth-best defense in Class 3A by giving up 43.3 points per game.

     The Laker’s slow-paced game stifled opponents’ offensive output, but also slowed down their offense after DL posted 44.2 ppg, as well.

     The season for the Lakers ended with a 10-15 record, but a rugged schedule to start the schedule put DL behind the eight ball record-wise.

     “We were starting a lot of new players to varsity and at times, it showed,” said DL head coach Mike Hoganson. “We struggled to find our identity before the Christmas break.

     “But one thing the players constantly put forth was effort.”

     That hard work ethic relayed into a very strong defense, which was based on positioning and old-fashion hustle.

     The inside defense of sophomore Shay Nielsen, juniors Brooke Olson and Trisa Hutchinson were able to fend off second chance points with all recording rebounds in the triple digits.

     Nielsen led the way with 164 boards, followed by Hutchinson’s 158 and Olson’s 154.

     “When we were successful, we were able to pound the ball inside,” Hoganson said. “We gained higher-quality shots and it helped slow the tempo down, while enabling to limit transition points against us.”

     The Lakers did struggle shooting, though, after posting a 37.5 percent mark with their two-point field goals, while marking a 32.4 percent from three-point range.               

     “We need to start knocking down our shots,” Hoganson said. “We missed lots of opportunities scoring points.”

     Senior guard Karli Kerzman was DL’s three-point threat with 61 treys on the season to lead the team with 248 points (9.9 ppg).

     Nielsen was very close behind with 247 points (10.3 ppg), as sophomore point guard Kyley Foster added 161 points (6.4 ppg).

     But with the team buying into assistant coach Tim Swenson’s defensive schemes, the Lakers improved through the second half of the season.

     DL won the second meetings with Crosby-Ironton, Pequot Lakes, Moorhead and Bemidji after losing in the first games against these teams.

     The Lakers were close to beating No. 1 ranked and undefeated Fergus Falls, losing by a narrow 48-43 score and consistently held teams under their scoring average.

     DL graduates four seniors in Kerzman, Megan Lindquist, Marissa Bridgeman and Brooklyn Thompson.

     With the majority of the team returning, the identity of the team will remain the same, just hopefully with a bit more fast-paced tempo to it next year.

     “We’ll have good size coming back in Nielsen, Hutchinson, Olson and (freshman) Alyssa Austin,” Hoganson said. “We’ll be trying to extend the game a bit and create more offense with our defense with a faster tempo.”

Laker results

The 2012-13 Detroit Lakes final stats – Record: 10-15

Scoring (2-3-ftm-fta-pts) – Kyley Foster 43-7-54-95-161; Shay Nielsen 95-0-57-98-247; Brooke Olson 56-0-29-50-141; Karli Kerzman 15-61-35-43-248; Trisa Hutchinson 61-2-39-54-167; Marissa Bridgeman 4-1-3-5-14; Megan Lindquist 15-1-11-13-44; Brooklyn Thompson 1-0-0-3-2; Alyssa Austin 4-0-0-2-8; Amber Petermann 0-0-2-4-2; Lauren Lies 3-0-4-6-10; Hailey Jorgenson 7-8-15-16-53; Katie Larson 1-0-0-1-2; Sarah Halbakken 1-0-0-2-2. TOTAL: 306-80-253-394-1105.

Misc. stats (rbs-assists-stls-blks) – Foster 46-78-45-6; Nielsen 164-30-27-23; Olson 154-22-17-17; Kerzman 63-31-41-3; Hutchinson 158-49-35-6; Bridgeman 17-20-15-0; Lindquist 42-4-13-5; Thompson 1-0-0-0; Austin 5-1-0-0; Petermann 3-0-0-0; Lies 13-0-1-1; Kathryn Foltz 2-0-0-0; Jorgenson 29-10-11-2; Larson 0-0-2-0; Halbakken 6-0-0-0. TOTAL: 703-246-208-63.

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