Laker girls take down Bemidji in section victory
The Detroit Lakes girls basketball team opened up a 13-point first half lead and held on for a 65-62 Section 8AAA victory over Bemidji at home Friday night.
“It was a lot of fun; the girls played hard and kept on competing,” said head coach Tom Vagle. “There are still some things that we need to work on in practice, late game situations. The good news is we were in a game late, so we had a chance to practice the two-minute drill, so to speak.”
The victory was only the fourth on the season for the Lakers. DL has, however, won two of the last three games, both against section opponents.
Bre Price continued a stellar junior season at the post leading all scorers with 24 points.
“She’s been doing a great job and she’s putting up those kind of numbers with double and triple teams,” said Vagle. “We know that is where we need to go and we just need the guards to get the ball there without turning the ball over.”
The DL guard tandem of Lauren Tschider and Lauryn Manning each scored in double figures with 14 and 13 points, respectively. The duo accounted for all four of DL’s baskets from the arc. Tschider had three to lead the way.
The Lakers controlled the first half building a 10-point lead at the midway point 25-15 and led by as many as 16 points on a three-pointer by Tschider to go up 33-15 at the five-minute mark. DL went to the break up 35-22.
Bemidji battled to get the deficit to single digits and managed the comeback trailing 48-47 on a basket by sophomore Lindsey Hildenbrand with six minutes to play. The Jacks when on a 26-12 run to get back into the game.
Ellie Lunde and Manning scored on back-to-back trips to get some cushion on the scoreboard. Price made three successive buckets to put the game away and DL sealed the win from the line in the final minute.
Five Lakers got on the scoresheet with Anna Cihak and Lunde both adding seven points each. DL got key minutes from Haidyn Gunderson and Mercedez Bellanger to keep Price out of foul trouble.
“It’s not just about the kids on the court; we talk to the kids about are you helping us get better in practice,” Vagle said. “That’s something that’s really important. It’s not about just the five starters. We have to work hard in practice every day.”
Bemidji has dropped six of seven games to fall to 7-14 overall and 2-4 in the section. DL improved to 4-17 and are 2-7 in 8AAA play.
DL faces Sam Haiby and the Moorhead Spuds (13-8) Tuesday, Feb. 13 at home in their next contest.
DL 35 30 - 65
BEM 22 40 - 62
B-Beard 15, M. Flatness 11, Hildenbrand 7, Cermak 7, Alto 6, Mills 5, Edlund 5.
D-Price 24, Tschider 14, Manning 13, Cihak 7, Lunde 7.