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Detroit Lakes girls exact revenge on Staples-Motley to take over 1st in Mid-State

Senior Morgan Lof puts up an inside shot Friday night against Staples-Motley in Ralph Anderson Gym. (Brian Basham/Tribune)1 / 2
Laker Jenny Matter takes a shot against the Cardinals Friday night. (Brian Basham/Tribune)2 / 2

DETROIT LAKES - Being angry isn't always healthy, but if you can harness it and turn it into a positive, all power to you.

That's exactly what the Detroit Lakes girls' basketball team did Friday night against visiting Staples-Motley, after entering the game with first-place in the Mid-State Conference at stake.

And oh yeah, the Lakers were a bit peeved after losing to the Cardinals Dec. 16, by the score of 42-25.

The Lakers used a strong inside game to pound the Cards into submission early, to the tune of a 52-34 victory.

The win keeps DL on top of the Mid-State with a 6-1 conference record and 11-5 overall.

"We just came out and played hard because we were mad about the last time we played them," said sophomore forward Taylor Tschider, who was one of the post players to key DL's effective inside game. "We talked more (on the court) and played good team defense this time."

The goal from the start was to establish a lane presence with their height advantage from senior forward Morgan Lof, Tschider and sophomore forward Jenny Matter.

That was accomplished with shining results, as DL flew to a 12-3 lead with just over 10 minutes gone in the first half.

To go along with DL's inside game, smothering defense was applied on the undersized Cardinals.

DL's zone eliminated Staples-Motley's inside game, while the Laker guards used their swiftness to hinder the perimeter shots.

"The kids communicated well on defense," said DL head coach Mike Hoganson. "They got to the shooters and didn't allow them to run. There was a good ebb and flow to the game, and the guards did well on the perimeter by flying around."

The defensive effort limited the Cardinals to 15 points in the first half, while the Lakers piled on 32 for a nice lead.

DL didn't let up in the second half, bolting out with a 10-4 run to secure a 42-21 lead at the 12:31 mark.

The Cardinals couldn't focus on any one DL shooter, with the trio of Lof (eight points), Tschider (nine) and Matter (eight) spreading the wealth in the paint.

"The guards did a nice job getting the ball inside," Tschider said. "They couldn't concentrate on one player scoring. It doesn't matter who is scoring for us, just as long it's our points."

Senior point guard Abby Hoganson had a game-high 17 points, including going 10-13 from the free throw line.

S-M falls to 6-3 in the conference and 13-6 overall, with DL extending its winning streak to five games.

The Lakers will travel to Fergus Falls (9-8) Tuesday for a 7:30 p.m. start.

Laker results

Staples-Motley at Detroit Lakes, Friday, Feb. 6.

Cardinals 15 19 - 34

Lakers 32 20 - 52

Scoring (2-3-ftm-fta)

DL: Abby Hoganson 2-1-10-13-17; Dana Bentley 2-0-2-2-6; Jenny Matter 4-0-0-0-8; Morgan Lof 3-0-2-4-8; Taylor Tschider 4-0-1-2-9; Dani Labine 1-0-2-6-4. Team: 16-1-17-27-52.

SM: Nikki Pearson 3-0-2-4-8; Caitlin Robinson 0-1-0-0-3; Liz Wilgohs 1-0-0-0-2; Brooke Simonson 2-0-0-0-4; Abby Smith 1-0-0-0-2; Savanna Hill 0-1-0-0-3. Team: 9-4-4-5-34.