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Girls Basketball Preview: Improvement should be in cards for DL

Junior point guard Kyley Foster will lead a more potent Laker offense in 2013-14. DL NEWSPAPERS/Brian Basham

Detroit Lakes head girls’ basketball coach Mike Hoganson wants to flip what the 2012-13 season produced — namely, the Lakers’ 10-15 record.

If the Lakers are able to pile up at least 15 victories in what is deemed as a “very challenging schedule,” good things will be happening in DL.

The Lakers are poised to be a very competitive team when they tip off the season Tuesday, as Mid-State Conference foe Pequot Lakes comes to town.

“The chemistry in this group is spectacular, they really enjoy playing the game of basketball together,” Hoganson said. “Last year, (assistant coach Tim) Swenson’s defense was fantastic.

“This year, we want to take it to the next level and have our defense create some offense.”

The Lakers’ schedule includes two games apiece against teams who were near the 20-win mark in 2012-13, including section favorite Fergus Falls, Thief River Falls, Moorhead and the Mid-State’s Staples-Motley and Pequot Lakes.

Add in section newcomer Albany, which reached the 20-win mark last year, and the Lakers will have to be on their game every single night.

“It’s a very tough schedule, but I like that because it does prepare us for playoffs,” Hoganson said.

There is plenty of experience returning in all aspects of DL’s game.

The Lakers will be a very versatile group, led by senior Trisa Hutchinson, who has “evolved” from being strictly a post player to more of a wing/post.

“Trisa has such good post moves, but now she has developed a good perimeter shot and she moves down the floor well,” Hoganson said.

“When she’s playing the three (post), we can really get up and down the floor well.”

The development of junior point guard Kyley Foster also will be vital to the team’s success and if her summer season is an indication, DL should be in good hands.

“Kyley has added good growth to her game over the summer,” Hoganson said.

“She is a good enough athlete to push the tempo and now, she can penetrate the lane better and finish well. Her point guard game is well-rounded.”

The Lakers will also have the benefit of having some size and strength in the middle in the form of senior Brooke Olson (6-foot-2) and junior Shay Nielsen.

Both will be go-to offensive options, as well as being strong on the boards.

“Brooke now has a 15-foot jump shot, so adding a perimeter shot makes her that much better,” the DL coach said.

“Shay is also quicker and is getting off the floor better, she is elevating much higher.”

Senior center Lauren Lies also will be a solid contributor in the paint from her wing/post position.

Adding depth in the backcourt and at point guard is junior Hailey Jorgenson, who will also add long-range shooting from beyond the three-point arc.

Sophomore Kyra Vagle also possesses good aim from three-point range, while sophomore forward Grace Swenson will play the three or four position, but is another post player who can step out and drain shots.

Guards junior Danica Greer and sophomore Halle Jordan provide backcourt depth, as well.

One early loss is junior center Annie Mettert, who tore an ACL and will be out for the season.

“Our rebounding should be strong, which will help get us in our transition game,” Hoganson said.

“We should be a more up-tempo team and would like to reach up in that mid-to-upper 50’s in scoring this year, consistently.”

The Lakers will also host their own Holiday Tournament, which is Dec. 27-28.                 

The 2013-14 Detroit Lakes girls’ basketball schedule: 


3 Pequot Lakes

5 at Staples-Motley

6 Alexandria

10 Wadena-Deer Creek

14 at Fergus Falls

17 at Thief River Falls

20 at Park Rapids

27-28 DL Holiday Tourney


3 Bemidji

7 Fergus Falls

10 Pelican Rapids

17 at Crosby-Ironton

21 at Moorhead

23 at Pequot Lakes

28 at Wadena-Deer Creek

30 Thief River Falls


1 at Perham

7 Park Rapids

11 at Little Falls

13 at Bemidji

18 at Alexandria

20 Staples-Motley

25 at Dilworth-G-F

27 Moorhead

28 Crosby-Ironton


4 Section quarterfinals TBD

8 Section semi’s TBD

14 Section finals at MSUM

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