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Girls Basketball: Lakers handle W-DC with ease

Brooke Olson (51) converts two of her eight points in the paint Tuesday night against Wadena-Deer Creek. DL NEWSPAPERS/Brian Basham1 / 2
Lauren Lies takes a jumper against W-DC Tuesday evening inside Ralph Anderson Gym. DL NEWSPAPERS/Brian Basham2 / 2

The formula of creating higher percentage shots worked out perfectly in the Detroit Lakes girls’ basketball team’s dominating 58-30 win over visiting Wadena-Deer Creek Tuesday.

The Lakers’ inside game worked well, as DL’s post players converted the majority of their three to five footers, while also owning the glass to extend series, while forcing many one-shot possessions for the Wolverines.

“The plan was to look to run and attack the inside, out,” said DL head coach Mike Hoganson. “The guards had some nice inside passes and we were able to finish them.”

The Laker post players had a good size advantage over the Wolverines, and they used it to climb out to an 18-0 lead, with W-DC not scoring their first point until the 8:06 mark of the first half on a free throw by Hope Theisen.

DL junior post Shay Nielsen had an abundance of second-chance buckets on the offensive glass, while teammate senior Brooke Olson also collected her share of close-in shots with eight points.

“It’s fun to play against a shorter team and the point guards did a nice job looking in and getting us the ball,” said Nielsen, who led all scorers with 15 points.

The Lakers also owned the rebound advantage, which sparked a potent transition game, which in turn created easier lay-ins.

“We’ve looked to run more this season and tonight our two wings were able to get back and we were able to kick it out to them,” Nielsen added.

Junior point guard Kyley Foster did a nice job controlling the offense and finding the open shooter, as the Wolverines had to respect both the perimeter and inside game of the Lakers.

By halftime, the Lakers held a 34-12 lead, as W-DC’s first field goal didn’t come until the 3:29 mark of the first half.

“I think this was Kyley’s best floor game yet, she was able to penetrate the lane and then find the open people,” Hoganson said. “Defensively, the players moved around well and communicated and talked.”

Sophomore post Grace Swenson also had a strong inside presence and scored her first varsity points of her career, collecting a total of six points, while junior guard Hailey Jorgenson added 10 points.

The Lakers (1-1) will now face state-ranked opponent in Fergus Falls (2-0) Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

No. 3 Alexandria bolts out with win over DL

A 60-point first half by the Class 3A No. 3 ranked Alexandria Cardinals was too much for the Detroit Lakes girls’ basketball team Friday in their season and home opener.

The Cardinals’ senior center, Amanda Christianson poured in 21 points in the first half alone, while freshman guard Macy Hatlestad added a trio of three’s to derail the Lakers’ first game of the season and take a controlling 60-27 halftime lead.

Alexandria went an astounding 10-14 from three-point range in the first half, as well.

“Alexandria showed why they are the No. 3 ranked team and they came out firing,” Hoganson said.  “Coming off of two days where we were unable to practice (due to school closings), we looked a step slow.”

Alexandria finished with 12 three-pointers and shot 68 percent from the floor, while the Lakers netted only two.

The second half was slowed down, with the Cardinals being outscored 17-12.

“Give Alexandria all the credit, they moved the ball and shot it well, too,” Hoganson said. “I was encouraged by how we were able to break Alexandria’s pressure and created good, quality shots, but we need to knock them down.”

Christianson finished with 22 points, while senior Karly Betterman had 17.

The Lakers were led by senior forward Trisa Hutchinson’s 11 points and Nielsen’s 10.

Wadena-Deer Creek at Detroit Lakes, Tuesday, Dec. 10

Wolverines     12 18 – 30

Lakers           34 24 – 58

Scoring (2-3-ftm-fta-pts) – DL: Kyley Foster 2-0-0-4-4; Hailey Jorgenson 2-1-3-4-10; Kyra Vagle 1-0-0-0-2; Shay Nielsen 6-0-3-3-15; Lauren Lies 1-1-1-2-6; Trisa Hutchinson 3-0-1-2-7; Grace Swenson 2-0-2-2-6; Brooke Olson 3-0-2-2-8. TOTALS: 20-2-12-19-58…WDC: Hope Theisen 2-0-6-7-10; Kendra Evans 0-0-1-2-1; Casey Volkmann 1-0-0-0-2; Jess Rondesvedt 1-0-0-0-2; Rachel Schwart 1-0-0-0-2; Olivia Schwartz 1-0-0-0-2; Rylie Langer 1-0-2-4-4; Jennifer Craig 1-0-2-2-4. TOTALS: 8-0-11-15-30

Alexandria at Detroit Lakes, Friday, Dec. 6

Cardinals       60 12 – 72

Lakers           27 17 – 44

Scoring (2-3-ftm-fta-pts) – DL: Kyley Foster 1-1-2-2-7; Halle Jordan 0-1-0-0-3; Haley Jorgenson 2-0-0-0-4; Kyra Vagle 1-0-3-4-5; Shay Nielsen 3-0-4-4-10; Trisa Hutchinson 2-0-7-7-11; Grace Swenson 0-0-0-2-0; Brooke Olson 1-0-2-2-4. TOTALS: 10-2-18-21-44…Alex: Emily Thul 1-0-0-2-2; Amanda Christianson 3-5-1-4-22; Macy Hatlestad 0-3-0-0-9; Kendall Kohler 2-2-1-1-11; Karly Betterman 7-1-0-0-17; Jaylen Olson-Rodel 0-1-0-0-3; Brooke Heggie 4-0-0-0-8. TOTALS: 17-12-2-7-72.

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