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Girls Basketball: Lakers fall to a pair of section faves

DL point guard Kyley Foster has ran the offense well in the Lakers’ first four games. DL NEWSPAPERS/Brian Basham1 / 2
The Laker inside trio of Grace Swenson (top, 45), Shay Nielsen and Brooke Olson sparked Detroit Lakes to a near upset of Thief River Falls last Tuesday. DL NEWSPAPERS/Brian Basham2 / 2

The Detroit Lakes girls’ basketball team is starting to find out where they stand in Section 8-3A during the early portion of the season.

With a 67-27 loss to No. 1 ranked Fergus Falls Dec. 14, and a narrow 54-51 defeat to Thief River Falls last Tuesday, the Lakers (1-3) do have some room for improvement.

But after the close loss to the Prowlers (7-0) on their home court, there definitely is also room for optimism.

“TRF is undefeated and ranked ninth in state, so I was very happy with the effort of the team,” said DL head coach Mike Hoganson. “We used a ‘big’ line-up to get the lead at halftime, it provided a spark.”

The Laker big three included junior Shay Nielsen, senior Brooke Olson and sophomore Grace Swenson.

Nielsen was a force in the paint, pouring in 25 points, including 7-10 from the free throw line. Olson had nine points and Swenson six.

The Prowlers jumped out to a 19-9 lead, but the Lakers finished with a nice run to take a 27-25 halftime lead.

Multiple lead changes were had in the second half, but with DL leading 51-50, a foul resulted in a pair of TRF free throws.

On the Lakers’ next possession, a pair of open shots rolled off the rim, while another DL foul resulted in two more Prowler free throws for a 54-51 margin, which ultimately was the end score.

“Shay really stepped up, leading the way with her 25 points, while   Kyley Foster played a very smart game as the point guard and leader of the team,” Hoganson added.

A comeback was not in the cards for the Lakers against the potent Otters (5-0), which bolted from an 11-8 lead to a 21-7 advantage, resulting in a commanding 39-15 halftime margin.

“We were able to attack inside, but our shooting percentage on our inside shot was not what we hoped,” Hoganson said. “Give Fergus Falls credit, they are a very good team and were ready to play, and we will learn from this and get better as a team.”

Otter guard Bailey Strand sunk four three- pointers in the first half to lead FF with 18 points. Ana Monke added 14 points, with 12 coming in the second half.

The Lakers were held without a player in double digits, with each of Nielsen and Swenson finishing with five points.

DL will host its own Holiday Tournament, starting Friday, Dec. 27, and running through Dec. 28.

The schedule includes: Friday – 2 p.m. Detroit Lakes JV vs. Sartell JV; 3:30 p.m. Hawley JV vs. EGF JV; 5:30 p.m. Hawley Varsity vs. EGF Varsity; 7:30 p.m. Detroit Lakes Varsity vs. Sartell Varsity.

The winners advance, while the losers will play in the consolation game Saturday, starting at 11 a.m. with the junior varsity. 

Detroit Lakes at Thief River Falls, Tuesday, Dec. 17

Lakers       27 24 – 51

Prowlers    25 29 – 54                 

Scoring (2-3-ftm-fta-pts) - DL: Kyley Foster 1-0-2-2-4; Kyra Vagle 0-0-2-3-2; Shay Nielsen 9-0-7-10-25; Trisa Hutchinson 0-1-2-2-5; Grace Swenson 0-2-0-0-6; Brooke Olson 4-0-1-2-9. TOTALS: 14-3-14-19-54…TRF: Courtney Amirayan 5-0-0-0-10; Brooke Yaggie 2-3-2-2-15; Meleah Biermaier 2-1-2-2-10; Makayla Peterson 0-1-0-0-3; Jenna Tadych 5-0-0-0-10; Madison Brekke 3-0-0-0-6. TOTALS: 17-6-4-4-54

Detroit Lakes at Fergus Falls, Saturday, Dec. 14

Lakers       15 12 – 27

Otters       39 28 – 67

Scoring – DL: Foster 1-0-0-0-2; Haley Jorgenson 0-1-0-0-3; Vagle 0-0-4-4-4; Nielsen 1-0-3-6-5; Hutchinson 2-0-0-0-4; Swenson 1-1-0-0-5; Olson 2-0-0-0-4. TOTALS: 7-2-7-10-27…FF: Jileen Tenneson 1-0-0-0-2; Devonie Smith 0-0-1-2-1; Kristin Traiser 5-0-2-4-12; Amanda Nelson 0-0-1-2-1; Ashley Reinertson 0-0-0-2-0; Bailey Strand 3-4-0-0-18; Brianna Reinertson 2-2-2-4-12; Kathryn Sawtell 3-0-1-2-7; Ana Monke 4-2-0-0-14. TOTALS: 18-8-7-16-67

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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.