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DL girls’ hoops gives Vikings first defeat

The inside-out philosophy the Detroit Lakes girls’ basketball team employs for their offensive attack was used to near perfection in their back-to-back wins Friday and Saturday over previously unbeaten Pelican Rapids and Bemidji.

In DL’s 55-54 win Friday over visiting Pelican Rapids (11-1), junior point guard Kyley Foster went assist for assist with Viking star guard Mackenzie Korf, while knocking down her perimeter shots for a team-high 17 points.

Korf finished with 21 points, while guard Ashlyn French had 12 points, all on her four three pointers. 

The Vikings focused on the Lakers’ inside game, doubling down on junior post and team leading scorer Shay Nielsen, thus leaving space open for Foster to line up her outside shots.

“It was a good match-up between two high-quality guards,” said DL head coach Mike Hoganson. “Kyley matched up with (Korf) well and she knocked down her perimeter shots and made good decisions all night.”

Picking up the slack in the paint were senior posts Trisa Hutchinson and Brooke Olson, who each scored 12 points, while the Vikings limited Nielsen to five points.

The Vikings made a mad scramble late in the game by forcing a couple of DL turnovers, and turned them into a pair of three pointers by guard Ashlyn French to eliminate an eight-point deficit.

But the Lakers survived Pelican Rapids’ run to pull out the 55-54 win.

The Lakers (6-4) followed the win up with a more convincing 86-46 thumping of Bemidji Saturday inside Ralph Anderson Gym.

This time, Nielsen dominated the inside, scoring 23 points, while junior guard Hailey Jorgenson was the “out” option with 19 points, including four three pointers.

“Bemidji had no answer for Shay,” Hoganson said.

“Credit to our girls, they went to her early and often. The passing was outstanding and with Shay’s success on the inside, they were able to kick it out to our open shooters on the perimeter.”

Foster dished out 14 assists, in what could be a new DLHS game record, Hoganson added.

The Lakers have now won their last five of six games and will look to continue their streak in Pequot Lakes (8-4) for a big showdown in the Mid-State Conference.

DL will travel north again Friday against another conference opponent in Crosby-Ironton (5-5), with both games starting at 7:15 p.m. 

Bemidji at Detroit Lakes, Saturday, Jan. 11

Lumberjacks   28 18 - 46

Lakers            54 32 - 86       

Scoring (2-3-ftm-fta-pts) - DL: Kyley Foster 2-1-0-0-7; Halle Jordan 0-1-0-0-3; Hailey Jorgenson 2-4-3-3-19; Kyra Vagle 4-0-4-4-12; Shay Nielsen 10-0-3-7-23; Trisa Hutchinson 1-2-0-0-8; Grace Swenson 1-1-0-0-5; Brooke Olson 4-0-1-1-9. TOTAL: 24-9-11-15-86…Bem: Karlie Leif 0-1-0-0-3; Alexa Grendahl 0-0-6-6-6; Kelsey Olson 0-0-1-2-1; Cheyenne Woods 4-1-2-2-13; Megan Serratore 1-0-2-4-4; Amber Smith 3-0-0-0-6; Casey Palmer 3-0-5-9-11; Sydney Hinrichs 1-0-0-0-2. TOTAL: 12-2-16-23-46 

Pelican Rapids at Detroit Lakes, Friday, Jan. 10

Vikings     54

Lakers      55

Scoring – DL: Foster 3-3-2-2-17; Vagle 1-1-0-0-5; Nielsen 2-0-1-2-5; Hutchinson 4-0-4-4-12; Swenson 2-0-0-0-4; Olson 6-0-0-0-12. TOTAL: 18-4-7-8-55…PR: Mackenzie Korf 6-3-0-0-21; Linocln Halby 3-0-1-2-7; Grace Forsgren 2-0-2-5-6; Charlotte Johnson 2-0-0-2-4; Ashlyn French 0-4-0-0-12; Hally Evenson 1-0-0-0-2; Katy Thorson 1-0-0-0-2. TOTAL: 15-7-3-9-54

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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.