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Girls Basketball: Busy Lakers improve to 14-5

Point guard Kyley Foster scans over the floor Friday against Park Rapids. DL NEWSPAPERS/Brian Basham

The more chances a team has to put up points, obviously, the better.

That was the norm during each possession for the Detroit Lakes girls’ basketball team, after it rolled over visiting Park Rapids Friday 73-53.

The Lakers notched consecutive win No. 9, as they pounded the offensive glass to stay a couple of steps of their Mid-State Conference rival.

“The girls dominated the boards and we needed to get those second and third opportunities against a zone like Park Rapids’,” said DL head coach Mike Hoganson.

The Panthers (7-11) were able to make several runs at DL’s lead, but in each instance, the Lakers patiently ran their offense and worked the ball inside to keep the margin tilted in their favor.

After building a 26-18 lead, Park Rapids’ Charity Ridlon helped her team back in it with her game-high 26 points.

After trimming the lead down to 26-22, the Lakers responded with a 15-6 run, keyed by high-percentage inside shots, with junior post Shay Nielsen leading the way with a total of 24 points.

“After they made their run, we took a timeout, I told the girls to take a breath and start going inside on them,” Hoganson said. “The kids responded well.”

By the time the halftime buzzer sounded, DL recaptured the double-digit lead and momentum with a 41-28 margin.

But Ridlon and her teammates didn’t go away, as the Panther guard drained a three-pointer to help pull the Panthers back to within four 46-42.

But the Lakers stayed the course, and started to work the ball back inside as senior post Trisa Hutchinson made a powerful block move for two, proceeded by a Kyley Foster open-court steal and assist to sophomore Kyra Vagle to regain a 50-42 lead.

Foster put DL up 53-42 with a three at the 9:25 mark, as DL didn’t look back and led by  at least 13 points the rest of the way.

Foster finished with 13 points, behind Nielsen’s 24, while Hutchinson added 12 points.

The Lakers lost to Mid-State Conference team Staples-Motley 54-52 in overtime Monday, but rebounded with a convincing 59-30 throttling of Little Falls Tuesday to improve to 14-5 on the season.

Park Rapids at Detroit Lakes, Friday, Feb. 7

Panthers   28 25 - 53

Lakers      41 32 - 73

Scoring (2-3-ftm-fta-pts) - DL: Kyley Foster 2-2-3-4-13; Hailey Jorgenson 1-1-0-0-5; Kyra Vagle 1-2-0-0-8; Shay Nielsen 10-0-4-4-24; Trisa Hutchinson 6-0-0-0-12; Grace Swenson 0-1-0-0-3; Brooke Olson 3-0-0-0-6. TOTALS: 23-6-7-8-73…PR: Hope Johnson 1-0-0-0-2; Megan Grimes 2-0-0-0-4; Katie Klein 1-1-2-2-7; Charity Ridlon 7-3-3-4-26; Bria Wolff 2-0-0-0-4; Gabie Johnson 5-0-0-0-2-10. TOTALS: 18-4-5-8-53

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