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Girls Basketball: Lakers pull out thrilling overtime win over Spuds

Laker Kyley Foster drives the lane against Moorhead Thursday night. DL NEWSPAPERS/Brian Basham

The final wrappings of an apparent home win had to be delayed for a little while longer for the Detroit Lakes girls’ basketball team, but in the end, they were able to tie that final bow on in their 77-75 overtime win over visiting Moorhead Thursday.

A win seemed inevitable late in the second half, with the Lakers comfortably in the lead 67-57 with under two minutes to go in regulation.

But a mad scramble by the Spuds and a few missed free throws by the Lakers, eventually led to a 68-68 tie by the end of regulation to force an overtime, where DL preserved their victory with a timely steal and three pointer to secure the season’s 19th victory.

“It’s a huge win for the upcoming section tournament, in that we finished, which is something we haven’t done lately,” said junior post Shay Nielsen, who shared a team-high 20 points, along with junior guard Kyley Foster. “In the past, we didn’t execute late in games. Tonight, it came down to execution, we wanted it and went after it.”

It was Nielsen’s open-court steal with 1:47 left in the overtime period which gave DL its crucial 70-69 lead, after she was able to pick a pass off and go the distance for the lay-in.

“It is what it is and that’s what we needed at the time,” Nielsen added. “I just went for it.”

But Moorhead guard Hali Stephenson answered with a three-pointer to grab the lead back 72-70.

The Laker’s depth came into play, as sophomore guard Kyra Vagle drained a three-pointer herself, which was a huge shift in momentum, as senior post Trisa Hutchinson hauled in a rebound on the other side of the court and then sank a pair of free throws to put DL in front 75-72.

Earlier in regulation, senior post Brooke Olson’s two free throws were off the mark, but she was able to rebound nicely, sinking her next two with 17.5 left in O.T. to seal the win.

“Again, we have kids who are stepping up and making plays,” said DL head coach Mike Hoganson. “Kyra hadn’t hit a shot all night and she makes a critical three late in the game and Brooke seals it with her two free throws.”

The Spuds rallied big late in the second half to force that overtime, though.

Three-point shots by senior guard Kellie Clark and Kelli Tonn pulled Spuds to within two at 67-65.

Moorhead tied the game after a hard drive by freshman center Brooke Tonsfeldt resulted in a bucket and a foul, in which she converted into a 68-68 tie.

“You have to give Moorhead credit for coming back the way they did,” Hoganson said. “This is a big win for us because the girls finished.”

Junior guard Haily Jorgenson was also keyed in from beyond the three-point arc, drilling four to finish with 14 points. Hutchinson finished with nine points, as well.

Moorhead was led by Tonn’s 15 points, while each of Cassidy Rahman and Stephenson had 14 points.

The Lakers wrapped up the regular season hosting Crosby-Ironton Friday.

Lakers burn Rebels

The cover came off for the Detroit Lakes girls’ basketball team’s offensive output, while they put the lid on the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton’s basket in a convincing 71-37 win on the road Tuesday.

The Lakers (18-6) inched closer to a 20-win season with an explosive first half, which netted them a comfortable 34-17 halftime advantage.

DL kept the cuffs on the Rebels’ offense, limiting them to 20 second half points, while the Lakers kept the pressure on inside with a 37-point half.

Nielsen continued her steamrolling pace over defenses with 24 points, while sophomores Vagle added 13 and Grace Swenson had 11 points in the victory.

The Lakers have two more games left in the regular season, both at home, against Moorhead Thursday and Crosby-Ironton Friday.

Moorhead at Detroit Lakes, Thursday, Feb. 27.

Spuds     28 40 7 – 75

Lakers    29 39 9 – 77

Scoring (2-3-ftm-fta-pts) – DL: Kyley Foster 3-2-8-9-20; Haily Jorgenson 0-4-2-2-14; Kyra Vagle 0-1-2-4-5; Shay Nielsen 5-0-10-13-20; Trisa Hutchinson 2-0-5-7-9; Grace Swenson 1-0-0-0-2; Brooke Olson 3-0-2-6-8. TOTAL: 14-7-28-41-77…MHD: Lana Gunderson 2-1-1-3-8; Kelli Tonn 1-4-1-2-15; Kellie Clark 1-2-0-0-8; Cassidy Rahman 4-1-3-4-14; Hali Stephenson 5-1-1-3-14; Brooke Tonsfeldt 4-0-4-6-12; Kayla Dalquist 1-0-2-4-4. TOTAL: 18-9-12-22-75.

Detroit Lakes at Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton, Tuesday, Feb. 25.

Lakers            34 37 – 71

Rebels            17 20 – 37

DL: Foster 8, Jorgenson 3, Vagle 13, Nielsen 24, Hutchinson 4, Swenson 11, Olson 6, Larson 2

DGF: Steichen 12, Oberg 3, Anderson 2, Reno 7, Brenna 9, Molstre 4

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