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Laker basketball teams split at TRF

The Laker boys basketball team rallied late in the second half to defeat Thief River Falls 50-46 and record a second consecutive victory and a first on the road Tuesday night.

Detroit Lakes erased a six-point deficit late in the second half to earn the victory. The Lakers made the win more difficult than necessary making only seven of 17 free throws in the game (41 percent).

Ironically, Tate Kerzman iced the game at the line making two freebies to seal the victory with less than three seconds remaining in the game.

Logan Pratt scored in the final minute to put DL up 48-44.

Prowler senior Ean Olson answered to close within two points.

Thief River Falls sent Gabe Hanninen to the line, but the DL sophomore missed both attempts to keep the Prowlers in the game.

As time ticked down, the Prowlers failed to get a shot off and turned the ball over to Kerzman, who knocked down the free throws for the win.

Pratt led the Lakers with 12 points. Both he and Hanninen played the second half in foul trouble. Hanninen played with four fouls the entire second half.

Kerzman and Tanner Doppler each had 11 points.

The Lakers improve to 2-1 overall and face Pequot Lakes Friday, Dec. 15 in a road Mid-State Conference game. The Patriots are 2-0 and defeated Park Rapids in their lone conference game.

The Prowlers are winless in three games. Thief River Falls is rebuilding from losing a dozen players to graduation.

Slow start dooms Laker girls

The Laker girls team fell behind 15-0 early and could not recover but did play even basketball with the Prowlers down the stretch in a 68-46 loss.

Bre Price had her best game of the season scoring 17 points in a tough matchup in the paint with University of North Dakota commit and Prowler senior Tiahna Nicholson.

The Prowlers doubled up the Lakers in the first half on the back of the 15-point run from the opening tip to lead 34-17.

Once Price got the Lakers on the board with back-to-back scoring trips six minutes into the game the two teams played even ball. The Lakers got to within nine points trailing 15-6 on a pair of free throws by Lauren Tschider.

DL played to within five points of output scoring 29 points in the second half to 34 for Thief River Falls.

The Prowlers were shorthanded playing without talented, senior shooting guard Kylea Praska.

TRF snapped a three-game skid to even their record at 3-3. The Lakers fall to 0-4 heading into a difficult matchup with the defending Section 8AAA champs Alexandria (3-1) Thursday, Dec. 14 at home. The Cardinals suffered their first loss Tuesday night 51-49 at home to Fergus Falls.

DL   25 25 - 50

TRF 25 21 - 46

DL—Tanner Doppler 11, Jacob Bettcher 2, Tate Kerzman 11, Reed Mace 4, Gabe Hanninen 6, Logan Pratt 12, Jake Kerzman 4

TRF—Brevyn Lingen 8, Myles Johnson 7, Gunner Zutz 3, Ean Olson 6, Preston Kilen 16, Storm Manning 2, Zach Koestner 2, Luke Perkovich 2

DL   17 29 - 46

TRF 34 34 - 68

DL—Lauryn Manning 6, Lauren Tschider 5, Mercedez Bellanger 3, Ellie Lunde 6, Taylor Block 9, Breanna Price 17

TRF—Alexa Rogalla 9, Annika Dalager 2, Tiahna Nicholson 12, Bailey Green 21, Hailey Rosendahl 9, Marley Nelson 8, Leah Kainz 2, N/A 5.

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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