Detroit Lakes girls basketball head coach Tom Vagle wanted to slow down play and a have low scoring game against the top team in Section 8AAA Alexandria and the Lakers accomplished that in the first half of a 54-30 loss at Ralph Anderson Gymnasium Thursday, Jan. 9.

DL struggled to move the ball efficiently against the Cardinals’ defense early. Alexandria had plenty of opportunities to score but were unable to knock down shots.

The Lakers (5-7) never led in the game but were tied early at 5-5 on a Sarah Tangen bucket.

The Cardinals held a five-point edge for most of the half before finishing the opening 18 minutes up 19-12 in the kind of game Vagle wanted.

A perfect half at the free throw line would have sent DL to the break up one as the Lakers missed eight of 14 attempts at the stripe.

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Mia McGrane drives to the hoop against Detroit Lakes' Sophie Gunderson. McGrane was a second half difference maker in the Cardinals' victory. Robert Williams / Tribune
Mia McGrane drives to the hoop against Detroit Lakes' Sophie Gunderson. McGrane was a second half difference maker in the Cardinals' victory. Robert Williams / Tribune

The Cardinals (11-3) defense stepped up in the second half led by senior guard Mia McGrane who converted three straight steals and subsequent layups with seven minutes to play and Alex was en route to a 20-point lead 45-25

McGrane scored all 13 of her points in the second half; Ella Grove scored 10.

The Cards held DL’s leading scorer Alex Bettcher to nine points. Sarah Tangen led the Lakers with 10.

Alex Bettcher had a strong effort of 23 points to lead Detroit Lakes in a Mid-State Conference loss to Park Rapids Tuesday night at home. Robert Williams / Tribune
Alex Bettcher had a strong effort of 23 points to lead Detroit Lakes in a Mid-State Conference loss to Park Rapids Tuesday night at home. Robert Williams / Tribune

Panthers fend off Lakers

Park Rapids kept Detroit Lakes at bay in a battle of leading scorers Tuesday night on the Lakers home floor.

Rilee Michaelson led the Panthers (4-9) and all scorers with 26 points. DL’s Alex Bettcher countered with 23 of her own.

The Panthers were a bit better out of the gate building a seven-point lead at the halftime break 31-24 and the teams were near even in the final 17 minutes. The Lakers closed to within five points with five minutes to play but could not complete the comeback.

Sarah Tangen was in double figures with 17 points.

Paige Johnson (11) and Abby Morris (10) joined Michaelson in double figures.



Park Rapids 63, Detroit Lakes 55

PR 31 32 - 63

DL 24 31 - 55

PR - Rilee Michaelson 26, Paige Johnson 11, Abby Morris 10, Tori Weaver 9, Holly Johnson 5, Olivia Davis 2.

DL - Alex Bettcher 23, Sarah Tangen 17, Kylee Price 5, Sophie Gunderson 3, Jalynn Gunderson 3, Maddy Bowers 2, Abby Larson 2.



Alexandria 54, Detroit Lakes 30

AL 19 35 - 54

DL 12 18 - 30

AL - Mia McGrane 13, Ella Grove 10, Mataya Hoelscher 7, Lilly Horn 6, Summer Gerhardt 4, Myah Kremer 3, Maggie Anderson 2, Jaya Hatlestad 2, Alayna Strand 2.

DL -Sarah Tangen 10, Alex Bettcher 9, Kylee Price 3, Maddy Bowers 2, Ava Gilbert 2, Sophie Gunderson 2, Abby Larson 2