The Detroit Lakes girls basketball team joined a three-way tie atop the Mid-State Conference after a 54-50 home victory over Crosby-Ironton Tuesday, Jan. 14.

Trailing by four at halftime 25-21, the Lakers opened the second half with an 8-4 run to tie the game at 29-all and held the lead for the remainder of the game.

Crosby-Ironton's Tori Decent defends a drive by the Lakers' Sarah Tangen during DL's conference victory over the Rangers Tuesday night in Detroit Lakes. Robert Williams / Tribune
Crosby-Ironton's Tori Decent defends a drive by the Lakers' Sarah Tangen during DL's conference victory over the Rangers Tuesday night in Detroit Lakes. Robert Williams / Tribune

Sarah Tangen’s three-point basket gave DL the lead for good at 32-29 and the Lakers stretched the advantage to eight points five times in the second half, including a 52-44 lead with less than 90 seconds remaining on a pair of Maddy Bowers free throws.

The Rangers made a push to get back in the game late.

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Lily Peterson hit a three with 54 seconds left to get within five points and a Jacey Rydberg field goal created a one-possession game 52-49. Karli Nixon made one of two free throws to cut the lead to two points 52-50 but Bowers made a pair of clutch free throws with 17.3 seconds remaining to ice the victory.

Peterson had two attempts at a late three and Mya Decent missed on a third opportunity as time expired.

DL's sophomore forward Alex Bettcher scored 10 points in the second half and led all scorers with 17 points in the game Tuesday night at Ralph Anderson Gymnasium. Robert Williams / Tribune
DL's sophomore forward Alex Bettcher scored 10 points in the second half and led all scorers with 17 points in the game Tuesday night at Ralph Anderson Gymnasium. Robert Williams / Tribune

DL’s Alex Bettcher led all scorers with 17 points scoring 10 of those in the second half.

Tangen added 14 points. Bowers and Sophie Gunderson scored nine and eight, respectively.

Peterson paced the Rangers with 16 points, joined by Tori Decent with 12 and Rydberg with 10.

The Lakers shot 50 percent from the field (19-38), 50 percent from the arc (5-10) and 68 percent from the line (11-16).

C-I struggled with the road rims shooting 17-50 from the field (34%) and 5-21 from long range (23%). The Rangers made 11-15 free throws (73%).

The victory improved DL’s conference mark to 3-1 joining Park Rapids and the Rangers in first place, a half-game above Pequot Lakes (3-2). The leaders all have six Mid-State games remaining; Pequot has five left Park Rapids handed DL its only conference loss at home on January 7.

Maci Martini scored a team-high 19 points for the Pequot Lakes Patriots Tuesday night to hand Park Rapids its first Mid-State loss 70-62 in Park Rapids.

Detroit Lakes is 6-7 overall at the midway point of the season and head to Perham Friday, Jan. 17 for a non-conference game against the 9-4 Yellowjackets. Perham also plays Thursday night on the road at undefeated Pelican Rapids (14-0).

The Lakers look to get back to .500 for the third time since a 4-0 start to the season. DL is 3-7 in the last 10 games. Perham has won eight of 10 heading into Thursday night’s game against the Vikings.

Detroit Lakes 54, Crosby-Ironton 50

C-I 25 25 - 50

DL 21 33 - 54

C-I - Lily Peterson 16, Tori Decent 12, Jacey Rydberg 10, Karli Nixon 8, Madison Bordwell 2, Mya Decent 1, Haylee Hanson 1.

DL - Alex Bettcher 17, Sarah Tangen 14, Maddy Bowers 9, Sophie Gunderson 8, Kylee Price 4, Ava Gilbert 2.