The Detroit Lakes girls basketball team used an 11-point second half scoring differential to erase a halftime deficit and defeat Park Rapids 60-55 on the road setting up an opportunity to clinch sole possession of the Mid-State title.
Sarah Tangen led the second half charge. The Lakers trailed 33-27 at the break, but Tangen scored 18 of her team-high 20 points in the final 18 minutes.
Park Rapids led late in the game, but allowed the Lakers to rally missing six free throws down the stretch.
Alex Bettcher added 19 points and Abby Larson scored 10 to pace DL’s offense. Kylee Price had seven points and Sophie Gunderson added four.
Park Rapids came into the game holding a half-game lead in the Mid-State. The Laker victory jumped DL into the top spot at 7-1. The Panthers dropped to 7-2 and 11-13 overall.
Detroit Lakes has won four of the last five games to even its overall mark at 11-11 heading into a non-conference game at home Friday, Feb. 14 against Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (7-15).
Friday night is autograph night. The general public and especially all elementary and middle school students are invited to walk through the varsity autograph line to get photos autographed and take a picture with their favorite Laker.
DL can secure the Mid-State championship but will have to do so on the road at Aitkin Feb. 18 and Crosby-Ironton Feb. 20 before finishing the regular season at home against Moorhead on Feb. 21.
Detroit Lakes 60, Park Rapids 55
DL 27 33 - 60
PR 33 22 - 55
DL - Sarah Tangen 20, Alex Bettcher 19, Abby Larson 10, Kylee Price 7, Sophie Gunderson 4.
PR - N/A