Detroit Lakes swept the season series from Crosby-Ironton and won for the ninth time in 10 Mid-State games to clinch sole possession of the conference title in a 56-52 victory on the Rangers’ floor Thursday, Feb. 20.
The Lakers erased a seven-point halftime deficit outscoring the Rangers 34-23 in the second half.
DL struggled from the free throw line making five of 14 attempts (35%) and made 22 of 55 (40%) from the field. The Lakers had seven three-point baskets in the game shooting 7 for 20 (35%).
Sarah Tangen led DL with 13 points. The Lakers had three other players in double figures: Sophie Gunderson 12; Jacee Hauser 12 and Alex Bettcher 11.
Mid State Conference Champs! Nice work Lakers! pic.twitter.com/7ets4Qm2Hy— Kim Bettcher (@kbettcher) February 21, 2020
Ranger senior Tori Decent scored her 1,000th career point in the game. She is the third C-I player to surpass 1,000 points this year. Juniors Karli Nixon and Lily Peterson reached the mark earlier this season.
The Lakers completed conference play with a two-game edge over both Pequot Lakes and Park Rapids for the Mid-State championship. Park Rapids was the only team to beat DL in conference play.
Detroit Lakes (14-11) finishes the regular season at home against Moorhead (17-8) Friday, Feb. 21.
(Brainerd Dispatch Sports Editor Jeremy Millsop contributed to this report)
Mid-State Conference Standings (Final)
Team, Conf. Overall
Detroit Lakes 9-1, 14-11
Pequot Lakes 7-3, 13-13
Park Rapids Area 7-3, 12-14
Crosby-Ironton 5-5, 15-11
Staples-Motley 2-8, 7-19
Aitkin 0-10, 1-23
Detroit Lakes 56, Crosby-Ironton 52
DL 22 34 - 56
C-I 29 23 - 52
DL - Maddy Bowers 2, Alex Bettcher 11, Ava Gilbert 2, Sophie Gunderson 12, Sarah Tangen 13, Kylee Price 4, Jacee Hauser 12.
C-I - Mya Decent 5, Haylee Hanson 2, Lily Peterson 10, Karli Nixon 13, Jacey Rydberg 7, Tori Decent 13, Madison Bordwell 2.