Detroit Lakes was near perfect at the free throw line and jumped on the Cardinals early in a 73-42 Mid-State Conference victory at Staples Friday, Feb. 12.

Sarah Tangen drained a three-pointer on the Lakers’ opening possession and the DL offensive got up and down the floor to a 13-3 lead six minutes into the game on a pair of Alex Bettcher free throws.

The Lakers were 18-21 at the charity stripe shooting 86 percent.

The Cardinals were able to stay within 10 points the remainder of the half as the Lakers took a 34-23 lead to the break.

An 18-4 run to start the second half put the game on ice. DL’s lead was a 30-point margin at the six-minute mark 61-31.

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Staples-Motley’s Tabetha Allen recorded 13 points for the Cardinals; Aften Robinson added 10.

A dozen Laker shooters scored in the game, led by four in double figures: Jacee Hauser with 13 points; Alex Bettcher 12, Ava Gilbert 11, and Tangen had 10.

DL improved to 5-4 overall and 4-2 in conference play; the Cardinals are 3-6 and 1-5.

The Lakers will be at home Tuesday, Feb. 16 for a big Section 8AAA game with Alexandria. Cardinals head coach Wendy Kohler brings her team (7-2) to Ralph Anderson Gymnasium on a six-game winning streak.

The game is DL’s first of only three against 8AAA opponents this year. Alex, on the other hand, has 10 section opponents on its 18-game regular season schedule. Tuesday’s game will be the sixth for the top ranked team in 8AAA.

Detroit Lakes 73, Staples-Motley 42

DL 34 39 - 73

SM 23 19 - 42

DL - Jacee Hauser 13, Alex Bettcher 12, Ava Gilbert 11, Sarah Tangen 10, Mya Anderson 6, Kylee Price 5, Grace Gunderson 5, Maddy Bowers 4, Olivia Clark-Burnette 2, Ava Jones 2, Abby Larson 2, Kate Stearns 1.

S-M - Tabetha Allen 13, Aften Robinson 10, Allison Knosalla 7, Haley Cichos 7, Lauren Rutten 5.