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The Pequot Lakes Patriots girls’ basketball team defeated the Deer River Warriors 82-35 in non-conference girls’ basketball action on Saturday, Jan. 19.

The Patriots, 11-6 overall, are scheduled to play at Detroit Lakes in a Mid-State Conference matchup on Thursday, Jan. 24.

Against Deer River, the Patriots dominated early, jumping to a 53-8 halftime lead. Vanessa Lane scored 22 points and Kayla Miller added 21 to lead Pequot Lakes, which shot 66 percent from the field. Jessica Kreitz added 11 points for the Patriots.

Deer River 8 27 — 35

Pequot Lakes 53 29 — 82


Kelsey Fairbanks 3, Tayler Goggleye, Donna Velishek 7, Gina Schimek 2, Caitlin Fairbanks 4, Tali Plate 8, Angelina Villeneuve 2, Maggie Swanson 5, Kristen Vickerman 2, Kayla Root 2. FT 10-15 (67 percent).


Hayley Wiebolt 6, Kelsey Hart 4, Vanessa Lane 22, Emilee Buell 6, Morgan Lohmiller 4, Laura Squires 2, Katie White 6, Kayla Miller 21, Jessica Kreitz 11. FG 38-58 (66 percent), FT 6-9 (67 percent).

Staples-Motley 81, Patriots 58

On Thursday, Jan. 17, the Cardinals had too much depth and too much outside shooting success with eighth three-point baskets. Kelly Pearson scored a game-high 25 points and reached 1,000 career points as S-M, ranked No. 9 in Class AA,

S-M improved to 6-0 in the conference while the Patriots fell to 3-1 in the Mid-State.

“(S-M’s) depth wore us out in the second half,” said Pequot Lakes coach Jon Dale. “We caught up a few times, but (S-M) would hit a three to start a run. They’re a good team, and their depth was the difference.”

The teams exchanged leads early before a 6-0 run by the Cardinals gave them a 22-17 advantage. Katie White nailed a three-point basket for Pequot Lakes, but S-M went on a 12-0 run. The half ended with the Cardinals owning a 38-26 cushion.

The Patriots got back into the game early in the second half after a pair of baskets by each Lane and Kreitz. S-M went on another run to assume a 46-38 lead following a three-point basket by Kyann Nyhus. Pequot Lakes chipped away at the lead and cut the deficit to 46-43 after baskets by Miller and Kreitz. But Jasmine McGillivray made a three-point shot to start a 15-0 run and push the lead to 61-43.

The Patriots cut the deficit to 16 points, but the Cardinals ended the game with three-pointers by Mikayla Wing and McGillivray. Lane netted a team-high 19 points while Miller notched 16 and Kreitz had 13.

Pequot Lakes 26 32 — 58

Staples-Motley 38 43 — 81


Hayley Wiebolt 1, Brittny Bzdok 2, Vanessa Lane 19, Katie White 7, Kayla Miller 16, Jessica Kreitz 13. FG 24-47 (51 percent), FT 5-10 (50 percent). 3-point 1-9 (11 percent).


Jaelin Beachy 13, Mackenzie Holst 4, Mikayla Wing 16, Kaitlin Spar 6, Kelly Pearson 25, Brooke Wolhowe 2, Kyann Nyhus 3, Jasmine McGillivray 12. FG 23-39 (percent). FT 11-12 (percent). 3-point 8-25 (32 percent).

Patriots 60, W-DC 52

This win over visiting the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines on Tuesday, Jan. 15, was revenge for Pequot Lakes, who had lost to W-DC 58-47 in the third-place game of the holiday tournament last month in Walker.

On Jan. 15, Emily Miron’s rebound basket gave the Wolverines a 16-11 lead before Pequot Lakes rallied with a 9-0 run that was sparked by a three-point basket by Lane.

The Patriots eventually led 27-20 at intermission, and got the first four points of the second half. In the second half, the teams traded baskets but Pequot Lakes maintained a 49-39 lead with 6:10 left. The Wolverines rallied behind five points from Miron and a pair of free throws from Caitlin Volkmann to cut the deficit to three points.

The Patriots led 53-48 with 1:24 left, but added insurance points when Kreitz broke loose for a layup and added a free throw with 1:02 left. The hosts sealed the victory by making four of six free throws in the final minute.

Miller finished with a team-high 20 points while Kreitz scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Wiebolt finished with 11 points and Lane pulled down 10 rebounds.

Emily Miron’s 28 points and Caitlin Volkmann’s 21 accounted for all but three of the Wolverines’ points.

Wadena-DC 20 32 — 52

Pequot Lakes 27 33 — 60


Hope Theisen 2, Sydney Schissel 1, Caitlin Volkmann 21, Emily Miron 28. FT 8-14 (percent).


Haley Wiebolt 11, Brittny Bzdok 4, Vanessa Lane 6, Katie White 4, Kayla Miller 20, Jessica Kreitz 15. FG 23-55 (42 percent), FT 11-18 (61 percent). 3-point 3-11 (27 percent).