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Patriots fall to Esko

The Pequot Lakes Patriots girls’ basketball team led by eight points early in the second half before the Esko Eskimos rallied for a 72-67 non-conference victory on Saturday, Jan. 4.

“We just didn’t play well,” said Pequot Lakes coach Jon Dale. “It was evenly matched, but then Haley (Wiebolt) and Kayla (Miller) fouled out. That was the difference because we had trouble stopping their point guard, and containing their spread offense.”

That point guard was freshman Ava Gronsorowski, who finished with 21 points. Another Esko freshman, Judy Wagemaker, added 14 points.

“Esko is one of the better teams in Section 7AA, and they only have one loss (against Mountain Iron-Buhl),” Dale said of the Eskomos, who have won seven straight games, “but it was close. It was a one point game with about a minute left. We then threw the ball away on an inbounds pass in the final seconds when we were down by three.”

The Patriots, who led 34-31 at intermission, were led in scoring by Vanessa Lane with 19 points, Katie White with 15 points and Kayla Miller with 14.

Pequot Lakes, 6-4 overall, was scheduled to play Staples-Motley on Tuesday, Jan. 7, and then host Crosby-Ironton on Friday, Jan. 10.

Esko 31 41 — 72

Pequot Lakes 34 33 — 67


Kailee Kiminski 3, Judy Wagemaker 10, Erika Shady 2, Bailey Mudek 7, Ava Gonsorowski 21, Kailee Katt 7, Ashley Bergerson 12, Hailey Salo 4. FT 16-22 (73 percent).


Caitie Ryan 4, Haley Wiebolt 7, Vanessa Lane 21, Emilee Buell 6, Katie White 15, Kayla Miller 14. FT 9-19 (47 percent).

Patriots 73, Perham 39

On Thursday, Jan. 2, Pequot Lakes cruised past the host Yellowjackets after leading the non-conference game 41-19 at the break.

Ten Patriots scored, led by Lane with 17, White with 16, Miller with 13 and Caitie Ryan with 10. Lane also had nine rebounds against the young Perham team.

Pequot Lakes shot well, making 27 of 52 (52 percent) from the field.

“We didn’t have too much trouble as Perham is a rebuilding team,” Dale said of the Yellowjackets, who were led in scoring by Ella Von Ruden with seven points.

Pequot Lakes 41 32 — 73

Perham 19 20 — 39


Tina Scheidecker 2, Josie Beachy 6, Maria Rutten 6, Brittany Miller 6, Ella Von Ruden 7, Analea Erickson 2, Sydney Roberts 3, Carolynn Baardsen 6. FT 7-14 (50 percent).


Caitie Ryan 10, Haley Wiebolt 4, Kelsey Hart 2, Vanessa Lane 17, Emilee Buell 4, Morgan Lohmiller 2, Laura Squires 1, Katie White 16, Jessica Faacks 4, Kayla Miller 13. FG 27-52 (52 percent), FT 12-16 (75 percent). 3-point 3-9 (33 percent).