Lakers down Patriots on Monday
The host Detroit Lakes Lakers snapped the Pequot Lakes Patriots girls’ basketball team’s five-game winning streak with a 66-61 Mid-State Conference victory on Monday, Feb. 17.
Detroit Lakes used eight 3-point baskets to improve to 8-1 in the conference while the Patriots drop to 7-2.
Pequot Lakes enjoyed a 56-53 lead with less than five minutes remaining when the Patriots fouled Kyley Foster on a 3-point attempt, and she made all three shots to tie it.
“(DL) hit 3-pointers on their next two possessions for a 62-56 lead,” said Pequot Lakes coach Jon Dale. “Those 3-pointers killed us, and we never did recover. We did play hard, and had our chances.”
The Patriots, 15-6 overall, are scheduled to host Bagley at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20. Pequot Lakes then plays at Pine River-Backus at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21.
Katie White scored 20 points and pulled down eight rebounds while Kayla Miller added 15 points and Vanessa Lane 10 for the Patriots. Haley Wiebolt contributed eight points and seven assists for Pequot Lakes, which was tied 31-31 at the half.
“It was fun to play in a back-and-forth game,” Miller said, “but it would have been a lot more fun if we had won.”
Detroit Lakes coach Mike Hoganson added: “It was a game of runs as both teams had seven- or eight-point leads and the other would come back.”
Pequot Lakes 31 30 — 61
Detroit Lakes 31 35 — 66
Caitie Ryan 4, Haley Wiebolt 8, Kelsey Hart 2, Vanessa Lane 10, Emilee Buell 2, Katie White 20, Kayla Miller 15. FG 22-54 (41 percent), FT 5-6 (83 percent). 3-point: 4-14 (29 percent).
Kyley Foster 14, Hailey Jorgenson 14, Kyra Vagle 7, Shay Nielsen 19, Trisa Hutchinson 6, Brooke Olson 6. FT 10-14 (71 percent). 3-point: 8.
Patriots 67, Grand Rapids 66
Pequot Lakes earned a non-conference victory over the Thunderhawks in a nail-biter on Thursday, Feb. 13. The Patriots were led by Lane with 26 points and 12 boards while teammates Miller added 11 points, White grabbed 10 rebounds and Wiebolt had 10 assists.
Junior Taylor Kane of Grand Rapids took game-high honors as she poured in 28 points from her post position.
“It was a big win for us as they’re a Class 3-A school,” Coach Dale said. “We made a nice comeback to get the lead after we were down by 11 points against a real good team.”
The Thunderhawks built an 18-7 lead after six minutes, but the Patriots pulled to within 18-14 after a pair of baskets by Emilee Buell. Grand Rapids eventually led 31-26 before Pequot Lakes made its move. Layups by White and Lane put the Patriots ahead 32-31 with 3:10 left in the first half. Miller later made a 3-point shot to give the visitors a 38-33 halftime lead.
Early in the second half, Pequot Lakes pulled ahead 43-37 as Miller had a 3-pointer and a fast-break basket. The Patriots later led by eight points behind two baskets by Lane and a 16-foot shot by Wiebolt. The visitors extended the lead to 53-41 with 11:50 left on layups by Kelsey Hart and Lane.
A pair of 3-pointers by Heaven Hamling kept the game close, and then Taylor Kane cut the deficit to 63-62 before a layup by Lane extended the lead to three points. White then found Buell open for a layup to make it 67-62. In the final minutes, the Patriots missed icing the game when they missed the front end of three one-on-one chances at the free-throw line.
Meanwhile, Grand Rapids made a pair of free throws to cut the deficit to 67-66. The Thunderhawks then had a chance to win with 5.6 seconds left, but a 3-point shot rimmed out and Miller grabbed the rebound.
“I thought the girls did a great job handling the ball when we were trying to kill the clock and Grand Rapids was pressuring us,” said Dale, whose team made just eight of 17 free throws. “If we would have made our free throws, it would not have been close. We didn’t shoot well, but we played good defense when we rallied for the lead.”
Grand Rapids 33 33 — 66
Pequot Lakes 38 29 — 67
Heaven Hamling 17, Maggie Gibbons 6, Kaitlyn Guertin 6, Hannah Morris 2, Megan Allen 7, Taylor Kane 28. FT 8-15 (53 percent).
Caitie Ryan 6, Haley Wiebolt 6 10 assists, Kelsey Hart 2, Vanessa Lane 26, Emilee Buell 8, Katie White 8 10 rebounds, Kayla Miller 11. FG 24-62 (38 percent), FT 8-17 (47 percent). 3-point 3-8 (37 percent).
Patriots 67, C-I 58
Pequot Lakes broke open a close game with a 14-2 run to open the second half in a Mid-State Conference win over the Crosby-Ironton Rangers.
“We had too many turnovers in the first half, and (C-I) led for a while, but we got things going in the final three minutes of the half for a seven-point halftime lead,” Coach Jon Dale said. “Then we had a great start in the seconed half, but (C-I) did make a couple of runs to pull within six points a couple times.”
Lane had a big night with 25 points and 10 boardswhile Miller added 14 points and White 12 points for the Patriots. The Rangers’ Hallie Schmidt had 21 points while Meredith Silgen added 16.
The Rangers jumped to a 9-2 lead as Pequot Lakes turned the ball over seven times in the opening minutes. The Patriots got their act together and quickly tied it on Kelsey Hart’s layup, Caitie Ryan’s 16-foot basket and a 3-point basket by White. Ryan then added a basket and free throw for a 12-9 lead.
A pair of baskets by Silgen eventually gave C-I a 15-12 advantage, but that would be the Rangers’ final lead. The Patriots enjoyed a 10-0 run in the final 3:13 for a 30-23 edge at halftime.
Pequot Lakes extended the lead to 38-23 just 2:20 into the second half, and then the visitors extended the advantage to 19 points. The Rangers then made a comeback as they cut the deficit to 51-45 when Schmidt nailed a 3-pointer and a 13-foot basket.
The Patriots extended the lead to 67-58 with 4:14 left as Lane had two layups and a free throw and Miller added a 3-point shot. The lead proved to be insurmountable as the Rangers fell to 4-5 in the conference and 10-9 overall.
Crosby-Ironton 23 35 — 58
Pequot Lakes 30 37 — 67
Lauren Peterson 8, Hallie Schmidt 21, Meredith Silgen 16, Shannon Lundgren 13. FG 23-55 (42 percent), FT 9-9 (100 percent). 3-point 3-15 (20 percent).
Caitie Ryan 7, Haley Wiebolt 3, Kelsey Hart 2, Vanessa Lane 25, Emilee Buell 4, Katie White 12, Kayla Miller 14. FG 28-63 (percent), FT 8-15 (percent). 3-point (3-6 percent).