Patriots crush Bagley
Thirteen different Pequot Lakes players scored as the Patriots cruised past the visiting Bagley Flyers 82-45 in non-conference action on Thursday, Feb. 20. Pequot Lakes, which has won six of their last seven games, is 16-6 overall.
Bagley is coached by Pine River-Backus graduate Brandon Schwegel. The Flyers are 15-7 overall, and could rematch with the Patriots in the Section 8AA playoffs.
“Our records are similar, but our schedule is much stronger (than Bagley),” said Pequot Lakes coach Jon Dale, who added that the lopsided score allowed many players to contribute.
Kayla Miller had a game-high 23 points while teammate Vanessa Lane added 15 points while Haley Wiebolt and Katie White each had 11 for the Patriots. The Flyers’ Kari Skersick, who had 19 points, left the game early with a lingering knee injury.
“Pequot Lakes has another good team this year, but I thought our girls played hard and never gave up,” Schwegel said.
Miller had the first four baskets to give the Patriots an 8-0 lead. Pequot Lakes pulled away late in the first half as Haley Wiebolt made a 3-point shot for a 48-24 lead, and then Jessica Faacks made two baskets late to make the halftime score 53-29.
Bagley scored the first six points of the second half, but that’s as close as the score would be as the Patriots’ reserve Corina Ruud had five points.
Pequot Lakes’ game at PR-B on Friday, Feb. 21, was postponed because of poor winter conditions. The Patriots were scheduled to face Aitkin on Tuesday, Feb. 25, and then play at Park Rapids at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25. The game’s starting time was moved up because the Pequot Lakes boys are playing at the Panthers in a Subsection 8AA playoffs.
Bagley 29 16 — 45
Pequot Lakes 53 29 — 82
Haley VantHul 2, Bailey Fultz 15, Riley Thoma 7, Kari Skersick 19, Jaysha Pemberton 2. FT 13-18 (72 percent).
Caitie Ryan 1, Haley Wiebolt 11, Caitlyn Carkhuff 1, Vanessa Lane 15, Barbara Miller 2, Emilee Buell 3, Morgan Lohmiller 3, Corina Ruud 5, Laura Squires 2, Katie White 11, Jessica Faacks 4, Kayla Miller 23, Sam Littman 1. FT 20-37 (54 percent).