Patriots advance to subsection final
The top-seeded Pequot Lakes girls’ basketball team began its playoff run with an 83-59 Subsection 8AA quarterfinal victory at home over No. 9 seeded Badger/Greenbush-Middle River on Thursday, March 6, and a 72-54 subsection semifinal win over No. 4 Roseau on Saturday, March 8, in Bagley.
The Patriots, 21-6 overall after six straight wins, were scheduled to face second-seeded East Grand Forks in the subsection final on Tuesday, March 11. The Green Wave advanced with a 65-41 victory over Crosby-Ironton in the other subsection semifinal. Pequot Lakes had defeated EGF 61-55 on the road in the second game of the regular season.
The north and south subsection winners will play in the Section 8AA championship game at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 14, at Concordia College in Moorhead.
Patriots 83, Badger-Greenbush-MR 59
On March 6, Pequot Lakes had all five starters in double figures for scoring including Vanessa Lane, who finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds.
“We played pretty well at times, and (Badger-Greenbush-MR) never gave up,” said Pequot Lakes coach Jon Dale.
The Patriots grabbed a 17-2 lead in the first five minutes, and later led 27-8 after a 3-point shot by Kayla Miller. Pequot Lakes led 42-14 after baskets by Katie White and Caitie Ryan before leading 47-23 at the half.
The Patriots turned the ball over several times at the start of the second half, but they did settle down and led 60-30 after a three-point play by Lane. The coaches substituted freely in the final minutes, and the final basket was scored on a steal and layup by Sam Littman.
“We shot pretty well from both the lane and from the field,” said Dale, whose squad made 18 of 25 free throws. “We also had good balance scoring.”
Miller and Haley Wiebolt each added 13, while Caitie Ryan finished with 11 and White had 10. Tori Mekash had 24 for the Gators.
Badger/Greenbush/MR 23 36 — 59
Pequot Lakes 47 36 — 83
Emily Anderson 13, Kate Howell 4,Tori Mekash 24, Mariah Modahl 5, Paige Taggart 2, Carly Mekash 4, Alyssa Wahl 2, Hannah Gjovik 3, Shania Strand 2. FT 15-23 (65 percent).
Caitie Ryan 11, Haley Wiebolt 13, Kelsey Hart 5, Vanessa Lane 24, Emilee Buell 4, Laura Squires 1, Katie White 10, Kayla Miller 13, Sam Littman 2. FG 31-74 (42 percent), FT 18-25 (72 percent). 3-point 1-7 (14 percent).
Patriots 72, Roseau 54
On March 8, Pequot Lakes grabbed a 12-8 lead they would never relinquish after baskets by Lane and Miller. The Patriots later led 35-27 at the break on way to their 11th win in 12 games.
The Rams pulled to within 18-17 after a 3-pointer by Alexis Melby and a 12-footer by Kalie Borowicz, but the Patriots went on a 9-1 run started by White’s 3-pointer and ending with Hart’s basket for 27-18 lead with 5:02 left in the half.
Roseau cut the deficit to 29-23, but the Patriots went on an 8-3 run to lead at half. Pequot Lakes broke the game open early in the second half as it assumed a 46-29 lead on the strength of five points from White and baskets by Miller and Lane.
The Patriots later led 58-38 on a basket by Hart. The Rams cut the deficit to 61-49 with five minutes left. But baskets by Miller, White and Lane pushed the lead back to 67-50. Pequot Lakes then closed out the game by making five of six free throws.
“Once we got going, we did well and built a nice lead before we made some costly turnovers and let them back into it,” Coach Dale said.
The Patriots had a well-balanced scoring with White leading the way with 16 points, Lane added 15, Miller 14 and Kelsey Hart came off the bench with 10.
Roseau 25 29 — 54
Pequot Lakes 37 35 — 72
Amelia Johnson 6, Kacie Borowicz 8, Breanna Hebel 2, Ericka Beito 6, Alexis Melby 3, Rachel Lindemann 6, Kiley Borowicz 21, Kaitlyn Christianson 2. FG 18-48 (38 percent), FT 8-16 (50 percent). 3-point 2-6 (33 percent).
Caitie Ryan 4, Haley Wiebolt 7, Kelsey Hart 10, Vanessa Lane 15, Emilee Buell 6, Katie White 16, Kayla Miller 14. FG 30-63 (48 percent), FT 10-19 (percent). 3-point 2-8 (25 percent).