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Patriots hope extra work pays off

The Pequot Lakes High School girls’ basketball team includes, front row from left, Kristin Skog, Laura Squires, Brittny Bzdok, Haley Wieboldt, Morgan Lohmiller and Jessica Faacks; back row from left, Molly Dotty, Quinn Kratochvil, Maggie Miska, Corina Ruud, Olivia Lane, Karli Skog, Sam Littman and Lyndsey Johnson. Photo by Dan Determan.

The Pequot Lakes Patriots girls’ basketball team is hoping extra off-season work will help them build off last year’s 18-9 overall record, according to head coach Jon Dale.

“The girls are coming into the season with high expectations and great attitudes after working hard over the summer with camp and tournaments,” said Dale, who has compiled a 304-87 coaching record going into his 16th season with the Patriots. “We hope to contend for the (Mid-State) conference title, along with contending for a title in our new Section 7AA.”

Returning letterwinners for Pequot Lakes are senior guards Haley Wiebolt, Brittny Bzdok, Laura Squires and Jessica Faacks; senior forwards Morgan Lohmiller and Sam Littman; junior center Corina Ruud, junior forward Karli Skog; and sophomore forward Olivia Lane.

Others who could contribute are junior forward Lyndsey Johnson, junior guards Molly Dotty and Quinn Kratochvil; sophomore forward Maggie Miska, and sophomore guard Kristin Skog.

Last year, Pequot Lakes finished 7-3 and were runners-up behind Detroit Lakes in the Mid-State Conference. 

Wiebolt and Bzdok were both all-conference selections. Wiebolt, who was also chosen team most valuable player, averaged 15.8 points and a team-high 8.3 assists and 3.2 steals. Ruud led the Patriots in rebounding (6.9 average) and blocks (2.7).

Other individual awards for Pequot Lakes last season included: Bzdok, defensive award; Ruud, most improved; and Faacks, the Patriot Award.

The Patriots were also successful in the classroom as Pequot Lakes players compiled a grade-point average of 3.68 to earn the Silver Award.

“Our future looks bright,” Coach Dale said after last season ended. “Our seventh-grade team was undefeated and our junior varsity and C-teams had great seasons.”

Last season, the Patriots were eliminated in the North Subsection 8AA semifinals when sophomore Kiley Borowicz scored 45 points to lead No. 3 Roseau past second-seeded Pequot Lakes 72-63.

The Patriots now switch to playing in Section 7AA, which includes defending section champion Esko and runner-up International Falls.

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Pequot Lakes Girls' Basketball Schedule

DECEMBER

4 - Proctor at Pequot Lakes, 5:45 p.m.

8 - Pequot Lakes at St. Cloud Cathedral, 7:15 p.m.

11 - Pequot Lakes at Park Rapids, 7:15 p.m.

17 - Albany at Pequot Lakes, 7:15 p.m.

19 - Pequot Lakes at Bemidji, 1 p.m.

22 - Verndale at Pequot Lakes, 7:15 p.m.

29 - Pequot Lakes tournament, TBD

30 - Pequot Lakes tournament, TBD

JANUARY

5 - Pequot Lakes at Staples-Motley, 7:15 p.m.

8 - Crosby-Ironton at Pequot Lakes, 7:15 p.m.

14 - Pequot Lakes at Pillager, 7:30 p.m.

19 - Perham at Pequot Lakes, 7:15 p.m.

21 - Pequot Lakes at Detroit Lakes, 7:15 p.m.

26 - Park Rapids at Pequot Lakes, 7:15 p.m.

28 - Deer River at Pequot Lakes, 7:15 p.m.

FEBRUARY

2 - Detroit Lakes at Pequot Lakes, 7:15 p.m.

4 - Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton at Pequot Lakes, 7:15 p.m.

6 - Pequot Lakes at Grand Rapids, TBD

9 - Pequot Lakes at Crosby-Ironton, 7:15 p.m.

13 - Pequot Lakes at Esko, 1:30 p.m.

16 - Pequot Lakes at Aitkin, 7:30 p.m.

18 - Bagley at Pequot Lakes, 7:15 p.m.

20 - Pequot Lakes at Milaca, 2:30 p.m.

23 - Sebeka at Pequot Lakes, 7:15 p.m.

26 - Staples-Motley at Pequot Lakes, 7:15 p.m.

MARCH

2 - Section first round, TBD

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