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Patriots' season ends against Roseau

Haley Wiebolt, Morgan Lohmiller and Sam Littman return to the bench after shaking hands with the opposing team after falling 78-65 to Roseau on Wednesday, March 16. Photo by Dan Determan1 / 3
Karli Skog tries for a layup on a fast break in the first half of the Patriots' game against Roseau. Photo by Dan Determan2 / 3
Haley Wiebolt takes the baseline in the second half against Roseau on Wednesday, March 16. Photo by Dan Determan3 / 3

The Pequot Lakes Patriots girls basketball team saw their season come to an end on Wednesday, March 16, in a 78-65 loss to Roseau in the first round of the State Class AA tournament.

"I thought we played really well as a team," junior guard Karli Skog said. "We stayed positive on the court and we really tried our best."

The score remained close throughout the game, with the Patriots overcoming a nine-point deficit early in the first before jumping out to a nine-point lead of their own before Roseau closed the gap and went into halftime with a three-point lead.In the first 12 minutes of the second half, neither team led by more than six points at any point, but 3-pointers and free throws gave Roseau the advantage in the final minutes.

"We knew we had to put together close to 36 minutes of basketball, and we didn't on a few streaks," coach Jon Dale said. "We turned the ball over a couple of times, unforced, and for some of our kids it was the first time down in this type of atmosphere, and it kind of showed at times ... If a few things go the other way, we would be right in it. I wish Roseau well. I hope they can take the whole tournament."

Haley Wiebolt led the team with 22 points, nine assists and seven steals. Skog and Corina Ruud followed with 16 and 13 points, respectively. Olivia Lane added five points and pulled down 17 rebounds.

"I am so very proud of them," Dale said." They fought hard. The seniors I couldn't be more proud of. They have been playing well since they were in kindergarten. I'll hate to see them go ... They are just great girls that put a lot of time in. They are going to be successful."

The Patriots finish the season with an overall record of 27-4 and a section championship to their name.

"It was a great season," Dale said. "How many teams, when one of their best players (Brittny Bzdok) goes down in the second game, not only go 27-3 in the regular season but get to the state tournament? I don't think there are too many."

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Dan Determan
Staff Writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal weekly newspaper
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