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Danecdotes: PL's Olivia Lane commits to UND

Olivia Lane of Pequot Lakes poses with UND head coach Travis Brewster after verbally committing to play basketball for the Fighting Hawks after graduating. Submitted Photo 1 / 3
Dan Determan/Echo Journal Patriot forward Olivia Lane works around a Crosby-Ironton defender in Pequot Lakes Tuesday, Feb. 7.2 / 3
Dan Determan/Echo Journal Pequot Lakes forward Olivia Lane drives the lane in the second half against Aitkin Tuesday, Jan. 17.3 / 3

Pequot Lakes' Olivia Lane has two years left in a Patriots uniform, but her plans for what comes next are already set.

The junior forward on the girls basketball team has verbally committed to play for the University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks after graduating in 2019.

"This is a dream come true for me," she said.

Though she just finished her sophomore, she said she is happy to have this decision behind her.

"(Committing early) kind of takes the pressure of everything off," she said. "There is a big advantage to that. I know I want to go there."

In her sophomore season, Lane scored her 1,000th career point and broke a Pequot Lakes single-game record by scoring 44 points in a February game against Hinckley-Finlayson. She is on pace to break the school's all-time scoring mark of 2,174 career points, currently held by 2011 grad Emily Lueck.

She is also a prominent member of the Patriot track and field team, winning a state championship as a part of the 4x400 relay team on Saturday, June 10. Her older sister, Vanessa, has made headlines as a member of the South Dakota State University track team, but Lane has known from a young age that basketball is her preferred sport that she would continue playing at the collegiate level.

"I like everything about basketball," Lane said. "I love how intense it is and playing with my team and the feel of that team aspect."

She visited the UND campus and met with the team this spring, saying she knew then a college career with the Fighting Hawks was the right fit for her.

"Their coaches are amazing and the team atmosphere ... I just loved that about it," Lane said. "It was everything I would like in a college, and it was a super nice campus.

"Their game is a very fast-paced game, and I think I have a faster, more aggressive style," Lane said. "I think that will go well with their program ... I'm hoping to add something to the team and be a team player. I hope to do a good job for them on defense and also contribute with some offense."

In the offseason, she has played for the Central Lakes Thunder AAU team, which won the United States Amateur State Championship and received an invitation to compete in the national tournament.

In her remaining time with the Patriots, Lane has made it her goal to hone her skills and correct any shortcomings - including improvement of her quickness and dribbling skills as well as utilizing her left side to greater effect - both in the post and off the dribble.

Ultimately, though, she hopes to spend the next two winters finding success with her Patriot teammates.

"I'm hoping we can go to state again," Lane said. "That would be really fun for us as a team."

Dan Determan
Staff Writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal weekly newspaper
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