The Pequot Lakes Patriot girls basketball team opened the 2017-2018 season on Thursday, Nov. 30, with new coach Katrina Moody at the helm and earned a 68-47 win over the Pine River-Backus Tigers.
The Patriots were led by a 26-point, 13-rebound performance by junior forward Olivia Lane in their victory over their Highway 371 rivals, while Bailey Wynn led the Tigers with 15 points.
The Patriots never trailed in the game, building up a quick 11-2 lead behind baskets by Lane, Karli Skog, Lola Rysavy and Addie Hubbard.
Lane then quickly picked up her second foul and went to the bench, and the Tigers began a comeback from there, pulling to within 13-12 off 3-pointers from Wynn and Olivia Adkins.
Rysavy and Britt Kratochvil picked up baskets after that to give the Patriots a little breathing room, and Lane re-entered the game to score eight points as the Patriots went on to lead 32-23 at the half.
The Tigers got the first two points of the second half, but Lane turned a 3-point play to start a 16-0 run by the Patriots, ending with two 10-footers by Kratochvil and a 3-pointer by Bre Sewall. With 12:10 left to play, the Patriots led 48-25.
Despite a few 3-pointers by the Tigers, the Patriots maintained a comfortable lead for the remainder of the game to give Moody her first career victory as a head coach.
"I thought I was more nervous, but I didn't realize how nervous the girls were because that first half was a little rough," Moody said. "Once they calmed down in the second half and started playing Pequot basketball, things turned out a little better."
Besides the 26 points by Lane, Rysavy and Skog had 10 points each and Kratochvil added eight.
Rylie Hirschey added 11 points for the Tigers.
Pine River-Backus 23 24—47
Pequot Lakes 32 36—68
Bailey Wynn 15, Sidney Lodge 2, Gabby Rainwater 2, Olivia Adkins 5, Alyssa Semmler 8, Rylie Hirschey 11, Emma Barchus 4. FG 17-58 (29 percent), FT 6-13 (46 percent). 3-point 7-35 (20 percent). Overall: 0-2. Next: hosts Cass Lake-Bena 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Britt Kratochvil 8, Olivia Lane 26, Bre Sewall 3, Kenzie Nelson 3, Kristin Skog 4, Karli Skog 10, Addie Hubbard 2, Lola Rysavy 10, Emma Benson 2.
Stephen-Argyle 66, Pequot Lakes 62
The following night, at the Sanford Center in Bemidji, the Patriots fell 66-62 to Stephen-Argyle despite a 22-point from Lane and 20 points from Skog.
The Patriots remained competitive throughout the game with the scored tied 33-33 at the half, but allowed an additional 33 points in the second half while scoring 29 points themselves.
The Patriots made eight of 10 shots from the free-throw line.
Stephen-Argyle 33 33—66
Pequot Lakes 33 29—62
Abi McGlynn 19, Savannah Riopelle 8, Maddie Weberg 6, Autumn Thompson 28, Abbey Johnson 3, Mikayla Bolduc 2. FT 19-28 (68 percent).
Desera Engholm 1, Olivia Lane 22, Bre Sewall 2, Kenzie Nelson 5, Kristin Skog 4, Karli Skog 20, Lola Rysavy 4, Emma Benson 2, Erika Lane 2. FT 8-10 (80 percent).
Menahga 64, PR-B 52
Wynn scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Pine River-Backus Tigers as they fell to the Menahga Braves 64-52 Tuesday, Nov. 28.
Gabby Rainwater added 11 points for the Tigers, who shot 40 percent from the field.
Menahga 40 24—64
Pine River-Backus 23 29—52
Alyssa Peterson 31, Megan Hendrickson 18, Tara Hendrickson 1, Cierra Ahlf 12 , Leah Schwartz 2. FG 24-60 (40 percent), FT 5-10 ( 50 percent). 3-point 11-27 (40 percent).
Bailey Wynn 22, Sidney Lodge 5, Gabby Rainwater 11, Olivia Adkins 7, Anna Felthous 2, Rylie Hirschey 5. FG 21-53 (40 percent), FT 3-8 (37 percent). 3-point 8-22 (36 percent).