WAYNE "WHEATIES" WALLIN
The Pequot Lakes Patriots girls basketball team is now a perfect 16-0 after winning two more games last week. On Tuesday, Jan. 27, the Patriots hosted the Park Rapids Panthers in a Mid-State Conference clash, outclassing them by a score of 71-36. The in a Thursday, Jan. 28, game with the Deer River Warriors, the Patriots had record 42-point performance en route to a 90-43 performance. It is the second time the she has scored 40-plus points this season. "Haley had a great night," coach Jon Dale said. "(The Warriors) had no answer in trying to stop her."
The Pequot Lakes Patriots boys basketball team split a pair of games last week. On Tuesday, Jan. 26, the Patriots dropped their fourth game in a row with a 47-45 loss to the Nevis Tigers. On Friday, Jan. 29, in a game in Park Rapids, the team snapped its losing streak by pounding the Panthers 78-35, with three players scoring in double digits. Nevis 47, Pequot Lakes 45 The Patriots led the Tigers by a score of 21-15 at the half, but were outscored by their hosts 32-24 after the break to lose by two.
The Patriot boys basketball team fell to the Detroit Lakes Lakers on the road in a Mid-State Conference game on Tuesday, Jan. 19 by a score of 80-41. On Thursday, Jan. 21, in a home game against Perham, the Yellowjackets unleashed 14 3-pointers to down the Patriots 67-62. The Patriots found themselves behind 47-23 at halftime against the Lakers, and that would continue as they were outscored 33-18, ultimately losing by 39 points.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots girls basketball team, ranked second in Class 2A, stayed unbeaten by topping both the Perham Yellowjackets and the Detroit Lakes Lakers last week. In a non-conference game on Tuesday, Jan. 19, the Pats beat the Yellowjackets 65-39 behind 27 points and eight assists from Haley Wiebolt. On Thursday, Jan. 21, the Patriots traveled to Detroit Lakes for a Mid-State Conference game. The Patriots put things together behind 21 points and eight assists by Wiebolt for a 55-40 victory.
A large crowd of fans, both from Pequot Lakes and Pine River-Backus, filled the Patriots Athletic Center on Friday, Jan. 22, as the Tigers edged the Patriots 51-49 in overtime for bragging rights along State Highway 371. The Tigers got off to a strong start after Pequot's Josh Buell sunk a free throw to begin the scoring. PR-B's Zach Struss scored four points and Konrad Bueckers had three layups of own as the Tigers jumped out to a quick 10-1 lead. The Patriots answered with two 3-pointers from CJ Borleis, but with 7:10 left in the first half, the Tigers had an 18-8 lead.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots girls' basketball team improved to 7-0 overall by beating Verndale 56-42 in a non-conference game on Tuesday, Dec. 22, at the Pequot Lakes Athletic Center. The Patriots' depth proved to be too much for the Pirates, who came to town with a 5-1 record led by junior Shania Glenz. Senior guard Haley Wiebolt tallied 19 points while Olivia Lane had 14 points and nine rebounds for Class AA's fifth-ranked Patriots. Glenz tallied 13 points for the Pirates.
After trailing 31-30 at halftime, the Pequot Lakes Patriots gave up just 16 second-half points leading to a 62-47 non-conference win over Milaca on Tuesday, Dec. 22. "The kids worked their tails off all game," said Pequot Lakes coach Ben Starns. "In the first half we couldn't get shots to fall and Milaca had it's shots falling. In the second half, we upped our pressure and put it on more consistently. "We never really hit jump shots, but we got more opportunities in higher percentage spots on the floor. We got more out of transition than in the first half.
Haley Wiebolt netted 25 points, six assists and four steals while teammate Corina Ruud added 12 points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots as Class AA's fifth-ranked Pequot Lakes Patriots defeated the host Bemidji Lumberjacks 59-53 in non-conference girls' basketball action on Saturday, Dec. 19. "It's a nice win any time you play a larger school on an away court," said Pequot Lakes coach Jon Dale. "We were up by 10 points most of the game. The only thing we didn't do well was make our free throws (hitting just 13 of 30)."
Minnewaska held off the Pequot Lakes Patriot boys' basketball team 59-57 in a non-conference game on Monday, Dec. 21. Gage Westlund scored 17 points while teammate CJ Borleis added 13 and Hunter Larson had 12 for the Patriots, who shot just two free throws. Pequot Lakes, 5-3 overall, was scheduled to face Milaca on Tuesday, Dec. 22, and then host Verndale in their home tournament at 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 29, at the Pequot Lakes Athletic Center. Minnewaska 28 21 - 59 Pequot Lakes 25 32 - 57 MINNEWASKA
Hunter Larson scored 24 points to help the Pequot Lakes Patriots boys' basketball team defeat the Pillager Huskies 68-49 in non-conference action on Friday, Dec. 11, at the Pequot Lakes Athletic Center. Larson made a pair of 3-pointers to give Pequot Lakes a 17-11 lead. The Huskies cut the deficit to 19-18, but the Patriots closed out the first half by scoring eight of the final 11 points to lead 30-22 at the break. Pequot Lakes opened the second half with a 12-2 run sparked by seven points from C.J. Borleis. The Patriots pulled away with a 48-31 lead on a driving layup by Nathan Traut.