WAYNE "WHEATIES" WALLIN
On Wednesday, March 7, at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, the Pequot Lakes Patriots girls basketball team saw their season come to an end in a 62-43 loss to the top-ranked Proctor Rails in the semifinals of the Section 7-2A tournament. The Patriots got off to a strong start against the Rails, jumping out to an 8-0 run off a pair of 3-pointers by Bre Sewall.
The No. 2-seeded Pequot Lakes Patriots boys basketball team's season came to an end on Saturday, March 10, as they were eliminated by the No. 3-seeded Barnum Bombers 69-59 in the Section 7-2A quarterfinals. Zach Sjoblad led the Patriots with 18 points and Austin Young contributed 11 for a Pequot Lakes team that finishes the season with a 17-11 record. Barnum 29 40—69 Pequot Lakes 26 33—59 BARNUM
The Pequot Lakes boys' basketball team finished the regular season 16-10 overall after splitting a pair of games last week - defeating Pine River-Backus 78-55 on Tuesday, Feb. 27, and losing to Perham on Friday, March 2. Pequot Lakes was seeded No. 2 in the first subsection and was scheduled to open the Section 7-2A playoffs against No. 7 Aitkin on Tuesday, March 6. That winner advances to play at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, at Romano Gymnasium at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Patriot 78, Tigers 55
On Thursday, March 1, the Pequot Lakes Patriots girls' basketball team opened play in the Section 7-2A tournament by pounding the Pillager Huskies 71-29. "We definitely played better than we did the last time we played Pillager," coach Katrina Moody said. "We didn't come out very well the last time, but I told them it's tournament time. It doesn't matter who you are playing, you have to step on the floor like it's the last time this season - because it could possibly be. They definitely took that to heart."
The Pequot Lakes Patriot boys basketball team picked up one victory in three tries last week, topping Carlton before falling to Hibbing and Virginia. Patriots 79, Bulldogs 53 At Carlton on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 12 different Patriots scored as the team topped the Bulldogs 79-53. The Patriots rolled to a 43-27 halftime cushion and they didn't let up from there, putting up 36 more in the second half. Austin Young paced the Patriots with 18 points. Zach Sjoblad had 14, Chase Larson had 11 and Tyler Manley had 10.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots girls' basketball team closed out the regular season with two wins in three games last week. Patriots 75, Huskies 40 In a Section 7-2A game at Pillager on Tuesday, Feb. 20, the Patriots had four girls in double figures to down the Huskies 75-40. Olivia Lane had 16 points and 14 rebounds with Karli Skog adding 15 points, while Bre Sewall and Addie Hubbard each added 10.
With Olivia and Erika Lane and Karli Skog leading the way, the Pequot Lakes Patriot girls basketball team chalked up two Mid-State Conference wins to improve to 8-1 in the conference and 14-9 overall. Patriots 65, Panthers 50 At Park Rapids on Tuesday, Feb. 13, the Patriots beat their hosts by a score of 65-50 as Olivia Lane tossed in 23 points and pulled down 11 rebounds, and Skog had 17 points as the Patriots won their seventh game of their last eight. The Patriots made 52 percent of their shots in the game.
The Pequot Lakes Patriot boys basketball team picked up a split in a pair of games last week. On Tuesday, Feb. 13, they beat Crosby-Ironton 62-44 in a Mid-State Conference matchup, but fell to the sixth-ranked Hinckley-Finlayson Jaguars 80-65 on Thursday, Feb. 15. Patriots 62, Rangers 44 Chase Larson drained five 3-pointers in the 18-point win to finish with 15 points, Zach Sjoblad added 15 points of his own and Owen Seidl pitched in with 13 points - including four 3-pointers. The Patriots made 67 percent of their shots, including nine of 12 from behind the arc.
In a Mid-State Conference game on Thursday, Feb. 8, Pequot Lakes junior Olivia Lane scored 22 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to lead the Patriot girls basketball team to a 68-40 win of the Aitkin Gobblers. Included in Lane's rebound total was her 1,000th career board. "She is averaging a double-double for us this year, making her a big contributor on both ends of the floor for us," coach Katrina Moody said. "Rebounds are about wanting to go get it, and to have 1,000 in a career as a junior shows that she is one of the elite players in the area."
The Pequot Lakes Patriot girls' basketball team split a pair of games last week, topping Detroit Lakes 72-54 on Tuesday, Jan. 30, before falling to Crosby-Ironton 48-42 Friday, Feb. 2. Patriots 72, Lakers 54 In Detroit Lakes, the Patriots won behind Olivia Lane and Karli Skog, both of whom scored 21 points. Addie Hubbard had 14 points for the Patriots, who won their fifth consecutive game. The Patriots led their opponents 41-36 at halftime. They then put the game away by outscoring the Lakers 31-18 after the break.