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Senior Corina Ruud had a double-double with 24 points and 11 rebounds as the Pequot Lakes Patriot girls basketball team snapped a three-game losing skid at Sebeka on Friday, Feb. 10, with a 76-60 win over the Lady Trojans. The Patriots also had double-digit scoring nights from Olivia Lane (16 points) and Kristin Skog (11). Karli Skog and Bre Sewall each added seven points. The Patriots jumped out to a 13-3 lead at the start behind two baskets by Lane, a layup and free throw by Karli Skog and two turnaround jumpers by Ruud.
Cody Huss scored 15 points for the Pequot Lakes Patriots in a 74-55 defeat of the Hibbing Bluejackets in non-conference boys' basketball action on Monday, Feb. 6. The Patriots, who exploded for a 44-18 halftime lead, als received 13 points from Adam Casanova and 12 points from Zach Sjoblad. Pequot Lakes, 11-7 overall, were scheduled to play Pine River-Backus on Tuesday, Feb. 7, and then travel to Duluth Denfeld on Friday, Feb. 10. Hibbing 18 37 - 55 Pequot Lakes 44 30 - 74 HIBBING
The Grand Rapids Thunderhawks girls' basketball team defeated the Pequot Lakes Patriots 73-52 in non-conference action on Saturday, Feb. 4. Olivia Lane scored 20 points and Karli Skog added 12 for the Patriots, who drop to 14-5 overall. The road-weary Patriots led the entire first half and led 33-25 at the break after leading by as many as 13 points. In the second half, however, Grand Rapids junior Heaven Hamling took over for the Thunderhawks, pouring in 28 points - including five 3-pointers - after scoring just two in the first half.
The Staples-Motley Cardinals gained revenge on the Pequot Lakes Patriots girls' basketball team with a 67-51 Mid-State Conference victory on Thursday, Jan. 26. The Patriots had defeated the Cardinals 56-37 on Saturday, Jan. 21. Both teams entered the game with 13 wins, but the difference was the hot shooting of the Cardinals, who made 26 of 43 from the floor.
A total of 13 players scored as the Pequot Lakes Patriots boys' basketball team rolled past the visiting Park Rapids Panthers 73-30 in Mid-State Conference action on Friday, Jan. 27. Noah Borleis tallied 12 points and Gage Westlund added 10 for the Patriots. The game was over quickly as the Patriots assumed a 9-0 lead and eventually led 25-10 after Adam Casanova's 3-pointer. A pair of 3-pointers by Westlund extended the lead to 37-12 before another 10-0 run to eventually lead 55-19 at intermission.
The Detroit Lakes Lakers downed the Pequot Lakes Patriots boys basketball team 88-75 on Tuesday, Jan. 17. The Lakers used a barrage of eight 3-point baskets in the first half to build a 23-point lead at the halftime break. Four points by Zach Sjoblad got the Patriots a quick 4-0 lead at the start of the game, but it would be the only time they would lead in the game. The Lakers hit their first five 3-pointers and with 8:55 left in the first half, they had a 29-12 lead.
The Pequot Lakes Patriot girls basketball team improved to 12-2 overall after winning two of three recent games. Patriots 56, S-M 37 In a Mid-State Conference game on Saturday, Jan. 21, a strong second half allowed the Patriots to down the Staples-Motley Cardinals after leading by just three points at the break. In the first half, the Patriots made nine turnovers but forced 10 to keep the game close.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots girls basketball team improved to 10-1 with a non-conference win over the visiting Albany Huskies 58-43 on Friday, Jan. 13. The Patriots were led in scoring by Olivia Lane leading with 18 points, Karli Skog 14 and Corina Ruud 11.
Adam Casanova's potential winning three-point shot spun out of the basket at the buzzer as the visiting Nevis Tigers edged the Pequot Lakes Patriots 49-47 on Saturday, Jan. 14. "When Adam let the shot fly, it looked good and appeared to be in the basket," Pequot Lakes coach Rich Spiczka said, "but it came out and ended our comeback bid since we trailed most of the way." The Patriots had trailed the entire game until, with 5:10 left, Gage Westlund drained a game-tying 3-pointer to tie it at 40. But the effort fell short and Pequot Lakes dropped to 7-5 overall.
The visiting Pequot Lakes Patriots boys' basketball team played unbeaten Crosby-Ironton closely for the first 21 minutes before the Rangers went on a 15-0 run three minutes into the second half to claim a 72-50 victory in Mid-State Conference action on Tuesday, Jan. 3.