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The Pequot Lakes Patriots boys’ basketball team defeated the visiting Sebeka Trojans 68-54 in non-conference play to close out the regular season on Friday, March 1. Pequot Lakes, 11-15 overall, was seeded No. 4 and will host No. 5 Park Rapids in the opening round of the North Subsection 8AA tournament. That winner advances to face top-seeded Crosby-Ironton on Saturday, March 9, at Bemidji State University. Patriots 68, Sebeka 54 On Friday, Jordan Redmond scored a career-high 32 points to lead Pequot Lakes to a win over the Trojans.
The Pequot Lakes junior varsity and freshmen boys’ basketball teams split their final two games of the season last week. The Patriot junior varsity lost to Esko 61-46 on Tuesday, Feb. 26, as C.J. Borleis scored 11 points, Hunter Larson added eight, Connor Davich seven, Jackson Goerges and Jared Hutchinson each with six, Lucas Mumm four and Erik Elverum two. “Esko was a good team that really shot well from both the floor and line,” said Pequot Lakes junior varsity coach Brian Lempola.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots junior varsity girls’ basketball team recently won two of their final three games to end the season. On Monday, Feb. 18, at Crosby-Ironton, the Patriots edged the Rangers 30-28. Kelsey Hart and Megan Lohmiller each had seven points, Laura Squires added five, Catie Ryan, Emilee Buell and Barb Miller each had four and Meghan Nelson had a free throw. At Cold Spring Rocori on Tuesday, Feb. 19, the Patriots led 27-24 at the half before losing 49-41. Ryan led the way with 15 points, Buell added 10, Jessica Faacks eight, Squires six and Nelson two.
The Pequot Lakes boys’ basketball team snapped a four-game losing streak with a 74-56 win over the Nevis Tigers on Friday, Feb. 22. The Patriots’ Jordan Redmond scored 24 points while John Craig had a season-high 13 points in the non-conference win. Pequot Lakes, 10-14 overall, played at Esko on Tuesday, Feb. 29, before hosting Sebeka in the final regular season game at 7:15 p.m. on Friday, March 1.
The Pequot Lakes girls’ basketball team has won six of its last eight games to finish the regular season with a 17-9 record. Pequot Lakes defeated Bagley 80-55 on Thursday, Feb. 21, and downed Cold Spring Rocori 94-84 on Tuesday, Feb. 19, in a pair of non-conference games. The second-seeded Patriots are scheduled to host No. 7 Roseau in the North Subsection 8AA quarterfinals on Thursday, Feb. 28. The subsection semifinals are 2:45 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at Bemidji State University.
Jordan Redmond scored 26 points, but the visiting Pequot Lakes Patriots boys’ basketball team fell to the Pelican Rapids Vikings 63-52 in non-conference action on Saturday, Feb. 16. The Patriots, 6-4 in the Mid-State Conference and 9-13 overall after their third straight loss, were schedule to play at Perham on Tuesday, Feb. 19, and then host Nevis on Friday, Feb. 22. The game was a make-up date from Jan. 29, when it was postponed due to inclement weather. Pelican Rapids 32 31 — 63 Pequot Lakes 22 30 — 52 PELICAN RAPIDS
The Pequot Lakes junior varsity girls’ basketball team notched two more wins last week as they defeated Crosby-Ironton 45-24 on Tuesday, Feb. 12, and topped Grand Rapids 51-34 on Thursday, Feb. 14. The Patriots built a 21-2 lead against C-I as the Rangers didn’t get their first basket until just before the halftime buzzer. Catie Ryan led Pequot Lakes with 13 points, Emilee Buell had 10, Jessica Faacks eight, Laura Squires five, Alex Nelson four, Morgan Lohmiller three and Caitlin Carkhuff two.
Chelsea Bonsante scored 29 points to lead the host Crosby-Ironton Rangers past the Pequot Lakes Patriots 77-72 in Mid-State Conference girls’ basketball action on Monday, Feb. 18, The Patriots, 6-4 in the Mid-State and 16-8 overall, were scheduled to end the regular season at Cold Spring Rocori on Tuesday, Feb. 19, and at Bagley on Thursday, Feb. 21, in a pair of non-conference games. Pequot Lakes will likely host a North Subsection 8AA playoff game on Thursday, Feb. 28.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots boys’ basketball team split against a pair of non-conference visitors from northern Minnesota over the weekend – losing to Crookston 58-41 on Friday, Feb. 8, and defeating Roseau 65-41 on Saturday, Feb. 9. Pequot Lakes, 9-10 overall, was scheduled to play Pillager on Tuesday, Feb. 12, and then travel to Crosby-Ironton for a Mid-State Conference game on Friday, Feb. 15. Patriots 65, Roseau 41 On Saturday, Feb. 9, Pequot Lakes defeated the Rams as Jordan Redmond had 24 points.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots junior varsity girls’ basketball team lost 71-53 in a free-scoring game against the Staples-Motley Cardinals on Thursday, Feb. 7. The Cardinals, who led 33-24 at the half, were led by Chelcee Shereck with 18 points. Catie Ryan scored 11, Emilee Buell and Morgan Lohmiller each had nine, Barb Miller eight, Kelsey Hart six, Jessica Faacks four, and Meghan Nelson, Alex Nelson and Laura Squires each had two. “We had balanced scoring,” said Pequot Lakes JV coach Kate Dale, “but we missed had too many turnovers, and missed way too many easy shots.”