WAYNE "WHEATIES" WALLIN
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.”
The Staples-Motley Cardinals improved to 9-0 and clinched the Mid-State Conference title with a 76-57 win over the Pequot Lakes Patriots in girls’ basketball action on Thursday, Feb. 7. The Patriots, 5-3 in the Mid-State and 13-8 overall, were scheduled to play Crosby-Ironton on Tuesday, Feb. 12, and then host Grand Rapids on Thursday, Feb. 14. Kelly Pearson had 20 points for the Cardinals, who are ranked No. 7 in the Class AA poll. Pequot Lakes had five players score in double figures, led by Kayla Miller’s 13 points.
The Pequot Lakes freshmen boys' basketball team settled for fourth place at their four-team tournament on Saturday, Jan. 26. In the first round, the Staples-Motley Cardinals edged the PR-B Tigers 39-38 while the Patriots lost to Bemidji 70-37. The first half was fairly even before the Lumberjacks hit a couple of three-pointers late to build a 31-22 cushion at the break. In the second half the much-taller Lumberjacks outscored the Patriots 18-4 at the start to build a 49-31 lead.
The visiting Pequot Lakes Patriots girls’ basketball team fell to the Detroit Lakes Lakers in a 63-40 Mid-State Conference game on Thursday, Jan. 24. Kayla Miller scored 13 points for the Patriots while Katie White followed with 11 points. Pequot Lakes trailed 28-23 at intermission before being outscored 35-17 in the second half. “We didn’t play well, especially in the second half,” said Patriots’ coach Jon Dale. “We certainly didn’t get many calls to go our way.”
The Pequot Lakes Patriots boys’ basketball team lost to visiting Detroit Lakes 59-49 in a Mid-State Conference game on Tuesday, Jan. 22. Jordan Redmond led Pequot Lakes with 19 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks. But the Patriots’ second-highest scorer, Travis Jacobson, was sidelined with a severely sprained ankle.
The Pequot Lakes seventh- and eighth-grade boys’ basketball teams finished 3-0 to win titles at a four-team round-robin tournament on Saturday, Jan. 19. The eighth-grade squad defeated Crosby-Ironton 38-36, downed Wadena-Deer Creek 43-30 and topped Pierz 50-28.
The Pequot Lakes junior varsity boys’ basketball team cruised past Wadena-Deer Creek 59-19 on Friday, Jan. 18. The Patriots trailed 2-0 early, but went on a 27-0 run to build a commanding lead. Pequot Lakes led 36-6 at intermission. Jack Kreitz led the Patriots with 12 points, Connor Davich added 11, C.J. Borleis 10, Hunter Larson nine, Lucas Mumm eight, Brandon Hehir seven and Erik Elverum two. PL freshmen boys top C-I