WAYNE "WHEATIES" WALLIN
The Pequot Lakes Patriots boys basketball team fell 61-43 to the top-seeded Esko Eskomos in the Section 7-2A quarterfinals on Saturday, March 11. Pequot Lakes assumed a 24-19 halftime lead, but the Eskomos had other ideas as they outscored the Patriots 42-19 after the intermission break. The Patriots held Esko's 7-foot-3-inch Adam Trapp to just six points in the first half before he broke loose for 23 more points, including seven dunks, to finish with 29 points.
The Pequot Lakes Patriot boys basketball team dropped their regular season finale to the Perham Yellowjackets 57-53 in a non-conference game on Friday, March 3. "I was proud of the way the kids played," coach Rich Spiczka said. "We did a lot of good things and were right there with a chance to beat a very good basketball team at their place. I think it was a great effort by our guys to close out the regular season."
The second-seeded Pequot Lakes Patriots girls basketball team was upset by the No. 3 Crosby-Ironton Rangers 72-68 in the Section 7-2A quarterfinals on Saturday, March 4. C-I improved to 16-12 overall and advanced to the semifinal round. Olivia Lane had 31 points to lead the Patriots, who finish the season 20-8 overall.
In a win against Hinckley-Finlayson on Feb. 23, Pequot Lakes girls basketball player Olivia Lane scored her 1,000th point and broke the school record for points in a game with 44 points. The Patriots finished its regular season at 19-7 with an 81-51 win over the Pillager Huskies Friday, Feb. 24. Against Pillager, the Huskies kept things close for the first several minutes, but the Patriots jumped out to a 17-point lead at halftime, then outscored Pillager 44-31 after the break.
Cody Huss poured in a game-high 31 points for the Pequot Lakes Patriots in an 80-66 non-conference win over the Pillager Huskies Monday. Gage Westlund added 20 points for the Patriots and Zach Sjoblad had 14. Pillager 28 38—66 Pequot Lakes 45 35—80 PILLAGER Braeden Wangsness 10, Ridge Hunstad 13, Damian Fink 10, Tanner Swenson 2, Spencer Schaefer 2, Joshua Doss 2, Ryan Foehrenbacher 27. FT 14-19 (74 percent). PEQUOT LAKES
In a rematch of last spring's state tournament quarterfinal game, the Roseau Rams again got the best of the Pequot Lakes girls basketball by beating the Patriots 91-61 Friday, Feb. 17. The Patriots played the unbeaten Rams tough for much of the first half, but Corina Ruud and Sam Littman fell into foul trouble early while Roseau sisters Kiley and Kacie Borowicz took over the game. Olivia Lane led the Patriots, scoring 23 points and pulling down 11 rebounds while teammate Karli Skog added 14 points and Ruud had 12.
Gage Westlund scored 11 points for the Pequot Lakes Patriots in a 64-48 loss to the Shakopee Sabers in the Breakdown Sports USA Tournament Saturday, Feb. 18. Shakopee assumed a 34-22 lead at the half before outscoring Pequot Lakes 30-26 in the second half. The Patriots, 13-10 overall, were scheduled to play at Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton on Tuesday, Feb. 21, and travel to Esko for a non-conference game on Friday, Feb. 24. Shakopee 34 30—64 Pequot Lakes 22 26—48 SHAKOPEE
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.