Late rally falls short against Panthers
The Park Rapids Panthers built an early lead moving up the floor in transition and held off a late charge from Detroit Lakes in a 70-57 Mid-State Conference victory Tuesday night at Ralph Anderson Gymnasium.
Detroit Lakes built an early eight-point lead off of the opening tip, but Park Rapids answered with a 14-point run to lead 32-22 and closed on a 10-7 pace for a 42-29 advantage at halftime.
Park Rapids found holes behind the Laker defense and used long passes to set up easy buckets as the first half wound down.
The Panthers crashed the boards out of halftime getting multiple opportunities to score while cleaning up on defensive rebounds.
Kendra Coburn found a sprinting Rilee Michaelson for another full-court connection and a 54-37 lead.
Panther shooters went cold and the Lakers warmed up to get back in the game with a 14-0 answering run.
Ellie Lunde was strong defensively stealing the ball to create scoring opportunities. Lauren Tschider buried a pair of threes and Lauryn Manning was creative on drives to the hoop to turn the game around and get within three points 56-53 .
Park Rapids head coach Jeff Overmyer called a timeout, but Manning got her hands on the ball and scored to pull within a point 56-55.
Coburn sank a needed three for the visitors to push the lead to four.
Both teams had empty offensive trips leading to Park Rapids’ senior Kortne Byer’s lone bucket of the game to give Park Rapids a 61-55 lead.
A missed three-pointer and a turnover on successive Laker trips allowed Park Rapids to push the lead back to double figures and run out the clock to improve to 8-3 overall and 5-0 in Mid-State play.
Park Rapids was strong at the line making 11 of 13 opportunities (85 percent). DL was 8-13 (62 percent).
Michaelson led all scorers with a big night of 30 points. Bre Price continued to pace DL with a strong night down low scoring 23 points and playing a pivotal spot in breaking the Panthers’ defensive press.
Tschider had three shots from the arc and 11 total points. Manning added 10, Lunde seven and Anna Cihak scored four points.
The Lakers dropped to 1-10 and 0-3 in the Mid-State. Conference play continues Friday, Jan. 12 at Crosby-Ironton (6-6, 1-2). The game is the first of two meetings with the Rangers. The Lakers end the regular season at home with Crosby-Ironton Feb. 23.
PR 42 28 - 70
DL 29 28 - 57
P - Kaisa Coborn 6, Kendra Coborn 14, Paige Johnson 4, Rilee Michaelson 30, Jaiden McCollum 12, Kortne Byer 2.
D - Lauryn Manning 10, Lauren Tschider 11, Ellie Lunde 7, Anna Cihak 4, Bre Price 23.
8-13 LT 3 3’s