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     Five players scored in double figures in leading Staples-Motley to a 78-66 Mid-State Conference win over the Park Rapids girls basketball team on Jan. 13 at Staples.

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     Mackenzie Holst (19), Grace Wolhowe (18), Shelby Pihlaja (14), Jaelin Beachy (12) and Kelsey Zetah (10) hit double figures for the Cardinals, who led 46-24 at the half. The Cardinals won their 16th straight conference game to improve to 4-0 in Mid-State play and 9-2 overall. Staples-Motley is rated No. 6 in the latest state Class AA poll.

     Katie Klein scored 16 points, Charity Ridlon had a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds, and Bria Wolff added 13 points for the Panthers, who fell to 1-5 in the conference. Megan Grimes had 10 rebounds and four steals while Hope Johnson had three assists as Park Rapids fell to 4-6 overall.

PARK RAPIDS: H. Johnson 3 0-2 8, Grimes 2 0-0 4, Klein 7 2-2 16, Ridlon 7 0-0 15, Wolff 6 1-3 13, Olson 1 0-0 2, Rittgers 1 0-0 2, G. Johnson 3 0-0 6. Totals: 30 for 74 (FG), 3 for 7 (FT).

STAPLES-MOTLEY: Beachy 4 4-9 12, Holst 7 2-2 19, Dumpprope 1 0-4 2, Pihlaja 6 0-0 14, Wolhowe 8 2-4 18, Koopman 1 0-0 2, Zetah 3 4-5 10. Totals: 30 (FG), 12 for 24 (FT).

Halftime: S-M 46, Park Rapids 24. Three-pointers: H. Johnson 2, Ridlon 1, Holst 3, Pihlaja 2. Team fouls: Park Rapids 13, S-M 8. Rebounds: Park Rapids 40 (Ridlon 13, Grimes 10, G. Johnson 6, Wolff 5, Rittgers 3, Klein 2, H. Johnson 1). Assists: Park Rapids 13 (H. Johnson 3, Grimes 2, Klein 2, Ridlon 2, Wolff 2, G. Johnson 2). Steals:  Park Rapids 11 (Grimes 4, Wolff 3, Klein 2, Ridlon 2). Blocked shots: Park Rapids 1 (Rittgers). Turnovers:  Park Rapids 18.

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