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Fast start keys Panthers' win

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Fast start keys Panthers' win
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Six different players scored as the Park Rapids boys basketball team jumped out to a 13-2 lead en route to a 55-34 Mid-State Conference win over Wadena-Deer Creek Friday night at the Century School gym.


Layups by Rilee Johnson, Cory Gartner and Kyle Goplerud gave the Panthers a 6-0 lead with 11:29 to play in the first half before a free throw by Mason Long, two free throws by Chris Goplerud and a 3-pointer by Wyatt Derman pushed the lead to 13-2 with 6:50 to go in the first half.

A 3-pointer and two jumpers by Tyler McCollum, two free throws by Gartner and a jumper by Kyle Goplerud gave Park Rapids a 24-12 lead at the half.

A layup by Johnson, a jumper by Zach Jewison and back-to-back 3-pointers by Tyler McCollum pushed the lead to 34-14 with 11:29 to play.

Johnson scored two baskets inside and Tyler McCollum hit another 3-pointer as the Panthers led 41-21 with 8:50 remaining.

Two free throws by Kyle Goplerud, a jumper by Johnson and a layup by Gartner were followed by a basket off a rebound and two free throws by Jordan McCollum as the Panthers extended their lead to 51-27 with 3:49 to play.

Jewison scored off a rebound and Derman hit a jumper to cap off the scoring for the Panthers.

Tyler McCollum scored a game-high 18 points to lead the Panthers, who improved to 2-8 in the conference and 7-14 overall.

Dylan Dumprope scored 15 points to lead the Wolverines, who fell to 1-8 in the conference and 5-16 overall.

WDC: Goeden 2 0-0 6, Connell 1 1-3 3, I. Laughlin 0 2-2 2, M. Laughlin 3 2-3 8, Dumprope 6 1-4 15, Paulson 0 0-2 0. Totals: 12 (FG), 6 for 14 (FT).

PARK RAPIDS: Long 0 1-2 1, Johnson 4 0-0 8, K. Goplerud 2 2-4 6, Gartner 2 3-4 7, C. Goplerud 0 2-2 2, J. McCollum 1 2-2 4, T. McCollum 7 0-0 18, Derman 2 0-0 5, Jewison 2 0-0 4, Massie 0 0-0 0, Porozinski 0 0-0 0. Totals: 20 (FG), 10 for 14 (FT).

Halftime: Park Rapids 24, W-DC 12. Three-point field goals: Goeden 2, Dumprope 2, T. McCollum 4, Derman 1.