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Panthers conclude regular season with loss

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Jacob Crompton led a balanced attack with 21 points as Hawley closed out the regular season with an 83-48 win over the Park Rapids boys basketball team Friday night.

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Devon Pekas (17), Gavin Moe (13), Ben Ellefson (10) and Logan Stoa (10) also hit double figures for the Nuggets, who led 53-24 at the half in improving to 16-8 on the season.

Tyler McCollum's 10 points, five rebounds and two assists led the Panthers. Chris Goplerud chipped in three steals and two assists as the Panthers closed the regular season with a 3-21 record.

Park Rapids received the No. 6 seed for the Section 8AA North playoffs and will open the tournament at No. 3 Pequot Lakes (14-12) Thursday night. Pequot Lakes defeated the Panthers twice during the regular season by scores of 74-31 and 62-43.

In Thursday night's other first-round games, No. 2 Bagley (20-6) hosts No. 7 Roseau (3-23) and No. 4 Warroad (13-12) hosts No. 5 Crookston (15-11). No. 1 Crosby-Ironton (16-10) receives a first-round bye.

In the South half, No. 1 Pelican Rapids (23-3) hosts No. 8 Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (3-20), No. 2 Perham (23-2) hosts No. 7 Frazee (8-17), No. 3 Hawley (16-8) hosts No. 6 Wadena-Deer Creek (9-16), and No. 4 Breckenridge (11-13) hosts No. 5 Barnesville (15-10).

The section tournament continues Saturday night.

PARK RAPIDS: K. Goplerud 3 0-0 6, Peterson 0 0-0 0, C. Goplerud 2 0-0 4, Waller 1 6-8 8, McCollum 4 1-2 10, Otterness 1 0-0 2, Long 0 0-0 0, Bergquist 1 0-0 2, Ridlon 2 1-2 5, Johnson 0 0-0 0, Wolff 2 1-2 5, Jewison 2 2-3 6. Totals: 18 for 50 (FG), 11 for 17 (FT).

HAWLEY: Harms 1 0-0 2, Regnier 0 0-2 0, Ellefson 4 2-2 10, Johnson 2 0-0 4, Hinrichs 2 0-0 4, Pekas 7 1-1 17, Sellin 0 2-4 2, Stoa 2 6-6 10, Moe 5 3-4 13, Crompton 8 5-6 21. Totals: 31 (FG), 19 for 25 (FT).

Halftime: Hawley 53, Park Rapids 24. Three-point field goals: McCollum 1, Pekas 2. Team fouls: Park Rapids 22, Hawley 13. Rebounds: Park Rapids 16 (McCollum 5, Jewison 3, Ridlon 2, K. Goplerud 2, Bergquist 1, C. Goplerud 1, Waller 1, Wolff 1). Assists: Park Rapids 8 (C. Goplerud 2, McCollum 2, Long 1, Johnson 1, K. Goplerud 1, Waller 1). Steals: Park Rapids 6 (C. Goplerud 3, Otterness 2, McCollum 1). Blocked shots: Park Rapids 3 (Peterson 1, Wolff 1, McCollum 1). Turnovers: Park Rapids 20.

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