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Panthers end skid with win over Rothsay
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For the second year in a row, the Park Rapids girls basketball team ended a long losing streak by defeating Rothsay at the Pelican Rapids tournament.

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In last year's third-place game of the Valkyrie Division, the Panthers defeated Rothsay 47-37 to snap a 32-game losing streak.

In the opening round of this year's Valkyrie Division on Dec. 27, the Panthers defeated Rothsay 63-48 to end a 24-game losing streak.

"The win over Rothsay was huge. It was a great morale boost and proved that all the hard work the girls are putting into basketball paid off," said Park Rapids head coach Tina Ridlon. "The girls stepped on the floor knowing they could beat this team, which was a bonus because we found ourselves behind 8-2 within the first few minutes of the game. By not having a win under our belt, the mental aspect of the game becomes harder, especially when we fall behind early in the game. It was nice to see them play a mentally tough game as well as physically tough. I was very pleased with how the girls played. This game proves that we are competitive and should be the primer for more wins this season."

Park Rapids followed with a 59-39 loss to Lester Prairie in the title game for a 1-6 overall record.

Panthers defeat Rothsay

Three players scored in double figures as the Panthers defeated Rothsay for the second year in a row.

Charity Ridlon scored 15 points, Hope Johnson scored 12 points and Bria Wolff scored 9 points as the Panthers built a 40-29 halftime lead.

Two baskets apiece by Johnson, Megan Grimes and Katie Klein helped the Panthers maintain the lead in the second half.

Ridlon (19 points, 12 rebounds) and Grimes (10 points, 16 rebounds) had double-doubles to lead the Panthers, who prevailed despite missing 23 of 41 free throws. Johnson also hit double figures with 14 points. Ridlon also led the team with five steals and three assists.

Caitlin Simmer (16) and Alexis Craig (15) combined for 31 points to lead Rothsay, which fell to 2-6 on the season.

PARK RAPIDS: Rittgers 0 1-2 1, M. Olson 0 1-2 1, H. Johnson 6 2-7 14, Grimes 4 2-4 10, Isaacson 0 0-0 0, Klein 2 1-2 5, Haggard 0 0-0 0, Kniss 0 0-0 0, Lauderbaugh 1 0-0 2, Ridlon 5 8-14 19, Wolff 3 3-7 9, G. Johnson 1 0-2 2, Hilmanowski 0 0-1 0. Totals: 22 for 55 (FG), 18 for 41 (FT).

ROTHSAY: Maack 1 0-0 2, Dunbar 2 0-0 6, Lunkow 0 0-2 0, Larson 1 2-2 4, Peterson 1 0-1 2, Craig 6 3-4 15, Simmer 7 2-4 16, Dorsey 1 1-2 3. Totals: 19 (FG), 8 for 15 (FT).

Halftime: Park Rapids 40, Rothsay 29. Three-point field goals: Ridlon 1, Dunbar 2. Team fouls: Park Rapids 18, Rothsay 24. Rebounds: Park Rapids 44 (Grimes 16, Ridlon 12, H. Johnson 3, Klein 3, G. Johnson 3, Wolff 2, Rittgers 1, M. Olson 1, Isaacson 1, Kniss 1, Hilmanowski 1). Assists: Park Rapids 10 (Ridlon 3, H. Johnson 2, Grimes 2, G. Johnson 2, Klein 1). Steals: Park Rapids 17 (Ridlon 5, Grimes 3, Klein 3, H. Johnson 2, Wolff 2, Lauderbaugh 1, G. Johnson 1). Blocked shots: Park Rapids 1 (Ridlon). Turnovers: Park Rapids 16.

Lester Prairie defeats Panthers

Courtney Scoblic scored 15 of her game-high 23 points in the second half as Lester Prairie outscored the Panthers 31-15 to win the title in the Valkyrie Division.

Krista Lange scored 12 points and Karlea Kyllo finished with 10 points as Lester Prairie improved to 7-2.

Ridlon (8), Tori Lauderbaugh (8), Klein (7), Johnson (6), Grimes (6) and Wolff (4) accounted for the Panthers' points. Grimes, Lauderbaugh and Ridlon pulled down 10 rebounds each while Ridlon and Klein had three assists apiece. Ridlon led the team with three steals and joined Wolff with two blocked shots.

PARK RAPIDS: Rittgers 0 0-0 0, M. Olson 0 0-0 0, H. Johnson 3 0-0 6, Grimes 3 0-0 6, Isaacson 0 0-0 0, Klein 3 1-2 7, Haggard 0 0-0 0, Kniss 0 0-0 0, Lauderbaugh 4 0-0 8, Ridlon 3 2-7 8, Wolff 2 0-0 4, G. Johnson 0 0-0 0, Hilmanowski 0 0-0 0. Totals: 18 for 53 (FG), 3 for 9 (FT).

LESTER PRAIRIE: Kyllo 4 1-3 10, Burke 0 1-2 1, Lange 5 2-2 12, Scoblic 10 3-5 23, Heuer 3 1-2 7, Nix 1 0-0 2, Roush 2 0-0 4. Totals: 25 (FG), 8 for 14 (FT).

Halftime: Lester Prairie 28, Park Rapids 24. Three-point field goals: Kyllo 1. Team fouls: Park Rapids 13, Lester Prairie 11. Rebounds: Park Rapids 46 (Grimes 10, Lauderbaugh 10, Ridlon 10, Klein 7, Wolff 5, H. Johnson 3, Kniss 1). Assists: Park Rapids 7 (Klein 3, Ridlon 3, Wolff 1). Steals: Park Rapids 11 (Ridlon 3, Grimes 2, Wolff 2, Rittgers 1, H. Johnson 1, Klein 1, G. Johnson 1). Blocked shots: Park Rapids 5 (Ridlon 2, Wolff 2, Lauderbaugh 1). Turnovers: Park Rapids 28.

Lakers run past Panthers

Detroit Lakes used a 22-6 start to build a 46-13 advantage at the half en route to a 67-27 Mid-State Conference victory over the Panthers on Dec. 20 at Detroit Lakes.

The Lakers relied on their inside game as Shay Nielsen (18), Brooke Olson (12) and Trisa Hutchinson (10) combined for 40 points in the paint. Karli Kerzman also hit double figures with 10 points from the perimeter.

Klein led the Panthers with 12 points.

Detroit Lakes improved to 1-4 in conference games and 3-5 overall while the Panthers fell to 0-4 against conference opponents.

PARK RAPIDS: Rittgers 0 0-0 0, M. Olson 1 0-0 3, H. Johnson 0 1-2 1, Grimes 0 3-4 3, Klein 6 0-0 12, Haggard 0 0-0 0, Kniss 0 0-0 0, Lauderbaugh 0 0-0 0, Ridlon 2 2-2 6, Wolff 1 0-0 2, G. Johnson 0 0-0 0, Hilmanowski 0 0-0 0. Totals: 10 for 39 (FG), 6 for 8 (FT).

DETROIT LAKES: Foster 2 0-3 4, Jorgenson 0 2-2 2, Petermann 0 2-4 2, Bridgeman 2 0-0 4, Nielsen 7 4-5 18, Lies 1 1-2 3, Hutchinson 4 2-2 10, Kerzman 4 0-0 10, B. Olson 6 0-0 12, Halbakken 1 0-0 2. Totals: 27 (FG), 11 for 18 (FT).

Halftime: Detroit Lakes 46, Park Rapids 13. Three-point field goals: M. Olson 1, Kerzman 2. Team fouls: Park Rapids 18, Detroit Lakes 9. Rebounds: Park Rapids 15 (Grimes 5, Ridlon 3, H. Johnson 3, G. Johnson 2, Lauderbaugh 1). Assists: Park Rapids 2 (Grimes 1, Ridlon 1). Steals: Park Rapids 2 (Klein 1, G. Johnson 1). Blocked shots: Park Rapids 4 (M. Olson 1, Lauderbaugh 1, Ridlon 1, Wolff 1). Turnovers: Park Rapids 18.

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