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Marisa Rittgers (43) drove to the basket during Park Rapids' Mid-State Conference game against Pequot Lakes Tuesday. (Vance Carlson / Enterprise)

Patriots win, keep lead

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Pequot Lakes used an 11-0 run to start the game, an 8-0 run late in the first half and runs of 9-0 and 16-0 in the second half to defeat the Park Rapids girls basketball team 83-51 Tuesday night at the Area High School gym to remain undefeated in Mid-State Conference play.

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Despite committing 23 turnovers in the first half, the Panthers faced only a 40-26 deficit.

The Patriots jumped out to an 11-0 lead and led 20-6 with 13:31 remaining in the first half before a 3-pointer by Alyssa Carlson, a layup by Carson Lee Christenson, jump shots by Hannah Wolff and Sophie Shogren, layups by Ashley Domino and Christenson, a jumper by Hailey Lundin and a basket off a rebound by Domino rallied the Panthers to within 30-23 with 5:03 remaining.

Pequot Lakes responded with an 8-0 run before a jumper by Christenson before the buzzer made it 40-26 at the half.

Three-pointers by Wolff and Carlson and a jumper by Domino kept the Panthers within 46-34 with 16:10 to play before Pequot Lakes regained control with a 9-0 run. A layup by Wolff, a jumper by Lundin and a 3-pointer by Carlson made it 57-41 with 12:09 remaining before a 16-0 run gave the Patriots a 73-41 advantage with 7:06 to play to seal the win.

A jumper by Shogren, a layup by Lundin, a jumper by Christenson and a layup by Lydia Lutz capped off the scoring for the Panthers.

Wolff had 10 points and seven rebounds, Christenson scored 10 points and Carlson had 9 points to lead the Panthers' offense. Lundin grabbed a team-leading 11 rebounds, Lutz had nine rebounds and Domino had seven rebounds. Park Rapids finished with 39 turnovers in falling to 0-6 in conference play and 1-13 overall.

Emily Lueck scored a game-high 21 points, Kylie Beltz had 18 points and Mattie Lueck added 16 points for the Patriots, who remained in first place in the conference standings with a 6-0 record. Pequot Lakes, which had 25 steals in the game, improved to 12-3 overall.

The Panthers will host Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Monday night.

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