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Pequot Lakes has 12 players contribute in victory over Panthers

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Four players scored in double figures and 12 players scored in the game in leading Pequot Lakes to a 79-29 Mid-State Conference boys basketball victory over Park Rapids Thursday night at the Area High School gym.

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Pequot Lakes jumped out to a 14-2 lead and would lead by double digits the rest of the game.

A layup by Paul Dirks, jumpers by Dirks and Max Brown, and a 3-pointer by Dirks accounted for Park Rapids' scoring in the early going as Pequot Lakes led 22-9 with 6:17 to play in the first half.

A layup by Brown, two free throws by Kyle Goplerud and a 3-pointer by Taylor Kimball accounted for the Panthers' scoring the rest of the half as Pequot Lakes carried a 34-16 advantage into the break.

The Patriots padded their lead in the second half by outscoring Park Rapids 36-13.

Two jumpers by Brown and a pair of baskets by Mitch Long kept the Panthers within 48-28 with 8:08 to play.

Park Rapids didn't score again until Chris Goplerud hit a free throw with 2:39 remaining. By then the Patriots had built a 66-28 advantage.

Thomas Parker (13), Kurtis Moody (12), Brian Craig (11) and Michael Ward (11) scored in double figures to lead Pequot Lakes, which improved to 4-6 in conference play and 14-9 overall.

Brown (8) and Dirks (7) combined for 15 points for the Panthers, who fell to 0-10 in the conference and 0-22 overall.

The Panthers, who hosted Crookston Monday night, close out the regular season with a game at Hawley Friday night.

PEQUOT LAKES: Anderson 1 1-2 4, Goerges 1 0-0 2, Craig 5 0-0 11, Ni. Greer 1 1-4 3, Ne. Greer 3 0-1 8, Michaelson 1 0-0 3, Lange 0 1-2 1, Moody 4 4-4 12, Tulenchik 0 0-2 0, Liedl 1 0-0 2, Parker 6 1-2 13, Ward 4 3-5 11. Totals: 27 (FG), 11 for 22 (FT).

PARK RAPIDS: Long 2 0-0 4, Kimball 1 2-2 5, Dirks 3 0-0 7, Brown 4 0-0 8, Theis 0 1-2 1, Randall 0 0-0 0, T. Ridlon 0 0-0 0, Mattson 0 0-0 0, C. Goplerud 0 2-6 2, Peterson 0 0-0 0, K. Goplerud 0 2-2 2. Totals: 10 (FG), 7 for 12 (FT).

Halftime: Pequot Lakes 34, Park Rapids 16. Three-point field goals: Anderson 1, Craig 1, Ne. Greer 2, Michaelson 1, Kimball 1, Dirks 1, Total fouls: Pequot Lakes 16, Park Rapids 18.

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