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Pirates eliminate Panthers from section playoffs

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Crookston followed a 10-2 run to start the game with an 11-0 run to build a 24-7 advantage en route to a 71-33 win over the Park Rapids girls basketball team in the first round of the Section 8AA tournament last Thursday night.

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The host Pirates put the game away by extending a 33-16 halftime lead to 53-26 by opening the second half with a 20-10 run. Crookston led 58-28 before closing out the game with an 11-0 run to advance.

Sydney Boike scored 18 points and Taylor Demarais added 11 points to lead the No. 2-seeded Pirates, who improved to 17-10.

Tori Lauderbaugh (9), Charity Ridlon (6) and Grace Bateman (5) combined for 20 points to lead the No. 7-seeded Panthers. Grimes (9), Lauderbaugh (7) and Ridlon (7) combined for 23 rebounds while Ridlon led the way with four assists and four steals as Park Rapids ended the season with a 1-25 record.

In the other first-round games, No. 3 Pequot Lakes defeated No. 6 Bagley 63-40 and No. 5 Roseau defeated No. 4 Warroad 63-53.

In the North semifinals, Pequot Lakes eliminated Crookston with a 68-65 win while No. 1 Crosby-Ironton eliminated Roseau 39-29. Pequot Lakes defeated C-I 58-54 in the North championship game.

Pequot Lakes and Hawley met for the section title.

PARK RAPIDS: Rittgers 0 1-2 1, M. Olson 0 0-0 0, Johnson 1 1-2 3, Grimes 1 1-3 3, Isaacson 0 0-0 0, Klein 2 0-0 4, Booge 1 0-0 2, Lauderbaugh 3 3-3 9, Ridlon 2 2-5 6, Hanson 0 0-0 0, Hilmanowski 0 0-0 0, Bateman 1 3-4 5. Totals: 11 for 38 (FG), 11 for 19 (FT).

CROOKSTON: Boike 18, Demarais 11, Solheim 9, Brekken 8, Samuelson 8,Simmons 6, Heggie 5, Froeber 3, Desrosier 3.

Halftime: Crookston 33, Park Rapids 18. Rebounds: Park Rapids 31 (Grimes 9, Lauderbaugh 7, Ridlon 7, Klein 2, Bateman 2, Rittgers 1, Johnson 1, Hanson 1, Hilmanowski 1). Assists: Park Rapids 7 (Ridlon 4, Rittgers 1, Johnson 1, Grimes 1). Steals: Park Rapids 12 (Ridlon 4, Grimes 2, Bateman 2, Johnson 1, Klein 1, Booge 1, Hanson 1). Turnovers: Park Rapids 32, Crookston 18.

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