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Ridlon leads Panthers past Bagley

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     Charity Ridlon scored 26 points in leading the Park Rapids girls basketball team to a 69-54 win over Bagley Tuesday night at the Area High School gym.

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     Baskets by Bria Wolff, Gabie Johnson and Hope Johnson, three jumpers by Ridlon, a jumper by Katie Klein, a three-point play by Ridlon, and a jumper by Hope Johnson gave the Panthers a 19-13 lead with 8:15 to play in the first half.

     A basket by Wolff, two jumpers by Klein, two baskets by Ridlon and a 3-pointer by Klein sparked a 13-6 run as the Panthers led 32-19 at the half.

     Baskets by Klein, Ridlon and Justine Rittgers and six free throws pushed the lead to 44-26 with 11:48 to play. Four baskets by Ridlon helped preserve the lead as the Panthers prevailed by making 9 of 17 free throws down the stretch. Park Rapids made 15 of 27 free throws in the second half.

     Kari Skersick scored 20 points, Jaysha Pemberton scored 14 points and Bailey Fultz added 11 points to lead the Flyers, who fell to 1-5 against Section 8AA opponents and 15-9 overall.

     Ridlon also led the team with seven rebounds and six steals while Klein had 17 points and four steals. Wolff had 10 points and five rebounds while Rittgers, Megan Grimes and Gabie Johnson also pulled down five rebounds apiece as the Panthers improved to 4-6 against section foes and 9-12 overall.

BAGLEY: VantHul 0 0-0 0, Fultz 3 3-5 11, Thoma 2 1-2 5, Skersick 8 2-2 20, Pemberton 5 4-6 14, Merschman 0 0-2 0, Kaiser 1 2-4 4. Totals: 19 (FG), 12 for 21 (FT).

PARK RAPIDS: H. Johnson 2 1-2 5, Klein 6 4-6 17, Ridlon 11 4-5 26, Wolff 3 4-8 10, G. Johnson 2 1-3 5, Olson 0 0-0 0, Rittgers 1 0-0 2, Overmyer 0 0-0 0, Waggoner 0 0-0 0, Grimes 0 1-2 1, Dean 1 1-2 3, McCollum 0 0-0 0, Steffel 0 0-0 0. Totals: 26 for 57 (FG), 16 for 28 (FT).

Halftime: Park Rapids 32, Bagley 19. Three-pointers: Fultz 2, Skersick 2, Klein 1. Team fouls: Bagley 20, Park Rapids 23. Fouled out: VantHul, Skersick, Klein. Rebounds: Park Rapids 30 (Ridlon 7, Rittgers 5, Grimes 5, Wolff 5, G. Johnson 5, Waggoner 1, H. Johnson 1, Klein 1). Assists: Park Rapids 5 (Rittgers 2, Klein 1, Steffel 1, Ridlon 1). Steals: Park Rapids 20 (Ridlon 6, Klein 4, H. Johnson 3, Wolff 3, G. Johnson 2, Overmyer 1, Grimes 1). Blocked shots: Park Rapids 2 (Wolff 1, G. Johnson 1). Turnovers: Park Rapids 19.

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