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Josh Crist glided in for a layup during Park Rapids' 62-38 win over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Thursday night.
Josh Crist glided in for a layup during Park Rapids' 62-38 win over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Thursday night.

Second-half run keys Panthers' win

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An impressive run to open the second half Thursday night sparked the Park Rapids boys basketball team to its second win of the season.

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The Panthers trailed 27-26 at the half, but opened the second half with a 23-2 run en route to a 62-38 victory over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley at the Area High School gym.

A jumper by Kyle Goplerud and a free throw and layup off a steal by Chris Goplerud at the start of the second half gave the Panthers a 31-27 lead with 15:55 to play. Park Rapids would pull away from there.

A basket off a rebound by Chris Goplerud, a layup by Ryan Peterson and a basket off a rebound by Kyle Goplerud extended the advantage to 37-27 with 13:06 to go.

After a jumper by W-H-A's Seth Kimball at the 12:40 mark ended an 11-0 run, the Panthers responded with 12-0 spurt to take control. Layups by Kyle Goplerud and Chris Goplerud, a jumper by Kyle Goplerud, a layup off a steal and a basket off a rebound by Tyler Ridlon, and a jumper by Scott Wolff pushed the Panthers' lead to 49-29 with 8:49 remaining.

A 3-pointer by Austin Richter ended that run with 8:40 to go, but a free throw and jumper by Kyle Goplerud, two free throws by Peterson and a layup by Chris Goplerud gave the Panthers a 56-35 cushion with 5:49 left.

Two layups by Josh Crist and a free throw by John Massie in the final 2:25 concluded the scoring for the Panthers.

The Wolves claimed an early 10-6 lead at t he 14:19 mark before a three-point play by Andy Waller and baskets off rebounds by Kyle Goplerud and Chris Goplerud gave Park Rapids a 13-10 advantage at the 12:06 mark.

Anthony Fisher, a 6-foot-5 center, scored off a pair of rebounds as W-H-A led 17-13 with 8:10 remaining in the first half. Fisher suffered an ankle injury and left the game. Fisher tried playing in the second half, but left the court after less than two minutes.

The Panthers took advantage of that injury as Kyle Goplerud hit two layups and a jumper and scored off a rebound and Wolff had two inside baskets for a 26-23 lead. W-H-A would carry a 27-26 advantage into the break, but the Panthers dominated play at the start of the second half in coasting to the win.

Kyle Goplerud scored a career-high 26 points and had six rebounds and four steals while Chris Goplerud added 11 points, six rebounds and four steals for the Panthers.

Duff scored 16 points to lead the Wolves, who fell to 8-10 on the season.

W-H-A: J. Duff 0 0-0 0, Ginos 2 0-0 4, Kimball 2 0-0 4, C. Duff 6 2-4 16, Fisher 3 3-6 9, Richter 1 1-2 4, Bohn 0 0-1 0, Theisen 0 0-2 0, Nielsen 0 0-1 0, Dubois 0 1-2 1. Totals: 14 (FG), 7 for 18 (FT).

PARK RAPIDS: K. Goplerud 13 2-6 26, Peterson 1 2-2 4, C. Goplerud 5 1-2 11, Waller 1 2-3 4, McCollum 0 0-0 0, Otterness 0 0-1 0, Long 0 0-0 0, Bergquist 0 0-0 0, Ridlon 2 0-0 4, Crist 2 0-0 4, Johnson 0 0-2 0, Wolff 3 0-0 6, Massie 0 1-2 1, Carlson 0 0-0 0, Jewison 1 0-0 2. Totals: 27 for 64 (FG), 8 for 18 (FT).

Halftime: W-H-A 27, Park Rapids 26. Three-point field goals: C. Duff 2, Richter 1. Team fouls: W-H-A 16, Park Rapids 17. Rebounds: Park Rapids 36 (K. Goplerud 6, C. Goplerud 6, Wolff 5, Ridlon 4, Johnson 3, Waller 3, Otterness 2, McCollum 2, Jewison 2, Long 1, Crist 1, Peterson 1). Assists: Park Rapids 10 (C. Goplerud 2, Wolff 2, McCollum 2, Ridlon 1, K. Goplerud 1, Waller 1, Carlson 1). Steals: Park Rapids 17 (K. Goplerud 4, C. Goplerud 4, Long 2, Peterson 2, Otterness 1, Ridlon 1, Waller 1, Carlson 1, Jewison 1). Blocked shots: Park Rapids 3 (Crist 1, Johnson 1, Peterson 1). Turnovers: Park Rapids 18.

Lakers run past Panthers

Detroit Lakes hit nine 3-pointers and forced 27 turnovers to remain undefeated in Mid-State Conference play with a 73-34 win over the Panthers Friday night.

Jake Hoganson led a balanced attack with 14 points as the Lakers improved to 8-0 in conference play and 14-5 overall.

Chris Goplerud's four rebounds, four steal and three assists led the Panthers. Jordan Bergquist and Zach Jewison also grabbed four rebounds apiece and Peterson had three steals as the Panthers fell to 1-8 in the conference and 2-17 overall.

PARK RAPIDS: K. Goplerud 0 1-2 1, Peterson 1 1-2 3, C. Goplerud 1 0-0 2, Waller 0 0-0 0, McCollum 3 0-0 8, Otterness 0 0-0 0, Long 0 0-1 0, Bergquist 2 1-2 5, Ridlon 1 0-0 3, Crist 1 0-0 2, Johnson 0 1-2 1, Gartner 0 0-0 0, Wolff 0 2-2 2, Massie 1 0-0 2, Carlson 0 0-0 0, Jewison 2 1-2 5. Totals: 12 for 36 (FG), 7 for 14 (FT).

DETROIT LAKES: Marsh 1 0-0 2, Hoganson 5 0-0 14, Singer 2 0-0 4, Baukol 1 0-0 3, Morgan 2 0-1 5, McLeod 5 0-0 10, Mollberg 2 0-0 5, Hutchinson 3 2-2 10, Labat 4 2-2 10, Long 1 2-2 4, Groth 1 2-2 4, Lungaas 1 0-0 2. Totals: 28 (FG), 8 for 9 (FT).

Halftime: Detroit Lakes 41, Park Rapids 20. Three-point field goals: McCollum 2, Ridlon 1, Hoganson 4, Baukol 1, Morgan 1, Mollberg 1, Hutchinson 2. Team fouls: Park Rapids 10, Detroit Lakes 13. Rebounds: Park Rapids 22 (Bergquist 4, C. Goplerud 4, Jewison 4, Crist 3, K. Goplerud 2, Peterson 2, Long 1, Ridlon 1, Wolff 1). Assists: Park Rapids 7 (C. Goplerud 3, Ridlon 1, K. Goplerud 1, Peterson 1, Gartner 1). Steals: Park Rapids 11 (C. Goplerud 4, Peterson 3, McCollum 2, Long 1, Waller 1). Blocked shots: Park Rapids 2 (Bergquist 1, Jewison 1). Turnovers: Park Rapids 27.

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