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Silgen leads Rangers past Panthers in playoffs

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     Meredith Silgen scored 34 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in leading Crosby-Ironton to a 70-59 victory over the Park Rapids girls basketball team in a Section 8AA playoff game Thursday night at Crosby.

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     Silgen hit 15 of 16 free throws as the Rangers defeated Park Rapids for the third time this season. C-I, the No. 3 seed in the north, defeated the No. 6-seeded Panthers 51-41 and 61-57 during the regular season.

     Shannon Lundgren added 12 points and 15 rebounds while Hallie Schmidt scored 12 points as the Rangers improved to 15-11 on the season. C-I made 22 of 28 free throws in the second half.

     Charity Ridlon scored 15 of her 20 points in the second half, Bria Wolff had 13 points and Gabie Johnson scored 10 points for the Panthers, who led 32-28 at the half. Megan Grimes pulled down 12 rebounds and Katie Klein had four assists as Park Rapids closed the season with an 11-15 record.

     “We stepped on the floor with a zone defense, which was a look we hadn’t shown them yet. We were worried about their outside shooting, yet we played it aggressively enough on the perimeter to hold them to only two 3s in the first half. We also pushed the ball up the floor to try and get a couple of quick baskets via transition and to tire them out,” said Park Rapids head coach Tina Ridlon. “In the second half we scored right away going up 34-28, but after turning the ball over a couple of times they began to close the gap. When they had the lead, they went into a stall with about 12 minutes left. This was enough to throw us off of our game, placing us in foul trouble and allowing C-I to score 22 of their 42 points at the charity stripe.”

PARK RAPIDS: H. Johnson 0 2-2 2, Grimes 1 2-6 4, Klein 1 2-3 4, Ridlon 5 8-10 20, Wolff 6 1-4 13, Rittgers 3 0-0 6, McCollum 0 0-0 0, G. Johnson 5 0-0 10. Totals: 21 for 44 (FG), 15 for 25 (FT).

CROSBY-IRONTON: Peterson 0 7-10 7, Schmidt 4 2-7 12, Silgen 9 15-16 34, Lundgren 4 3-4 12, Gindorff 1 0-0 2, Hale 1 0-0 3, Hudrlik 0 0-0 0, Nelson 0 0-0 0. Totals: 19 for 46 (FG), 27 for 37 (FT).

Halftime: Park Rapids 32, C-I 28. Three-pointers: Ridlon 2, Schmidt 2, Silgen 1, Lundgren 1, Hale 1. Team fouls: Park Rapids 25, C-I 19. Fouled out: H. Johnson, Klein, Ridlon, Lundgren. Rebounds: Park Rapids 26 (Grimes 12, Ridlon 5, Wolff 5, G. Johnson 3, Rittgers 1). Assists: Park Rapids 8 (Klein 4, Ridlon 2, H. Johnson 1, Grimes 1). Steals: Park Rapids 3 (G. Johnson 2, Grimes 1). Blocked shots: Park Rapids 2 (Ridlon 1, Wolff 1). Turnovers: Park Rapids 13.

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