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Park Rapids’ Gabie Johnson (53) put a jumper over Detroit Lakes’ Trisa Hutchinson during Friday’s game.

String of 3-pointers spark Lakers' win over Panthers

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     A barrage of 3-pointers broke open a close game and led Detroit Lakes to a 75-56 Mid-State Conference win over the Park Rapids girls basketball team Friday night at the Area High School gym.

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     The Lakers led 27-20 with 1:27 to play in the first half before eight 3-pointers sparked a 31-13 run that pushed the lead to 58-33 with 9:32 remaining as Detroit Lakes remained undefeated in conference play.

     Three-pointers by Charity Ridlon and Katie Klein gave the Panthers an 8-6 lead with 12:57 to play in the first half before Detroit Lakes responded with a 10-1 run to take the lead for good. Kyley Foster’s two long jumpers gave the Lakers a 16-9 advantage at the 8:17 mark.

     Park Rapids responded with a jumper by Ridlon and a basket off a rebound by Gabie Johnson to cut the gap to 16-13 at the 6:47 mark before two baskets by Trisa Hutchinson and a basket off a rebound by Shay Nielsen gave the Lakers a 27-13 lead with 3:41 to go in the first half.

     A 3-pointer by Ridlon, a basket off a rebound by Megan Grimes and a jumper by Bria Wolff pulled the Panthers to within 27-20 with 1:27 remaining before a basket off a rebound by Hutchinson and back-to-back 3-pointers by Foster in the final 1:11 gave Detroit Lakes a 35-20 lead at the half.

     Four different players hit 3-pointers at the start of the second half as the Lakers took control. Hailey Jorgenson continued the 3-point barrage at the 17:11 mark for a 39-22 lead while Hutchinson and Grace Swenson followed with 3-pointers as the Lakers led 45-26 at the 15:49 mark. Kyra Vagle hit back-to-back 3-pointers for a 51-28 lead with 13:00 to play before Jorgenson hit another 3-pointer as Detroit Lakes led 58-33 with 9:32 remaining.  Johnson’s two inside baskets and jumpers by Wolff and Ridlon and a 3-pointer by Klein led the Panthers during that stretch.

     Ridlon’s 3-pointer, two baskets by Klein, and jumpers by Ridlon and Wolff closed the gap to 65-46 with 5:37 to play. The Lakers pushed the lead to 70-46 before the Panthers closed the game with a 10-5 run behind a pair of 3-pointers by Hope Johnson, a layup by Ridlon and a layup off a steal by Megan Olson.

     Hutchinson scored 17 points to lead a balanced attack for the Lakers, who improved to 2-0 in conference play and 2-3 overall. Nielsen (14), Foster (13) and Vagle (10) also scored in double figures.

     Ridlon finished with 17 points and Hope Johnson added 13 points to lead the Panthers, who fell to 0-4 in conference play and 1-4 overall.

DETROIT LAKES: Foster 4 2-2 13, Jorgenson 2 0-0 6, Nielsen 4 6-10 14, Hutchinson 6 4-6 17, Olson 4 1-1 9, Jordan 1 0-2 3, Vagle 3 2-2 10, Swenson 1 0-0 3. Totals: 25 (FG), 15 for 23 (FT).

PARK RAPIDS: H. Johnson 3 4-6 13, Grimes 2 0-3 4, Klein 3 0-0 7, Ridlon 7 0-0 17, Wolff 3 1-2 7, Olson 1 0-0 2, Rittgers 0 0-2 0, Overmyer 0 0-0 0, Waggoner 0 0-0 0, G. Johnson 3 0-0 6. Totals: 22 for 59 (FG), 5 for 13 (FT).

Halftime: Detroit Lakes 35, Park Rapids 20. Three-point field goals: Foster 3, Jorgenson 2, Hutchinson 1, Jordan 1, Vagle 2, Swenson 1, H. Johnson 3, Klein 1, Ridlon 3. Rebounds: Park Rapids 23 (Grimes 10, Ridlon 4, Wolff 4, G. Johnson 3, Klein 2). Assists: Park Rapids 10 (Grimes 6, Klein 2, H. Johnson 1, Ridlon 1). Steals: Park Rapids 8 (Grimes 3, H. Johnson 2, Olson 1, Klein 1, G. Johnson 1). Blocked shots: Park Rapids 2 (Ridlon 1, Wolff 1). Team fouls: Park Rapids 18. Fouled out: Klein. Turnovers: Park Rapids 15.

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