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W-DC, Pelican Rapids take control early in wins over Panthers

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W-DC, Pelican Rapids take control early in wins over Panthers
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Wadena-Deer Creek and Pelican Rapids relied on fast starts to spark wins over the Park Rapids girls basketball team last week.

W-DC jumped out to a 28-0 lead en route to a 60-18 Mid-State Conference victory Thursday night at the Area High School gym.

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On Saturday night, Pelican Rapids jumped out to a 25-6 lead en route to a 72-25 victory at Pelican Rapids in the regular-season finale for both teams.

Quick start lifts Wolverines

Eight different players scored as W-DC scored the game's first 28 points.

Courtney Volkmann hit two 3-pointers while Hope Theisen, Caitlin Volkmann and Sydney Schissel contributed a 3-pointer each to spark W-DC in the early going.

Olivia Vaadeland's basket off a rebound ended W-DC's run as the Panthers trailed 28-2 with 5:17 to play in the first half.

Alyssa Carlson hit a free throw at the 4:21 mark to end the scoring for the Panthers in the first half.

A jumper by CarsonLee Christenson, a 3-pointer by Carlson, a basket off a rebound by Christenson, two free throws by Grace Bateman, three free throws by Carlson, and a jumper by Charity Ridlon accounted for the Panthers' points in the second half.

Eleven players scored for the Wolverines, who improved to 5-4 in the conference and 19-4 overall.

Carlson (8) and Christenson (4) combined for 12 points for the Panthers, who closed the conference schedule with a 0-10 record.

WADENA-DEER CREEK: Schissel 2 0-0 5, Theisen 1 4-4 7, Ca. Volkmann 1 0-0 3, Miron 4 1-2 9, Co. Volkmann 3 0-0 8, Jackson 3 3-4 9, Moenkedick 1 0-0 2, Crawford 2 0-2 4, Craig 1 2-2 4, Dumpprope 3 1-2 7, Barthel 1 0-0 2. Totals: 22 (FG), 11 for 16 (FT).

PARK RAPIDS: Christenson 2 0-0 4, Domino 0 0-0 0, Carlson 1 5-8 8, Grimes 0 0-0 0, Rittgers 0 0-0 0, Booge 0 0-0 0, Yliniemi 0 0-0 0, Bateman 0 2-2 2, Lutz 0 0-0 0, Olson 0 0-0 0, Isaacson 0 0-0 0, Ridlon 1 0-0 2, Vaadeland 1 0-0 2. Totals: 5 (FG), 7 for 10 (FT).

Halftime: W-DC 35, Park Rapids 3. Three-point field goals: Schissel 1, Theisen 1, Ca. Volkmann 1, Co. Volkmann 2, Carlson 1.

Vikings defeat Panthers

Mackenzie Strand's 10 points sparked the Vikings to a 32-11 lead at the half as Pelican Rapids closed the regular season with a win.

A layup and two free throws by Carlson and a jumper by Christenson kept the Panthers within 16-6 with 10:36 to play in the first half before Pelican Rapids responded with a 9-0 run.

Jumpers by Christenson and Carlson and a free throw by Vaadeland provided the other points for the Panthers in the first half.

Three free throws by Christenson, a pair of jumpers by Carlson and two free throws by Lydia Lutz kept the Panthers within 46-21 with 11:17 to go.

Pelican Rapids closed the game with a 26-4 run. Bateman hit two free throws at the 7:51 mark and Anna Grimes scored inside with 6:29 to play to account for the Panthers' points.

Carlson scored 11 points to lead the Panthers, who ended the regular season with a 0-24 record.

Strand finished with 21 points to lead the Vikings, who improved to 19-7.

PARK RAPIDS: Christenson 2 3-4 7, Domino 0 0-0 0, Carlson 4 3-4 11, Grimes 1 0-0 2, Rittgers 0 0-0 0, Booge 0 0-0 0, Yliniemi 0 0-0 0, Bateman 0 2-2 2, Lutz 0 2-2 2, Olson 0 0-0 0, Isaacson 0 0-0 0, Ridlon 0 0-0 0, Vaadeland 0 1-2 1. Totals: 7 (FG), 11 for 14 (FT).

PELICAN RAPIDS: Pfeifle 2 0-1 4, Haugen 1 0-0 2, M. Strand 7 5-7 21, Johnson 1 0-0 2, Haugrud 2 0-1 4, Skow-Anderson 5 2-2 12, Korf 2 0-0 4, B. Strand 3 3-4 10, Weinrich 1 0-0 2, Ganyo 1 0-0 2, Huseby 0 3-4 3, Morgan 1 4-4 6. Totals: 26 (FG), 17 for 23 (FT).

Halftime: Pelican Rapids 32, Park Rapids 11. Three-point field goals: M. Strand 2, B. Strand 1.

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