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Park Rapids battles PR-B in close loss

Katie Wangberg and Hannah Lemberg scored 10 points apiece in the first half as Pine River-Backus built a 26-14 lead and held on for a 42-34 win over the Park Rapids girls basketball team Tuesday night at Pine River.

Brittany Sayler hit three jump shots and Danielle Dent hit a jumper and 3-pointer to lead the Panthers in the first half.

Mindy Lawrence scored four baskets inside and Kayla Stursa hit a couple of jumpers to open the second half as the Panthers outscored PR-B 20-16. Ashley Domino, Sayler, Ashley Christenson and Olivia Vaadeland chipped in a basket apiece for Park Rapids down the stretch.

Sayler and Lawrence combined for 16 points while Christenson led the way with eight rebounds and three assists. Lawrence added seven rebounds and two steals as the Panthers fell to 2-19 on the season.

Wangberg finished with 16 points, Lemberg added 15 points and Tatum Sheley pulled down 11 rebounds to lead the Tigers, who moved into the No. 2 spot in the East half of the Section 8AA standings with a 16-8 record.

The Panthers closed out the regular season with a Mid-State Conference game at Staples Friday night. Park Rapids, the No. 8 seed in the East, opens the Section 8AA playoffs at No. 1 Pequot Lakes Thursday night at 7.

Perham takes charge

Perham outscored the Panthers 37-9 in the second half in a 72-28 victory Monday night at the Area High School gym.

The first minute of the game set the tone as Perham jumped out to a 9-0 lead. The Yellowjackets led 11-0 before a jumper by Lawrence, a basket off a rebound by Hailey Lundin, two jumpers by Stursa and a jumper by Sayler cut the deficit to 16-10 at the 10:53 mark.

A basket off a rebound by Lawrence and jumpers by Dent, Lundin and Sayler kept the Panthers within 27-18 with 4:33 to play in the first half before Perham went on an 8-1 run to carry a 35-19 advantage into the break.

Perham sealed the victory by opening the second half with a 19-3 spurt for a 54-22 cushion with 10:34 remaining.

A layup and two free throws by Lawrence, a layup and free throw by Hannah Wolff, and a layup by Vaadeland comprised the only points for the Panthers in the second half.

Elisa Moenkedick scored 25 points to lead Perham, which improved to 24-1 on the season.