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Despite ending the season with a four-game winning streak, the Park Rapids girls basketball team wasn’t able to secure a home game for the start of the Section 8AA playoffs. Park Rapids (12-13) received the No. 9 seed and will open the section tournament at No. 8 Barnesville (13-12) Thursday night at 7. The winner of that game will play a section quarterfinal game at Concordia College in Moorhead on Saturday. Concordia will host the section semifinals on March 8 and the section title game on March 11.
It was only fitting that seniors Gabie Johnson and Madisen Wagner would hit clutch baskets down the stretch on Senior Night to give the Park Rapids girls basketball team a 63-61 win over Menahga in the regular-season finale Thursday night at the Area High School gym. Johnson’s 3-pointer with 2:03 to play gave the Panthers a 60-57 lead and Wagner followed with a layup at the 1:17 mark for a 62-57 lead as Park Rapids closed the regular season with a four-game winning streak.
After qualifying for the state Class A tournament last season, Park Rapids’ Ashton Clark, Jared Sunram, Cody Dravis and Justin Dravis were confident of returning to state this season. Those four lived up to those expectations by placing first or second at last Saturday’s Section 8A tournament at Glyndon. A determined Nolan Booge joined that group, giving the Panthers five state qualifiers for the second year in a row.
Jaiden McCollum’s 30 points, nine rebounds and five steals sparked the Park Rapids girls basketball team to a 66-65 overtime victory at Waubun last Friday night. McCollum made three free throws and hit a jumper and Gabie Johnson hit a jumper in the extra session to lead the Panthers to the win.
A balanced scoring attack sparked the Menahga girls basketball team to an 82-30 Park Region Conference win over Bertha-Hewitt last Friday night at Menahga.
Despite going 11 minutes without scoring a point, the Nevis girls basketball team was able to defeat Pine River-Backus 38-29 in overtime in a Northwoods Conference game on Feb. 16. Hannah Bliss’ 16 points and 14 rebounds and Jordyn Lucas’ 12 points and six rebounds led the Tigers, who won despite making only 11 of 52 field goals. Madisyn Lucas hauled down seven rebounds and had three steals and Eleannor Roehl had six rebounds as the Tigers improved to 10-4 for runner-up honors in the conference standings. Clearbrook-Gonvick is 13-0.
Damon Howard hit six 3-pointers in the first half as the Menahga boys basketball team overcame a 14-10 deficit in coasting to a 76-31 victory over Laporte in the first round of the Section 5A North tournament Monday night at Menahga.
A 14-0 run at the start of the second half helped the Nevis boys basketball team grind out a 46-36 win at Menahga in the regular-season finale Thursday night. A layup by Aaron Hrdlicka, a jumper by Charles Haataja and a 3-pointer by Aaron Rudquist gave Menahga a 7-2 lead at the 13:57 mark of the first half before a jumper by Zach Henry, a 3-pointer by Grant Pappas and a layup by Griffin Chase gave the Tigers a 9-7 lead at the 11:06 mark.
Gabie Johnson tallied a double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds as the Park Rapids girls basketball team coasted to a 72-47 victory over Wadena-Deer Creek Thursday night at the Area High School gym. Johnson scored 12 points, Macky Warne hit three 3-pointers, Kaisa Coborn hit four jumpers and Jaiden McCollum hit three baskets as the Panthers led 43-19 at the half.
The Park Rapids boys basketball team ended one losing streak while keeping another going last Tuesday night. Led by Remington Hagan’s 17 points, the Panthers defeated East Grand Forks 55-52 in the regular-season finale to snap a 10-game losing streak. Hunter Jewison added 13 points and nine rebounds while Damion Hanke also pulled down nine rebounds for the Panthers, who led 29-25 at the half. The win lifted Park Rapids to 4-9 against Section 8AA teams and 4-21 overall.