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Girls Basketball: Late basket lifts Wadena-Deer Creek past Park Rapids

Lauryn Gravelle's jumper gave the Wolverines a 37-36 victory.

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Park Rapids' Abby Morris drove to the basket during a game against Wadena-Deer Creek on Friday, Dec. 17, 2021. Jared Rubado / Forum News Service

Lauren Gravelle’s turn-around jumper with :15 remaining gave Wadena-Deer Creek a 37-36 win over the Park Rapids girls basketball team at Wadena on Friday, Dec. 17.

Park Rapids led for most of the first half as a layup by Tori Weaver, two layups by Abby Morris, jumpers by Julia Harmon and Weaver, and back-to-back 3-pointers by Gabi Shepersky provided a 20-17 lead. Addyson Gravelle’s 3-pointer before the buzzer tied the game at 20-20 at the break.

A jumper by Harmon, a layup by Olivia Davis, a basket off a rebound by Weaver, and two baskets by Mickey Clark gave the Panthers a 30-27 lead with 9:46 to play. A jumper by Shepersky and a layup by Clark made it 34-29 with 7:10 remaining. After Addyson Gravelle’s 3-pointer gave W-DC a 35-34 lead at the 5:40 mark, Clark’s layup put the Panthers in front 36-35 with 5:23 to play. Neither team scored again until the Wolverines gained possession on a jump ball and Lauryn Gravelle hit the game-winner.

Shepersky (9) and Clark (8) combined for 17 points to pace the Panthers. Morris led the way with nine rebounds and six steals and Harmon had eight rebounds as Park Rapids fell to 2-3.

Addyson Gravelle hit four 3-pointers and scored 14 points as W-DC improved to 4-2.

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PARK RAPIDS: Morris 2 2-2 6, Weaver 3 0-0 6, Davis 1 0-0 2, Shepersky 3 1-2 9, Harmon 2 0-0 4, Clark 4 0-0 8, Tretbar 0 0-0 0, Maninga 0 1-2 1, Eischens 0 0-0 0. Totals: 15 for 44 (FG), 4 for 6 (FT).
WADENA-DEER CREEK: A. Gravelle 4 2-2 14, Carsten 0 0-1 0, Pettit 0 1-2 1, Packer 2 0-0 4, Endres 0 1-2 1, Lupkes 4 0-2 8, L. Gravelle 2 3-4 7, P. Gravelle 1 0-0 2. Totals: 13 for 49 (FG), 7 for 13 (FT).
Halftime: Park Rapids 20, W-DC 20. Three-pointers: Shepersky 2, A. Gravelle 4. Team fouls: Park Rapids 15, W-DC 10. Rebounds: Park Rapids 29 (Morris 9, Harmon 8, Tretbar 4, Weaver 3, Davis 2, Maninga 2, Eischens 1). Assists: Park Rapids 3 (Weaver 1, Davis 1, Clark 1). Steals: Park Rapids 12 (Morris 6, Weaver 2, Davis 1, Shepersky 1, Clark 1, Tretbar 1). Blocked shots: Park Rapids 1 (Harmon). Turnovers: Park Rapids 14, W-DC 13.

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