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Coborn, Michaelson key Panthers' win over Lakers

A 26-4 run starting midway through the first half sparked the Park Rapids girls basketball team to a 62-39 Mid-State Conference win over Detroit Lakes Thursday night at the Area High School gym.

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Natalie Kinkel (3) drove past Detroit Lakes' Ellie Lunde during Park Rapids' win on Jan. 10. Vance Carlson / Enterprise

A 26-4 run starting midway through the first half sparked the Park Rapids girls basketball team to a 62-39 Mid-State Conference win over Detroit Lakes Thursday night at the Area High School gym.

The Panthers used a 15-2 run late in the first half and an 11-2 run to open the second half to take control in this game on Jan. 10.

Two jumpers by Kaisa Coborn and a layup by Rilee Michaelson gave the Panthers an early 8-0 lead at the 14:05 mark before Detroit Lakes responded with a 12-3 run to take a 12-11 lead with 9:22 to play in the first half. A 3-pointer and layup off a steal by Emily Larson and a 3-pointer by Lauryn Manning sparked that run.

Park Rapids took the lead for good by following with a 15-2 spurt. Layups by Michaelson and Coborn, a jumper by Whitney Steffel, a basket off a rebound by Michelson and a jumper by Coborn gave the Panthers a 26-14 lead at the 3:16 mark. A layup by Coborn gave Park Rapids a 28-17 edge at the break.

A jumper by Paige Johnson, a 3-pointer and layup by Michaelson, and two jumpers by Steffel extended the Panthers' lead to 39-19 with 13:03 to play. A layup off a steal by Coborn and a basket off a rebound by Michaelson made it 45-25 with 9:31 to play.

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Larson connected on a 3-pointer, hit two jumpers and scored on a pair of layups as the Lakers cut the gap to 49-37 with 3:58 to play. The Panthers sealed the win when Kendra Coborn scored on a layup, Julia Johnson scored off a rebound and on a layup, and Paige Johnson scored off a rebound for a 58-37 advantage with 1:59 remaining.

Michaelson posted a double-double with 19 points and 16 rebounds while tallying four steals and three blocked shots. Kaisa Coborn scored 19 points and had five assists while Kendra Coborn chipped in six assists and six rebounds. Paige Johnson grabbed nine rebounds as the Panthers improved to 3-1 in the conference and 7-2 overall. Park Rapids is tied with Pequot Lakes atop the Mid-State standings while Aitkin is 3-2.

Larson led the Lakers with 16 points. Detroit Lakes made only 16 of 64 shots (including 3 of 18 3-pointers) in falling to 2-2 in the conference and 6-8 overall.

DETROIT LAKES: Manning 3 1-2 8, Cihak 1 0-0 2, LUnde 2 2-4 6, Clem 0 0-0 0, Price 1 0-1 2, Larson 7 0-0 16, Borah 0 0-0 0, Greggersen 0 0-2 0, Bettcher 2 1-1 5. Totals: 16 for 64 (FG), 4 for 10 (FT).

PARK RAPIDS: Ka. Coborn 7 5-6 19, Ke. Coborn 1 0-1 2, P. Johnson 2 2-4 6, Michaelson 8 2-4 19, J. Johnson 2 3-4 7, Steffel 3 1-2 7, Kinkel 1 0-0 2. Totals: 24 for 53 (FG), 13 for 21 (FT).

Halftime: Park Rapids 28, Detroit Lakes 17. Three-pointers: Manning 1, Larson 2, Michaelson 1. Team fouls: Detroit Lakes 19, Park Rapids 12. Fouled out: Larson. Rebounds: Park Rapids 38 (Michaelson 16, P. Johnson 9, Ke. Coborn 6, Ka. Coborn 3, Steffel 2, J. Johnson 1, Kinkel 1). Assists: Park Rapids 15 (Ke. Coborn 6, Ka. Coborn 5, P. Johnson 3, Michaelson 1). Steals: Park Rapids 12 (Michaelson 4, Ke. Coborn 2, P. Johnson 2, Ka. Coborn 2, J. Johnson 1, Kinkel 1). Blocked shots: Park Rapids 3 (Michaelson 3). Turnovers: Detroit Lakes 27, Park Rapids 25.

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Julia Johnson (21) was defended by Detroit Lakes' Emily Larson during Park Rapids' Mid-State Conference win on Jan. 10. Vance Carlson / Enterprise

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