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Panthers rely on experience to spark win over youthful Tigers

Experience topped exuberance when Park Rapids and Nevis met in a girls basketball game Jan. 17 at the Area High School gym. Park Rapids featured a veteran lineup with five seniors and two juniors playing the majority of the minutes while the Tige...

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Nevis' Ashley Pyburn (12) looked to drive past Park Rapids' Kendra Coborn during Thursday night's game. Vance Carlson / Enterprise

Experience topped exuberance when Park Rapids and Nevis met in a girls basketball game Jan. 17 at the Area High School gym.

Park Rapids featured a veteran lineup with five seniors and two juniors playing the majority of the minutes while the Tigers countered with a young squad of one senior, one junior, one sophomore, two freshmen and two eighth graders.

Experience prevailed as the Panthers used a 28-4 run starting early in the first half to break open a close game in a 74-45 victory.

Nevis stayed with 13-10 with 13:42 to play in the first half behind layups by Katie Kamphaus, Makenna Frazier and Ashley Pyburn and a jumper by Addison Lindow. Two layups and a 3-pointer by Kendra Coborn, a jumper by Paige Johnson, and layups by Kaisa Coborn and Rilee Michaelson led the Panthers in the early going.

A jumper by Michaelson, two layups by Kendra Coborn, a basket off a rebound by Paige Johnson and a layup by Julia Johnson gave Park Rapids a 23-12 advantage with 11:14 to play in the first half. After Frazier scored on a layup at the 10:47 mark, the Panthers responded with an 18-0 run to claim a 41-14 advantage with 4:07 left. Julia Johnson began that run with a jumper at the 10:22 mark before three layups and a jumper by Kaisa Coborn, a layup by Kendra Coborn, a basket off a rebound and a layup by Paige Johnson, and a layup by Michaelson put Park Rapids in control.

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A jumper by Emily Funk ended that run at the 3:21 mark. A layup by Kamphaus and jumper by Lindow were offset by a jumper by Kendra Coborn, a layup by Michaelson and a layup off a steal by Julia Johnson as Park Rapids carried a 47-22 lead into the intermission.

Layups by Michaelson and Paige Johnson and a 3-pointer and two layups by Kaisa Coborn to open the second half extended the lead to 58-22 with 15:26 to play. Two layups by Kamphaus, two jumpers by Funk and a jumper by Lindow helped the Tigers cut the gap to 62-32 with 10:26 to play before a layup by Abby Morris and jumpers by Michaelson and Paige Johnson made it 68-34 with 7:40 left.

Frazier scored off a steal, Lindow hit a jumper and Funk hit a jumper as Nevis trailed 68-40 with 5:58 remaining. Two inside baskets by Katie Burlingame and a layup by Kendra Coborn were countered by a basket off a rebound by Kamphaus and a layup by Lindow as the Panthers prevailed with their fifth win in a row.

Kendra Coborn (19), Kaisa Coborn (17), Paige Johnson (12) and Michaelson (12) led a balanced offensive attack for the Panthers, who prevailed despite committing 28 turnovers. Kendra Coborn had nine rebounds and seven assists, MIchaelson had eight rebounds, Kaisa Coborn led the way with nine assists and five steals, and Paige Johnson had five steals as Park Rapids improved to 9-2 on the season.

Kamphaus (14) and Lindow (12) hit double figures for the Tigers, who turned the ball over 35 times. Kamphaus had eight rebounds, Lindow grabbed six rebounds and had five steals, and Pyburn had five rebounds and five steals as Nevis fell to 1-13 on the season with their 12th consecutive setback.

"I could not be more proud of my girls up to this point. Ashley and Katie have provided excellent leadership and support for their younger teammates while they have been developing into better players. All of the girls' effort to improve in practices and games is evident to me. The morale between the players sticking together through our growing pains to become better is impressive. They are a team. Obviously, they would like to get some wins as would I. Being as young as we are makes that more challenging for us," said Nevis head coach Paul Schroeder. "There are games (coming up) that I believe we can compete in and possibly pull out some wins, barring injuries. Regardless of how the rest of the season plays out as far as wins and losses go, I think these girls will show up and compete for those wins."

NEVIS: Frazier 4 1-2 9, Thurner 0 0-0 0, Pyburn 1 0-0 2, Lindow 5 2-2 12, Kamphaus 6 2-4 14, Funk 4 0-0 8, Mitchell 0 0-0 0. Totals: 20 for 58 (FG), 5 for 8 (FT).

PARK RAPIDS: Ka. Coborn 8 0-1 17, Ke. Coborn 9 0-0 19, P. Johnson 6 0-0 12, Michaelson 6 0-0 12, J. Johnson 3 0-0 6, Steffel 0 0-2 0, Kinkel 0 0-0 0, Morris 1 0-0 2, Burlingame 2 2-2 6. Totals: 35 for 67 (FG), 2 for 5 (FT).

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Halftime: Park Rapids 47, Nevis 22. Three-pointers: Ka. Coborn 1, Ke. Coborn 1. Team fouls: Nevis 5, Park Rapids 11. Rebounds: Nevis 30 (Kamphaus 8, Lindow 6, Pyburn 5, Funk 5, Frazier 3, Mitchell 3); Park Rapids 36 (Ke. Coborn 9, Michaelson 8, P. Johnson 5, Burlingame 4, J. Johnson 3, Kinkel 2, Steffel 2, Ka. Coborn 2, Morris 1). Assists: Nevis 6 (Thurner 2, LIndow 2, Pyburn 2); Park Rapids 22 (Ka. Coborn 9, Ke. Coborn 7, Kinkel 2, J. Johnson 2, Steffel 1, Morris 1). Steals: Nevis 18 (Pyburn 5, Lindow 5, Funk 3, Frazier 2, Kamphaus 2, Thurner 1); Park Rapids 23 (Ka. Coborn 5, P. Johnson 5, MIchaelson 4, Ke. Coborn 3, Burlingame 3, Kinkel 1, Steffel 1, J. Johnson 1). Blocked shots: Nevis 3 (Pyburn 2, Kamphaus 1); Park Rapids 4 (Steffel 1, Michaelson 1, J. Johnson 1, P. Johnson 1). Turnovers: Nevis 35, Park Rapids 28).

Panthers in first

Kaisa Coborn's 21 points and Michaelson's double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds paved the way as the Panthers defeated Pequot Lakes 63-53 in a Mid-State Conference game at Pequot Lakes on Jan. 15.

Kendra Coborn added 11 points, eight rebounds and six assists as Park Rapids took over sole possession of first place in the conference standings with a 4-1 record.

Olivia Lane's double-double of 27 points and 21 rebounds and Carly Chaney's 11 points led the Patriots, who fell to 3-2 in the conference and 6-7 overall. Crosby-Ironton and Aitkin are also 3-2 in conference play.

PARK RAPIDS: Steffel 2 0-0 5, Kinkel 1 0-0 2, Ka. Coborn 10 0-2 21, Ke. Coborn 2 7-10 11, P. Johnson 3 0-2 6, Michaelson 7 1-3 15, J. Johnson 0 3-6 3. Totals: 25 for 53 (FG), 11 for 23 (FT).

PEQUOT LAKES: Martini 1 2-2 4, Chaney 4 1-2 11, Lane 10 7-12 27, Nelson 1 1-2 3, Voges 1 1-2 4, Rysavy 2 0-0 4. Totals: 19 for 63 (FG), 12 for 20 (FT).

Halftime: Park Rapids 33, Pequot Lakes 20. Three-pointers: Steffel 1, Ka. Coborn 1, Chaney 2, Voges 1. Team fouls: Park Rapids 17, Pequot Lakes 22. Fouled out: P. Johnson. Rebounds: Park Rapids 35 (Michaelson 12, Ke. Coborn 8, P. Johnson 6, Ka. Coborn 5, J. Johnson 3, Steffel 1). Assists: Park Rapids 14 (Ke. Coborn 6, Ka. Coborn 4, J. Johnson 1, P. Johnson 1, Michaelson 1, Kinkel 1). Steals: Park Rapids 9 (Ka. Coborn 2, P. Johnson 2, Michaelson 2, Ke. Coborn 2, Kinkel 1). Blocked shots: Park Rapids 3 (P. Johnson 2, J. Johnson 1). Turnovers: Park Rapids 14, Pequot Lakes 16.

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