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Panthers use 17-0 run to spark win over Frazee

A 17-0 run to end the first half sparked the Park Rapids girls basketball team to a 56-36 victory over Frazee Tuesday night (Jan. 8) at the Area High School gym.

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Frazee's Abby Hoehne (right) guarded Park Rapids' Gracie Eischens during Tuesday night's game at the Area High School gym. Vance Carlson / Enterprise

A 17-0 run to end the first half sparked the Park Rapids girls basketball team to a 56-36 victory over Frazee Tuesday night (Jan. 8) at the Area High School gym.

After Frazee's Ellie Reierson opened the game by scoring off a rebound, the Panthers took control by going on a 17-3 run. Layups by Rilee Michaelson, Kaisa Coborn and Kendra Coborn and a basket off a rebound by Michaelson gave Park Rapids a 10-2 advantage with 13:55 to play in the first half. Dani Piche ended that 10-0 run by hitting a 3-pointer before Natalie Kinkel countered with a 3-pointer and Kaisa Coborn scored on a layup as the Panthers led 17-5 at the 10:33 mark.

Two inside baskets by Reierson and another 3-pointer by Piche offset baskets by Paige Johnson and Michaelson as Frazee cut the gap to 21-14 at the 7:42 mark before the Panthers closed the half with a 17-0 run. Three-pointers by Kaisa Coborn and Kendra Coborn started that run. Jumpers by Kinkel, Michaelson and Julia Johnson and layups by Paige Johnson and Michaelson gave the Panthers a commanding 38-14 lead at the half.

A layup by Michaelson and two jumpers by Kendra Coborn extended the lead to 44-16 with 12:48 to play. Jumpers by Kinkel, Whitney Steffel and Paige Johnson, a 3-pointer by Michaelson, and a layup by Hannah Morgan kept the Panthers in front 56-28 with 4:02 remaining. The Hornets ended the game with an 8-0 run.

Michaelson led the Panthers with a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds. Kendra Coborn (9), Kaisa Coborn (8), Paige Johnson (7) and Kinkel (7) aided Park Rapids' balanced offensive attack by combining for 31 points while Paige Johnson and Kendra Coborn had five rebounds each. The Panthers forced 38 turnovers with Kendra Coborn, Kaisa Coborn and Paige Johnson having four steals each while Michaelson, Kinkel and Steffel had three steals apiece. Kaisa Coborn (6) and Kendra Coborn (5) combined for 11 assists as the Panthers improved their record to 6-2.

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No player scored in double figures for the Hornets, who fell to 1-10 on the season.

"Things are going well so far," said Park Rapids head coach Jeff Overmyer. "We're playing good defense, moving the ball well and taking smart shots. The two teams (Aitkin and Pine River-Backus) we lost to are good teams and we learned some stuff from those losses. I like the way we're progressing."

FRAZEE: Wilkowski 0 0-0 0, Starry 2 0-0 4, Oswald 3 0-1 6, Gabrielson 0 0-0 0, E. Reierson 4 0-0 8, Piche 3 0-0 8, Kropueske 2 0-0 4, A. Reierson 1 2-2 4, Hoehne 1 0-0 2. Totals: 16 for 54 (FG), 2 for 3 (FT).

PARK RAPIDS: Ka. Coborn 3 1-2 8, Ke. Coborn 4 0-0 9, P. Johnson 3 1-4 7, Michaelson 7 3-5 18, J. Johnson 1 0-0 2, Steffel 1 0-0 2, Kinkel 3 0-0 7, Eischens 0 0-0 0, Morgan 1 0-0 2, H. Johnson 0 0-0 0, Knutson 0 0-0 0, Burlingame 0 0-0 0. Totals: 23 for 74 (FG), 5 for 11 (FT).

Halftime: Park Rapids 38, Frazee 14. Three-pointers: Piche 2, Ka. Coborn 1, Ke. Coborn 1, Michaelson 1, Kinkel 1. Team fouls: Frazee 9, Park Rapids 13. Rebounds: Park Rapids 40 (Michaelson 12, Ke. Coborn 5, P. Johnson 5, Kinkel 4, J. Johnson 4, Ka. Coborn 4, Steffel 3, Burlingame 2, Morgan 1). Assists: Park Rapids 17 (Ke. Coborn 6, Ka. Coborn 5, Michaelson 2, J. Johnson 2, Steffel 1, P. Johnson 1). Steals: Park Rapids 22 (Ke. Coborn 4, Ka. Coborn 4, P. Johnson 4, Kinkel 3, Michaelson 3, Steffel 3, J. Johnson 1). Blocked shots: Park Rapids 2 (Michaelson 2). Turnovers: Frazee 38, Park Rapids 23.

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Brooke Knutson (23) forced a jump ball with Frazee's Abby Hoehne as Katie Burlingame (45) looked on during Park Rapids' 56-36 victory on Jan. 8. Vance Carlson / Enterprise

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