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W-H-A holds off rally by Panthers

Walker-Hackensack-Akeley built an 18-point lead in the first half and held off a late rally for a 74-68 win over the Park Rapids girls basketball team at Walker on Feb. 15.

Walker-Hackensack-Akeley built an 18-point lead in the first half and held off a late rally for a 74-68 win over the Park Rapids girls basketball team at Walker on Feb. 15.

A pair of 3-pointers by Justine Day, four inside baskets by Megan Benjamin, and 3-pointers by Emma Deegan and Ally Sea gave the host Wolves a 36-18 lead. Kaisa Coborn scored 11 of Park Rapids' points in the early going.

The Panthers closed the half with a 16-0 run as Rilee Michaelson's 3-pointer, two jumpers and basket off a rebound; jumpers by Whitney Steffel and Kaisa Coborn; and a 3-pointer by Kendra Coborn cut the gap to 36-34 at the intermission.

W-H-A opened the second half with a 19-5 run to build a 55-39 lead and followed a layup by Julia Johnson and a jumper by Kaisa Coborn with back-to-back 3-pointers by Day and Sea to maintain a 65-48 advantage.

Park Rapids put together a late rally as two 3-pointers and a jumper by Kendra Coborn, two 3-pointers by Michaelson, and 3-pointers by Kasia Coborn and Natalie Kinkel cut the margin to 71-68. The Wolves sealed the win by making three free throws down the stretch.

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Michaelson led the Panthers with a double-double of 25 points and 15 rebounds while adding eight assists and three steals. Kaisa Coborn scored 21 points while Kendra Coborn added 11 points, six assists and three steals. Johnson also had three steals as the Panthers fell to 12-8 by losing for the fifth time in the last six games.

Day's 23 points and 11 rebounds and Benjamin's 17 points and 11 rebounds led the Wolves. Deegan also hit double figures with 11 points as the Wolves improved to 18-4.

PARK RAPIDS: Kinkel 1 0-0 3, Ka. Coborn 9 2-3 21, Ke. Coborn 4 0-0 11, Michaelson 9 3-4 25, J. Johnson 2 0-0 4, Steffel 1 0-0 2, Burlingame 1 0-0 2. Totals: 27 for 69 (FG), 5 for 7 (FT).

WALKER-HACKENSACK-AKELEY: Deegan 4 0-1 11, Sea 3 1-2 9, Nornberg 1 0-0 2, Benjamin 6 5-5 17, Raddatz 2 4-6 8, Oelschlager 2 0-0 4, Day 7 6-6 23. Totals: 25 for 57 (FG), 16 for 20 (FT).

Halftime: W-H-A 36, Park Rapids 34. Three-pointers: Ka. Coborn 1, Ke. Coborn 3, Michaelson 4, Deegan 3, Sea 2, Day 3. Team fouls: Park Rapids 18, W-H-A 10. Rebounds: Park Rapids 35 (Michaelson 15, Ka. Coborn 5, Ke. Coborn 5, Kinkel 4, J. Johnson 3, Steffel 2, Burlingame 1). Assists: Park Rapids 22 (Michaelson 8, Ke. Coborn 6, Ka. Coborn 4, J. Johnson 3, Steffel 1). Steals: Park Rapids 10 (Ke. Coborn 3, J. Johnson 3, Michelson 3, Ka. Coborn 1). Blocked shots: Park Rapids 2 (Michaelson 1, Steffel 1). Turnovers: Park Rapids 19, W-H-A 17.

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