The Pequot Lakes girls’ basketball team suffered its first loss in its new athletic center when the Patriots fell to Class A second-ranked Mountain Iron-Buhl Rangers, and their freshman sharp shooter Chelsea Mason, 77-65 on Thursday, Dec. 19.
Katie White scored 19 points for the Class 2A seventh-ranked Patriots as their four-game winning streak was snapped in the non-conference game. Vanessa Lane scored 17 points and pulled down 13 rebounds while teammate Haley Wiebolt added 12 points for the Patriots.
Mason led the Rangers with a game-high 27 points, including making eight three-point baskets.
“She’s quite a shooter for a freshman, and she gets her shot off quickly so she’s hard to defend against,” said Pequot Lakes coach Jon Dale. “I thought we played well against them, and they’re a good team that has only lost once, and that was to the top-ranked team in Class 2A.”
The Patriots jumped to a 14-5 lead to start the game, but then Mason started to heat up. The first half was an offensive showcase with Pequot Lakes leading most of the half, including 42-41 at the break.
In the second half, the Rangers slowly pulled away, and had led by as many as 15 points. Post player Allie Knuti had several baskets as she finished with 18 points.
“We had too many turnovers in the first half,” Dale said. “We also had a lot of bad passes, and it showed that we need to work on our defense, too.”
MI-B coach Jeff Buffeta respects the Patriots.
“It’s always a battle when we meet (Pequot Lakes), and it may happen again at the Walker tournament after Christmas,” he said.
Pequot Lakes, 4-2 overall, is scheduled play Parkers Prairie in the first round of the Walker-Hackensack-Akeley tournament at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 27.
MI-Buhl 41 36 — 77
Pequot Lakes 42 23 — 65
Allie Knuti 18, Chelsea Mason 27, Sarah Overbye 6, Tatum Primeau 4, Mya Buffetta 10, Lissy McCulloch 12. FT 11-12 (92 percent).
Caitie Ryan 2, Haley Wiebolt 12, Vanessa Lane 17, Emilee Buell 5, Katie White 19, Kayla Miller 8, Sam Littman 2. FT 9-14 (65 percent).