The Pequot Lakes girls’ basketball team has just three seniors, but they combined for 52 points to lead the Patriots past the Crosby-Ironton Rangers 67-58 in Mid-State Conference action on Friday, Jan. 10.
“We had a quality win over the Rangers, who I regard as one of the better teams in our section,” said head coach Jon Dale, whose team competes in Section 8AA.
The Patriots trailed just once against C-I, and that was early before Pequot Lakes’ Katie White made a 3-point shot, and Miller and Lane added layup baskets and White drilled another 3-pointer for an insurmountable 14-8 lead.
Pequot Lakes would go onto lead 38-29 at the half, but the Rangers didn’t give up. The Rangers started the second half with a rebound basket by Lauren Peterson, a layup by Meredith Silgen and a 15-foot basket by Hallie Schmidt to cut the deficit to 38-35.
The Rangers pulled to within 40-39, but White answered with a jumper, Caitie Ryan scored on a layup and Haley Wiebolt hit a 3-point shot to push the lead to 47-39 with less than 13 minutes remaining.
C-I later cut the deficit to 54-51 after taking advantage of two turnovers by the Patriots. But White sparked another run by the home team with a 3-pointer and Pequot Lakes maintained a 10-point advantage in the final minutes.
“In all of our losses we had leads, but we didn’t get a lot of second chances,” Dale said. “Tonight things went our way, and I think we played much better defensively.”
C-I is 1-2 in the conference and 5-4 overall while the Patriots improved to 2-0 in the Mid-State and 7-4 overall.
Crosby-Ironton 29 29 — 58
Pequot Lakes 38 29 — 67
Lauren Peterson 13, Hallie Schmidt 6, Meredith Silgen 15, Shannon Lundgren 16, Jamie Nelson 2, Abby Gindorff 6. FG 24-59 (41 percent), FT 9-17 (53 percent). 3-point 2-11 (18 percent).
Caitie Ryan 4, Haley Wiebolt 7, Vanessa Lane 18, Emilee Buell 4, Katie White 21, Kayla Miller 13. FG 26-58 (45 percent), FT 11-21 (52 percent). 3-point 4-8 (50 percent).