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Area Girls Basketball: Balanced attack leads Patriots

Five area girls basketball teams played Tuesday, Feb. 23.

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PEQUOT LAKES — Afton Crocker’s 19 points led the Pequot Lakes Patriots to their sixth-straight victory with a 74-17 Mid-State Conference win over Aitkin Tuesday, Feb. 23.

Pequot’s Kelsi Martini finished with 18 points. Isabell Larson hit for 11 and Maci Martini tallied 10.

Sarah McMillian led Aitkin with five points.

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Pequot Lakes 45 29 -- 74
Aitkin 14 3 -- 17

PEQUOT LAKES
Carly Chaney 2, Isabel Larson 11, Kelsi Martini 18, Maci Martini 10, Elisa Flaws 2, Sydnie Wgeishofski 4, Morgan Eckes 2, Afton Crocker 19, Lauren Schultz 4, Ella Kratochvil 2. FT 6-8 (75%). Conference: 6-1. Overall: 9-1. Next: hosts Moose Lake-Willow River 7:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26.

AITKIN
Jillian Cline 2, Teagan Piecek 2, Allie Kullhem 2, Sarah McMillian 5, Ella Janzen 3, Ally Ehnstrom 3. FT 2-3 (67%). Conference: 1-6. Overall: 3-9. Next: hosts Staples-Motley 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25.

Foley 54, Little Falls 41

FOLEY — Sami Tembreull scored 15 points for the Little Falls Flyers in a 54-41 Granite Ridge Conference loss to the Foley Falcons Tuesday, Feb. 23.

Taylor Jordan added six points for Little Falls, which also fell to Foley 33-27 Feb. 2.

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Foley 23 31 -- 54
Little Falls 14 27 -- 41

FOLEY
McKenna Gross 18, Jayden Hermanson 6, Brooke Beier 12, Macy Zawacki 6, Abigail Mazacek 2, Callie Teff 4, Marley Wheeler 2, Alaina Hageman 4. FT 8-12 (67%).

LITTLE FALLS
Kendal Swantek 5, Abby Larsen 3, Sami Tembreull 15, Ellie Smieja 4, Taylor Jordan 6, Meghan Schilling 4, Shelby Pint 4. FT 18-32 (56%). Conference: 1-10. Overall: 3-10. Next: at St. Cloud Cathedral 7:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26.

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Zimmerman 65, Pierz 61

PIERZ — Emily Dehler recorded 24 points and 15 rebounds for the Pierz Pioneers who suffered a 65-61 Granite Ridge Conference loss to the Zimmerman Thunder Tuesday, Feb. 23.

Kiara Olesch added 12 points and 10 rebounds and Alissa Girtz scored eight for Pierz, which was swept by Zimmerman in the season series. The Thunder beat Pierz 67-56 Feb. 2.

Zimmerman 30 35 -- 65
Pierz 32 29 -- 61

PIERZ
Kiara Olesch 12, Ashley Kimman 2, Emily Dehler 24, Courtney Strohmeier 9, Alissa Girtz 8, Emily Sadlovsky 6. FG 20-72 (27%), FT 18-27 (66%). 3-point 3-18 (16%). Conference: 6-5. Overall: 7-5. Next: at Mora 7:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26.

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Park Christian 59, Staples-Motley 51 OT

MOORHEAD — Lauren Rutten scored 13 points and Haley Cichos added 12 for the Staples-Motley Cardinals who were defeated in overtime 58-51 by Park Christian in a non-conference game Tuesday, Feb. 23.

Park Christian 30 18 11 -- 59
Staples-Motley 32 16 3 -- 51

STAPLES-MOTLEY
Alli Olander 4, Ashley Robben 9, Haley Cichos 12, Lauren Rutten 13, Breana Bendson 3. FT 7-10 (70%). Overall: 3-9. Next: at Aitkin 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25.
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