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Area high school roundup: Panther girls top Laporte for first win of season

The Cass Lake-Bena girls basketball team began the winter with seven losses but last Tuesday at Laporte the Panthers finally notched their first victory as they toppled Laporte 65-36.

Joy Smith scored 16 for CL-B while Jordan Jackson and Autumn Brunelle each contributed 14.

Jackson also dished seven assists while Brunelle had 14 rebounds and Smith 13.

Last Thursday at Clearbrook-Gonvick the Panthers dropped an 80-55 decision, Smith had 11 points and Jackson 10 points and 10 rebounds. Brunelle added 15 boards. Brooke Wraa had 24 points for the Bears and Whitney Rogstad contributed 13.

Friday at Kelliher-Northome Cass Lake-Bena lost 63-57. Brunelle had 15 points and 16 rebounds while Jackson scored 13 points, Smith 12 and Mariah O'Brien 10. Smith also nabbed 19 rebounds.

The win was Kelliher-Northome's second in its last three games. The Mustangs downed Hill City 53-51 during the holiday break but lost 58-39 to Walker-Hackensack-Akeley last Tuesday.

In the victory over Hill City Katey Lutz had 15 points, 14 rebounds and four steals. Cathy Frenzel added 10 points, 10 rebounds, seven steals and five assists while Tonya Weidenborner had six points and five boards.

Brittney Heck reached double figures with 12 points. She also nailed the game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer.

In the loss to WHA the defense held the Wolves, who average more than 70 points per game, to only 58. When the teams met in early December WHA coasted to a 71-26 win.

"It was a much better showing than the first time these two teams faced off," said K-N coach Justin Lundin. "I am proud of the team's efforts. They knew it wasn't going to be an easy night but they still went out and gave the Wolves a challenge."

Heck had 10 points and Lutz scored nine. Weidenborner and Danielle Nistler each dished four assists.

This week began with Monday's game at Bigfork and Thursday the Mustangs will host Clearbrook-Gonvick. Friday sees K-N entertaining Laporte and 1 p.m. Saturday it will play Red Lake County Central at Bemidji State.

Blackduck went 0-2 last week, losing 77-53 to Clearbrook-Gonvick and 66-27 to Pine River. Millie Exner had 21 points in the loss to C-G while Jamie Magoon scored 14 and Tatum Mistic 10.

Wraa had 27 points for the Bears and Rogstad 26.

Red Lake found the winning column last week as the Warriors downed Fond Du Lac 65-31. Taylor Dickinson scored 15 points, Tatiana McLean and Serena Graves 12 and Mary Cobenais nine.

Bagley split a pair of games, losing 74-44 at Thief River Falls but nipping Fosston 50-42. The Flyers are at Climax-Fisher today, host Win-E-Mac Thursday and visit Clearbrook-Gonvick Friday.

In last week's girls 8A East ratings Fosston was leading and Red Lake County Central was ranked second. Win-E-Mac was ranked third and was followed by Blackduck, Kelliher-Northome, Clearbrook-Gonvick, Mahnomen, Lake of the Woods, Bug O Nay Ge Shig, Cass Lake-Bena and Laporte.

Cass Lake-Bena successfully opened 2011 as the Panthers tipped Kelliher-Northome 78-66 last Tuesday.

Caleb Fisher scored 25 points and grabbed eight caroms. Jake Ellis had 15 points and 25 rebounds and earned a double-double for the sixth consecutive game.

Dakotah Brunelle contributed 11 points and nine boards while Chad Winner had 10 points and 10 assists.

CL-B (7-3) is at Pine River today and hosts Red Lake Friday.

Bagley remains the hottest boys basketball team in the area as the Flyers enter tonight's game at Climax-Fisher with a 7-1 record. Last week Bagley collected three victories, swamping Park Rapids 91-57, trimming Fosston 59-50 and blitzing Thief River Falls 78-64.

Tyler George scored 18 points in the win over Fosston and Lorenzo Pemberton added 10.

Kelliher-Northome split two games last week, losing to Cass Lake-Bena but belting Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 74-29.

Jacob Gunderson scored 17 points in the victory over WHA while Gregory Davidson tallied 14 and Keith Shaugnessy 10.

K-N (4-4) visits Roseau tonight and heads to East Grand Forks Friday.

Blackduck will take a 5-4 record to Deer River tonight. The Drakes also will be at WHA Friday.

Last week Blackduck went 2-0, stopping Red Lake 87-73 and defeating Pine River 63-59.

Red Lake also lost 68-35 to Warren-Alavarado-Oslo Friday.

In the 8A East rankings, Cass Lake-Bena was listed second, trailing only Fosston. K-N enters this week ranked fourth while Clearbrook-Gonvick is fifth and Blackduck seventh.

The Bagley-Fosston hockey team snapped a nine-game winless string Saturday when it posted a 5-3 victory at Ely.

The Flyers are 2-10-1 and both of the wins have come at Ely's expense.

Also last week B-F lost at Park Rapids 8-2. Flyer goalie Ken Davis sustained a concussion in the game and is expected to be out of action for about two weeks.

Cole Young scored two goals against Ely while Aaron Leintz, Cole Gubrud and Brenton Bergh also lit the lamp.

Gubrud had three assists and Bergh two. Also drawing assists were Tal Iverson, Young, Brady Anderson and Chad Hoeft.

Andrew Gebhardt made his first start in goal and the eighth-grader played well.

The win, however, was offset by the loss of Hoeft who was taken by ambulance to the hospital. X-rays revealed three broken vertebrae in his neck but there was no sign of paralysis.

Hoeft was expected to be released from the hospital on Monday and will wear a neck brace.

The Flyers visit Lake of the Woods today and entertain Silver Bay Saturday.

The Bagley-Fosston wrestlers lost to Deer River 45-36 last Tuesday but did very well at Saturday's Pine to Prairie meet hosted by Fertile-Beltrami, finishing second in the seven-team field with 199 points.

Moorhead won with 209 and United Clay-Becker was a distant third with 160.

Trailing the leaders were Fertile-Beltrami with 145.5, Clearbrook-Gonvick/RLCC with 76, West Marshall with 64.5 and East Grand Forks with 45.

The BCLBI Bears also found success last week as they defeated Clearbrook-Gonvick/RLCC 66-19. The Bears (1-5) host a triangular today in Blackduck and will be in Bemidji Saturday for the Rick Lee Invitational.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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