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Bagley basketball teams to play for two titles Saturday

It will be Bagley against Ada-Borup Saturday at Ada for the Pine to Prairie Conference basketball championship in both the boys and girls divisions.

This winter the conference expanded to 12 teams and league officials created a North and a South division. Bagley earned the North title in both the boys and girls divisions while Ada-Borup did the same in the South.

Bagley's girls team won twice last week and improved to 14-10. The Flyers battled Fertile-Beltrami Monday and will close their regular season today against East Grand Forks.

Ada-Borup will be favored Saturday as it enters this week 20-2. In mid-January Ada-Borup defeated Bagley 53-16.

Saturday's boys title game features two quality teams. Bagley began the week 21-1 while Ada-Borup owned a 16-4 record. In the regular season match-up Bagley edged Ada-Borup 85-77.

Bagley stretched its winning streak to 21 games last week as it throttled Lake Park-Audubon 85-38. The Flyers have two road games this week, traveling to Walker-Hackensack-Akeley today and visiting Red Lake Thursday.

After Saturday's conference championship contest Bagley will end the season with home games against Roseau (March 1) and East Grand Forks (March 4).

Cass Lake-Bena split a pair of games last week, falling 52-35 at Red Lake County but bouncing back to down Kittson County Central 75-66.

RLCC's defense stymied Cass Lake-Bena and CL-B's 35 points represented a season low.

"We struggled with the Rebels' defense and were unable to get the little things done that we usually do," said Cass Lake-Bena coach Brian Michaelson. "They found a weakness in our back court and we are working to correct it."

Caleb Fisher was the lone Panther in double figures with 14 points. He added seven assists and six rebounds.

Dakotah Brunelle contributed eight points and 10 boards. Tonight the Panthers visit Goodridge-Grygla and Friday they host WHA. Saturday sees CL-B (16-5) entertaining Fond du Lac and the regular season will end Monday at Kelliher-Northome.

Blackduck fell to 10-11 overall after losing 65-44 to Nevis and 57-40 to Fosston. The Drakes entertain Clearbrook-Gonvick Thursday .

Red Lake struggled last week as the Warriors lost 76-62 to WHA, 57-54 to Pine River and 71-61 to Badger-Greenbush-Middle River to fall to 4-18.

Kelliher-Northome also dropped a pair of contests last week, 72-69 to Bigfork and 54-49 to Littlefork-BF. The Mustangs, 9-12, head to Nevis tonight and host CL-B Monday.

After losing 51-46 at Lake Park-Audubon the Flyers dumped Park Rapids 74-40 and tripped Warroad 52-48.

Katie Skersick scored 20 in the win over Park Rapids while Kari Skersick tallied 17, Jasmine Nelson 14 and Sean Benson 13.

The trend continued against Warroad as Katie Skersick struck for 20 points, Kari Skersick had 17 and Benson 10.

Cass Lake-Bena hopes to regain its winning ways tonight at Kelliher-Northome. The Panthers are 4-17 after falling 61-39 last week at Fosston.

Also on tap this week for CL-B are Thursday's game at Nevis and Friday's regular-season finale at home against WHA.

Red Lake dipped to 9-7 last week after losing 58-43 to K-N. The Warriors visit Blackduck tonight and travel to Fond du Lac Friday.

Blackduck will take an 8-14 record into tonight's game. In recent action the Drakes lost 44-33 to Nevis and 44-41 to Fosston.

K-N won its only game last week, 58-43 at Red Lake. The Mustangs end the season tonight against CL-B.

The struggles continued for Laporte as the Wildcats fell 66-15 to Pine River, 56-11 to WHA and 50-19 to Waubun. Laporte (0-20) hosts Verndale today.

Blackduck-Cass Lake-Bena-Indus posted a victory at Saturday's Section 8AA wrestling meet in Thief River Falls as the 10th-ranked Bears upset No. 7 Pequot Lakes 42-32 in the opening round.

BCLBI saw its dual season end in the quarterfinals, however, as it fell 66-6 to Perham.

Fosston-Bagley (No. 8) dropped its 8AA opener, 48-36 to Roseau (No. 9). Sixth-ranked WHAN defeated No. 11 United Clay Becker 58-18 in the opening round but was defeated 51-22 by third-ranked Thief River Falls in the quarterfinals.

TRF eventually won the 8AA title 41-24 over top-ranked Staples-Motley.

In 8A wrestling, Frazee defeated BGMR 48-15 in the title match.

The Bagley-Fosston hockey team drew the No. 9 seed and will visit No. 8 Kittson County Central 6 p.m. today in the 8A play-in game.

If the Flyers win they will advance to the section semifinals and a Thursday game against top-ranked Warroad.

The Section 8A championship game will be March 3 at Thief River Falls.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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