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Cass Lake-Bena falls to Fosston in section basketball playoffs

Fosston outscored Cass Lake-Bena 26-5 from the free throw line Tuesday and that disparity enabled the Greyhounds to defeat the Panthers 59-45 in the East Sub-Section 8A championship game at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls.

Tuesday's loss capped another strong season for CL-B as the Panthers ended the winter 22-7. Fosston improved to 20-6 and will take on either Warren-Alvarado-Oslo or Northern Freeze Friday at REA for the Section 8A crown.

Fouls and free throws proved to be the difference Tuesday as Cass Lake-Bena was whistled for 28 personal fouls and Fosston only 10. The winners went to the charity stripe 41 times and converted 26 free throws while the Panthers hit five of eight.

The teams were tied 13-13 early in the action but Fosston went on a 21-9 run the remainder of the first half and forged a 34-22 lead at the break.

By intermission the Greyhounds had been to the free throw line 16 times and drained 11 of them. CL-B hit one of its two first-half free throws.

Caleb Fisher was the lone Panther in double figures as the junior tallied 18 points, 14 of them coming in the second half. Jake Ellis had seven points and Cody Wind six.

Garrett Carlin paced Fosston with 24 points and Kyle Arneson contributed 15.

Fosston (59): Goss 6, O'Keefe 2, Arneson 15, Carlson 9, Viken 1, Carlin 24, Paulson 2. Totals: 16, 26-41, 59

Cass Lake-Bena (45): Fisher 18, Wittner 5, Ellis 7, Brunelle 2, Wind 6, Nupson 4, Johnson 3. Totals: 17, 5-8, 45

Fouls: Fosston 10, Cass Lake-Bena 28

Halftime: Fosston 34, Cass Lake-Bena 22

In Tuesday's North Sub-Section 8-2A championship game in Crookston, Bagley's season came to an end as the Flyers fell 69-50 to Thief River Falls.

Bagley, which was seeded first in the sub-section, ended the year 27-3 while second-ranked TRF will take a 21-7 record into Friday's 8AA championship game at Concordia-Moorhead against either Perham or Pequot Lakes.

"Finishing 27-3 is not a bad year," said Flyers coach Chuck Anderson. "The kids were pretty devastated after the game but in the morning I'm sure they will feel better about this great year."

The Prowlers took an early lead and held a 36-28 advantage at intermission. In the second half TRF worked the clock and didn't allow Bagley many opportunities to whittle away at its deficit.

"Thief River was not in any hurry to shoot," Anderson said. "At the end we had to foul and they made their free throws."

Kris Skersick scored 13 points to lead the Flyers and Chase Netland added 11.

Thief River Falls (69): Blacklance 2, Williams 3, Gunderson 9, Onkka 17, Trontvet 4, Beito 4, Olson 9, Hruby 4, Milks 17

Bagley (50): Netland 11, Bellefy 5, George 7, Thompson 6, Skersick 13, Conger 2, Pemberton 5, Lundmark 1

Halftime: Thief River Falls 36, Bagley 28

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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