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Boys' basketball: Ashby falls to Battle Lake

Allard LaRue and his Ashby Arrows team couldn't find an answer to the Battle Lake Battlers Friday, falling 79-47 in Little Eight Conference play. (Eric Morken, Echo Press)

The Ashby boys couldn't keep Battle Lake from running away with a 79-47 game on the Arrows' home court last Friday night.

The two teams came into the night with the same 8-2 record in the Little Eight Conference, but the Battlers made sure they left in sole possession of first place. Battle Lake never wavered in this one, jumping out to a 33-21 lead at the break. Ashby cut it to 11 in the second half but couldn't get any closer.

"We were obviously hoping to keep this game a lot closer than the last time we played them," Arrows head coach Jeremy Knick said of a 72-40 loss to the Battlers on January 15. "Battle Lake played a really good game. They outworked us on both sides of the ball."

The Battlers (15-5, 9-2 LEC) shot 59 percent (32-of-54) and held the Arrows to 38 percent shooting (20-of-52). They also out-rebounded Ashby 34-26.

"That's just not a recipe for success," Knick said. "Hopefully, we can stay focused and get back to playing more consistent."

Tanner Langlie led the Arrows with 17 points and four rebounds. Blake Ohren added 14 points and five boards, as well. Ashby fell to 16-5 overall and to 8-3 in the LEC.


BATTLE LAKE 33 46 - 79

ASHBY 21 26 - 47

ASHBY - Langlie - 17 points, 4 rebounds; Ohren - 14 points, 5 rebounds; Dylan Barry - 7 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals