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Girls basketball: Panthers take LEC lead over B-E

A matchup that will probably decide the winner of the Little Eight Conference went to the Parkers Prairie girls on Tuesday night as the Panthers broke open a close game to win 59-37 over Brandon-Evansville.

The two teams were tied at 19 at the half and the Chargers were within eight with eight minutes to go. That’s when the Panthers went on an 8-0 run to open up the game and move to 10-1 in the LEC. Brandon-Evansville fell to 8-2 in league play and into second place.

“They kind of got on a roll, and I think we got mentally fatigued,” Chargers head coach Dick Simpson said. “I think maybe four games in five days caught up with us.”

Micaela Noga set the tone for Parkers Prairie, but the Panthers got contributions from all over the court. Noga finished with 16 points and nine rebounds. Anna Guenther added 12 points, Caroline Carlson finished with nine and Sierra Nori added seven points.

“You plan on trying to control Noga and then she makes everyone else that much better,” Simpson said. “Their other kids played well in the second half. They didn’t shoot really well in the first half. We kind of hung around, but once we fell behind I think we lost our edge and you start trying too hard and you start missing shots.”

The Chargers hit just 29 percent of their field goals, going 13-of-44 from the floor. Megan Kokett led them with nine points, while Carrigan Okerlund added eight and Mariah Hansen and Emma Friedrich each scored six.

“It’s kind of disappointing, but we just have to bounce back and play some more,” Simpson said. “They played well the second half, and they deserved to win.”

The Chargers were scheduled to welcome in Hillcrest Lutheran Academy last night, Thursday, before going to Ashby on Friday. Parkers Prairie can wrap up sole possession of the LEC title with a win at Rothsay on Friday.

GAME STATISTICS

PARKERS PRAIRIE 19 40 – 59

BRANDON-EVANSVILLE 19 18 – 37

TOTALS – B-E – FG – 13-44; FT – 2-2; Rebounds – 23; Parkers Prairie – FG – 21-48; FT – 11-18; Rebounds – 35

B-E – M. Kokett – 9 points; Kylee Hansen – 3 points; Melissa Haseman – 2 points; Okerlund – 8 points; Elizabeth Vinson – 3 points; Mariah Hansen – 6 points; Friedrich – 6 points, 8 rebounds

PARKERS PRAIRIE – Noga – 16 points, 9 rebounds; Nori – 7 points; Renee Warren – 5 points; Sarah Bunde – 4 points; Guenther – 12 points; Kathryn Burquest – 6 points, 8 rebounds; Carlson – 9 points

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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