Section 6A girls' basketball: Ada-Borup ends Parkers Prairie's state tourney hopesA late rally fell short as the Panthers fell to the Cougars in the Section 6A finals
By: Lori Mork, Alexandria Echo Press
Madison Dorn could see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Down by just two with less than 10 seconds on the clock, the Parkers Prairie senior had one last chance to keep her team’s momentum going as they tried to move past Ada-Borup and into the state tournament.
With the ball in her hands, the 5’11” Dorn barreled toward the basket, a chance to tie the game and possibly win it if she could draw the foul for a free throw.
But the Cougar’s Monica Vega had other ideas. Stepping into the lane and holding her ground, Vega picked up the charge, giving the ball back to her team.
The charge forced Parkers Prairie to foul in hopes of getting the ball back. Ada-Borup’s Shaina Stevenson hit both free throws, however, and took the steam out of the Panthers as their chance for a state tournament berth dissipated in a 51-47 loss in the Section 6A girls’ basketball championship at Concordia College-Moorhead’s Memorial Stadium Friday night.
The win for Ada-Borup was especially sweet as it avenged a 48-44 loss to the Panthers in January.
It was a tight finish to a game that looked completely in the Cougars’ hands as they rolled to a 28-19 halftime lead and held a 39-26 advantage with 10 minutes remaining.
But the Panthers, who never led in this game, had a little left in the tank, going on a 13-3 run with less than five minutes remaining and got as close as two as both Dorn and junior Micaela Noga wove their way to the basket multiple times as their team raced the dwindling clock
Parkers Prairie closed the gap to two as Dorn hit a three-pointer with 40 seconds remaining to trail 49-47. The Panthers then stole the ball with 27 seconds left, but Vega flew under Parkers Prairie’s radar to steal it right back.
A foul put Ada-Borup’s Megan Kolness at the line, but she missed a pair of free throws that would have stretched the lead to four and given her team some breathing room.
That’s when Dorn made her break, racing down the court, and Vegas holding firm to draw the charge.
This was the second straight year that the Cougars have thwarted the Panthers’ bid for a state berth, defeating Parkers Prairie 71-58 in last year’s Section 6A matchup.
Noga led the way for Parkers Prairie with 17 points, while Dorn and Ally Taylor both put up 13 for the 26-2 Panthers.
The Cougars, ranked No. 8 in the final regular Class A polls, caused the Panthers to turn the ball over 12 times in the game, and Parkers Prairie, which came into the game averaging 71 points, was held to 47 points.
PARKERS PRAIRIE 47
ADA-BORUP 28 23 — 51
PARKERS PRAIRIE 19 28 — 47
ADA-BORUP – Shaina Stevenson 9, Monica Vega 14, Megan Kolness 7, Heidi Egger 9, Miki Lee 3, Haley Gehrtz 3, Haley Poehler 4. Field goals 18, 3-pt 1, Free throws 12-24, Fouls 7.
PARKERS PRAIRIE – Madison Dorn 13, Micaela Noga 17, Ally Taylor 13, Brenna Warren 2, LaDeanna Swanson 2, Danielle Pratt 2. Field goals 17, 3-pt 8 (Dorn 2, Noga 4, Taylor 2), Free throws 7-8, Fouls 18, Rebounds 22 (Pratt 7, Taylor 4, Noga 4), Assists 7 (Dorn 3), Steals 8 (Noga 3), Turnovers 12, Blocked shots 3 (Dorn 1, Taylor 2).