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Boys basketball: Ashby wins eighth straight ahead of big game with Panthers

The Ashby boys basketball team got its eighth straight win on Monday night as the Arrows (13-3) held down Pelican Rapids (8-12) in a 61-45 game.

Ashby shot just 42 percent (22-52) and 13-of-21 from the free-throw line, but the Arrows held the Vikings to just 19 second-half points to pull away.

“I thought our defense, especially in the second half, was very good,” Ashby head coach John Holsten said.

Ashby put three more players in double figures. Jaden Norby had a big night with 23 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and a steal. Christian Norby added 13 points and Scott Johnson had 11. Senior point guard Dakota Ecker also continued to draw the praise of Holsten after having just one turnover against the Vikings’ pressure, to go with four rebounds, five assists and four steals.

“Everybody plays off of everyone else,” Holsten said of Ashby’s depth. “We have a good team. The kids share the ball pretty well and for the most part take good shots.”

The win sends the Arrows into a big game against Parkers Prairie tonight, Tuesday, with Section 6A and Little Eight Conference implications. Both teams are 8-1 atop the LEC.

Parkers Prairie is 15-3 overall and beating teams by an average of almost 21 points per night. The Panthers are holding teams to a 6A-South low 47.9 points per contest. They have won 10 straight games since losing to unbeaten Osakis on Jan. 4.

The tip between Ashby and Parkers Prairie is set for 7:15 p.m. in Ashby.

ASHBY 61, PELICAN RAPIDS 45

ASHBY - Dakota Ecker - 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals; Christian Norby - 13 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals; Scott Johnson - 11 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists; Hunter Norby - 7 points, 2 rebounds; Ashton Ecker - 1 rebound; Jaden Norby - 23 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steals; Noah Johnson - 7 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal

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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