Patriots check Wolverines in regular season finale
Mattie Lueck pumped in 34 points Friday night as the Pequot Lakes Patriots whipped Wadena-Deer Creek 80-69 in a Mid-State Conference season finale.
The Patriots grabbed a 36-20 halftime lead over the Wolverines who played Park Rapids Thursday night in Wadena. Both teams scored freely in the second half with the Wolverines holding a 49-44 edge.
Emily Miron celebrated her conquest of the 1,000-point career scoring mark Thursday with a 37-point effort against the Patriots. Caitlin Volkmann came up with 17 points and Avery Jackson scored 12.
Kayla Miller netted 15 points for the Patriots while Vanessa Lane chipped in with 12.
The Wolverines ended the regular season with a 19-7 record overall and a 6-4 record against Mid-State clubs. The Patriots closed their season at 15-11 overall and 5-5 in conference play.
WADENA-DEER CREEK (69)
H. Theisen 1, C. Volkmann 17, E. Miron 37, A. Jackson 12, M. Moenkedick 2.
PEQUOT LAKES (80)
M. Lueck 34, V. Lane 12, J. Kreitz 6, R. Mott 5, K. White 2, M. Hogen 6, K. Miller 15.
WDC 20 49 -- 69
Pequot Lakes 36 44 -- 80
WDC 57, Park Rapids 19
Emily Miron hit a three from the top of the key early in the second half Thursday and made a place for herself in the exclusive 1,000-point club.
The 6-2 junior center finished the night with 26 points, 12 rebounds and eight blocked shots.
Miron had 15 of the 22 points she needed by the half and when she was three points short WDC Head Coach Keith Ferris called a three-point play designed to get Miron the ball at the top of the key.
"She can shoot from the outside," Ferris said. "I had the confidence in her to hit it."
Avery Jackson, the team's only senior, canned 10 points.
Caitlin Volkmann played a strong floor game for the Wolverines coming up with nine assists.
Miron joins Courtney Volkmann, Kerby Johnson, Rhonda Birch, Lynn Piepkorn and Marissa Browne in WDC's 1,000-career points club.
"It was definitely a goal and it felt really good," Miron said. "I'm really glad I got it and now I can focus on the rest of the season."
Miron was moved to the varsity ranks midway through her freshman season.
Katie Klein led the Panthers with seven points.
WADENA-DEER CREEK (57)
H.Theisen 2, S. Schissel 4, L. Barthel 2, C. Volkmann 4, M. Hartman 2, E. Miron 26, C. Dumpprope 3, A. Jackson 10, M. Moenkedick 4. Totals: 25/1 4-7 57
PARK RAPIDS (19)
H.Johnson 2, G. Bateman 2, K. Klein 7, A. Booge 2, T. Lauderbaugh 4. Totals: 8 1-1 19
WDC 38 19 -- 57
Park Rapids 13 16 -- 19
Fouls: WDC 8; PR 11