CROSBY -- Sequels are rarely as good as the original, but when it comes to girls' basketball, particularly Pequot Lakes and Crosby-Ironton, this sequel was almost as good as the last game.
That last game resulted in the C-I Rangers heading to their first Class 2A state tournament, while leaving the favored Patriots to wait until next year.
Next year is here and the Patriots were prepared at the Woock Gymnasium, beating Mid-State Conference rival C-I 41-33 in a slow-paced contest Tuesday.
Flecia Foster scored 14 of her game-high 20 points in the second half and Teresa Parker added eight of her 11 to build on the Patriots' 19-16 halftime lead. The senior captains accounted for all 22 Pequot second-half points.
"I think they moved some kids in some different spots and we maybe stubbornly stuck with the defense we were playing in the first half," said Rangers coach Randy Swanhorst. "We had some other options we were thinking of using to see if we could throw them off and get that scoring spread out a little bit. Certainly we should have done something with adjustments and that's our fault there as a coaching staff.
"Foster did get her points and we need to do a better job on her. Give her credit. She has improved the outside shot, but certainly we need to force that outside shot because if she gets in her groove with the dribble drive at all she is just about unstoppable."
Pequot Lakes 41, Crosby-Ironton 33
Key: Flecia Foster scored 14 of her 20 points in the second half, lifting Pequot Lakes to a 41-33 Mid-State Conference victory
Conference: PL 3-0, CI 2-3
Overall: PL 10-0, CI 6-4
Next game: C-I at Wadena-Deer Creek 7:30 p.m. Friday; Pequot Lakes hosts Pillager 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
C-I went with a balanced scoring approach, receiving 10 points from Maggie Sandberg, six apiece from Angel Adams and Angie Gaviglio and five from Becca Gaviglio. The Rangers connected on five 3-pointers.
"We know they're good shooters," said Patriots forward Chelsa Schwegel. "We knew if we didn't play defense, which some of the times we didn't, they were going to be right with us."
The Rangers shot just 30 percent from the field and 44 percent from the foul line. Turnovers also hindered the Rangers' offense.
With Foster sitting out much of the second quarter with two fouls, Schwegel scored two of her four points and Kelly Anderson scored four. But the Patriots' six points was enough to match the Rangers, who shot just 2-of-10 in the second quarter.
"We knew they were going to put a lot of pressure on Teresa because last year they put three people on her," said Schwegel. "Basically the free throw line area was always open last year so that's where we were kind of aiming for, getting cutters through there. We wanted to move the ball quickly."
Pequot's 41 points was a season low and that pleased Swanhorst, who said if his team takes care of business, fans should witness two more games between these teams.
"This is a high-powered team and we had a shot to hold them under 40 points," Swanhorst said. "We have to be happy with that. The defense is the thing you can control and defense is what is going to keep us in a game against a team like this.
"We're going to play them another time this season and if we do what we need to do we're going to play them a third time and that's the one that's going to count."
Pequot Lakes 13 6 14 8 -- 41
Crosby-Ironton 10 6 11 9 -- 33
Flecia Foster 20, Chelsa Schwegel 4, Teresa Parker 11, Kelly Anderson 4, Kristin Willer 2. Team totals: FG 19-38 (50 percent), FT 3-7 (43 percent), 3-point baskets: 0-2.
Angel Adams 6, Maggie Sandberg 10, Chelsea Lundgren 3, Angie Gaviglio 6, Becca Gaviglio 5, Farrah Steinke 3. Team totals: FG 12-40 (30 percent), FT 4-9 (44 percent), 3-point baskets: 5-17 (Sandberg 2, A. Gaviglio 2, B. Gaviglio 1).
JEREMY MILLSOP can be reached at email@example.com or 855-5856.
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