Otters ‘tune’ out Lakers, 52-35Published 10:52am Wednesday, February 6, 2013
You’ve heard the phrase, “move forward with all deliberate speed”, meaning go cautiously as fast as you can.
The Detroit Lakes Lakers wanted a deliberate game and it started out at their tempo early, as it was a 6-6 game at the 12:47 mark in the first half. But the Otters were able to rev it up to their speed in spurts during the game, and they went ahead 16-8 at the 10:21 mark and gave up only three more points in the first half to finish with a solid 25-11 halftime lead.
The constant defensive pressure proved too much for the Lakers as they turned the ball over 15 times in the half. Brianna Rasmusson scored three times in a row, the last one being a three pointer to provide the first half margin. Hanna Swenson also came up big again down low early in the game for nine first half points.
Detroit Lakes scored the first three points of the second half and looked like they might have a shot at getting back into the game, but the closest they ever got was within nine points at the 11:00 minute mark. Bailey Strand scored nine points in that half and Devonie Smith hit a couple of three’s to expand the margin and the Otters had a 17-point victory by the time the clock wound down.
It was cancer awareness night and the Lake Region Healthcare Cancer Treatment Center also walked away a winner as a large crowd of fans helped contribute to their fight against cancer with their care center in Fergus Falls. The Otter girls players with their pink socks and a touch of pink in their hair helped add to the awareness for this very worthy cause.
Some may walk away from the game tonight and say the Otters were held to only 52 points. But the fact is, the Otters play solid defense and have enough scorers on the arc and in the paint to be able to play at different tempos. There used to be an old TV show called “Name That Tune”, and whatever tempo the other team wants to play their tune, the Otters have the right answer to name, i.e. play, that tune. In this game tonight, it was a slow dance, but the Otter still won by 17 points. If you want to fast dance, the Otters can do that too.
Strand led all scorers with 14 points for the Otters, while Rasmusson had 12 and Swenson 10. Kyley Foster led Detroit Lakes with 13. The Otters caused 22 Laker turnovers while turning the ball over only 13 times. Rebounding was quite even for both teams, Swenson had a team high at six. The Lakers made nine free throws out of 18 attempts while the Otters had eight out of nine attempts. One of the other differences in the game besides the turnover margin was the Otters making six three pointers to the Lakers two and the Otters getting 20 more shots on the night.
“This is a big rivalry game and it’s never easy playing a rival who knows your team well,” commented Otter coach Brad Strand. “Sometimes you have to grind them out with strong defense and pick your offensive spots and I thought we did that tonight. They are a well-coached team and played their patient offensive style, but our defensive pressure caused some uncharacteristic turnovers by them and turned the game in our favor.”
In the JV game, Fergus Falls came back from 14 down at halftime to pull out a thrilling 41-39 victory. They used a 1-3-1 three-quarter-court trapping defense to cause 33 Detroit Lakes turnovers, and Amber Boese came up big in the second half with three 3-pointers and another basket to bring the Otters back. The Otters only gained the lead with less than two minutes left in the game and hung on for the victory. Boese finished with 14 points, while Ashley Reinertson added nine and Rachel Johnson eight for the Otters. Jileen Tenneson had eight steals to lead the Otters defensive effort.
The Otter ninth grade had a similar story, going down 11-2 to start the game, but then got their offense rolling and finally pulled ahead midway through the second half to hang on to a 35-32 victory. Brynn Rogelstad led the Otters with 11 points.
The Otters remain undefeated on the season with a spotless 18-0 record. They get back into conference play when they travel Thursday to Rocori who they defeated earlier in the year.
DL 11 24 — 35
FF 25 27 — 52
DETROIT LAKES (35) – K. Foster 13, B. Olson 9, K. Kerzman 8, T. Hutchinson 3, M. Lingquist 2.
FERGUS FALLS (52) – B. Strand 14, B. Rasmusson 12, H. Swenson 10, A. Monke 6, D. Smith 6, K. Traiser 2, K. Sawtell 2.