Underdog Vikings look to make their mark at statePublished 10:13am Tuesday, March 12, 2013
The Pelican Rapids girls watched the clock tick down Friday evening as they claimed the Section 8AA title and state tournament berth with a 61-56 overtime victory over Crookston.
The Vikings were not favored through the section tournament, but head coach Brian Korf knew that the dream was possible.
“We returned one starter from last years team, but we believed if we had girls step up, that we would have a chance to make a run at the state tournament.”
Pelican Rapids finished in the middle of the pack in the Heart O’Lakes conference, but the play of sisters Mackenzie and Madison Korf and the rebounding ability of Alyssa Huseby, Lincoln Haiby and Kendra Weinrich have helped the Vikings make their first appearance in the state tournament since 2001.
The Vikings will now take on the New Richland-H-E-G Panthers (29-1) led by University of Minnesota recruit Carlie Wagner.
Wagner has averaged 30 points per game for the Panthers, while her twin eighth grade sisters Marnie and Maddie have caused problems for teams all year. In the Section 2AA final, New Richland demolished St. Peter 96-61 to qualify for their second straight state tournament. The Panthers took third last season.
Pelican Rapids is not going to throw in any new plays or defenses for the state tournament, preferring to stick with what got them their.
“We are going to do what we have done all season. I know we will work hard on defense and hopefully the ball drops for us on offense,” Korf added.
The Vikings will take on the Panthers at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Williams Arena.