The lady Vikings traveled to the Fargo Civic Center on Saturday to face the Pirates from Crookston in a nonconference game.
“I thought we did a nice job defensively and made our free throws at the end of the game,” said coach Brian Korf. The Vikings went on a 14-1 run halfway through the second half and the lady Vikings pulled away for a 52-42 victory in a game played at the Fargo Civic.
The Vikings started off with a 7-3 lead before Crookston scored six straight points to give the Pirates a 9-7 lead with 9:15 left in the first half. Pelican Rapids ended the half on a 12-3 run to take a 19-12 lead going into halftime. “We finished the first half strong offensively to give us momentum going into halftime,” said Coach Korf.
The teams were tied at 27 with 12:16 left in the game and then Pelican Rapids went on a 16-1 run over a six-minute span and built a 43-29 lead with over four minutes left in the game.
At about the four minute mark, Kaylie Isaman made a three-pointer for the 1,000th point of her career to give the Vikings a 46-31 lead. Crookston battled back with back-to-back three-point plays to cut the lead 46-37. The Vikings went to the free throw line and Maddie Guler made 6 of 6 free throws to help the Vikings secure the victory.
Leading the Vikings in scoring was Greta Tollefson with 17 points and Adriana Torres with 11 points. Maddie Guler scored 9 points, Sarah Thompson scored 8 points, and Isaman had 6 points. Anna Stephenson added 1 point for the Vikings.
The Vikings outrebounded the Pirates 34-31. Leading the Vikings in rebounding was Adriana Torres, Greta Tollefson, and Anna Stephenson with 6 rebounds each and Kaylie Isaman with 5 rebounds.
Guler led the Vikings with 4 assists and Torres dished out 3 assists. Thompson led the Vikings with 3 steals.