Mia Stewart handles the ball for Pelican during the Minnesota National Bank holiday tourney.
Anna Stephenson, at the opening tip-off of the Minnesota National Bank holiday tournament
Chloe Paulson drives the ball downcourt for Pelican Rapids.
Pelican’s Vanassa Booth with the ball
Rachael Guler drives toward the basket against the Gators, during the holiday hoop tourney

Pelican girls win title at Minn. National home tourney

The Pelican Rapids girls’ basketball team won the first round of the Minnesota National Bank Holiday Tournmaent 58-42 over Badger-Greenbush-Middle River on Friday.  

“The Gators were a very strong and athletic team which was a good test for us,” said coach Brian Korf.  

The Vikings built a 25-12 lead at the half with a balanced scoring attack. “I thought we had a good balance of scoring in the first half,” said Coach Korf.

The Vikings outscored the Gators 33-30 over the final 18 minutes.

“We did a great job defensively in the first half and then we gave up too many points in the second half,” commented Coach Korf.  

Leading the Vikings in scoring was Greta Tollefson with 16 points, Chloe Paulson with 7 points, and Maddie Guler and Ryley Paulson had 6 points each. Abby Syverson, Anna Stephenson, and Karina Torres had 5 points each for the Vikings while Rachael Guler and Allie Haiby had 4 points each.  

Anna Stephenson led the Vikings with 10 rebounds while Chloe Paulson and Tollefson grabbed 3 rebounds each.  

Maddie Guler dished out 5 assists to lead the Vikings and Syverson dished out 3 assists.  Maddie Guler led the Vikings with 6 steals and Vanassa Booth and Tollefson had 3 steals each.  

The Vikings forced 21 turnovers and turned the ball over 11 times.  “We did a better job of taking care of the basketball,” said Coach Korf.  

The Vikings shot 46% from the field while shooting 45% (5 for 11) from beyond the arc.  The Gators shot 41% from the field.

PHOTOS BY DREGO NEMEC