Ellie Welch
Anna Stephenson
Morgan Korf wrestling for the ball
Allie Haiby
Greta Tollefson reaching for a rebound. Also visible, Anna Stephenson and Chloe Paulson, background.

Breckenridge falls to Pelican in game that went to final buzzer

The Pelican Rapids girls’ basketball team hosted Heart O’ Lakes Conference rival Breckenridge on Friday night in a battle of two of the top teams in the conference and in Section 8AA. 

The Vikings defeated the Cowgirls 43-41. 

“This was a game of runs and we did a nice job down the stretch managing the clock and making free throws,” said coach Brian Korf. 

The Vikings jumped out to a 23-8 lead, but the Cowgirls responded with a 10-0 run to pull to within five points at 23-18. 

 “We started off strong on both ends of the court and then we struggled to score for part of the first half,” said Coach Korf.

After the Vikings scored the first three points of the second half, Breckenridge rattled off nine straight to take a 29-28 lead. There were three lead changes in the second half. 

Up by one, 40-39, Morgan Korf hit a pair of free throws with 40 seconds left to give Pelican a 3 point lead and then made 1-of-2 free throws with 15 seconds remaining to make it a 4 point Viking lead. 

Breckenridge scored with 3.5 seconds left to cut the lead to two and then had a good look at the buzzer after a Viking turnover that hit the back of the rim.

Greta Tollefson led the Vikings with 15 points while Anna Stephenson scored 11 points and Morgan Korf had 8 points. Kelsey Isaman had 4 points, Chloe Paulson added 3 points, and Allie Haiby chipped 2 points.

Stephenson grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the Vikings while Tollefson had 6 rebounds and Korf had 5 rebounds. Paulson led the Vikings with 4 assists and Stephenson dished out 3 assists.  

Each team had 23 rebounds and both teams took good care of the basketball as the Vikings had 9 turnovers and the Cowgirls had 8.