Anna Stephenson drives to the basket for Pelican.
Pelican’s Ellie Welch firing a pass.
Pelican’s Chloe Paulson had the difficult job of sticking to Fergus Falls guard Ellie Colbeck, left, whom Pelican Coach Brian Korf described as among the top basketball players in the state
Pelican’s Allie Haiby firing a pass to Anna Stephenson.

For second year, Pelican’s Lady Vikings stop Otters for Section championship

The Pelican Rapids girls basketball team retained their Section 8AA Crown and a return trip to the Minnesota State Girls Basketball Tournament following a 52-46 championship game victory March 25 over Fergus Falls at Perham high school. 

It was a repeat of a year ago when the two teams met at Concordia College and the unbeaten Vikings edged the Otters with a last second shot by Maddie Guler.  

“The girls gave a great effort tonight on both ends of the court for the whole game. This was a great team victory,” said coach Brian Korf.  

The Otters scored the first basket of the game by Ellie Colbeck. The Vikings responded with a basket by Anna Stephenson.   

The Vikings built a 14-9 lead and then the Otters went on a 13-0 run to lead 22-14 at the three minute mark of the first half.  During the last three minutes of the first half, the Vikings went on a 8-0 run with a basket from Greta Tollefson and 3 pointers from Ellie Welch and Anna Stephenson.  At halftime, the game was tied up at 22-22. 

“We finished the first half strong on both ends of the court and we were pleased with holding Fergus Falls to 22 points in the first half,” said Coach Korf.    

At halftime, Tollefson had 9 points and Stephenson 7 points to lead the Vikings who made 8 of their 20 field goals (40%).

 The Otters got the majority of their scoring from Colbeck who had 15 points at halftime. Fergus Falls made just 9-of-29 field goals (31%).  

Fergus Falls scored the first points of the second half and built a 35-30 lead six minutes into the second half.  

With the Otters leading 43-36 and eight minutes remaining in the game, Morgan Korf drained a 3-pointer to cut the Otter lead to four points, 43-39.  The Vikings stopped the Otters and then Tollefson drained a 3-pointer to cut the lead to one point.  The Vikings stopped the Otters again and Tollefson scored again in the paint to give the Vikings a one point lead.  “We made a great run midway through the second half,” commented coach Korf.  

Tollefson’s sharp shooting

seals win for Lady Vikings 

Tollefson added four free-throws giving the Vikings a 48-43 lead with under two minutes left in the game.  Fergus Falls scored on a Colbeck 3 pointer and then Tollefson added four more free throws to seal the victory for the Vikings.

Ellie Colbeck had 28 points for the Otters.  

“Chloe Paulson did a nice job of guarding Colbeck all game.  She is a great basketball player and is going to score points. Chloe made her work for her points,” said coach Korf.  

Fergus Falls made 31% of their field goals on 18-of-57 shooting. 

Pelican Rapids connected on 16-of-34 field goal attempts for 47% and were led by Tollefson’s game-high 30 points and 11 from Stephenson. Welch, Paulson and Korf scored 3 points each while Allie Haiby scored 2 points for the Vikings.  

Pelican’s edge in 

rebounding a factor   

The Vikings out rebounded the Otters 33-26.  

“We were very pleased with our effort on the boards,” said coach Korf.  

Stephenson led the Vikings with 10 rebounds while Tollefson and Korf each had 6 rebounds.  Haiby and Welch had 4 rebounds and Paulson grabbed 3 rebounds.  

Stephenson led the Vikings with 6 assists and Korf dished out 3 assists.  Korf led the Vikings with 2 steals 

“Winning the section championship is a great accomplishment and we are very proud of the girls,” said coach Korf.   

Lady Viking record 20-1

 going to state 

Pelican Rapids took a record of 20-1 to the opening round of the State Tournament. The Vikings were scheduled to take on Albany at Pequot Lakes high school March 30.