From defense to shooting to free throws; Pelican girls’ balanced play a good sign for post-season

The Pelican Rapids girls basketball team honored seniors Kia Nelson and Kelsey Isaman in their final home regular season game Feb. 24. 

In a non-conference game, the Vikings defeated Clinton-Graeville-Beardsley 83-50. 

“We were very pleased with our effort on offense tonight, which has been a focus the last few weeks,” said coach Brian Korf. 

Both teams battled back and forth for the first 5 minutes of the game. The Wolverines led 11-8, and then the Vikings took the lead. 

At halftime, the Vikings led 43-31. 

Ari Hovland moving the ball during the 85-50 win over Cllinton-Graceville-Beardsley.
Anna Roisum takes a shot.
Hazel Haugrud goes up to the basket for the Lady Vikings.

Pelican came out of halftime aggressive on both ends of the court and held the Wolverines to 19 second-half points, and scored 40 points. 

“Our defense was a lot better in the second half and played two good halves offensively,” said coach Korf. 

Pelican went to the free throw line 25 times and made 18 (72%), while the Wolverines went to the line 14 times and made 5 (35.7%). The Vikings shot 47.5% from the field, and the Wolverines shot 33.3%. 

The Vikings outrebounded the Wolverines 38-36. Pelican had 10 turnovers for the game, and the Wolverines had 21 turnovers. 

Morgan Korf scored 31 points to lead the Vikings, and Ellie Welch and Anna Roisum added 11 and 10 points. Kelsey Isaman scored 8 points, and Hazel Haugrud had 6 points. Grace Backstrom scored 4 points, while Kia Nelson, Zayla Arrow, and Ari Hovland chipped in 3 points each. 

Claudia Gurath and Zayli Arrow chipped in 2 points each. 

Haugrud led the Vikings with 9 rebounds, and Isaman and Zayla Arrow grabbed 5 rebounds each. Welch and Roisum grabbed 4 rebounds each to help the Vikings on the boards. 

Isaman and Korf led the Vikings with 3 steals, and Korf led the Vikings with 6 assists. 

Lady Vikings
trounce Titans

The Pelican Rapids girls basketball team played Norman County East/Ulen-Hitterdal Feb. 21 in a non-conference game. 

The Vikings defeated the Titans 68-35. 

“Good team win, and we came out very strong on both ends of the court to start the game,” said coach Brian Korf.

The Vikings had a strong first half and took control of the game early to build a 36-16 halftime lead. In the second half, the Vikings outscored the Titans 32-19. “We did a nice job offensively attacking the basket and running the court tonight,” commented coach Korf. 

The Vikings shot 53.7% (29 for 54) from the field, while the Titans shot 27.3% (15 for 55) from the field. 

“We shot the ball well tonight,” said coach Korf. 

Ellie Welch led the Vikings with 22 points, Kelsey Isaman scored 12 points, and Morgan Korf had 11 points. 

Anna Roisum scored 6 points, Megan Guler had 5 points, and Claudia Gurath had 4 points. Ari Hovland scored 3 points, and Hazel Haugrud and Zaylie Arrow scored 2 points. Zayla Arrow chipped in 1 point for the Vikings. 

Isaman led the Vikings with 9 rebounds, and Korf grabbed 6 . Roisum had 5 rebounds, and Welch had 4 rebounds for the Vikings.

Korf dished out 7 assists, and Isaman and Haugrud dished out 3 assists each. Isaman led the team with 4 steals, and Korf had 2 steals. 

Pelican girls open playoffs against Frazee March 2

The Pelican Rapids High School Vikings girls basketball team finished the regular season with a 20-6 overall record and 8-4 in the Heart O’ Lakes Conference.

They earned a three-seed in section 8AA playoffs and will host Frazee Thursday night, March 2, at 7:00 p.m.

The winner will advance to Saturday with the game time of 7 p.m.

Megan Guler shoots for the Pelican girls, Feb. 24.

Viking seniors honored

The two seniors on the Pelican Rapids High School basketball team were honored Feb. 24, as the Lady Vikings hosted Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley at home.  

Pictured are Kelsey Isaman, with parents Jesse and Heidi; and Kia Nelson, with mom Kim Nelson.  Derrick was unavailable for the photo.  

Also pictured, Kelsey (left) and Kia (right) in action Friday night, as the Lady Vikings were victorious 83-50.