PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL: YME marches over Lakeview

Photo by Gary Kaczmarek YME’s Hannah Gullickson tries to shoot over Lakeview’s Maddie Fenske Thursday. The Sting beat the Lakers 80-63.

COTTONWOOD – The Yellow Medicine East Sting knocked off the Lakeview Lakers 80-63 Thursday night.

In the final home game for Lakeview seniors Sadie Stelter, Maddie Fenske, Erin Stevens, Brooklin Peltier and Bridget Varpness, the Lakers couldn’t overcome the strong start by the Sting.

The Sting opened up a 20-12 lead in the first six minutes of the game. YME’s Anna McCosh had eight early points to lead the way.

The Lakers crawled back into the game with buckets by Stelter and Stevens. They cut the lead to 23-20 with seven minutes to go until half.

However, the Sting responded. A jumper by Mackenzie Dyrdahl and a 3-pointer by Madison Hinz helped the Sting build a 16-point lead.

Stelter hit a half-court shot at the buzzer to trim the lead to 38-25 at the half.

The Lakers came out hot in the second half, with buckets by Stevens, Fenske and Peltier cutting the lead to seven.

Once again, the Sting had an answer. Kaitlyn Mortenson and Hannah Gullickson each collected a bucket to help build the lead to nine.

The inside presence of Dyrdahl and McCosh came up big once again in the middle of the second half. The Sting built a 21 point lead with just nine minutes to go.

Lakeview’s coach Mike Imes knew this was a different team then the one his Lakers defeated earlier in the season.

“They are playing much better than earlier this season,” said Imes of YME. “We knew that coming into the game. They took Minneota to overtime and had Monte beat until the last second.”

Imes added, “I thought the difference was no doubt their offensive rebounding. They had 16 offensive of rebounds to our eight.”

The Lakers made a run and cut the lead to 13, but back-to-back 3-pointers by Hinz sealed the win for the Sting.

McCosh finished with 20 points on the night.

“I think we are more united and playing as a team,” said McCosh. “I think we were selfish at the beginning of the year. Now it’s a total different mindset.”

McCosh added, “We really want the best for each other. Everyone has each other’s back, which makes it easier.”

YME’s coach Randy Haakenson is pleased on how his team responded after an season ending injury to their top player.

“We are learning to share the basketball,” said Haakenson. “At the beginning of the year we talked about the injury to (Makayla) Dyrdahl and we had to overcome that. Our girls have done a very good job of doing that.”

Haakenson continued, “We have balance. We have real strong guard play right now. We are doing a better job taking care of the basketball. I never worried about our inside game, I feel we are strong there.”

Fenske led the way for the Lakers with 18 points and 17 rebounds. Stelter chipped in with 17 points and seven assists.

YME (9-13) is off until next Tuesday when they host Dawson-Boyd (7-16). Lakeview (11-12) travels tonight to face Renville County West (1-22) at 6 p.m.

“It’s always hard to play up in Renville,” said Imes. “I’m excited to see their new gym. We have to put this one behind us try to get back to .500 on the season.”

YME 38 42 – 80

Lakeview 25 38 – 63

LAKEVIEW (11-12, 6-9 Camden): Peltier 3-7 0-0 8, Stelter 7-22 1-2 17, Brusven 0-0 2-2 2, Plotz 0-1 2-2 2, Unke 0-2 3-5 3, Stevens 6-9 1-2 13, Fenske 6-12 6-11 18. TOTALS: 22-55 (40%) 15-24 (63%) 63.

3-POINTERS: Lakeview 4 (Peltier 2, Stelter 2)

REBOUNDS: Lakeview 32 (Fenske 17, Stelter 6)

ASSISTS: Lakeview 17 (Stelter 7, Peltier 5)

STEALS: Lakeview 7 (Fenske 2)

BLOCKS: Lakeview 6 (Stevens 2, Fenske 2)

FOULS: Lakeview 18

TURNOVERS: Lakeview 25