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Chris Murphy, Published January 24 2013

Pelican Rapids holds on versus Barnesville in girls bball

BARNESVILLE, Minn. – Things may have gotten a little icy Thursday in Barnesville because Pelican Rapids made it rain, drilling 10 3-pointers to top the Trojans 65-56 in Minnesota high school girls basketball.

“You don’t want to live and die by the 3. That’s for sure,” Pelican Rapids coach Brian Korf said. “We had some girls step up and hit some 3s in that first half, but we have to stay consistent. It’s a good rivalry between the two schools with the two towns being close. It’s been a lot of fun.”

Currently, Pelican Rapids (14-3, 4-2) is having all the fun over its Heart O’Lakes conference rival, as it’s been nearly three years since Barnesville (9-6, 1-5) has topped the Vikings. Although the Vikings provided the rain, they certainly did not skate by the Trojans in this one. The potential tying 3-pointer from Sydney Boom rimmed out with a minute left and the Trojans trailing 59-56. From there, the Vikings hit 4 of 6 free throws, forced two turnovers and netted a clinching layup to take home the win.

“We need to come out with a little bit more pride next time,” Korf said. “I don’t think we came out with the energy and the pride we normally have.”

Pelican Rapids didn’t come out with any offense either, as it took the Vikings nearly six minutes to get on the board. Barnesville, however, didn’t make the drought hurt, only opening the game on a 10-0 run. After a Madison Korf got the Vikings on the board with a 3-pointer – one of seven first-half

3-pointers for the Vikings – the Vikings outscored the Trojans 30-15. Mackenzie Korf was unstoppable in the first half, netting 19 of the Vikings’ 33 points and of her game-high 26 points on the night.

“We knew we had to keep going and shoot,” Mackenzie said regarding the six-minute drought to open the game. “You can’t think about it. For me, it was all the post players. They set good picks. Everybody stepped up and we got going.”

Korf drilled a 3-pointer to give Pelican Rapids a 38-29 lead early in the second half, but Barnesville never let up. The Trojans were within one at 57-56 with 2 minutes, 12 seconds left in the game and Korf on the bench, after fouling out with just over three minutes remaining.

Lizzie Pfeifle took over the point guard duties with Korf on the bench and stepped up big. Pfeifle hit a shot to make it 59-56 game with two minutes left and drilled two free throws to make it a 62-56 game with 30 seconds left.

“It was so hard watching from the bench, but Lizzie stepped up,” Mackenzie Korf said. “I knew she could.”

In a game where every possession was a game changer, Barnesville would have liked to have 20 possessions back, as the Trojans finished with 20 turnovers on the night.

“These are all learning experiences for these kids,” Barnesville coach Ryan Bomstad said. “We can play toe-to-toe with any team in our conference. It’s just tuning up the little things. A possession here and a possession there and it’s a different game. We’re learning on the go and the kids are starting to believe and that’s a huge thing in sports.”

P (14-3, 4-2): Mackenzie Korf 10 2-2 26, Haugrud 4 0-0 12, Madison Korf 3 1-4 9, Weinrich 1 1-4 3, Haiby 1 3-3 5, Pfeifle 1 4-4 6, Huseby 2 0-0 4.

B (9-6, 1-5): Nielsen 1 0-0 2, Vancura 3 0-0 6, Anderson 4 0-0 9, Boom 5 4-6 14, Bentley 6 0-1 12, Dahlstrom 3 6-9 13.

Half: P 33, B 24. 3-point goals: Mackenzie Korf 4, Haugrud 4, Madison Korf 2, Anderson 1, Dahlstrom 1. Total fouls: P 19, B 14. Rebounds: P 23 (Haiby 9), B 19 (3 players with 3). Turnovers: P 21, B 20.

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