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Chris Murphy, Published February 06 2014

Post game comes through for Pelican Rapids in win

GLYNDON, Minn. – There’s something down low on the basketball court that is overlooked on the No. 6-ranked Pelican Rapids girls basketball team, thanks to what point guard Mackenzie Korf can do with the ball up top.

That’s the production of forward Lincoln Haiby. Pelican Rapids coach Brian Korf certainly doesn’t overlook the 5-foot-10 junior.

“I knew Lincoln Haiby would do this all year,” Korf said after a 73-59 win over Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Thursday. “I was just waiting for this time to come. She’s going to get a lot of attention now.”

With 17 points and 10 rebounds Thursday, Haiby deserved some attention, but that isn’t her style.

“I just try to help our team get the win,” Haiby said. “I make room for the guards and when I’m open, I make a move.”

According to Mackenzie Korf, she does a lot more than that.

“She does amazing work,” Mackenzie said. “She is the reason we get the ball up the floor so fast. She gets the ball out right away quickly and she always works. She does everything and works so hard.”

It’s not like Mackenzie Korf was nowhere to be found Thursday. It was business as usual for the sophomore, as she netted 27 points to help push Pelican Rapids to 16-1 overall and 8-0 in the Heart O’ Lakes Conference.

“Mackenzie Korf is incredible,” D-G-F coach Tom Critchley Jr. said. “She’s as good a player as there is. She can hit the shots, she can pass, she stops on a dime. She’s a special ballplayer.”

There wasn’t anything special to Pelican Rapids in the first half of Thursday’s game, as the Vikings turned the ball over 11 times and trailed 32-28 at the break. In the second half, the Vikings cut their turnovers in half and after a 3-pointer from Ashlyn French put them up 45-44 with 10 minutes, 45 seconds to go, the Vikings never trailed.

Korf and Haiby scored 26 of the 45 second-half points for Pelican Rapids.

“Effort,” said Haiby, who scored 11 of her 17 points in the second half. “We came out with more effort in the second half.”

It also helped that Pelican Rapids got to the free-throw line. After hitting seven of eight attempts in the first half, the Vikings dropped 18 of the 23 attempts in the second half to put the game away.

“They came out with a lot more heart in the second half,” Brian Korf said. “D-G-F took it to us in the first half.”

Last season, Pelican Rapids punched its ticket to the state tournament for the first time since 2001. Now that the Vikings have been there and done that, they want more.

“We have to keep pushing and keep getting better,” Mackenzie Korf said.

As for Haiby, she doesn’t need attention. She has her attention on something more than the box score. Just ask her what the team needs to work on and it’s obvious where her eyes are at.

“Everything,” Haiby said. “We need to work on everything. We keep looking toward playoffs. No one remembers you until your last game.”

P (16-1): Korf 8 10-12 27, French 1 3-4 6, Forsgren 4 3-4 12, Haiby 6 5-6 17, Johnson 0 1-2 1, Evenson 2 4-4 8, Harthun 0 2-2 2. Totals 21 25-31 73.

D (7-8): Reno 5 3-6 13, Molstre 6 1-2 16, Brenna 2 0-0 5, Honek 1 1-2 3, Mercil 5 1-3 12, Anderson 4 0-0 10. Totals 23 6-14 59.

Halftime: D 32, P 28. 3-pointers: Korf 1, French 1, Forsgren 1, Molstre 3, Anderson 2, Brenna 1, Mercil 1. Total fouls: P 23, D 23. Rebounds: P 44 (Evenson 11, Johnson and Haiby 10), W 25 (Mercil 8).

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