Lakers wash out Wolves 56-43

Ashton Gerard/MDN Des Lacs-Burlington junior Kyley Lauf goes up with the ball Thursday in a game against Watford City. Lauf led the team in scoring with a total of 25 points in the Lakers' 56-43 win over the Wolves.

The Des Lacs-Burlington Lakers ended the calendar year with a win, while the Watford City Wolves have some lessons to learn going into the new year. The Lakers defeated the Wolves 56-43 Thursday night at the Our Redeemer’s Girls Basketball Invitational at the Minot Municipal Auditorium.

The Lakers started the game with a full-court press and dominated in shots, leading the Watford City Wolves 13-5 going into the second. The Lakers saw shots from junior Kyley Lauf, senior Caitlyn Vogel and freshman Brooklyn Benno go down.

“Last year, when we played (Watford City), we got into a deep hole early,” Des Lacs-Burlington head coach Tracy Bonn said. “I told the girls to come out fast and to play supremely intense defense and I think they did a good job with that.”

Lauf had eight in the first quarter, while Vogel and Benno were both able to collect two points each.

The Wolves saw points from junior Sydney Sanford and freshman Ashley Holen, both putting up two.

Having been outscored in the first, the Wolves came back in the second, outscoring the Lakers 16-12, but ultimately still trailed 25-21.

“We battled back and got back into the ball game with some good shots,” Watford City head coach Cary Veis said. “The kids never quit and played hard.”

Veis said there were some easy 3-pointers given up that really hurt their effort. Triples made by Vogel and Lauf stopped the Wolves from gaining momentum.

The Wolves remained close throughout the third quarter, only being outscored by two points and trailing by six going into the fourth. Senior Emma Mogen led the team in the third with six points.

DLB freshman Ava Wille put up two three-point shots in the third, tying with Lauf for most points in that quarter for the team.

With both teams tired from pressuring defenses, the Lakers were able to pull away, scoring a game-high 17 points in the fourth quarter to defeat the Wolves by 13 points.

Wille added another three to the board in the fourth, leading the team with five points for the quarter. Wille was able to finish with 11 points total for the team to be the second leading scorer behind Lauf, who tallied 25 points.

The Wolves had big points throughout the game from Mogen with 19, followed by Avery Sundeen with eight.

Bonn said this was some of the best team basketball she had seen out of the girls the entire season. She commended the team on ball movement, dishing and driving and overall just good team basketball.

“Coming back after Christmas you never really know if you’re going to come back in shape so I’m really proud of (the team),” Bonn said. “To come back and win one right after Christmas is good for us going forward.”

Both teams will be back in action after New Year’s, with Watford City facing Hazen at home on Jan. 6, while Des Lacs-Burlington will be on the road against Lewis & Clark in Berthold on Jan. 8.