A grueling week for the Lady Wildcats came to a close Friday night as host Clearbrook-Gonvick won 83-22.
The loss drops Laporte to 0-23 on the season as they look to close out the regular season this week.
Laporte played short-handed with Keairah Urrutia, Alyssa Moss and Olivia Taylor unable to play.
“Five games in eight days, three of them against the top 30 in class A, took a hard toll on us,” Coach Jon Osowski said.
Camryn Smith led Laporte with nine points. Kiley Hamilton and Michelle Smith, an eighth-grader, each scored five.
Danae Stenzel led the Bears with nearly 30 points.
Laporte hosts Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Thursday in their regular-season finale.
Wildcats go silent
For most of the first half Thursday night, Laporte hung with Northome-Kelliher, but all the missed shots and turnovers kept adding up.
Over the final six minutes of the half the Mustangs made four of their eight three-pointers and closed on a 20-5 run to take a 42-19 lead into the locker room. And if that wasn’t bad enough, Laporte managed only two free throws in the second half in a 70-20 loss.
Laporte finished the game with 27 turnovers, and shot only about 25 percent from the floor.
Smith led Laporte with six points, draining two three-pointers. Urrutia scored five, while Olivia Taylor and Ava Smith had three.
Kylie Owen had the hot hand all night for the Mustangs and finished with 28 points, including sinking eight three-pointers. Josie Savich finished with 13 points.
Laporte falls at home
For the second time this season, Red Lake scored 100 points in a game.
The Warriors, the top team in the Section 8A East, improved to 13-4 with a 103-19 victory Feb. 12 over host Laporte.
Red Lake pressed for all 36 minutes, which led to the lopsided loss.
Urrutia once again led with nine points, while Hamilton and Kerby each had three points.
Angel McClain led the Warriors with 25 points.
Tigers win big
Pine River-Backus got off to a fast start and never let up as they beat visiting Laporte 92-24 Feb. 11.
The win was the Tigers ninth straight and puts them at 15-4.
Laporte fell behind 59-15 at the break to one of the best teams in Section 5A.
Urrutia led the Wildcats with 11 points, while Camryn Smith tossed in five.
Rylie Hirschey led the Tigers with 24 points.