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Ogichida slide past Panthers

Fond du Lac's Avery Misquadace goes for a shot as South Ridge's Nick Carlson tries to block his progress. Dan Saletel/Pine Journal

As Fond du Lac and South Ridge got ready to hit the floor for their boys basketball game Monday, Feb. 5, in Culver, both teams had to be wondering if the game would help propel them into a winning streak as the final third of the season winds down.

After notching a 73-70 win, the Ogichida are now on a two-game win streak and they have won six of their last eight games.

"Avery Misquadace had a good night offensively for us," FDL coach Earl Otis said. "He had five three-pointers for us and Jordan Brown also had a good night for us. It helped that we had a good night from the free-throw line, where we went 10 for 14."

Officially Misquadace garnered 23 points and Jordan Brown added 19 points for Fond du Lac, while Nick Carlson of South Ridge led all scorers with 31 points.

The game was tight through the first half with the Panthers leading by a point, 32-31, at intermission, but the Ogichida ratcheted up the defensive pressure in the second half, which led to an abundance of Panther turnovers, which in turn led to some easy baskets for Fond du Lac.

"The game was fast paced and then they started pressing in the last part of the game," Panther head coach Joaquim Harris said. "We missed a lot of free throws and some easy layups."

Fond du Lac's pressure defense started to pay off in the second half and as a result the Ogichida created 17 turnovers in the game which helped them on the offensive side of the floor.

"We played good defense, but we give up to many offensive rebounds," Otis said. "We also had some flow on the offensive side of the floor and we've worked hard on the defensive end of things and it paid off."

Three different players entered double-digit scoring for the Ogichida with Misquadace and the seventh-grader Jordan Brown leading the way with 23 and 19 points, respectively. Treshawn Brown added 11 points and Jalen Paulson finished with 8 points. Rounding out FDL's scoring were Uriah Aubid and Eddie Defoe, each with five, and Jason Fineday with a pair of points.

For the Panthers, Larson's 31 points led the way, with Jayton Nelson and Tristin Paulson adding 13 and 10, respectively. Finishing off the scoring for the Panthers were Nick Larson with seven, Kayden Palmi with six and Joey Janke with three.

"It was not one of our better nights from the free-throw line, where we went 11-for-30," Harris said. "They also double-teamed Nick (Carlson) and we were not able to capitalize and we just turned over the ball too many times."

The loss drops the Panthers record to 6-11 overall and it was also their fourth loss in a row. The victory for FDL upped their record to 7-11 overall and the win continues a late-season push toward the playoffs.

Next up for the Ogichida is a roadtrip to Prairie Seeds Academy in Brooklyn Park on Friday, Feb. 16. South Ridge will hit the road as well as they head up to Two Harbors on Friday, Feb. 9, to take on the Agates in a game they hope will get them started toward a playoff run.