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AREA PREP NOTEBOOK: Prowlers show accurate 3-point shooting touch

The best way into the boxscore for the post players on the Thief River Falls girls basketball team is simply through hard work. They're too close to the basket to be first options in the Prowlers' offense. "We tell our posts they have to look for...

The best way into the boxscore for the post players on the Thief River Falls girls basketball team is simply through hard work.

They're too close to the basket to be first options in the Prowlers' offense.

"We tell our posts they have to look for the garbage stuff, to clean up the offensive boards and get the put-back points," Prowlers coach Jeff Loe said. "We're a perimeter-first team."

That perimeter-oriented offense has led the Prowlers to wins in their past 15 games and a 16-2 overall record. Thief River Falls averages 65.7 points a game and recently set a program single-game record when it scored 91 against Roseau.

Thief River Falls actually has been more accurate on its 3-point attempts (41 percent) than its 2-point shots (40 percent).

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"Normally, your shooting percentage is better on twos,'' Loe said. "We'd like to see that 2-point percentage higher. But we're happy with the 3-point shooting. And the girls have been pretty selective about their shots. Most of them have the green light to shoot if they're open.''

Brooke Yaggie paces the offense. Through 17 games, the sophomore point guard was averaging 23.1 points and 4.6 assists and was 40-of-81 on 3-point attempts. Lindsey Guzek (13.9 ppg, 43-of-126 on treys), Brooke Anderson (4 ppg, 11-of-28 on treys) and Kirstyn Scholin (5.6 ppg, 9-of-18 on treys) also have been long-range threats.

Morgan Numedahl (2.8 ppg, 7.3 rpg) and Crystal Amundson (6.2 ppg, 5 rpg) head the post players.

"The Hibbing coach said after our game against them on Friday that they don't see shooting in their area like we showed against them,'' Loe said. "It's a credit to the girls. They've worked on their form and fundamentals.

"We have a nice blend. Brooke Yaggie is one of the better point guards in the area -- she handles the ball and shoots so well. And we have other scorers. We still want an inside game. There are games when the outside shots aren't falling and we have to be more patient and work the ball inside. But the perimeter is our game. If shots are there, we take them.''

O'Quinn gets hot

Jayvon O'Quinn took a few games to adjust to a more prominent role in the offense. But the Warren-Alvarado-Oslo junior boys basketball player has been on a roll of late.

O'Quinn averaged 12.8 points through the Ponies' first five games. But in his past 11 games, O'Quinn has averaged 21.1 points. He's hit the 20-point mark eight times, with a career best of 37.

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"Jayvon was more of a defensive guy, a role player, last season," Ponies coach Todd Mortimer said. "He was getting the second- or third-best perimeter defenders on him. Now defenses are game-planning for him. It took him awhile to adjust to that.

"Jayvon is difficult to match up with because of his quickness. Teams have to give him space or he'll blow by them. So if he's making his outside shots, he's hard to defend. And he's started making those shots.''

O'Quinn was the Ponies' No. 4 scorer as a starting guard last season, averaging 9.3 points. He has nearly doubled that this season, averaging 18.5 points.

"I expected him to be a scorer," Mortimer said. "He put in a ton of hours working on his shooting in the offseason. His form isn't real pretty yet, but he's an adequate shooter."

Three from area reach 1,000

Zach Rynning of Kittson County Central, Haley Safranski of Stephen-Argyle and Cassie Kihne of Win-E-Mac have reached the 1,000-point milestone in their basketball careers.

- Rynning scored 29 against Cavalier on Monday, giving the 6-foot-3 senior 1,023 points. He averages 19.4 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.1 blocks while making 60 percent of his field-goal attempts this season.

"His shooting percentage is just unbelievable," Bearcats coach Chad Kujava said. "Zach is an inside-outside kid. We keep him around the post mostly; he plays really well down there. He's a strong, athletic kid, a good jumper. He's a good finisher. But he can also step out and drain the three."

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- Safranski went over the 1,000-point mark against Red Lake Falls on Jan. 14. The senior paces the 13-2 Storm with a 12.5 scoring average. She's a 44.1 percent shooter from behind the 3-point line (34-of-77) this season.

"Haley can consistently hit the three,'' Stephen-Argyle coach Garry Kotts said. "She's a dead-eye shooter. She scores mainly from the wings, but she can hit from anywhere. Teams have to account for her, which opens things up for other players. She and Amy Kuznia (a 2000 graduate) are the best 3-point shooters I've coached.''

- Kihne reached 1,000 points when she scored 19 on Tuesday against Climax-Fisher, giving her 1,010 points. The senior, a fourth-year starter, averages 9.6 points for the unbeaten Patriots.

"Her 1,000th point was on a 3-point basket,'' Win-E-Mac coach Ian Hanson said. "That was fitting. Cassie is a perimeter shooter. She's a set shooter who probably averages two 3-point baskets a game.''

Briefly

Tommy Doeden of Hillsboro-Central Valley won the 285-pound title Saturday at the Lisbon Storhaug Invitational wrestling tournament. . . . On Saturday, Lisa Marvin became the eighth player in Warroad girls hockey history to reach the 100-goal mark in a career. . . . Senior Taylor Kujava of Ada-Borup recently reached the 1,000-point mark in her girls basketball career.

DeVillers reports on sports. Reach him at (701) 780-1128; (800) 477-6572, ext. 128; or send e-mail to gdevillers@gfherald.com .

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