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Defense keys Park girls to two tourney wins

Park guard Chloe Venegas drives the lane in a win against Rosemount last week. Venegas helped the Wolfpack to two wins in the Bemidji tournament Dec. 28-29, 2017. John Molene / Contributor1 / 3
Park's Molly Wenner brings the ball upcourt against Rosemount under the watchful eyes of head coach Stephanie Tolkinen. Wenner helped the Wolfpack to a pair of wins in the Bemidji tournament last week. Jolene Molene file photo2 / 3
Bemidji High School senior Samantha Edlund (13) keeps the ball from Park High School's Molly Wenner (10) in Thursday's game at the Bemidji Invite at Bemidji High School. Park was perfect at the tournament Dec. 27-28, 2017. Jillian Gandsey / Forum News Service3 / 3

Park went into the Bemidji Invite allowing an average of just 42.7 points a game.

The Wolfpack girls did the defense even better Wednesday and Thursday, roughing up Detroit Lakes and host Bemidji to improve to 10-1 on the season.

Park overwhelmed Detroit Lake 65-30 Wednesday in the tournament opener, then dropped Bemidji 42-28 in the finale Thursday.

"I thought defensively we played really well," Bemidji head coach Steve Schreiber told the Bemidji Pioneer. "We kind of did what we wanted to do defensively, but man, it was the best defense that we've played against. They were super physical. They didn't let us get into the paint at all. You could tell they were stronger than us. That's the difference between 3A and 4A basketball.

"Every time we tried to drive, there was a girl that was bodying up on us, and then there were other girls that were coming really hard to help," Schreiber added. "So we were kind of getting ourselves stuck in between two defenders, very physical defenders.""

In their last three games the Wolfpack have allowed just 30, 30 and 28 points.

Riley Perryman led a balanced Park offense with 13 points. Delaney Young scored 11, while Taylor Johnson had seven and Chloe Venegas six.

Molly Wenner's 17 points led the Wolfpack in a 35-point win over Detroit Lakes. Johnson scored 13, Young 12 and Perryman had 10 in that game.

Park (10-1, 2-1) returns to the Suburban East Conference wars Friday with a home game against rival Woodbury (4-5, 1-2), starting at 7 p.m.

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