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Lewis, Otters hold off Spuds

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. - Amanda Lewis never saw a game like this coming. Neither did Moorhead. Lewis scored a career-high 27 points - including 10 in a key run in the second half - to lift Fergus Falls past Moorhead 81-70 in Minnesota high school gi...

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. - Amanda Lewis never saw a game like this coming. Neither did Moorhead.

Lewis scored a career-high 27 points - including 10 in a key run in the second half - to lift Fergus Falls past Moorhead 81-70 in Minnesota high school girls basketball Tuesday.

"I never score that many points," Lewis said when she learned of her point total. "The girls on the outside drew a lot of attention, and that left the middle wide open.

"Seriously, I was just standing there."

The 5-foot-10 senior did more than just stand around, as the majority of her points came on drives to the hoop.

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Lewis hit 12 of 15 shots from the floor, using nifty moves inside to score the bulk of her points in the paint.

"She's been in dance, and you can see how that has come in handy with how she moves down low," Fergus Falls coach Dave Rund said. "Maybe we all should take ballet."

Lewis' previous career-high was 14 points. She scored that in the second half alone on Tuesday. The bulk of those came when the Otters needed them the most.

Moorhead (3-2) trailed by as many as 14 points, but sliced the Fergus Falls lead to 60-59 with 9 minutes, 48 seconds to go in the game.

That's when Lewis went to work. With the Spuds focusing on standout Hannah Draxten, Lewis scored 10 points in a 14-4 run over the next eight minutes that put the game away for Fergus Falls (4-1).

"We were focusing on Draxten because she seems to always have a good game against us, and we lost (Lewis) a couple of times," Moorhead coach Jim Kapitan said. "We needed to get one more basket or one more stop in there, and we couldn't get it."

Draxten stayed true to the form Kapitan has grown used to, racking up 26 points, 14 rebounds, six assists and four steals.

Moorhead got 20 points from Kelsey Jacobson, and Kaitlyn Rogalla added a career-high 19 points. Kassie Hooten had 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Spuds.

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But this was Lewis' night. The senior wasn't as effective last year because of a rash of shoulder injuries. Following surgery, rehab and a lot of time in the weight room, she's a stronger player.

"I kept dislocating my shoulder, over and over," Lewis said. "But it's a lot better now, and I'm a lot stronger."

MOORHEAD: Clark 2 0-0 5, Jacobson 7 1-2 20, Sam 4 0-0 8, Rogalla 6 7-8 19, Hooten 6 1-2 13, Stephenson 2 0-0 4, Johnson 0 1-4 1. Totals 27 10-16 70.

FERGUS FALLS: Erickson 2 1-2 5, Wewllendorf 5 0-0 10, Lewis 12 3-5 27, Draxten 7 8-11 26, Rengel 3 2-4 8, Gagner 1 1-2 3, Heitzelman 1 0-0 2. Totals 31 15-24 81.

Half: FF 43, M 33. 3-point goals: Jacobson 5, Clark, Draxten 4. Total fouls: M 16, FF 13. Fouled out: Hooten. Rebounds: M 36 (Hooten 11). FF 43 (Draxten 14). Assists: M 12 (Jacobson 5). FF 17 (Erickson 6, Draxten 6). Steals: M 6 (Clark 3). FF 5 (Draxten 4). Turnovers: M 12, FF 13.

Readers can reach Forum sports writer Kerry Collins at (701) 241-5548.

Collins' prep sports blog can be found at www.areavoices.com

Lewis, Otters hold off Spuds Kerry Collins 20071219

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