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Girls Basketball: Cotter's defense halts Tigers' season

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Down 19-16 at halftime, Lake City’s efforts to stay alive in the Section 1AA-East tournament were thwarted by a relentless Winona Cotter defense.

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The fifth-seeded Tigers' season ended on Thursday with a 56-43 loss to the fourth-seeded Ramblers in Winona.

“They just kind of pulled away (in the second half),” said Lake City head coach Candace Dudley. “They went up by nine right away. … It was close the whole way, but they made some free throws down the stretch.”

The deciding factor for Cotter was a full-court defense that kept the Tigers out of sync.

“Their defense made our offense too expended and out of range and spread out,” Dudley said. “We just had a rough time getting our offense going.”

Madi Green had a team-high 17 points for Lake City, while freshman Julia Anderson chipped in with nine.

The Ramblers’ Hannah Spiten (17), Mikala Nelton (12) and Julia Charron (11) each finished in double digits. Cotter (15-12) will face top-seeded Chatfield in the sub-section semifinals at 6 p.m. Monday at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester.

Lake City ends the 2013-14 season with an 11-13 record.

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