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Pepin falls 45-29

PEPIN -- For Barry Terpstra, the third quarter couldn't get over fast enough. His Pepin girls basketball team, which trailed Spring Valley just 15-14 at halftime Thursday evening, was outscored 20-4 in the third quarter in its 45-29 defeat.

Actually, the Lakers may well have been living on borrowed time. They trailed at halftime by a single point, despite having 18 turnovers and having two players in foul trouble. Only a miserable 3-for-16 performance at the free-throw line by the Cardinals, 1-1 overall and in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference, kept the score close.

"The two things we wanted to do from the start of the ball game was hold onto the ball and keep them off the line," Terpstra said. "We didn't do either of those and yet we were still only down one point and had some momentum, too."

Pepin trailed 15-11 with just seconds remaining in the second quarter when Mary Buvala hit a three-pointer from the baseline. She and freshman Joleen Hince led Pepin with seven points each.

Spring Valley burst the Lakers' dam in the third quarter thanks to the play of their leading scorer, Kimmy Keehr. She scored nine of her game-high 13 points in the frame and wreaked havoc in the Lakers' backcourt with several steals. She finished with a double-double with 12 steals.

Pepin was also hurt when starting forward Molly McIntosh fouled out with 4:49 left in the third quarter.

Pepin plays at Elk Mound this Monday.

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