Four Winds-Minnewaukan takes down Dakota Prairie 78-64; Knights' Loe named Most Valuable Player.

Dakota Prairie senior Tyler Loe did all he could in scoring the basketball for the Knights in hopes to lift his team to the upset of No. 1 Four Winds-Minnewaukan Saturday, Jan.11 in the Ramsey County tournament championship game. The Indians, on the other hand, just did what they do.

The Indians got out to a 10 point lead over the first four minutes of the game and waved farewell to Dakota Prairie in the 78-64 win despite 35 points from Loe who was voted MVP. The victory culminated a three-day performance by the top team in Class B in which they won by an average of just under 53 points per game.

“Overall, I was pretty happy with the three day week,” said Indians head coach Rick Smith. The Indians (6-0) opened the tournament this past Thursday with an 86 point shellacking of Rolette-Wolford. “It was nice to get three games in a row and that’s what you going to have to do at the end [of the season].”

The Indians, who also beat Devils Lake’s Junior Varsity team en route to Saturday’s title, led 21-13 after the first quarter but Loe, who was fouled on a 3-point attempt, made the margin seven after making all three from the charity stripe with two minutes remaining before halftime. Ahead by nine with 1:34 left, Jerry Lenior’s 3 out of a timeout put Four Winds-Minnewaukan up 11. The Indians went into the locker room ahead 14.

Lenior finished with 13 points, scoring 10 in the second quarter. Jayden Yankton led the Indians with 17 points, JaeShaun Shaw scored 15 points, eight over the first eight minutes of the contest, and Bronson Walter finished with 12 points.

“I thought for about three and half quarters, we were solid defensively. We were getting what we wanted offensively, we were attacking the rim a little bit better, attacking the post a little bit better but we just got to finish. And that comes with practice,” Smith said.

The Knights (5-2) outscored Four Winds-Minnewaukan 25-16 in the fourth quarter due to Loe’s three-barrage. Loe made four of his six 3s in the fourth, Colby Hovdeness added three others and the Knights ended the game with 10 made 3-pointers.

“Loe got hot — he’s a tough ticket to handle,” said Smith.

Hovdeness was the only other Knight in double digits finishing with 10 points.

“It was fun. This was the first time that Dakota Prairie has been in a championship atmosphere in awhile,” said Knights head coach Thomas Trostad. “We were ready for it but it’s Four Winds, they’re a powerhouse, they’re a tough team.”

Trostad said that for his team, which has 12 seniors, the tournament provided experience. “When you get to the end of the year when tournaments count you can look back and know what it’s like to play the late game on the final day, knowing what to look forward to and then it won’t be nothing new when we get there.”

Chris Harris can be reached at charris@devilslakejournal.com.

Dakota Prairie vs. No. 1 Four Winds-Minnewaukan box score

Dakota Prairie 13 14 12 25 — 64

Four Winds-Minn. 21 20 21 16 — 78

DAKOTA PRIAIRE (5-2)

Loe 35, Hovdeness 10, Frederick 8, Stein 7, Trenda 4, Anderson 0, Hassel 0. Totals 23 8-11 64.

FOUR WINDS-MINNEWAUKAN (6-0)

J. Yankton 17, Shaw 15, Lenoir 13, Walter 12, D. Yankton 9, Keld. Keja 6, Lohnes 3, R. Yankton 3, Jackson 0. Totals 29 15-20 78.