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Girls basketball preview: LQPV banks on its size and strength


Lac qui Parle Valley

girls basketball team lost much of its core from a 2022-23 season which saw the Eagles have a dominating season in the Camden Conference.

LQPV had an 18-0 conference record and was 25-4 overall. The Eagles lost to Minneota, which made it to the Class A state tournament, in the Section 3A-North championship.

LQPV sophomore Jalyn Lee, left, gets the ball away from D-B’s Alyssa Swedzinski for a steal during a Section 3A-North quarterfinal game on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023 at Montevideo.

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But with the loss of four senior starters, three of which were All-Camden Conference picks and the other an honorable mention, LQPV enters the 2023-24 with plenty of new faces.

LQPV losses are highlighted by All-Area First Team pick Taylor Shelstad and All-Area second team pick Camryn Lee, both of which were Class A All-State Honorable Mentions. The Eagles also graduated Rylee Lund and Ayanna Gipson.

“As we start the year, we are a very inexperienced group,” said Eagles head coach Dylan Erickson, who enters his fourth season as LQPV’s head coach and has a 59-17 record. “Each girl will be in a new situation and new roles. It will take us some time to find a rhythm together with many new faces out for basketball and playing alongside each other.”

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Lac qui Parle Valley head coach Dylan Erickson draws up a play for his Eagles against Yellow Medicine East on Friday, Jan. 20, 2023, at YME High School in Granite Falls.

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LQPV’s sole returning starter is senior guard Isabel Gerdes. An All-Camden Conference pick, she tore her ACL late last season and is still in the recovery process.

“We don’t have a timetable for her return, but we are hopeful that she can return at some point for her senior season,” Erickson said.

Jalyn Lee is a player to watch for the Eagles. She is a 6-foot junior guard/forward who is LQPV’s only returning player with some varsity experience. She came off the bench in the sixth-player role.

“We have a lot of size and length as a team,” Erickson said. “I am looking forward to using that to help us find some early success this year.”

(All games at 7:15 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Nov. 27 — vs. Hancock

Nov. 28 — vs. Minnewaska

Dec. 1 — at KMS

Dec. 4 — at Ortonville

Dec. 12 — vs. Dawson-Boyd

Dec. 14 — at Central Minnesota Christian

Dec. 15 — vs. MACCRAY

Dec. 22 — vs. Yellow Medicine East

Dec. 27 — at Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart, 6:30 p.m.

Dec. 28 — Southwest Minnesota Christian, 5 p.m. at Southwest Minnesota State

Jan. 4 — at Canby

Jan. 5 — at Montevideo

Jan. 8 — vs. Lakeview

Jan. 19 — at Minneota

Jan. 23 — vs. KMS

Jan. 26 — vs. Ortonville

Jan. 30 — vs. Renville County West

Feb. 2 — vs. CMCS

Feb. 3 — at Pipestone, 1:30 p.m.

Feb. 6 — at Wabasso

Feb. 8 — at Dawson-Boyd

Feb. 12 — vs. Benson

Feb. 15 — at MACCRAY

Michael Lyne joined the West Central Tribune as a sports reporter in May 2022, following his graduation from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where he graduated with a bachelors degree in journalism and a minor degree in Spanish studies.

You may reach Michael at mlyne@wctrib.com, or by calling (320) 214-4345.