After a strong outing the previous week and an EDC Championship victory, the Packer boys went into the state tournament with the No. 1 seed and a full head of steam – and quickly stalled.
In their first tournament game against the Bismarck Demons on Thursday, the Packers made just four of 21 shots in the first half, and found themselves in a 36-13 deficit at halftime.
They managed a 22-4 run in the second half to pull themselves to within five points, but fell back again, losing by a score of 57-42.
“It’s important to have a good start, especially in the state tournament,” head coach Greg Limke said. “I thought we did a great job to get back in the game with that run, but we really buried ourselves early.”
The team came out of the gate quickly in Friday’s consolation semifinal game against the 21-3 Grand Forks-Red River Roughriders, leading by one at halftime, but ultimately lost 69-62.
“Our seniors kept battling, wanting to play till the last minute,” Limke said. “I’m proud of the way we finished. Red River is an outstanding team, and we played pretty well to go toe-to-toe with them.”
The 15-9 Packers lose seven seniors this spring – including four of the team’s five starters – which signifies big changes for the team in the 2013-2014 season.
“It’s always tough to see your seniors go,” Limke said. “I’ve watched these guys come up, develop and mature. I wish them well in the future, and they will hang in the halls of West Fargo High School forever as EDC Champions. They continued to improve, and I’m really proud of them.”