Girls basketball: Bruins take bite out of Packers
The bad news about last Saturday is the West Fargo girls basketball team lost to Fargo South.
The good news is that, for now, they still sit atop the Eastern Dakota Conference standings.
With an 8-1 conference record and 7-2 overall, the Packers currently are the No. 2-ranked team in the state, right behind Bismarck Century. Until Saturday, they had not lost a game against conference opponents (their only loss coming Dec. 28 at Bismarck Century).
But that changed facing South (5-3 EDC, 6-3). Sparked by a hard-charging Meghan Roehrich, the Bruins stayed strong in the second half to come away with the 71-64 win. If anything, the contest proved there still is excellent parity in the East Region.
Down by three points to start the second half, the Packers quickly built a lead, and at one point were ahead by seven. That's when the tides turned. Roehrich and her teammates took control for the remainder of the game, putting up a total of 42 second-half points.
Roehrich finished with a game-high 28 points and nine rebounds. Fellow Bruins Sara Rydell, Alli Koenig and Alley Fisher all finished in the double-digits.
As for the Packers, even in the loss, they proved their strength as a diverse offensive threat. Whereas Katelyn Holland has been the star of many games this season, West Fargo played with a balanced attack against the Bruins.
Christine Baltezore was 3-for-7 from the floor and hit two 3-pointers to lead West Fargo with 14 points. Holland and Danielle Nelson were close seconds at 13 points apiece. Lexi Lennon was the other Packer to hit double-digits as she racked up 11 points, which included a perfect 3-for-3 from the free-throw line.
West Fargo's next test came Tuesday when they headed south to face Wahpeton (1-5, 2-5); however results were not in when this edition of the Pioneer went to press. The Packers play again Friday at home at 6:30 p.m., hosting Bemidji (Minn.) High School. As of this Pioneer, the Lumberjacks are 4-7.