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Wentz, defense carry Eagles to win over Vikings

Packers play at Target Center

The 2013-2014 Packers (from left): Jaeden Metcalf, Cass Thorson, Kennedi Sand, Akealy Moton, Cassidy Nelson, Shelby Gustafson, Shelby Larson, Kaitlin Langerud, Ali Enno, Jenaya Wentz and Amanda Levin.

The West Fargo Packers girls' basketball team traveled to the Target Center in Minneapolis in late June, beating the Chaska Hawks 45-40 before watching the Minnesota Lynx beat the Tulsa Shock 88-79.

"It was a great opportunity for the players and coaches to see how we are developing over the summer," head coach Barb Metcalf said. "In order to maintain a competitive edge it is important to play teams like Chaska. To go play a powerhouse team like that is a really good gauge to see how we're sitting. It really was the perfect trip."

The midsummer game against a strong Minnesota program provided the West Fargo coaching staff a chance to experiment with new strategies with a team that may relay on size - with four seniors that are at least 5 feet 10 inches tall - more than speed this season.

"Our size is going to be a factor, but we have some fast juniors that will bring a good mix up to the team. We try to do different things, but we'll always be a team that gets rolling"

After the game, the athletes got the chance to meet several WNBA players, including Minnesota stars Lindsey Whalen and Maya Moore, and Tulsa's rookie sensation Skylar Diggins.

"It was such a fun atmosphere," Metcalf said. "It was really great to see so much excitement for women's basketball.