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Ty's Take: A bit on basketball

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West Fargo Pioneer
Ty's Take: A bit on basketball
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Now that wrestling and hockey have wrapped up their seasons, only half of the winter sports remain.

Besides the state boys swimming meet, which runs Friday-Saturday in Grand Forks, basketball will take center stage during March.

And while we don't have a ton of space to thoroughly prepare you for what's at stake as far as the Packers are concerned, here's a quick rundown on both the boys and the girls teams from the end of their regular season into this week's East Region tournament play.

Boys basketball

The Packers (12-6 EDC, 13-6 overall) finished their regular season with a critical 74-69 overtime win over Fargo South (12-6, 11-8) on Thursday. The victory meant a three-way tie for third place in the East Region rankings between West Fargo, South and Grand Forks Red River (12-6, 12-7).

However, the Packers were given the edge over the Riders and Bruins because of a three-way point tiebreaker. That means West Fargo gets home-court advantage for the first round.

They hosted No. 6 Valley City (9-9, 11-8) on Tuesday, but results were not available by press time. If West Fargo won, they move on to the championship semifinals at 8:15 p.m. Friday, at Bison Sports Arena in Fargo. If they instead lost, the Packers will play a loser-out game at 4:45 p.m. on the same day.

The EDC championship game will be at 8:15 p.m. Saturday. State qualifiers will move on to the big dance, which runs March 10-12 in Fargo.

There's also one more important point to consider heading into the postseason: the Packers lost just twice in their last 10 games.

Girls basketball

The West Fargo girls basketball team's regular season definitely was a tale of two halves.

Ending the latter with a 68-62 loss to Fargo South certainly wasn't the way they wanted to go out. It meant they were 4-5 on the downward slope, compared with their start of 8-2.

The downside to all this culminates in the final EDC rankings. At 11-7 against conference opponents (12-7 overall), the Packers are nestled right in the middle at No. 5. Instead of the home-court advantage of a higher seed, they instead hit the road to face No. 4 Devils Lake (13-7) Tuesday, but results were not in by press time.

The loser will play at 2 p.m. Friday during a loser-out game at the Fargo Civic Center. The winner will play at 5:30 p.m. in Friday's championship semifinals. The title bout is 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Bison Sports Arena.