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West Fargo girls hoops climb to third place

West Fargo's Jessie Gust looks to pass past Fargo South's Siri Burck during the Packer versus Bruins girls basketball game at West Fargo High Friday night. Carrie Snyder/The Forum

The Packer girls basketball team moved up to third place last week with a home win over Wahpeton. West Fargo has now won three of its last five games after snapping a three-game win streak early last month.

One big reason for the turnaround has been the inspired play of sophomore point guard Katelyn Holland, the EDC's leading scorer with 16.3 points-per-game. Holland poured in a career-high 27 points versus the Huskies and has been garnering praise from her head coach.

"She just has the makeup of a basketball player. She has the mentality of a basketball player and is willing to work hard," said Packers coach Barb Metcalf. "She never quits, and you can tell she'll be a great leader for us in the future."

That a sophomore rookie has played such a major part for the Packers is all the more impressive given the senior-dominated West Fargo roster.

Senior Jessica Woodbury, who recently broke into the starting lineup, joined Metcalf in praising Holland.

"I think she really knows what she's doing, and she's really aggressive, which is something we need," said Woodbury. "We need her to score points like she does, plus she can see the court really well and find the open person to pass to."

The development of Holland, who saw very limited varsity action last year as a freshman, bodes well for the Packers who are playing 10 of their final 11 regular seasons at home.

"I think we're more pumped up at home, because we're more ready to play and we have all our fans there to get us going," said Holland. "We're more comfortable at home and play more relaxed. We all just seem to play a lot better, so it'll be nice to have all these home games coming up."

The immediate future is looking bright for the Packers who look to avoid landing in Fargo South's bracket in the EDC tournament. The undefeated Bruins dismantled the Packers in West Fargo, 78-41, last Friday.

The turning point of the season may have been last month's win against Fargo North, where senior Alyssa Hummel led the Packers with 20 points down low. It's a welcome sign for Metcalf that West Fargo's post game is improving.

Skaters in 8th

The Packer boys hockey team remains in eighth place in the EDC after a 5-1 loss to Grand Forks Central last week. The team rebounded with an 8-3 non-conference win over Jamestown behind senior Jordan Olstad's hat trick.

Olstad (10 goals, 8 assists) leads five Packers in double digit points at this point of the season. The others are: junior Derek Sand (12 points), sophomore Brandon Tendeland (11 points), sophomore Jeremy Johnson (10 points) and junior Dusty Jonasson (10 points).

Boys hang on to 1st

The Packer boys basketball team remained in first place despite its first conference loss of the season - at Wahpeton by 22 points last week.

West Fargo rebounded last Saturday with a 60-41 win over eighth place Fargo South.

Swimmers still undefeated

The Packer boys swimming team came close to ending its undefeated season last week with a 96-90 dual win over Fargo South. West Fargo won Saturday's Jamestown Invite, edging out Mandan. See the scoreboard for more results.

The Packers host Bismarck, Bismarck Century and Fargo North in the West Fargo Quad tomorrow.

Two champs down south

The Packers returned from Saturday's Aberdeen (S.D.) tournament with two weight class champions, senior Austin Cassezza at 135 and junior Scott Schiller at 189.

West Fargo had lost in EDC action to Grand Forks Red River earlier in the week by three points.