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Ty's Take: Great start for girls basketball

West Fargo's Cassidy Thorson (right) drives to the net as Fargo Davies' Paige Weston defends during a game Friday at Davies High School. Michael Vosburg / Forum Communications Co.

Two games, two wins; not a bad way to start the season for the West Fargo girls basketball team.

And while two victories out of 19 total games seems like a drop in the bucket, especially so early in the season, it's at least a step in the right direction for a Packers team hoping to rebound after missing out on another state tournament bid last year.

They might have a bit of a chip on their shoulder toward their next opponent, too. At 5:45 p.m. Thursday, West Fargo will host Fargo Shanley, the team that beat them in last year's state qualifying match and bumped them from a coveted berth.

Oh, and both teams are currently undefeated.

This could be interesting.

But that's getting a little ahead of things. The Packers opened their season on the road against Valley City last Tuesday. West Fargo jumped out to a 10-point lead at the half, and kept on chugging to an eventual 53-33 victory.

Junior guard Lexi Lennon led the way with a game-high 16 points, while senior Erin Krogh put up 11.

Then on Friday, the Packers visited Fargo Davies, where they came away with another lopsided victory.

This time, it was another junior guard, Christina Baltezore, who led the way with a game-high 23 points, sparking West Fargo's 79-43 win.

As mentioned, next up for the Packers will be the conference rivalry matchup Thursday against Shanley. Then this weekend, West Fargo gets a visit from Devils Lake (1-1) for a 5:15 p.m. Saturday game.

On Dec. 22, West Fargo hosts Grand Forks Central for the final game before winter break. After a couple week's off, their season begins again Jan. 5.

Boys basketball loses opener

The West Fargo boys basketball team hit the road Friday for a season-opening game against Fargo Davies in their brand new digs.

Last year, the homeless Eagles were in the lower echelon of the EDC standings, and the Packers had little trouble beating them each time the teams met.

But on Friday, the Eagles were a handful, especially on their home court. Building to a 27-19 halftime lead, Davies tried to hold on for the outright win, but let the Packers come back to tie the game and force overtime.

Any hope of an upset for West Fargo was squashed, however, as the Eagles held them scoreless in OT to come away with the 71-63 win.

Fargo Davies' biggest asset came in the form of sophomore point guard Andrew Kozlowski, who accumulated a game-high 26 points. Conversely, West Fargo's top scorer was junior guard Kory Wolden with 15 points.

The Packers will hope to come away with their first win of the season when they host Fargo Shanley (1-1) at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Devils Lake (0-1) then pays a visit to West Fargo on Saturday for a 3:30 p.m. tipoff.

Quick hits

• Girls hockey: After starting its season with two wins in a row, the Packers went the other direction last week. On Tuesday, Tanya Kolrud scored a power play goal against Grand Forks halfway through the first period to put West Fargo (2-2) on the board. But the KnightRiders (4-2) scored three unanswered goals to skate away with the 3-1 victory. Luck didn't change Friday, as Bismarck (2-2) finished with a lopsided 6-1 win. The Packers were set to face North (4-2) on Tuesday, but results were not in by press time. They take on undefeated South (6-0) at 1 p.m. Saturday at Scheels Arena.

• Boys hockey: West Fargo fell to 1-5 on the season after losing 4-1 to Grafton-Park River on Tuesday, and 6-0 to Grand Forks Red River on Saturday. The Packers' only goal of the week came from sophomore CJ Lenzmeier at the end of last Tuesday's second period. West Fargo was set to face Grand Forks Central (2-0) on the road Tuesday, but results were not in by press time. They face Fargo South/Shanley (1-2) at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Scheels Arena.

• Wrestling: The Packers had a big week, winning a dual 59-12 over Devils Lake on Thursday, before taking the championship Saturday at the Grand Forks Sertoma. They faced Davies (3-0 EDC, 5-3) on Tuesday, but results were not in by press time. The Packers will be at the Rochester (Minn.) Christmas Tournament this weekend.