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Girls basketball EDC runners-up

West Fargo’s Christine Baltezore drives against Fargo Shanley’s Alivia Fraase last Saturday during the EDC title game at the Bison Sports Arena. David Samson / Forum Communications Co.

The Packer girls’ week wasn’t quite as good as that of the boys, but they are still heading to the state tournament.

The girls trounced the Valley City Hi-Liners 66-44 in the first round of EDC play on Tuesday.

They then met Fargo North in a tough contest, but won 62-54 with their tough defense and clutch shooting.

“We go by the fact that everything flows from our defense,” senior guard Jolene Woodbury said. “That leads into our offense.”

“It was a matchup of two athletic, hard-nosed teams,” head coach Barb Metcalf said, “and we persevered.”

However, the team had a rough shooting night (29.6 percent from the field) in Saturday’s EDC Championship game, and fell to the Fargo Shanley Deacons 51-41.

“Normally our 3-point shooting is a little better than that,” Metcalf said. “I thought we played well defensively, but when you play a team of that caliber, you need to shoot at least 45 percent.”

The 19-3 Packers will enter Thursday’s state tournament as the East’s No. 2 seed.

“We finished second last year,” Woodbury said. “We’re proud of that, but first is better.”