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WATCH: Becher, defense lead Packer girls past Eagles

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West Fargo's Mariah Schatz and Chloe Pfau battle for a loose ball with Fargo Davies' Ryleigh Wacha at the Eagles gym Thursday night. David Samson / The Forum2 / 3
Fargo Davies' Taylor Safranski drives against West Fargo's Grace Faiman at the Eagles gym Thursday night. David Samson / The Forum3 / 3

FARGO — Though initially reluctant to say the West Fargo girls basketball team is on a revenge tour following a tough 2017-18 season, McKenna Becher eventually calls it like it is.

The junior guard had 18 points and seven rebounds and the Packers got payback from three ugly losses to Fargo Davies a season ago, forcing 24 turnovers in a 61-50 Eastern Dakota Conference win Tuesday night on Davies' home court.

A swarming, full-court press helped counteract a poor offensive start. After falling behind 11-4 early, the Packers used runs of 9-0 and 8-0 and grabbed a 23-20 lead at the end of a first half in which they forced 13 Eagle turnovers.

Becher, who came in averaging a team-best 12.7 points, helped West Fargo take control for good in the second half, cutting into the lane and converting several tough, contested looks in the paint to push its lead as high as 16 points.

The win was West Fargo's fifth in the last six games after an 0-2 start.

In that time, the Packers have earned wins against Davies, West Fargo Sheyenne and Fargo North. During an 8-16 finish a season ago, the Packers went 0-8 against those three teams, losing by a combined 230 points.

"It means a lot (to beat those teams)," Becher said. "It shows we've improved a lot. We want to get - I don't want to call it revenge - but we want to get revenge. We want to show each other we can do it and we did."

Mariah Schatz added 14 points for the Packers. Schatz, Grace Faiman and Abby Donarski all finished with three steals for West Fargo.

The defensive effort was most pleasing to coach Mike Benson, whose team held an opponent to 50 or fewer points for the third consecutive game.

"We're trying to get an identity as a good defensive team," he said. "That's what we're trying to take pride in. We're really proud of the effort. And tonight our defense carried us through while we figured some things out offensively."

Brooklyn Koenig had 17 points while Taylor Fey added 15 with eight rebounds for the 4-6 Eagles. They were two of just four Eagle players to score.

WF: Faiman 3, Johnson 0, Giesen 3, Pfau 7, Schatz 14, Diemert 3, Donarski 13, Becher 18, Boll, Giesen 0.

FD: Safranski 0, Wacha 5, Fey 15, Paper 13, Froslie 0, Koenig 17, Schock Fyhrie, Wild 0.