Facing off with one of the top teams in the state, Wahpeton struggled to get anything going against Devils Lake, North Dakota. The Firebirds were clicking on all cylinders and kept their record perfect on Saturday, Dec. 29 with a 74-30 rout on the Huskies’ home floor.
“I don’t think they’re going to get beat this year. They’ve got girls who’ve played a lot of varsity,” Wahpeton coach Brian Watson said. “They’ve been to the state tournament two years in a row and they’ve got an All-Stater and an All-Conference player. They played well against us and shot the ball well. They don’t miss a lot of open shots.”
Along with the offensive firepower from the visitors, their defense was equally effective against a Wahp team averaging more than 20 turnovers a game.
“Defensively, they gave us a lot of problems. We had 31 turnovers and we’re not going to win any games with 31 turnovers,” Watson said. “I don’t care who you play. If you turn the ball over it’s going to be tough to win.”
Tyleigh Brady, Jordyn Kahler and Emily DeVries were the top WHS scorers with eight apiece.
“We didn’t score many points, but we were balanced,” Watson said. “It’s nice to spread it around a little bit, but we’ve just got to score more points.”
One of the highlights of the game for the home team was the debut of eighth grader Kateleigh Brady. The younger sister of Tyleigh Brady, the varsity newcomer knocked down a 3 and competed hard on the glass.
“I thought she played pretty well considering she hasn’t been able to practice and she’s learning a new system,” Watson said. “For her first varsity action with us I was happy with the way she played.”
The Huskies (0-6) travel to Fargo South for a 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, 2019 Eastern Dakota Conference battle.
“Fargo South has two wins on the year and they’re a team that’s similar to us. There’s a couple teams there that are fighting for the same spot. Us, South and North are all jockeying for position, so it’s going to be important for us playing North and South next,” Watson said. “We’re looking forward to getting 2019 started. Hopefully we can start the year off with a win.”