The win took a little more time in coming for Devils Lake. But, a win is still a win.
Ellie Ripplinger hit three free throws with no time on the clock to force overtime, but Devils Lake still managed to come away with a 70-65 win over the Roughriders in overtime on Friday at the Devils Lake Sports Center.
It was the first win of the season for Devils Lake which had dropped the season opener at Fargo North.
“We thought we had it won (in regulation) ... but we didn’t,” Devils Lake coach Justin Klein said of Friday’s game.
“But, we maintained our composure and (Alexa) Gathman stepped up and hit some free throws down the stretch the proved to be very important.”
Devils Lake’s Christa Lysne led all scorers in the game with 27 points while Maddie Walford added 12 points in the winning effort. Gathman scored nine points, all of which came in the second half or the overtime session.
Ripplinger and teammate Nicole Ladoucer each netted 21 points to lead the visiting Roughriders. They were the only two Red River players to reach double figures.
Red River (65): Ellie Ripplinger 21, Nicole Ladoucer 21, Kaitlin Anderson 8, Jennifer Trader 6, Payton Salquist 5, Keana Burr 4.
Devils Lake (70): Christa Lysne 27, Maddie Walford 12, Alexa Gathman 9, Emily Schafer 7, Dru Lunday 4, Morghan Carew 4, Randii Widmer 3, Jadyn Fee 2, Maddie Eriksson 2.
West Fargo 66,
Devils Lake 52
Top-ranked West Fargo used a 15-4 spurt over a span of six minutes and never looked back in defeating Devils Lake 66-52 on Saturday at the Sports Center.
Devils Lake had tied the game at 6-6 on a pair of free throws from Christa Lysne with 14:49 remaining in the first half.
But the Packers took the lead for good 12 seconds later when Amanda Levin connected on a 3-pointer from the top of the circle to start the West Fargo rally. Teammate Lexi Lennon’s layup after a Devils Lake turnover with 8:44 to play ended the rally and the Packers had a 21-10 advantage.
Devils Lake managed to close to within 25-22 on a field goal from Dru Lunday with 2:53 left in the first half, but was unable to get any closer the rest of the way.
Lysne finished with 14 points for Devils Lake while teammate Maddie Walford added 13 points. They were the only two Firebirds to finish in double digits.
West Fargo, which lost its opener at Fargo Shanley, evened its record at 1-1 on the season and placed four players in double figures.
Christine Baltezore led the Packers with 14 points and Lennon finished with 13 points. Shelby Gustafson and Amanda Levin chipped in with 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Devils Lake plays at Fargo Shanley on Friday.
West Fargo (66): Christine Baltezore 14, Lexi Lennon 13, Shelby Gustafson 12, Amanda Levin 11, Cassidy Thorson 8, Jolene Woodbury 4, Kaitlin Langerud 2, Cassidy Nelson 2.
Page 2 of 2 - Devils Lake (52): Christa Lysne 14, Maddie Walford 13, Emily Schafer 8, Dru Lunday 8, Jadyn Fee 6, Alexa Gathman 2, Randii Widmer 1.