Klein, "We didn’t sustain a consistency. That was my thing. I didn’t think we were very consistent throughout the game.”
The last time Wahepton was in the Sports Center, it was a Devils Lake 26 point victory. The Huskies made the return trip on Tuesday, March 3 in the quarterfinals of the Class A East Region tournament had made it a little more of a contest which didn’t make Firebirds head coach Justin Klein all that thrilled.
“It’s a win but I wasn’t real happy with the way we played I guess,” said Klein after his Firebirds defeated the Huskies 69-52 from inside a packed Sports Center. “We didn’t sustain a consistency. That was my thing. I didn’t think we were very consistent throughout the game.”
The Firebirds (22-0) got 15 points apiece from Ramsey Brown and Maya Barendt. Nine of Barendt’s points came from beyond the arc and all of her points came in the first half. The Firebirds won despite 21 turnovers.
“We had some stretches were we looked OK and also there were some stretches I thought we made a lot of mistakes again. Shooting wise and passing the ball we weren’t very sharp I think,” Klein said. “The kids were ready to play but it was just one of those things were you have to be ready but you have to do it on the court.”
The Firebirds built a 37-23 halftime lead but the Huskies (6-17) opened the second half on a 9-0 run. McKenna Koolmo made two free throws, Jordyn Kahler made to more free throws, Koolmo made a field goal and Kahler connected on a 3-pointer and the Firebirds lead had been trimmed to five
A Brown field goal and a Jailyn Martinson free throw began an 8-2 run that was capped off by a Rachel Dahlen basket that pushed the lead back up to 13. The Firebirds were able to put the Huskies away from there.
Jes Mertens finished the game with 13 points for the Firebirds who will face Fargo Davies Friday from the SCHEELS Center at the Sanford Health Athletic Complex in the region semifinals. Tip is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
“It’s a big matchup and it’s going to be a tough one,” Klein said about the upcoming game against the Eagles. “You win on Friday, you’re in, you lose and you have to come back on Saturday and you gotta win.
“But it was a good win for the seniors with it being their last game on their home court.”
Kahler finished with 19 points and Lidia Motl had 10 points for the Huskies who went 21-for-28 from the free-throw line for the game.
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Wahpeton at Devils Lake box score
Wahpeton 23 29 — 52
Devils Lake 37 32 — 69
Kahler 19, Motl 10, Allard 7, Koolmo 7, Pithey 4, Kjar 2, Kubela 1, Lysne 0, C. DeVries 0, E. DeVries 0, Pulskamp 0, Habiger 0. Totals 14 21-28 52.
DEVILS LAKE (22-0)
Brown 15, May. Barendt 15, Mertens 13, Johnson 6, Dahlen 5, Martinson 5, Krogfoss 5, Swenson 2, L. Gourd 2, Je. Frelich 1, M. Gourd 0, Mal. Barendt 0, Wilhelmi 0, Nelson 0, Ja. Frelich 0. Totals 24 16-26 69.