Bearcats, Firebirds pick up wins Saturday

Ray Maloney, Sports

Brittany Held and Ali Heisler combined for 11 points in the fourth quarter and that proved to be enough to propel North Star to a 47-29 win over a pesky Lakota-Adams-Edmore team Saturday at the Lake Region Invitational.

The Bearcats held a 33-23 advantage heading into the final quarter, but outscored the Raiders 14-6 over the final eight minutes to pull away for the victory.

Held, who connected on a pair of field goals and two free throws in the quarter, finished with a game-high 12 points, while Heisler drained a 3-pointer and knocked down two of four foul shots to add five points in the period for the Bearcats, who improved to 6-2 on the season with the win. Heisler ended the game with 11 points. Held was later chosen to the all-tournament team.

Fallyn Freije, an eighth grader, was also chosen to the all-tournament team after ending the tournament with a team-high 11 points against the Bearcats.

L-A-E             7    7    9    6    —   29

North Star          12   7   14   14   —   47

Lakota-Adams-Edmore (29): Fallyn Freije 11, Holli Lee 8, Ashlyn Nelson 6, Ashtin Freije 4.

North Star (47): Brittany Held 12, Ali Heisler 11, Kelsey Teubner 8, Megan Gowan 6, Morgan Peters 6, Sarah Hagler 2, Jessica Teubner 2.

Devils Lake JV 70,

Munich-Starkweather 45

Josie Knowski led the way for the Devils Lake junior varsity team, which also got a strong performance from Taylor Swanson for the third straight day as the Firebirds scored a 70-45 win over Munich-Starkweather in Saturday action at the Lake Region Invitational at the Devils Lake Sports Center.

Knowski scored 21 points to lead the young Firebirds. She was limited to just four field goals, including one 3-pointer, but was a sizzling 12 of 14 from the foul line to account for her scoring output.

Swanson, who has seen limited action this season due to a foot injury, scored in double figures for the third straight game. She finished the game Saturday with 16 points. Christa Lysne and Dru Lunday also finished in double digits for the Firebirds with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Munich-Starkweather, which got scoring from 11 different players, was led by Caitlyn McArthur's nine points. Four other players each chipped in with six point.

M-S    10    9    14   12   —    45

DLJV    15   22   19   16   —    70

Munich-Starkweather (45): Caitlyn McArthur 9, Krystle Hall 6, Kayla Dease 6, Cassie Logie 6, Carly Werner 6, Bobbie Birtsch 5, Jocelyn Klein 2, Katrina Hall 2, Breanne Heppner 2, MIranda Darling 1.

Devils Lake JV (70): Josie Knowski 21, Taylor Swanson 16, Christa Lysne 11, Dru Lunday 10, Morghan Carew 6, Rachael Tollefson 4, Mikaela Dick 1, Hanna Pike 1.

Friday’s Results

L-A-E 46, M-S 40

Fallyn Freije scored four of her game-high 15 points in a span of just over one minute in the fourth quarter. And those points couldn't have come at a better time for Lakota-Adams-Edmore as the Raiders used an 8-0 run to end the game en route to a 46-40 win over a stubborn Munich-Starkweather team Friday at the Devils Lake Invitational.

Freije, a freshman, took a pass in the post and banked in her shot to tie the game at 40-40 with 2:31 left in the game. She later used a nifty drop step in the lane and spun past the defender for two more points to put the Raiders in front to stay at 42-40 with just 1:14 remaining in the game.

The Magic Storm, which trailed at every break, had tied the game earlier in the fourth quarter when Krystle Hakk converted on a traditional three-point play that put M-S in front 36-34 with 4:07 left in the game. That play capped a 12-2 run by the Magic Storm.

In addition to Freije's 15 points, the Raiders also got 11 points from Erica Anderson. They were the only two to finish in double figures for the Raiders.

The Magic Storm also placed a pair of players in double digits. Hall led the way with a team-high 12 points, while Carly Werner added 11 points of her own.

Munich-Stark.     7   5   10   18   —   40

Lakota-A-E          4   13   11   18   —   46

Munich-Starkweather (40): Krystle Hall 12, Carly Werner 11, Miranda Darling 6, Katrina Hall 5, Caitlyn McArthur 4, Jocelyn Klein 2.

Lakota-Adams-Edmore (46): Fallin Freije 15, Erica Anderson 11, Ashtin Freije 5, Katie Matejcek 5, Holli Lee 4, Ashlyn Nelson 2, Katie Hoime 2, Breiann Feast 2.

FW-W-M 70, North Star 54

The advent of the 3-pointer several years ago has changed scoring in a big way.

Jessica Hale is making a mockery of the addition to the game.

The five-foot, 11-inch senior connected on four treys in the first quarter and finished with six in the game as she poured in 34 points to lead Four Winds-Warwick-Minnewaukan to a 70-54 win over North Star on Friday.

Hale scored 14 of her points in the opening period as the Indians, which trailed 11-5 early in the game, took a 21-15 lead after the first eight minutes of the game and never looked back.

Dorothia Santos and Justine Ross joined Hale in double figures. Santos collected 12 points, half of which came on a pair of 3-pointers of her own, while Ross came off the bench to add 11 points in the winning effort.

The Bearcats, which entered the tournament at 4-1, dropped their second straight game with the 16-point loss. Morgan Peters led North Star with 15 points, while Brittany Held and Kelsey Teubner added 13 and 11 points, respectively.

North Star    15   13   12   14   --   54

FW-W-M    21   16   13   20  --   70

North Star (54): Morgan Peters 15, Brittany Held 13, Kelsey Teubner 11, Ali Heisler 4, Jessica Teubner 4, Kayla Haugen 4, Laura Oakland 2, Megan Gowan 1.

Four Winds-Warwick-Minnewaukan (70): Jessica Hale 34, Dorothia Santos 12, Justine Ross 11, Samone Motley 6, Illiase Joshua 4, Taniesha Rainbow 3.

Dakota Prairie 65,

Firebirds JV 53

The Devils Lake junior varsity simply had no answer to shut down the play of Dakota Prairie standout Brandy Messner. Not in the first quarter and certainly not the rest of the way.

Messner scored eight points in the first quarter to set the tone and finished the game with 30 points as the Knights improved to 3-1 on the season with a 65-53 win over the young Firebirds on Friday in the Devils Lake Invitational.

The five-foot, 10-inch junior, who is nearing the 1,000-point plateau in her career at Dakota Prairie, added nine points in the second quarter and eight more in the third period for the Knights. She added five more in the final quarter before being pulled with her team comfortably ahead.

Shelby Gillett (16) and Sabrina Rude (13) also finished in double figures for the Knights.

Devils Lake put a pair of players in double figures with Taylor Swanson leading the way with 22 points for the Firebirds, 15 of those coming on five 3-pointers. Madison Walford, a freshman, added 10 points.

DL JV    14   13   14   12   —   53

DP    18   17   16   14   —   65

Devils Lake JV (53): Taylor Swanson 22, Madison Walford 10, Christa Lysne 7, Josie Knowski 7, Mikaela Dick 3, Hanna Pike 2, Dru Lunday 2.

Dakota Prairie (65): Brandy Messner 30, Shelby Gillett 16, Sabrina Rude 13, Camilla Belmadani 6.