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Wave score 90, defense dominates

Macy Skyberg started the girls basketball season with a career-high 17 points Tuesday. She and her East Grand Forks Senior High teammates put 90 points on the scoreboard.

But it was all about the defense for the Green Wave. The pressure defense dominated as Senior High cruised to a 90-14 win against visiting Bagley in the season opener for both teams.

The greatest satisfaction "definitely was holding them to 14,'' Skyberg said. "We worked hard on defense. We don't care about who scores the points.

"We were communicating, talking to each other, knowing where the ball was. And I'd say we're pretty athletic.''

That Wave defense had more than twice as many steals (30) as Bagley had points. Brooke Filipi had eight swipes to lead the way and Skyberg, Natalie Carlstrom and Breanna Olson had four steals apiece.

That Wave defense dominated from the start. Senior High opened the game with 20 unanswered points, 16 of them coming off Flyers turnovers.

The run was halted when McKinzie Halverson broke Bagley's scoring drought with a 3-point basket. But Senior High answered with 29 straight points, with the majority of them also coming off Bagley turnovers.

At halftime, it was Senior High ahead 64-6.

"Coming out of the gate like that is a good way to get over first-game jitters,'' Senior High coach Jay Frydenlund said. "It was a good first-game effort.

"Our pressure was great. We did a good job of anticipating on defense. And we had high energy. That's the way we have to play. We're trying to pick up the tempo this year.''

Senior High also received double-figure scoring from Haley Burger (13), McKenna Aitchison (11), Olson (10) and Carlstrom (10).

The 90 points marked the first time in Frydenlund's three seasons as head coach that the Green Wave have surpassed 80 points in a game.

Alex Syverson scored six to lead short-handed Bagley.

"We were missing three starters,'' Bagley coach Carl Jacobs said. "They are scorers and rebounders for us. They make a difference for us. We will get better.''

But, Jacobs said, Bagley struggled with the athleticism of Senior High.

"They're very quick, a lot quicker than we are,'' Jacobs said. "And they anticipate so well on defense.''