Green Wave snaps streak, downs Eagles
Since moving up to varsity as a freshman, Brooke Filipi had yet to be on the winning side of an intracity rivalry basketball game.
That streak ended Tuesday. Filipi hit three free throws in the final 25 seconds to help East Grand Forks Senior High beat Sacred Heart 40-33 at the Senior High gym. The win snapped a Green Wave three-game losing streak to the Eagles.
"We've been thinking about them,'' Filipi said. "It's the rivalry; you want to be the best in town. And they (losses) were all close. That motivated us to get the win.''
Senior High dominated the first half, taking a 23-5 lead at intermission. But a 3-point basket by Sydney Lloyd and two Katelyn Rudolph free throws with 1:31 left pulled the Eagles to within 36-31.
But in a four-second span, Filipi hit three free throws to boost the Wave lead back to 39-31 with 21 seconds left.
"Brooke hit some big free throws and Macy (Skyberg) hit a big three late,'' Senior High coach Jay Frydenlund said.
But it was a tale of two halves.
Senior High dominated the first half. In one stretch, the Green Wave rattled off 17 unanswered points while holding Sacred Heart scoreless for 10 minutes and 51 seconds.
"We played great defense in the first half,'' Frydenlund said. "The girls were fired up for this game and our defense is all about energy.
"But in the second half we were flat-footed. Just about everything (Sacred Heart) made was a layup until they hit two late threes. And give Sacred Heart credit. They easily could have quit.''
Sacred Heart also was hurt when playmaking guard Ivy Edwards sat after picking up her third foul with 9:01 left in the first half. Edwards' defense and playmaking sparked Sacred Heart's second-half comeback.
"I think that's a new record for me in the first half (for fewest points),'' Sacred Heart coach Joann Remer said. "Our shots weren't falling. And we weren't taking good shots.
"We switched up our offense a little in the second half. That seemed to help. And having Ivy in there was huge. She's our floor leader. We need her out there.''
Jessica Remer had 13 points to lead Sacred Heart, which lost its third straight game in falling to 6-3.
McKenna Aitchison scored 12 points, Skyberg 11 and Filipi nine for the 6-1 Green Wave.