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Edwards' 23 points leads Sacred Heart past EGF Senior High

The long-range shots weren't falling for Anya Edwards on Tuesday. So she got to the basket and led Sacred Heart to an intracity girls basketball victory.

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Sacred Heart's Anya Edwards, left, looks for an opening against East Grand Forks' Macy Skyberg during a matchup at Sacred Heart in East Grand Forks, MN on Tuesday, December 20, 2016. (Joshua Komer / Grand Forks Herald)

The long-range shots weren't falling for Anya Edwards on Tuesday. So she got to the basket and led Sacred Heart to an intracity girls basketball victory.

Edwards' 23 points set the pace as the Eagles handed visiting East Grand Forks Senior High a 59-53 defeat.

Edwards' first field goal was a 3-pointer from the right wing. She didn't make another shot from the perimeter. But Edwards managed six more field goals -- two on fast-break layups and four on layups off drives in the set offense. The senior's attacking style also got her to the free-throw line, where she made eight attempts.

"I'm usually a pretty good outside shooter,'' Edwards said. "But I was missing a lot of shots. It was hard against their zone. But when they switched to man-to-man defense, that opened things up. I like driving or kicking out to our 3-point shooters.

"If the threes aren't going in, we have to try something different. Usually, I feel I have an advantage because of my quickness.''

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The Eagles made four treys -- three of them to start a first-half closing 21-4 run as they turned an early 23-8 deficit into a halftime lead (29-27) that they never relinquished in a close second half.

"Those threes got us going,'' Sacred Heart coach Joann Remer said. “They seemed to get our confidence up.

"We're usually more of an outside-shooting team. We don’t have a lot of height. They (perimeter shots) weren't going in tonight. Anya's bread and butter is attacking the basket.''

Senior High was within 48-45 with 4:47 left. But layups by Anya Edwards and her sister, Ivy, started an 11-6 run to put away the win.

Abby Smidt and Ivy Edwards added nine points each for the 5-2 Eagles.

Julia Warmack had 12 points and 18 rebounds to lead the Green Wave, with Haylie Carlstrom and Brooke Filipi adding 11 points each.

The Green Wave jumped to a 23-8 lead by hitting 11 of their first 20 field-goal attempts. Senior High managed only 12 field goals the rest of the way.

"We played a good first 10 minutes,'' Senior High coach Jay Frydenlund said. "We did a good job of sharing the ball. But we didn't pass well or take care of the ball after that. And (Sacred Heart) took advantage of it. After they hit a few threes, it was a lot of layups and free throws for them.''

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Senior High dropped to 4-2.

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