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Girls basketball: Roughriders' run keys win

Justin Schommer knew the odds were on his side. Schommer's Grand Forks Red River High School girls basketball team didn't hit a three-point shot in a first half that had the Roughriders clinging to a 22-16 intermission lead. But three treys keyed...

Justin Schommer knew the odds were on his side.

Schommer's Grand Forks Red River High School girls basketball team didn't hit a three-point shot in a first half that had the Roughriders clinging to a 22-16 intermission lead. But three treys keyed a 16-3 run in the second half to help Red River pull away from visiting East Grand Forks Senior High 50-37 on Thursday.

"You felt that the odds were stacked in our shooters' favor,'' Schommer said. "We were bound to start hitting some of those shots. We have good outside shooters. We were getting good looks. It just took us awhile to start knocking them down.

"Once you start hitting those shots, you get some momentum.''

Megan Haaven got the Riders going on the 16-3 run with an offensive-rebound putback for a 26-20 lead with 14:37 left. The Riders had been held to 24 points up to that point; they scored 16 in the next 3:01.

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The run included treys by Haaven, Anne Marhula and Chelsea Carlson.

"Those are our guards. We look for them to hit the outside shots,'' Schommer said. "That's a difference for us from last year. We struggled hitting from the outside last year.''

Carlson's trey gave Red River a 40-23 lead with 11:06 remaining. Senior High could come no closer than 11 the rest of the way.

The Green Wave struggled with their offense, shooting 35 percent from the field and committing 22 turnovers.

"Red River runs a nice 2-3 zone,'' said Senior High coach Durene Frydenlund, whose team dropped to 4-1. "We didn't get into our offense. We stood around too much.

"And their rebounding was huge. They got the boards and didn't allow us to get into our running game, which is a big part of our offense.''

Kate Warmack had a double double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Chelsey Frydenlund added 10 points. While those two scored 23 of the Wave's 37 points, Schommer said defending them was a key for the game.

"We felt going in that if we could hold those two down to 35 points, we were doing well,'' Schommer said. "They're good players. Emily (Evers) did a good job on Warmack inside. We tried to wear down Chelsey with our pressure defense.''

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Evers had a strong all-around game for the 3-0 Riders with seven rebounds, five blocks and four points. Haaven had 14 points and Marhula and Carlson each scored seven to pace Red River's offense.

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