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Grand Forks prep roundup: Wahpeton holds off Central, Knights, Riders win in hockey

Central downs Grafton-Park River 8-0; Red River takes 4-2 road win

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Grand Forks Central's Haley Gereau drives the ball past Wahpeton guard Lidia Motl (left) in the second half of Tuesday's girls EDC basketball game in Grand Forks. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald

Grand Forks Central looked to finish off a win Tuesday night against Wahpeton in Eastern Dakota Conference girls basketball play.

The Knights, however, couldn’t finish off a few plays on offense. And that was the difference as Wapheton took a 49-46 win over Central.

Central dropped 0-5 in the EDC and 0-6 overall while Wahpeton picked up its first win of the season to improve to 1-6.

Central trailed 32-23 at the half but managed to close the gap in the second half, trailing by three points at times. But the Knights just couldn’t get over the hump.

“I don’t know if we looked tired or felt tired, but we couldn’t finish at the hoop,” said Grand Forks Central coach DJ Burris.

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It took a while for both teams to get going. It was scoreless for the first two minutes before Wahpeton’s McKena Koolmo scored on a layup followed by another two-pointer by Scout Woods. The Huskies built on that early momentum and pulled away for a 32-23 halftime lead. Grand Forks Central clawed their way back in the second half, however, with the Knights coming within three points only for Wahpeton to maintain the lead.

Fresh off the injured list, Central senior forward Haley Gereau came up with a big game as she led the Knights with 21 points. Maddie Myrold added 12.

The Knights made it interesting down the stretch.

Central’s Lauren Hillman gave Central a 45-44 lead with 3:46 to go before Koolmo and Woods came up with decisive baskets.

“I have to give Wahpeton credit -- they stuck with it and took advantage of things we missed,” Burris said.

Woods, an eighth grader, led Wahpeton with 20 points.

Central will play at West Fargo Sheyenne next Tuesday.

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Central falls at Wahpeton

Grand Forks Central led by two points at halftime but Wahpeton used a big second half to beat the Knights 84-68 on Tuesday night in Eastern Dakota Conference boys basketball.

Central led 40-38 at the half.

Mason Love scored 19 points to lead the Knights while Mason Gravseth and Sam Swindell added 15 and 11 points, respectively.

Riders fall late

Peyton Zaun’s three-pointer with 0.8 seconds remaining lifted Valley City to a 69-68 win over Grand Forks Red River on Tuesday night in Eastern Dakota Conference boys basketball.

Valley City trailed by double-digits in the first half.

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Zach Kraft led Red River with 17 points. Paine Parks added 12.

Zaun led Valley City with 21

Red River led 34-33 at the half.

Central downs G-PR in hockey

Chase Spicer scored at 2:40 of the first period as Grand Forks Central used a big first period to down Grafton-Park River 8-0 on Tuesday night at Purpur Arena.

The Knights scored five times in the first as they outshot the Spoilers 51-7. Spicer scored twice in the first period.

Braden Panzer, Bryce Philpot, and Connor Litzinger also scored in the first for the Knights.

Ryan O’Toole stopped 43 shots in net for Grafton-Park River.

Riders pick up road win

Grand Forks Red River took a 4-2 road win at Fargo Davies on Tuesday night.

Carter Sproule, Brendan Mullen, Jake Grandstrand and Zach Hinschberger scored for the Riders. Hinschberger’s empty-net goal at 16:29 of the third period sealed the win.

Andrew Peterson stopped 25 shots in goal for Red River.

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