Bruins drop opener to Thief River Falls

Typical 1st half of the 1st game...a lot of nerves and fumble-itis led to some easy baskets for the Prowlers who built a big half time lead, then held off a South rally in the second half. The result was a 74-57 loss for the Bruins on the road in their season opener. Paige Schroeder had a fantastic effort with a 22 point effort in one half in the JV game, and continued her strong play immediately after coming into the varsity game, scoring 11 first half points against a very big TRF team with some nice aggressive attempts at the basket. South fell behind early at 8-0 before finally getting a bucket from Schroeder, and then kept the game at that 10-15 point mark most of the way, but a barrage of three pointers stretched things out for the Prowlers who took a 50-23 lead at halftime. However, in what the Bruins hope is a sign of things to come, the players calmed down, made some adjustments, and played a much stronger second half. Adie Wagner got hot in the second half, scoring 15 of her team high 19 points, and the Bruins went on a 25-4 run over an 8 minute strech midway through the half to cut the lead to 68-55, but the Prowlers got a couple of hoops after that to stave off the Bruin rally. South ended up outscoring TRF 34-24 in the second half, and that stretch is what the Bruins will try to replicate going forward as they continue their tough opening scheduled games on Tuesday at Sheyenne. In addition to Wagner's 19 points, Emmerie Beyer hit double figures with 13 points and also had 6 steals, while Schroeder hit for 14 points and led South with 9 rebounds and 3 blocked shots, but everyone who played contributed something positive to the game - that's what should allow the Bruins to throw out a lot of different looks throughout the season.

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Fargo South: Adie Wagner 6 4-4 19, Brooklyn Klein 0 0-0 0, Alice Carlson 1 0-1 2, Mesaged Abakar 0 0-0 0,Vaitupu Melei 1 0-0 3, Brynn Nelson 0 0-0 0, Emmerie Beyer 5 0-0 13, Paige Schroeder 5 4-6 14, Maggie Boese 3 0-0 6; Totals: 21 8-11 57, Three point goals: Wagner 3, Beyer 3, Melei