Bruins improve, but still take a loss

South got off to a great start, leading the defending EDC champs 10-6 through the opening minutes, but had a rough patch in the latter stages of the opening period - the result was a 73-55 loss to Devils Lake on Friday night. The Bruins played with a lot of energy early, and did a nice job handling the defensive pressure of the Firebirds as they attacked the full court traps and got a number of transition baskets to kick start their offense. The Firebirds coutered with some hot shooting though, and hit a pair of threes to take a 12-10 lead midway through the period. South kept at it though and trailed just 23-19 with 6 minutes to play as 6 different Bruins got into the scoring column.The Bruins unfortnuately then had a bit of a lull, falling behind 41-23. South rallied to cut it to 42-30 on a long pass ahead from Alice Carlson to Paige Schroeder, but the Firebirds scored right before the halftime buzzer to take a 44-30 lead into halftime. In the second half, the Bruins cleaned up some turnover issues and played even with the Firebirds throughout the period, but couldn't ever make a big enough dent in the lead to get fully within striking distance though. The Bruins played hard until the end, but just couldn't overcome Devils Lake. Paige Schroeder had a great overall night for the Bruins with 23 points and 9 rebounds, but all the Bruins did something positive on the night. Samantha Hoselton and Alice Carlson grinded out possession after possession of effort on defense, and combined for 13 points, 6 boards, 4 steals, and 3 assists on top of their setting the energy level bar. Adie Wagner also hit for double figures with 12 points, and added some nifty passes as she dished out 8 assists. Raechel Osborn gave the Bruins some important minutes off the bench when South really needed them as well. South will play at Red River next Friday night.

See the complete boxscore here

Fargo South: Wagner 5 1-2 12, Carlson 1 2-2 5, Osborn 1 1-2 3, Nelson 2 0-0 4, Schroeder 8 7-9 23, Hoselton 4 0-1 8, Chol 0 0-0 0, ; Totals: 21 11-16 55, Three point goals: Wagner, Carlson