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Devils Lake girls use big second half run to beat North

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FARGO - Junior guard Mattea Vetsch poured in a game-high 22 points to lead Devils Lake to a 67-50 victory against Fargo North in an East Region girls basketball state-qualifying game Saturday at Scheels Center at Sanford Health Athletic Complex.

Vetsch sank two 3-pointers during a decisive 16-0 run in the second half that pushed the Firebirds into the lead for good.

“We knew that we had to keep our poise,” Vetsch said. “We had to keep locking down on defense and taking good shots and making good passes on offense.”

The Spartans tied the game at 46-46 after senior Elise Bakke sank a foul shot with 8 minutes, 40 seconds to play in the second half. Devils Lake countered with the next 16 points. Vetsch scored eight points during that game-changing run. She sank a 3-pointer that gave the Firebirds a 56-46 lead with 5:46 remaining. Junior forward Abby Heilman capped the surge with a basket that gave Devils Lake a 62-46 lead with 3:30 to play.

“A good possession or two got us going,” Devils Lake head coach Justin Klein said.

The Firebirds limited North to four points in the game’s final eight minutes.

“I think our defense is a really key part,” Vetsch said. “We take a lot of pride in our defense. We know that’s what gives us our offense.”

Senior forward Mary Sem paced North with 16 points on 6-for-7 shooting from the field. Sem also grabbed eight rebounds.

DL (18-6): Vetsch 8 3-4 22, Mertens 4 2-4 12, Heilman 5 0-2 10, Windjue 4 0-0 9, Martinson 3 0-0 6, Palmer 1 1-2 4, Olson 1 0-0 2, Johnson 1 0-0 2, Toso 0 0-0 0, Mal. Barendt 0 0-0 0, May. Barendt 0 0-0 0, Brown 0 0-0 0, Krogfoss 0 0-0 0, Schneider 0 0-0 0. Totals 27 6-12 67.NORTH (10-15): M. Sem 6 4-6 16, Naseth 5 2-4 13, Astrup 2 2-2 6, England 2 0-0 6, Bakke 2 1-2 5, Kommer 1 0-0 3, J. Sem 0 1-2 1, Mann 0 0-0 0, Benson 0 0-0 0, Cody 0 0-0 0, Faulkner 0 0-0 0, Rehder 0 0-0 0, Semanko 0 0-0 0, Smith 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 10-16 50.Half: DL 39, FN 28. 3-point goals: Vetsch 3, Mertens 2, Windjue, Palmer, Naseth, England 2, Kommer. Total fouls: DL 17, FN 12. Rebounds: DL 38 (three players with 7), FN 30 (Bakke 10). Assists: DL 10 (Windjue 3), FN 7 (Naseth 4). Turnovers: DL 10, FN 28.

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