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Wolves pounce on Cougars to open girls cage season

Posted 12/09/14 (Tue)

By Neal A. Shipman
Farmer Editor

Watford City made short work of the Heart River Cougars as the Wolves rolled to an impressive, 71-34, win to open their 2014-15 girls basketball season.
In a game that was over in the first quarter, the Wolves’ swarming defense took the Cougars out of their offensive rhythm. And Watford City capitalized on Heart River’s turnovers as the Wolves jumped out to a 24-1 first quarter lead.
“We got off to a very good start,” stated John Zenz, Wolves’ head coach on the win. “Both our full court press and half court trap were very effective.”
Watford City would hold a comfortable, 38-13, halftime lead before outscoring the Cougars, 22-6, in the third quarter en route to the easy win.
“The girls played very unselfishly,” stated Zenz. “They distributed the ball well and got their teammates great shots.”
Mackenzie Sparby and Lea Arndt paced the Wolves in scoring with  22 and 11 points, respectively, while April Spruell and Kara Langerud netted nine points each for Watford City.
Rounding out the scoring for Watford City was Ricki Lindley with eight points, Krystal Wold with six points, Alli Mogen with four points, and Avery Sundeen with two points.
This weekend, the Wolves will be competing in the Roughrider Tournament in Killdeer, which got underway on Tuesday. Watford City will be playing in the semifinals at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 11, with the championship game to be played on Saturday.
Watford City    28    38    60    71
Heart River      14    13    19    34

Watford City Highlights: Three pointers: Sruell, 1; Langerud, 1; Arndt, 1.