Fargo Davies pulls away late in cross-class showdown with Kindred | INFORUM

Local News 19-1-2021 IN FORUM 32

The Eagles held the Vikings without a field goal for the final 7 minutes, 38 seconds and pulled away for a 78-52 win on Monday at Fargo Davies High School.

Davies was ranked No. 4 in the most recent NDAPSSA Class A poll and Kindred was ranked No. 2 in the most recent Class B poll.

The Vikings trailed by just one point, 35-34, at halftime and were within two possessions before the Eagles pulled away in the final 7 minutes.

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"You can watch games of theirs and you can go to games of theirs, but you never know how good they are until you see them,” Davies junior forward Ava Wild said. “You don’t know how Class B is going to compare to Class A. But it just shows that Class B is just as good as Class A, even though the EDC is a tough conference.”

The Vikings' 6-foot-1 post Terryn Johnson scored the final points from the field to make it 54-50, and the Eagles took off from there. They closed the game on a 24-2 run and turned what had been a tight contest into a runaway.

“Coming out strong and holding our ground and playing our defense to the best of our ability really helped,” Davies senior guard Brooklyn Koenig said. “We slowed down and just started seeing what they were giving us. We all locked in. We just remembered that our offense comes from our defense, so zoning in on that defense is going to help us.”

Kindred’s top two weapons, Johnson and 6-1 guard Abby Duchscerer, who is a University of Alabama softball commit, were at their best when they could get space inside and create in the paint. So the Eagles responded in the second half by clogging the lane, not giving them any space to work inside, and taking away their post entry passes.

Duchscherer scored 17 points in the first half but managed just four more after the break to finish with a game-high 21 points. Johnson managed six in the second half after scoring seven in the first.

Both Duchscherer and Johnson finished with double-doubles with 15 and 12 rebounds, respectively. The Vikings out-rebounded the Eagles 39-33 and scored 17 second-chance points.

“They’ve got some huge rebounders,” Wild said. “It was really fun to play against them. They’re really big, so it’s got to be more of a finesse move when you’re down there with such big girls. But it’s really nice playing against them. They’re so good.”

Davies shot 63% (12-of-19) on 3-point shots. Marissa Burian led the way from the outside, making 5-of-7 from behind the arch and finishing with a team-high 18 points. She made back-to-back 3s to close out the half, flipping a 31-29 Kindred lead into a 35-34 Davies lead going into the break.

Koenig was 4-of-7 from 3, including two from way beyond the line. She charged the Eagles’ second-half surge, scoring all of her 16 points in the second half.

“I was locked in. I don’t know what happened,” Koenig said. “My coach was saying no, but it kinda just happened. It was a team effort for sure. Without the passes, I couldn’t have had the shots.”

Wild came out of the gates on fire for the Eagles, scoring her team’s first 11 points. She finished with 16 points to go along with three rebounds and a block.

“We knew it was going to be a tough game,” Wild said. “We knew it was going to be pretty close. We knew there would be a lot of battles in there. I wanted to come out and do as much as I could for the team right away.”

The Vikings were playing their fourth game in five days and fifth game in the last eight days. They lost to Class B No. 1 Central Cass 59-58 last Monday. They bounced back to beat Oak Grove 74-19 on Thursday, then Maple Valley 81-35 on Friday and Class B No. 5 Thompson 67-54 on Saturday.

The Eagles are 8-1 with their lone loss coming against unbeaten Class A No. 2 Devils Lake 78-70 on Jan. 5. They’re coming off a 60-58 victory over No. 5 Grand Forks Red River on Saturday.

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