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December 29, 2013

Devils end up fourth in Classic

BISMARCK – The Bismarck-Henning and Seeger girls’ basketball teams finished fourth and fifth respectively in the 2013 Bismarck-Henning Blue Devil Classic.

The hosts dropped a 34-25 decision to the Fisher Bunnies in the third place game while the Patriots defeated the Salt Fork Storm 36-27 for fifth.

The Blue Devils started the game with a cold spell against a 1-2-2 zone defense put on by the Bunnies. The team struggled to create any movement or find gaps in the zone and trailed 8-0 after one quarter.

Things changed as the next quarter started. The zone remained the same but the attack got much more aggressive and the Blue Devils outscored their opponent 11-4 to trail only 12-11 at intermission.

Asked what he did across the break between quarters, Bismarck-Henning head coach Mike Stephens said he challenged his players.

“We’ve had trouble when we’ve fallen behind,” he said, “so I asked them if they wanted to lay down or if they wanted to continue to play. They came back out, played well and got back into the game.”

A pair of free throws at the start of the third quarter by Brooke Walsh put Bismarck-Henning in the lead 13-12, but Fishers came right back to regain the lead with a jumper.

Two minutes later, Walsh picked up her third foul and headed to the bench where she remained until the start of the fourth quarter.

The Blue Devils pulled within three at 19-16 on a trey by Maddie Winkler but once again, a Bunny answered in kind to make it 22-16 going into the fourth quarter.

Walsh returned and promptly made a pair of free throw. Addie Voyles hit a three-pointer to cut the margin again, but Fishers came back with a jumper.

Walsh made a hook shot but then drew her fifth foul. Fishers began to work the clock and Bismarck-Henning had little choice except to foul repeatedly. The Bunnies made enough of the ensuing free throws to pull away and win 34-25.

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