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Grand Forks Central 63, Valley City Boys 57
Friday in Grand Forks
GFC 27 36 â€” 63
VC 29 28 â€” 57
GFC: Killian Gause 24, Samuel Flaagan 20
VCHS: Chase Carpenter 24, Mason Denholm 11
Fargo Davies 83, Valley City boys 69
Saturday at the HAC
Dav. 33 50 â€” 83
VC 38 31 â€” 69
Dav: Tanner Kretchman 38, David Olson 17
VC: Chase Carpenter 40, Jared Lentz 17
By Scott Schlaufman
Over the last several years, Valley City High School senior Chase Carpenter has been one of the team's most consistent scorers.
This year, he hoped he might hit 30.
But as time progressed in the the Hi-Liners' 83-69 loss to Fargo Davies Saturday at the Hi-Liner Activity Center, he realized he could do even better.
"Halfway through (the second half) I had 23 in the paint and I had two three pointers, so I was at 29, I was like 'okay, I'm going for a little more than that,'" he said. "We were trying to get the W but it didn't work out that way."
Carpenter finished the game with a career high 40 points, accounting for all but eight of the Hi-Liners' (4-8 overall, 0-7 Eastern Dakota Conference) 31 points in the second half points.
According to records posted on the Valley City Public Schools website, it is the fourth-highest scoring game in school history. It's bested only by only Jeff Boschee and Hibb Hill, who had 45-point games, and Chris Heetland, who had a 43-point point game. A handful of Hi-Liner alumni sit below Carpenter with 39.
It wasn't selfishly played basketball, though, as the Hi-Liners competed point-for-point with a Davies team that beat top-ranked Red River Friday night in overtime.
Similar to the Hi-Liners, Davies relied largely on the efforts of one player â€” Tanner Kretchman â€” who had 38 points, including 31 of his team's 50 in the second half.
In the case of both Kretchman and Carpenter, neither played selfishly, but simply found their shots at the right times.
When theteams opened the game, Davies got ahead 2-0, but Valley City took a 5-4 lead on a 3-pointer by Carpenter three and a half minutes in.
Carpenter eventually contributed five points to a 10-point run that gave the Hi-Liners a 17-11 lead.
The Hi-Liners spent most of the half getting a short lead, only for Davies to whittle it away.
Though Carpenter provided 17 points, many of the key shots in the half came from Jared Lentz, who hit five 3-pointers and finished the half with 15 points.
"He gave us that lead," VCHS coach Scott Hurlimann said. "(Davies) did a better job in the second half of making sure he didn't get on fire again, but Jared Lentz did a lot for us in that first half."
Out of halftime, it became a two-man show, featuring Carpenter and Kretchman, almost exclusively, playing for the win.
Kretchman opened the half with a 6-0 run against the Hi-Liners to get his team a 39-38 lead.
But Carpenter battled back with a 6-2 run to make it 44-41 Valley City.
It took seven minutes for an Eagle besides Kretchman to score, when David Olson hit a layup to tie it at 46.
Valley City didn't have a player besides Carpenter score until nearly halfway through the half when Mason Denholm hit a layup.
The teams rode their main attackers, with Kretchman hitting 3-pointers from all over the court, and Carpenter hitting layups despite taking fouls and being double teamed near the basket, and kept the score within a few points.
Davies' break started to come after Carpenter had a 3-point play to make it 61-60 in Davies' favor with 5:43 left.
Following that, Davies' Andrew Kozlowski had a 3-point play to make it 64-60.
The Hi-Liners got a free throw from Tayler Lentz, but struggled with foul trouble as starter Jarod Nelson fouled out. A 3-pointer by Kretchman made it 67-61.
Carpenter had five points to make it 69-66 in favor of Davies.
The Eagles then went on a run, getting two 3s from Kretchman and two free throws from Olson to make it 77-66 with a minute and a half left.
The Hi-Liners' final points came on a 3-pointer from Kyle Knutson with a 1:24 left.
Kretchman finished the second half with seven 3-pointers and 31 points to lead Davies with his 38. Olson had 17, including five free throws.
Carpenter's 40 led Valley City and Jared Lentz had 17. No other Hi-Liner had more than four points.