With two crucial games coming up this week, Fridayâ€™s 65-34 win over
Lisbon gave the Valley City High School girls basketball team a nice
break from the rigors of Eastern Dakota Conference play.
â€śThis gives us a kind of a new start to the season and our momentum
can build from here,â€ť said Valley City coach Jim McDaniel. â€śWe canâ€™t falter anymore.â€ť
So even though the real test will be the teamâ€™s final two games next week
â€” Tuesday against Fargo Shanley and Thursday against Devils Lake â€” the
Hi-Liners enjoyed a night against Class B competition.
From the top of the lineup to the end of the bench, the team played a
solid defense all night long that resulted in a transition game that simply didnâ€™t stop as the Hi-Liners played their second highest scoring game of the year.
Not to mention they allowed a maximum of 18 points a half.
â€śWe just had that extra spring in our step, which we needed,â€ť McDaniel
said. â€śWe did not have that against Wahpeton or Fargo North.â€ť
The transition game led to a balanced attack from the Hi-Liners, who
had three players finish with double digits. Dierra Diegel led the team with 12 points, eight in the second half. Allyson Suhr and Jenna Jacob both had 10.
But otherwise the scoring for the Hi-Liners was balanced. Mariah
Olstad had seven points and four other players â€” Karli Kohler, Megan
McDaniel, Amanda Tangen and Clarissa Olson â€” had six points.
Early on the sccoring came from Jacob and Tangen. With 12:33 left in
the first half, Suhr hit a short shot to make it 16-2 and had many of her points in the middle of the first half.
Later in the half Olstad and Olson got their moments.
Then the second half was largely Olstad, Diegel, and Kohler, who had
â€śI know we were getting lots of different players shot opportunities and
different players were being a threat,â€ť McDaniel said. â€śThatâ€™s what we need and we get more of that when we run the floor. Tonight we ran the floor.â€ť
Defensively, Valley City limited Lisbon to short spurts and never gave
the Broncos a chance to get going offensively.
The only issue McDaniel had with his team was that the Hi-Liners
allowed too many offensive rebounds in the second half to Lisbon.
â€śThey didnâ€™t capitalize on every one of them, but they had a lot of second chances and weâ€™ve got to clean that
up,â€ť he said.
McDaniel was pleased with his teamâ€™s start to the game and hopes his
team will be able to bring the same energy to the floor against Shanley and Devils Lake.
â€śItâ€™s going to be important for us to start like this next week,â€ť he said.