Facing off with the team that ended their season last year, Wahpeton dominated Fargo South for a 73-45 home win on Friday, Jan. 4. It was the second win on their home floor in a row for the Huskies.
“We handled their full-court pressure defense very well and scored in transition. I really think the key to the game was Edward Vasquez and Zane Dowell handling the basketball against their full-court pressure,” Wahpeton coach Jeff Ralph said. “Both were solid with the basketball and got the ball to Bryce (Rader), Jared (Bartels), Josh (Darwin) and Corbin (Cornelius) so they could score.”
The backcourt tandem played a major factor in WHS piling up 25 assists. Only five of the team’s field goals in the game were unassisted in the balanced effort.
When the full-court defense didn’t pay off, South went to their 2-3 zone. Wahp responded by taking advantage on the perimeter, nailing a trio of triples in an 18-6 first half run. Cornelius had a pair of them and Rader hit from deep as well in the flurry.
“Bryce was really good off the dribble tonight and had 14 points in the first half when we built our 21-point halftime lead,” Ralph said.
The Huskies’ bench turned in another strong showing. Bartles and Munezero Desire were two of the standouts among the reserves.
“Jared Bartels came off the bench and had eight points and also provided some energy to our transition game. He also had a couple nice post moves for scores,” Ralph said. “Dez (Desire) also played very well off the bench tonight and gave us a spark on both ends with his play in the second half.”
Wahpeton (3-4) hopes to extend their first win streak of the season with a 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10 road test against Fargo North.
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