WEST FARGO — In an electric atmosphere on rivalry night, the West Fargo Sheyenne boys basketball team notched its first ever regular-season sweep over West Fargo High School in program history.
No. 2-ranked Sheyenne, the second-highest scoring team in the Eastern Dakota Conference, did what it does best Friday in a 98-66 win over its crosstown rival Packers at West Fargo High.
The hot-shooting Mustangs had five players in double figures as they put up almost 100 points.
"We got great kids, and they were ready for it. They were ready for tonight," Sheyenne head coach Tom Kirchoffner said. "They just shared the basketball; played team basketball, it's fun to watch."
The Mustangs are now riding a nine-game winning streak, tying the school record. Sheyenne climbed to 16-1 overall and 15-1 in the EDC, and host Fargo North (6-11, 6-10 EDC) at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18. The Packers dropped to 9-8 overall and 9-7 in conference play. They next host Fargo South (2-15, 2-14 EDC) at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Kirchoffner said the seniors on his bench gave an outstanding offensive effort. Four of Sheyenne's double-digit scorers were seniors, including Chuck DuBois, who tallied a career-high 25 points to lead the charge for the Mustangs.
"Great team effort tonight. We passed the ball, were being good teammates, getting everyone open," DuBois said. "It feels great. We play every game like it's our last, just go out there and have fun."
Fans were piled into the stands to watch the rivals battle on the floor Friday night. By the second half, the gym was rumbling from the Packers student section.
"It's definitely sweet when you can come into your rival's home court and get the W," Kirchoffner said. "I just wish we would've had a little bit more of a student section to watch us. We may see these guys down the road, we just gotta be ready. Right now we're just taking it one day at a time."
Much like Sheyenne's 65-45 win over the Packers in December, the Mustangs kept 6-foot-8 West Fargo standout Hunter Lyman in check. Sheyenne held Lyman to eight points Friday night — he averages about 13 points per game.
Kirchoffner credited junior forward Jacksen Moni in limiting Lyman's effectiveness.
"He's 6-foot-9 and he's really good defensively. He does an outstanding job," Kirchoffner said of Moni. "We had (Lyman) scouted, and we just stuck to our game plan."
The Mustangs, who have the highest field-goal percentage in the EDC (47.58%), easily bested their average Friday, shooting 34-of-58 (59%) from the floor.
The Mustangs grabbed a 15-point lead four minutes in, and kept running with it.
Blake Berg, who was 3-for-4 on free throws in the first half, chipped in a quick 10 points for the Mustangs in the first seven minutes.
The Packers, who have the second-highest field-goal percentage in the conference, struggled getting shots to fall in the first half, shooting 9-of-30 from the floor.
The Mustangs drilled six 3-pointers in the first 12 minutes to stretch the lead to 39-11. Sheyenne kept West Fargo's leading scorer Matt Miller to just three points in the first half, and forced a couple shot clock violations.
Despite the offensive struggles, a six-point spurt with buckets from Carson Hegerle, Brett Limke and Lyman gave the Packers some momentum heading into the second half.
In front of a roaring West Fargo student section, Hegerle added a quick eight points for the Packers in the first five minutes of the second frame.
Miller, who led the Packers with 16 points, got two clean looks and hit back-to-back 3-pointers within a minute, but those weren't enough to catch the Mustangs, who ran away on a 23-7 spurt to stretch the lead to 86-51 with five minutes to play.
Friday's game was the most points the Packers have allowed all season.
Half: West Fargo Sheyenne 50, West Fargo 22
WFS: DuBois 25, Berg 21, Dettmann 16, Moni 15, Terhark 12, Kpeenu 6, Manson 3.
WF: Miller 16, Hegerle 14, Lyman 8, Limke 8, Daniel 4, Birrenkott 4, Pease 4, Diegel 3, Nelson 3, Fredricks 2.