Devils Lake Firebirds Win 2024 NDHSAA Division A Girls Basketball State Championship

The No. 3 Devils Lake Firebirds pulled off an upset victory against the No. 5 South Prairie-Max Royals in the 2024 NDHSAA Division A Girls Basketball State Championship game. Both teams played with the energy and intensity of top-seeded teams, but it was the Firebirds' swarming defense that made the difference in the end.


The No. 3 Devils Lake Firebirds pulled off an upset victory against the No. 5 South Prairie-Max Royals in the 2024 NDHSAA Division A Girls Basketball State Championship game. Both teams played with the energy and intensity of top-seeded teams, but it was the Firebirds' swarming defense that made the difference in the end.

Firebirds Take Early Lead


From the tip-off, the Firebirds controlled the game, taking an early lead and maintaining it throughout the first quarter. The full-court press by the Firebirds caused turnovers and kept the Royals on the defensive, leading to a 20-7 advantage for Devils Lake going into the second quarter.

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Royals Fight Back


Despite the early lead by Devils Lake, the Royals fought back in the second quarter by working the ball inside and drawing fouls. The loss of star player Rylee Routledge to injury affected the Royals, but they managed to narrow the lead to 39-25 by halftime.

Firebirds Dominate Second Half


The third quarter saw Devils Lake continue their defensive pressure, while the Royals struggled to make up lost ground. Although South Prairie-Max matched the Firebirds' scoring in the second half, they were unable to overcome the deficit from the first quarter, with Devils Lake leading 53-43 going into the final quarter.

Intense Final Quarter


In the final quarter, both teams fought hard, with the Royals needing to outscore the Firebirds by ten points to win. Devils Lake focused on maintaining their lead and causing turnovers, ultimately securing a 68-53 victory. Freshman Tylie Brodina led all scorers with 25 points for the Firebirds.

Final Stats and Analysis


Both teams put up a strong fight, with Devils Lake capitalizing on turnovers and fast breaks to secure the win. South Prairie-Max matched up well in the paint but struggled with turnovers and missed shots. Despite a valiant effort, the Royals fell short in the end.

In conclusion, the 2024 NDHSAA Division A Girls Basketball State Championship game was a thrilling display of talent and determination from both teams. The Firebirds' victory was well-deserved, showcasing their skill and teamwork on the court.

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