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Photo by Brian Hansel Bethanie Westrich (13) shovels off the ball Tuesday night in the season opener with Verndale. Looking on are Verndale's Jordy Schluttner (15), Elizabeth Johnson (11), Lizzy Yungbauer (3) and Jenny Swenson (23).

Wolverines top Pierz; Pirates fall

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The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines walked away winners Tuesday as they opened their 2009-10 season with a 58-49 victory over Pierz.

Avery Jackson pumped in 19 points to lead the WDC scoring effort but it was defense that held the Pioneers at bay in the first half, allowing the hometown team only 15 points.

"The girls played very hard and physical," WDC head coach Brian Silbernick said. "Our team defense was very good, especially in the first half."

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