Posted On: 08/31/19 11:00 AM

The Devils Lake Firebirds were the far-and-away second best team in North Dakota a year ago, starting the year 20-0 before dropping the season finale. They ran through the EDC Tournament to secure a state berth and crushed Williston and West Fargo Sheyenne in the first two games of state before losing in the state championship to an juggernaut Bismarck Century squad. With two starters and several rotation players back, the Firebirds should be in the mix at the top of Class A again.

GO-TO SCORER: Jes Mertens

Mertens led a balanced scoring attack a year ago, averaging 13 points per game to go along with five rebounds. She converted on better than 50 percent of her field goal attempts and with a pair of double-figure scorers gone to graduation, Mertens will be even more heavily featured in the offense. One of the best two-way players in the EDC, Mertens averaged nearly five steals per game a year ago and she’s as good as anybody scoring ahead of set defenses.

BREAKOUT CANDIDATE: Jailyn Martinson

Martinson missed a lot of time last year after a promising freshman season in which she averaged nearly six points per game but gave the Firebirds

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