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Flyers finish off Surge in season opener

Posted on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 6:00 am

For the past three seasons, one of the biggest weaknesses of the Midwest Flyers has been their ability to close out close games.

On Sunday night during the season opener, the new look Flyers battled tooth-and-nail against the St. Louis Surge holding off a late fourth quarter comeback to win 90-82.

“It’s been two years since we hadn’t won in regular season,” said Coach Brittney,. “We took them more serious then I believe they did us.”

The first quarter was what most fans would call a feeling out portion. Both teams playing sloppy and unable to get the offense going.

Late in the second quarter it turned into the Kari Koch-Dowell show has she heated up giving the Flyers a 37-32 lead at the half.

“She came out with confidence and hit four in a row and it was like an ocean to her. It was the Kari Koch-Dowell you are used to seeing shoot,” said Coach Brittney.

After the half it was all Flyers as they out-scored the Surge 33-23 in the third.

“I challenged to win the first five minutes of the third quarter and we came out fearless,” said Coach Brittney.

After commanding a near 20 point lead, it was just a matter of time before the Surge made their run. They were able to cut the lead to five with a little over two minutes left in the quarter.

During a time-out, Coach Brittney told her team “I told you this wasn’t going to be a blowout. You have to finish this game strong and prove me wrong.”

Her team responded as they hit their free-throws and was able to shut down the Surge to win their first regular season win against the Surge in the past three years.

“It’s almost anything I say to them they take it as a challenge. It speaks volume to what this team brings. The IQ level, the will to want to win. They rose to this challenge,” said Coach Brittney.

The Flyers season continues on Saturday, June 2 at 7 p.m. against the Iowa Force.

“We appreciate our fans so much. I truly believe they helped us in so many ways and can’t wait to see the gym packed for the rest of the season,” said Coach Brittney.