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Tom Miller and Greg DeVillers, Published March 06 2010

East Region girls basketball roundup

GRAND FORKS – Fargo Shanley guard Sophie Kenney drained a 3-pointer as the first-half buzzer sounded to cut Fargo South’s lead to eight points.

The momentum Shanley appeared to have grabbed was apparently left in the locker room at halftime.

South opened the second half on a 19-3 run and the Bruins cruised to a 75-48 win in the semifinals.

“We thought about (the momentum swing),” South coach Craig Flaagan said. “But we shot that down to start the second half.”

South faces Fargo North in the region championship at 6 p.m. The Bruins have won the past four region tournament titles.

The Bruins, who improved to 18-3 overall, were led by Meghan Roehrich’s 24 points and 11 rebounds and Siri Burck’s 18 points and 11 rebounds.

“Siri and Meghan just took over,” Flaagan said. “Shanley didn’t have an answer to stop either of them. Both of those kids stepped up.”

Both Burck and Roehrich are UND basketball recruits.

Leading 35-27 at halftime, South turned it into a blowout five minutes into the second half. The 19-3 spurt was sparked by seven points from Roehrich.

“Coach said we needed our leaders to step up and take control,” Burck said. “The key was our defense. Then we secured rebounds and made sure they were one and done.”

Shanley was led by Kenney’s 11 points. Kenney had just two points in the second half.

The Deacons as a team shot 28.8 percent from the field.

“This was a good game for us overall on both ends of the floor,” Flaagan said. “We’ve played pretty well for the last six or seven games now.”

Half: SO 35, SH 27

SHANLEY: Kenney 11, Carlson 10, Carew 9, Anderson 6, Weir 5, Rivard 3, Weir 2, Greving 1, Saville 1.

SOUTH: Roehrich 24, Burck 18, Fisher 10, Wellentin 9, Moffet 8, Weston 5, Felch 1.

Loser-out games

Wahpeton 63, Devils Lake 60 (OT)

Wahpeton, the No. 8 seed, picked up its first win against a North Dakota at a clutch time.

Ashley LaHaise hit two free throws in the final minute of regulation to tie the score at 56, then the Huskies had a defensive stop to force the extra session. Wahpeton, after falling behind early in overtime, wound up outscoring the Firebirds 7-4 in the extra session.

The 3-18, eighth-seeded Huskies – whose previous wins were against teams from South Dakota and Minnesota – were led by LaHaise with 16 points and Allie Albrecht with 13.

Devils Lake, which closed the season at 10-11, received a game-high 17 points from Steph Mertens, with Mackenzie Wade adding 13 points and Hannah Elshaug getting a double double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Half: DL 33, W 32

Devils Lake: Mertens 17, Wade 13, Elshaug 11, Prozinski 10, Knowski 5, Eisenzimmer 2, Kurtz 2.

Wahpeton: LaHaise 16, Albrecht 13, Irvin 9, Edwards 8, Lommel 5, DeVillers 4, Kretchman 4, Krogh 2, Kleven 2.

West Fargo 56, Grand Forks Central 50

West Fargo coach Barb Metcalf felt her team let a win slip through their fingers with poor play down the stretch in a quarterfinal loss Thursday to Fargo Shanley.

The Packers’ late-game fortunes were reversed on Friday.

West Fargo’s Katelyn Holland scored 24 points and knocked down six clutch free throws in the final 90 seconds to lead the Packers to a win over Grand Forks Central in a loser-out game.

“We had poise,” Metcalf said. “It was nice to see. I’ve been so impressed with how we’ve improved this season. Last night we felt like we had (Shanley) on the ropes. It was a tough loss. But today, we finished.”

The Packers needed the strong free-throw shooting to overcome a gigantic effort by Central post Caitlin Farroh, who finished with 30 points and 25 rebounds.

The Knights, though, were plagued by outside shooting woes. Central was just 4-for-27 from the 3-point line.

“Farroh is a heck of a player,” Metcalf said. “I thought (West Fargo post Carissa) Becher did a nice job guarding her. She was an unsung hero because Farroh could have had 40 or 50.”

Half: WF 27, GFC 24.

WF: Holland 24, Becher 10, Baltezmore 7, Green 6, Miller 5, Gustafson 2, Krogh 2.

GFC: Farroh 30, Fee 6, C. Hammer 6, Lindsay 4, T. Hammer 4.

Greg DeVillers is a writer for The Grand Forks Herald, which is owned by Forum Communications Co.