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Published January 09 2011

Back on right track: Shanley's Storandt is healthy, and her game shows it in win over Bruins

Fargo Shanley senior Sarah Storandt missed all but five games of last season due to a torn knee ligament.

She’s 100 percent healed and making up for lost time.

Storandt had 16 points and 13 rebounds to lead the No. 4 Deacons to a 64-49 Eastern Dakota Conference girls basketball win against Fargo South on Saturday night at South High School.

“We haven’t beaten them in four years,” Storandt said. “We’ve always had a rivalry. … We just wanted to win really bad tonight.”

A 5-foot-10 forward, Storandt paired with 6-1 sophomore center Jessica Anderson to dominate the paint.

Anderson, who finished with eight points and 11 rebounds, blocked shots, altered shots and snapped up Bruins misses that Storandt wasn’t able to corral.

Shanley (5-1, 3-1) held a 30-23 halftime lead.

“We haven’t played in 18 days, so we really wanted to get out there and play,” Storandt said. “We were tired of practice, ready to play.”

The Bruins closed the gap to two points early in the second half by relying on senior Meghan Roehrich. Roehrich had 15 of her 25 points in the second half.

However, only two other South players cracked the scoring column down the stretch.

Shanley shut the door on a South comeback with its offensive depth and defense.

The Bruins – thin on the bench as it is due to players that graduated last year and an injury to post Raquel Wellentin – also suffered a significant setback when senior Katie Felch left the game with an ankle injury with 11:33 remaining in the game.

Roehrich outscored the rest of her South teammates 15-11 in the second half.

Senior forward Nicole Carew slashed her way to the basket often en route to 16 points for the Deacons.

South (4-3, 4-3) has dropped two in a row.

“We are not very deep, and that takes its toll,” South coach Craig Flaagan said. “… We just can’t have empty possessions like we did. Shanley was a better basketball team than us tonight.”

SHANLEY: Kenney 2 0-0 4, Weir 3 1-1 7, Carew 6 3-6 16, Storandt 6 4-7 16, Anderson 2 4-6 8, Carlson 2 0-0 5, Rivard 0 4-4 4, Saville 1 0-2 2, Mickelson 0 2-2 2. Totals 22 18-28 64

SOUTH: Roehrich 6 11-15 25, Koenig 1 0-0 2, Fisher 3 2-2 10, Rydell 1 0-0 2, Felch 3 0-0 6, Diederich 2 0-0 4. Totals: 16 13-17 49

Halftime: SH 30, FS 23. 3-pointers: Carew, Carlson, Roehrich 2, Fisher 2. Total fouls: SH 17, FS 22. Fouled out: Koenig. Rebounds: SH 43 (Storandt 13), FS 25 (Roehrich 10).

Readers can reach Forum reporter Heath Hotzler at (701) 241-5562.

Hotzler’s blogs can be found at www.areavoices.com