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Published January 22 2011

Girls basketball: Squirrels on target in win over Grovers

The Central Cass girls basketball team has a motto this season: Target.

No, they’re not looking for a sweet endorsement deal.

It means they have a target on their backs as the defending Region 1 champions. And getting back to state is the goal they are targeting this year.

The way the Squirrels shoot the ball their school mascot might as well be a bull’s-eye.

Hannah Breske, Taylor Kraft and Courtney Dixon combined for 45 points to lift No. 2-ranked Central Cass to a 71-37 victory against Fargo Oak Grove on Friday at Darwin Gorder Gymnasium.

“We are having fun,” said Kraft, a 6-foot senior who finished with 15 points. “We played together a lot all summer. We only lost two girls from last year so we play together pretty well.”

Central Cass (10-0) played a dominant defensive game from start to finish.

The Squirrels clogged the passing lanes, moving in perfect unison in a zone as Oak Grove tried to work the ball around.

Many times, Central Cass came away with a steal or jump ball.

The Squirrels’ size and strength advantage allowed them to tie the ball up several times, and rip rebounds from the hands of defenders.

“We practice shell defense every day,” Kraft said. “We sometimes think if you can’t score on the offense, we will always win a game with our defense. We specialize in that.”

On offense, Central Cass used quick, crisp passes to find the open player.

The offensive precision led to several open layups.

Central Cass drilled 30 shots, and limited Oak Grove to just 12 field goals.

The Grovers (6-4) hit six 3-pointers.

Breske led the Squirrels with 18 points.

Logan Selisker finished with 17 for Oak Grove.

“Defensively, they are long – very long,” Grovers coach Jared Bledsoe said. “Breske, Kraft and Dixon are tall and aggressive. They are a great team.”

Central Cass 18 38 49 71

Oak Grove 10 14 27 37

CENTRAL CASS: Camas 2 0-0 4, Voss 4 4-4 12, Kraft 6 1-2 15, Breske 6 4-6 18, Dixon 6 0-0 12, Titus 3 0-0 6, Weber 2 0-0 4. Totals: 30 9-12 71.

OAK GROVE: Holt 1 3-7 5, Osmundson 2 1-2 6, Kelley 1 1-2 3, Selisker 6 2-2 17, Leysring 2 0-0 6. Totals: 12 7-13 37.

3-pointers: Kraft 2, Osmundson, Selisker 3, Leysring 2. Total fouls: CC 15, OG 9. Rebounds: CC 27 (Dixon 9), OG 17 (Holt, Selisker 4).

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