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Published February 13 2011

Shanley girls edge South

It was a small run, barely a blip in a back-and-forth battle.

However, the Fargo Shanley girls basketball team’s seven-point outburst was enough to pull it through to a victory.

The No. 3-ranked Deacons broke away from Fargo South with a late rally en route to a 54-47 Eastern Dakota Conference victory on Saturday at McCormick Gymnasium.

“It was just open and we were just getting it done when we needed to get it done,” said Nicole Carew, who finished with 22 points. “Everyone just stepped up and it worked out.”

The teams went toe-to-toe for the bulk of the game.

South’s Alley Fisher drilled a 3-pointer to tie the game at 43-43 with 6 minutes, 11 seconds remaining.

Back-to-back 3-pointers by Sophie Kenney and Carew, and a free throw, gave Shanley a 50-43 advantage.

That was the pivotal 7-0 run. South couldn’t answer.

Both teams had trouble finding their offense in the first half.

After a slow start, EDC leading scorer Meghan Roehrich heated up to help the Bruins go shot-for-shot with Shanley.

Roehrich, who is averaging 25.3 points a game, had 11 in the first half.

South’s defense also put constant pressure on the ball to limit the Deacons to 21 first-half points.

Jessica Anderson had seven points and three rebounds to lead Shanley’s struggling offense in the first half.

The Bruins (11-5, 9-5 EDC) held a 24-21 halftime lead.

“Every game is important,” Carew said. “But we worked hard in practice to play well today, and I think it showed.”

Shanley (14-2, 13-2 EDC) is a game back of No. 2-ranked Grand Forks Central in the EDC standings. The Deacons’ eighth win in a row sets up a possible massive matchup against the Knights on Friday at McCormick. Shanley first travels to Devils Lake on Tuesday.

South has now dropped back-to-back games against teams ranked in the top three in the state.

The Bruins entered the game reeling from a 64-37 loss at Grand Forks Central last Thursday. That loss snapped a seven-game winning streak, and all but assured that South will come up short in their late-season push for the league title.

“We’re not going to win the conference, that’s a given,” South coach Craig Flaagan said. “We want a three or four seed and home court for the first round of the tournament. Our goal is to make the state tournament. We will play these teams again. We just have to correct a few little things and we are there. I really believe that.”

SOUTH: Roehrich 8 2-6 20, Rydell 1 0-0 2, Felch 5 0-1 10, Fisher 2 2-2 7, Diederich 2 0-0 4, Koenig 1 2-3 4. Totals: 19 6-12 47.

SHANLEY: Kenney 3 2-2 9, Carew 6 7-8 22, Weir 1 3-4 5, Storandt 2 0-0 4, Anderson 3 2-5 8, Carlson 2 0-0 6. Totals: 14-19 54.

Halftime: South 24, Shanley 21. 3-pointers: Roehrich 2, Fisher, Kenney, Carew 3, Carlson 2. Total fouls: South 18, Shanley 17. Rebounds: South 20 (Felch 7), Shanley 32 (Storandt 11).

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