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Tom Mix, Published March 05 2012

Jags defeat North Sargent

LISBON, N.D. – It took until the fourth quarter, but Northern Cass finally broke through.

The Jaguars posted a 59-42 win over North Sargent in the quarterfinals of the North Dakota Class B, Region 1 girls basketball tournament on Monday at Lisbon High School.

Northern Cass advances to play Central Cass at 8 p.m. today in the semifinals.

A 10-0 run to start the fourth quarter helped the Jaguars pull away from the Bobcats.

“In the first half our girls were playing the running game, which is just fine,” Northern Cass head coach Jody Zieske said. “We told them in the second half we had to spread it out and actually run our offense and hopefully draw some fouls.”

The Jaguars (17-6) led

27-24 at halftime. Lexi Zieske led all scorers with 18 points and also grabbed 11 rebounds for the double-double.

Leading 39-31 entering the final quarter, Northern Cass’ offense started to click.

Zieske hit two field goals during the Jaguars’ run, which was capped by a 3-pointer by Brianna Olson. Olson’s bucket made it 49-31 with five minutes left in regulation and the Jaguars never looked back.

The Bobcats struggled from the free-throw line in the first half, shooting just 6 of 14. Northern Cass was 7 of 8.

“The key was they hit their free throws right away,” North Sargent head coach Michael Sorlie said. “They were hot and we weren’t. … We had them in double bonus in the final five minutes of the second quarter, and if you can’t take advantage of that, what can you take advantage of?

“They just outworked us. They got every rebound. Two, three, four in a row at times.”

Riley Peterson and Chelsey Anderson each scored 12 points each for North Sargent. The Bobcats finish the season 15-8.

Erin McDonald and Brianna Olson added 12 and 10 points, respectively, for the Jaguars. Northern Cass out rebounded North Sargent 58-41.

“We wanted to keep our turnovers low and crash the boards” Jody Zieske said. “The girls did just that and that’s what we’re going to have to do (today).”

Northern Cass 17 27 39 59

North Sargent 14 24 31 42

NORTHERN CASS: Ward 3 2-4 9, Johnson 1 0-4 2, Zieske 7 4-5 18, Mitzel 0 1-2 1, Olson 2 5-6 10, Verwest 3 1-3 7, McDonald 5 2-2 12. Totals 21-70 15-26 59

NORTH SARGENT: Kemple 2 1-4 5, Euscher 2 0-0 5, Wrage 1 0-0 3, Peterson 4 3-4 12, Anderson 4 2-2 12, LeTraille 0 1-2 1, Sandness 2 0-1 4. Totals 15-56 7-23 42

Halftime: NC 27, NS 24. 3-pointers: Ward, Olson, Euscher, Anderson 2, Wrage, Peterson. Totals fouls: NC 18, NS 21. Rebounds: NC 58 (Zieske 11), NS 41 (Peterson 22). Assists: NC 9 (Zieske 4), NS 9 (Peterson 5). Turnovers: NC 15, NS 19.

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