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Eric Peterson, Published March 09 2012

Century tops Shanley girls to advance to Class A final

FARGO – Fargo Shanley got stuck on the same score too long Friday afternoon.

The Deacons went scoreless for more than 12 minutes during the second half at the Fargodome. No. 2-ranked Bismarck Century took advantage of that cold spell, pulling away from the Deacons for a 54-38 victory in the North Dakota Class A girls basketball semifinals.

“Credit Century, they picked it up,” said Shanley head coach Tim Jacobson. “We didn’t really get a flow.”

The Patriots (21-3) will play the West Fargo-Bismarck winner at 6 p.m. tonight for a state championship.

“We’ve worked so hard this whole season and this is where we want to be,” said Century senior A.J. Jacobs, who had 11 points and 10 rebounds.

The score was tied at halftime and Century held a 36-34 lead after Deacons eighth-grader Sarah Jacobson scored a layup off a steal with 13 minutes, 19 seconds remaining in the second half. The Shanley offense went stale from that point, not scoring again until there was less than a minute remaining in the game.

“That was our plan was to keep our effort on defense and work through our offense,” Jacobs said. “We all knew that we had to scramble and that we’ve got to get deflections to cause them to have turnovers so we can get baskets or get the ball back.”

Century head coach Ron Metz said part of the defensive game plan in the second half was to contain point guard Sarah Jacobson, who finished with a team-high 13 points. She scored eight of her points in the first half.

“We talked about we’ve got to control Jacobson because she runs things and she is a great player,” Metz said. “The big thing is we were able to take her out of what she gets done.”

The Patriots scored 18 consecutive points while Shanley struggled to find its shooting touch. Five different Century players scored during that game-changing run. A Kelsey Schatz free throw staked the Patriots to a 54-34 lead with 1:45 to play. Shanley ended its 12-plus minute scoring drought after junior Kelly Weir sank a jump shot with 55 seconds remaining.

“They got more aggressive,” Tim Jacobson said of Century. “It’s as simple as that.”

The Deacons shot 21 percent (4 of 19) from the field in the second half, also committing 13 turnovers over the final minutes. Shanley finished with 25 turnovers.

“You’ve got to credit their defense for getting an extra body on you and bumping you out a little farther than you are used to going,” Tim Jacobson said. “Those are the areas that some of our younger players are going to have to learn how to deal with.”

Patriots junior Hannah Larson scored a game-high 21 points, doing most of her damage around the basket and in the middle of the Shanley zone defense. Larson made 9 of 14 shots from the field.

Shanley (19-5) missed a chance to make it to the state championship game for a second consecutive season.

“I credit our seniors for what they did this year and getting us to where we are,” Tim Jacobson said. “We’ve got a very strong program. Our expectations are always high. We expect ourselves to get to this point every year.”

SHANLEY (19-5): Jacobson 3 6-7 13, R. Weir 3 3-5 9, Fraase 2 1-2 5, K. Weir 2 0-1 4, Brenner 1 2-4 4, Anderson 1 0-2 2, Saville 0 1-2 1, Hanson 0 0-0 0, Greving 0 0-0 0, Mickelson 0 0-0 0. Totals 12-43 13-23 38.

CENTURY (21-3): Larson 9 3-4 21, Jacobs 4 2-4 11, Glatt 1 5-6 7, Schatz 2 1-2 5, Delzer 2 0-0 4, Jeske 2 0-0 4, Govig 1 0-0 2, Jossart 0 0-0 0, Ely 0 0-0 0, Chase 0 0-0 0, Beck 0 0-0 0, Hopkins 0 0-0 0, Bohrer 0 0-0 0. Totals 21-50 11-16 54.

Half: BC 25, SH 25. 3-point goals: Jacobson, Jacobs. Total fouls: SH 14, BC 18. Fouled out: Anderson, R. Weir. Technical foul: Century. Rebounds: SH 21 (Jacobson 6), BC 37 (Jacobs 10). Assists: SH 4 (four players with 1), BC 9 (Jacobs 2). Turnovers: SH 25, BC 22.

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