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Michael Smith, Published March 09 2012

Fergus Falls tops Alexandria in section final

MOORHEAD – From the opening tip to the final buzzer, Fergus Falls was in control of the Minnesota Class 3A, Section 8 girls basketball championship game.

The Otters defeated Alexandria 66-45 Friday in front of a standing room only crowd in Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse on the campus of Minnesota State Moorhead.

With the win, Fergus Falls earns a spot in the state tournament.

Sophomores Brianna Rasmusson and Anna Monke led the Otters with solid offensive play.

Rasmusson and Monke combined to net seven

3-pointers in the first half, helping Fergus Falls to a

36-20 advantage at halftime.

“It really helped early in the game to get a few big

3-pointers from Anna Monke and Brianna Rasmusson,” Fergus Falls head coach Josh Mohagen said. “It may have been a surprise to do it on this stage, but they can shoot. They shot it this year at 40 percent, so we knew they could shoot and it was nice timing to hit the first couple.”

Rasmusson led all players with 22 points.

“I guess I was on tonight,” she said.

Monke was the game’s second leading with 20 point for the Otters.

“We had tons of energy coming out of the gate,” Monke said. “We were really focused.”

Amanda Christanson scored 19 points for the Cardinals and Lauren Trumm contributed 13.

The game had a little bit of a revenge factor for Fergus Falls, who lost to Alexandria in last season’s section final.

“Confidence was the big thing,” Mohagen said. “They have been there before and they knew exactly what they had to do.”

It was a team effort for the Otters as three players scored in double figures. Anna Monke’s sister Mariah chipped in with 10 points.

“We have been playing as a team really well lately,” Monke said. “We played together tonight and you could really tell.”

Half: FF 36, A 20

FF: Schultz 3, Rasmusson 22, Zenner 6, Swenson 5, A. Monke 20, M. Monke 10.

A: Christanson 19, Strater 2, Syvrud, Wood 5, Bowser 4, Trumm 13.

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