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Cindy Peterson / Bismarck Tribune, Published July 24 2012

Class B girls hold on for win at Lions All-Star game

By Cindy Peterson

Bismarck Tribune

BISMARCK – The North Dakota Class B all-stars spent the entire night staving off scoring spurts from the Class A team.

Class B held on for a 57-56 victory over Class A during the first night of the Lions All-Star basketball series on Tuesday night at the Bismarck Civic Center.

The series continues tonight in Fargo.

Becca Scherr of Carrington led the Class B all-stars with 12 points. Rachel Weir of Fargo Shanley paced the Class A all-stars with 10 points.

“We would catch up and fall back down, catch up and fall back down, catch up and fall back down,” said Class A guard Mic Longtin, who is from Mandan. “We would seem to gain momentum and then we couldn’t keep it going.”

The Class B All-Stars built a 43-28 lead with 16 minutes, 17 seconds to play in the second half. Brandy Messner of Dakota Prairie gave Class B the 15-point lead with a putback to close a 15-3 rally.

Class A, like it had done all game, refused to go away quietly.

Class A started an 11-0 run with three straight field goals from Weir. A

3-pointer from Hannah Jeske of Bismarck Century narrowed the deficit to 43-39 with 13:04 remaining.

“They put pressure full court, and it flustered us a little,” said Scherr, who plans to play basketball at Lake Region State this upcoming school year. “We had to set plays up and get our points open and help them bring the ball up the court because they definitely flustered us with their full-court defense.”

Longtin gave Class A a

52-51 advantage – Class A’s first lead since 8:34 in the first half – with a 3-pointer from the right wing with 3:45 to go. Weir added to the total with a nifty move down low to give Class A a 54-51 lead with 3:17 remaining.

“We just told each other to calm down and kept encouraging each other,” Scherr said. “We get along really well. I feel like, as a team, we have meshed really well.”

Scherr put out Class A’s fire with a deep 3-pointer from the top with 2:15 to go to knot the score at 54.

Dani Clarke of Williston scored in transition with 1:33 to play for a 56-54 Class A lead.

But Class A’s comeback was finished. Class B sealed the contest from the free-throw line. Sierra Rosenau of Carrington drained a pair of gift tosses with 1:21 to go to tie the score at 56. Scherr made the first of two attempts for the game-winner with 40.7 seconds to play.

“I was confident,” Scherr said. “I think all the girls were confident. We’ve all practiced really hard this week. We knew we had the (talent) to get past Class A one time, hopefully twice.”

In the final minute of play, Class A struggled to get a shot off and settled for two ill-advised shots. Tessa Delzer of Century passed on an open look, and Longtin passed up a shot shortly before time expired.

“I should have shot it,” said Longtin, who finished with nine points. “I was aware of the time. It was a mental error on my part. It was one of those plays you want back every time.”

Class A fell behind early, trailing 14-3 with 15:14 to go in the first half. Scherr knocked down Class B’s first two shots, a 3-pointer from the top and a jumper from the right elbow.

Class A fought to get back in the contest with its defense again. Class A rattled off a 13-0 run to go up 16-14 with 8:34 to play.

“Earlier in the first half, when we got back in the game, we were transitioning off of better defense,” Longtin said. “We definitely shouldn’t have gotten down right away. That was our fault for starting out really slow.”

Class B led 36-25 at halftime.

CLASS A: Longtin 9, Delzer 4, Clarke 6, Jeske 5, Knecht 5, Diederich 1, Schafer 7, Krogh 2, Irwin 3, Weir 10, Moffett 4

CLASS B: Scherr 12, Dykins 6, Rosenau 2, Johnson 2, Grinsteinner 4, Thompson 5, Gaustad 8, Dixon 9, Messner 4, Sletten 5.

Halftime: B 36, A 25.