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Tom Mix, Published December 13 2012

Fargo Shanley tops West Fargo in girls basketball

FARGO – The Fargo Shanley girls basketball team passed a big test in its opening game on Thursday.

The Deacons drew North Dakota Class A No. 1-ranked West Fargo and were able to hang on to defeat the Packers 56-47 at McCormick gymnasium.

Freshman Sarah Jacobson led the way for No. 4-ranked Shanley, collecting a game-high 21 points.

“We were really excited about our intensity,” Shanley head coach Tim Jacobson said. “We had a lot of new girls playing, and I was really pleased with our bench. The three that played really stepped up.”

Sophomore Alivia Fraase added 10 points for the Deacons (1-0, 1-0 Eastern Dakota Conference).

Shanley built a 15-point lead in the first half and led 32-19 at halftime.

West Fargo (0-1, 0-1) got to within five points of the Deacons in the second half when Christine Baltezore made two free throws, making it 40-35 with 9 minutes, 51 seconds left in regulation.

That was as close as the Packers got.

Seniors Haley Brenner and Jessica Anderson connected for field goals on back-to-back possessions to return momentum to the Deacons.

“We needed some baskets,” Jacobson said. “West Fargo had really put the clamps on us. Those two (Brenner and Anderson) really opened it up for us again and got the team to relax a little bit.”

Anderson and Brenner finished with nine and seven points, respectively.

Valley City State basketball commit Lexi Lennon scored 13 points to pace the Packers.

“You have to give accolades to their shooting,” West Fargo head coach Barb Metcalf said of the Deacons.

Sarah Jacobson made three 3-pointers, including one with 2:05 left to play that cooled another late run by West Fargo.

Baltezore added 10 points for West Fargo and was 6 of 7 from the free-throw line.

“It was a great game to start out with,” Metcalf said. “I’d rather start the season out with a loss than end with a loss. We know we have a lot more left in us.”

WEST FARGO (0-1): Levin 2 4-8 8, Baltezore 2 6-7 10, Thorson 2 0-0 6, Lennon 5 0-0 13, Gustafson 2 2-4 6, Stedman 1 0-0 2, Nelson 1 0-1 2. Totals 15 12-20 47.

SHANLEY (1-0): Fraase 3 4-8 10, Jacobson 6 6-9 21, Brenner 3 1-2 7, Weir 3 2-4 9, Anderson 4 1-3 9. Totals 19 14-16 56.

Halftime: S 32, WF 19. 3-pointers: Thorson 2, Lennon 3, Jacobson 3, Weir. Total fouls: WF 19, S 18. Fouled out: Weir. Rebounds: WF 24 (Lennon 7), S 23 (Anderson 8).

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