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Tom Mix, Published December 17 2012

Central Cass tops Fargo oak Grove in girls basketball

FARGO – Central Cass created offense from its defense on Monday.

It was an effective formula for the Squirrels who posted a 56-39 win over Fargo Oak Grove in North Dakota Class B, District 2 girls basketball at Gorder gymnasium.

The Grovers weren’t able to get comfortable on offense largely due to the defense of Central Cass’ 6-foot-3 junior center Faith Dooley.

Dooley – a University of North Dakota volleyball commit – finished with six blocked shots for the No. 10-ranked Squirrels (2-0).

“When (Faith) gets four or five blocks a game, that is taking eight or 10 points away from the other team right there,” Central Cass head coach Ryan Mears said. “That defensive presence allows our guards to take more chances. … If they get past our guards, then they have to shoot over a 6-foot-3 defender.”

The Grovers (1-1) had trouble shooting over Dooley and possessing the ball.

“We didn’t handle the ball as well as we would have liked and we got into early foul trouble, which didn’t help us either,” Oak Grove head coach Jeff Conant said. “We also didn’t shoot well. It was like a perfect storm.”

Central Cass senior guard Hannah Breske finished with a game-high 19 points.

Along with her blocks, Dooley collected 10 points and 10 rebounds.

The execution on defense led to the Squirrels effectiveness on the offensive side of the ball.

“I think our length and our quickness with our guards bothered them,” Mears said. “They got frustrated with that and it led to turnovers and blocked shots, which led us to some easy points.”

Junior center Hannah Kelley finished with a double-double for the Grovers, collecting 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Central Cass led 36-19 at halftime.

Oak Grove outscored Central Cass 15-11 in the fourth quarter starting the final eight minutes of play with a 4-0 run, but it wasn’t enough to spark a larger rally.

“I thought the girls did a good job of attacking the basket down low despite the size factor,” Conant said. “Faith got some blocks on us and kudos for her for doing that. I always feel you have to keep attacking down low and try to make plays.

“We got some baskets later in the game, but Casselton is a good team.”

CC 18 36 45 56

OG 11 19 24 39

CENTRAL CASS (2-0): Cramer 1 0-0 3, Goettle 3 1-2 7, Dooley 5 0-2 10, Breske 7 5-5 19, Tronson 3 0-0 6, Camas 3 1-2 9, Weber 1 0-0 2. Totals: 23 7-11 56.

OAK GROVE (1-1): Bokinskie 2 1-2 7, Holt 3 0-0 7, Osmundson 3 0-1 7, Cain 0 6-8 6, Kelley 5 0-2 10, Sharpe 1 0-0 2. Totals: 14 7-13 39.

3-pointers: Camas 2, Cramer, Bokinskie 2, Holt, Osmundson. Total Fouls: CC 14, OG 11. Rebounds: CC 26 (Dooley 10), OG 30 (Kelley 10).

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