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Chris Murphy, Published January 11 2013

No.1 Shanley tops Davies in girls basketball

FARGO – Fargo Shanley showed exactly why it’s the top-ranked team in North Dakota Class 1A girls basketball, sailing past Eastern Dakota Conference foe Fargo Davies 64-31 on Friday at Shanley.

The Deacons remained perfect on the season, moving to 6-0 overall and 5-0 in the conference.

Despite winning by more than 30 points, Shanley’s coach thought his team could have played better.

“We struggled tonight, and give Davies credit. They played well,” Tim Jacobson said. “We missed some shots that normally you’d think we’d make, but we came back in the second half and zoned in and started hitting some shots. Defense has been our thing all year long. That was the key.”

Shanley had answers all over the lineup, as Alivia Fraase had four points and 14 rebounds, Sarah Jacobson chipped in 12 points and Kelly Weir had a game-high 20 points.

“We all have our own roles on our team, and we all know what we have to do,” said Shanley’s Jessica Anderson, who finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds. “We work really well together, and it’s really been fun. We just came out hard and we wanted to play our best.”

Shanley never trailed, opening on a 20-6 run behind six points from Anderson and headed into halftime with a 27-15 lead.

The Deacons opened the second half with a 17-5 run behind five points from Weir and four points from Carly Mickelson and were on cruise control from there, pushing their lead to as much as 34 points.

“When the season started, we got our chemistry flowing and it’s just worked out,” Weir said. “We have a great point guard (Jacobson) that finds us and we just get the ball around and we hit shots. We moved the ball around really well tonight and we made our shots. Our coach always tells us that our defense is our key to winning games and that we get our momentum and our motivation off our defense. The outcome speaks for itself.”

Shanley rarely gave Davies (1-6, 1-5) a chance to breathe on the offensive end, as the Deacons forced 27 turnovers, while only committing 10.

“There’s a reason they’re the No. 1 team in the state,” Davies coach Tonah Safranski said. “It’s because they’re good and they play defense and they knock down shots. We’ve been trying to emphasize that we need to play better defense as a team. We use Shanley as an example. Their defense kept us out of anything that we wanted to do offensively and that impacted us. If we can buy into playing defense, we can do that to other teams as well.”

S (6-0, 5-0): Fraase 2 0-3 4, Jacobson 5 1-2 12, Brenner 0 2-2 2, Weir 9 0-0 20, Anderson 4 3-6 11, Mickelson 4 0-0 8, Smith 1 0-0 2, Day 1 0-0 2, Bucholz 1 0-0 2.

D (1-6, 1-5): Papachek 3 1-2 9, Olson 5 0-2 10, Bolstad 1 1-3 3, Roehrich 0 1-2 1, Bergantine 2 1-3 6, Hendrickson 1 0-0 2.

Half: S 27, D 15. 3-point goals: Papchek 2, Jacobson 1, Weir 2, Bergantine 1. Total fouls: S 15, D 12. Rebounds: S 48 (Fraase 14, Anderson 11), D 38 (Bolstad 11). Turnovers: S 10, D 27.

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