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Eric Peterson, Published March 11 2013

F-C-T girls top Northern Cass in Region 1

FARGO – Fairmount-Campbell-Tintah head coach Brenda Dahlgren challenged her team to be not afraid Monday night at the Fargo Civic Center.

Her team obliged.

Rebels junior Paige Meyer scored all of her team-high 16 points in the second half. Her effort helped F-C-T rally for a 49-40 victory against Northern Cass in the first round of the North Dakota Class B, Region 1 girls basketball tournament.

“Coached pepped us up a little bit,” Meyer said with a smile. “And our defense came back like we were playing all year and I think that’s what really sparked us.”

F-C-T trailed by 15 points early in the third quarter before it rallied to victory.

“I told them at halftime, ‘We’ve got nothing to lose,’ ” Dahlgren said. “I just said, ‘You give me everything you’ve got and quit playing scared.’ ”

Northern Cass took a 28-13 lead after junior Paige Verwest scored off a rebound with 7 minutes, 41 seconds to play in the third quarter. That was the Jaguars’ largest lead.

The Rebels countered with a 13-3 run, which sparked their comeback. Meyer sank two 3-pointers during that stretch. The 5-foot-3 guard finished with four 3-pointers, including three in the third quarter.

F-C-T freshman center Madison Kaehler capped the rally with an inside basket that cut the Jaguars lead to 31-26 with 1:50 to play in the third quarter.

Meyers sank a 3-pointer that tied the game at 35-35 with 7:25 remaining in the fourth quarter. The 6-2 Kaehler scored off a rebound to give F-C-T a 37-35 lead with 6:20 to play. That gave the Rebels their first lead in the game. F-C-T never trailed from that point, holding the Jaguars to five points and one field goal in the fourth quarter.

“We’re a young team so we were a little nervous,” Meyer said. “It was our first time coming to regionals.”

The Rebels have one senior on their roster. F-C-T starts two juniors and two freshmen, and has two eighth-graders coming off the bench.

NC 15 26 35 40

FCT 4 13 32 49

NORTHERN CASS (15-8): Zieske 5 2-6 15, Mitzel 1 0-0 2, Olson 4 0-0 8, Verwest 3 3-6 9, McDonald 0 0-0 0, King 3 0-0 6, Bergman 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 5-12 40.

FCT (13-8): Ross 2 0-2 4, Berend 0 0-0 0, Rittenour 3 3-3 9, Meyer 5 2-3 16, Kaehler 7 1-2 15, Grefsrud 1 0-0 2, Burns 1 1-2 3, Wiertzema 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 7-12 49.

3-point goals: Zieske 3, Meyer 4. Total fouls: NC 12, FCT 13. Fouled out: Zieske. Rebounds: NC 36 (King 9), FCT 39 (Kaehler 13). Turnovers: NC 21, FCT 14.

Maple Valley 59, Lisbon 41

The Raiders erupted for 23 points in the first quarter en route to a victory in the quarterfinals.

“We got out fast,” Maple Valley head coach Jeff Miller said. “We held them to one shot on defense and we were patience with our offense. We were taking good shots.”

Freshman forward Rylee Nudell helped spark the strong start, scoring 11 points and grabbing eight rebounds in the opening eight minutes. She finished with a game-high 23 points and 16 rebounds.

“When she is hitting, we are all feeling pretty good,” Miller said. “When you get to the regions you have to be happy with every win you get.”

Maple Valley junior guard Abby Tinjum sank two foul shots that gave her team a 25-7 lead with 7 minutes, 36 seconds to play in the second quarter.

Lisbon 7 21 33 41

MV 23 34 44 59

LISBON (11-12): Opp 2 0-0 4, Ercink 1 0-0 3, Ripplinger 5 0-0 12, Deibert 5 1-3 11, Olson 1 1-2 3, Rasmusson 0 0-0 0, Lee 2 0-0 6, Musland 1 0-0 2, Schell 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 2-5 41.

MAPLE VALLEY (19-4): Tinjum 1 9-12 12, Punton 0 0-0 0, C. Pautz 2 2-2 7, Kasowski 5 1-6 11, Nudell 8 7-11 23, Cruff 2 0-0 4, K. Pautz 1 0-0 2. Totals 19 19-31 59.

3-point goals: Ercink, Ripplinger 2, Lee 2, Tinjum, C. Pautz. Total fouls: LHS 21, MV 11. Fouled out: OIson. Rebounds: LHS 32 (Olson 7), MV 35 (Nudell 16). Turnovers: LHS 15, MV 10.

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