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Tom Mix, Published March 13 2013

North Dakota Class A state girls basketball preview

Fargo Shanley vs. Mandan, 1 p.m.

Fargo Shanley Deacons

Coach: Tim Jacobson

Record: 20-2, No. 1 seed from East Region

State tournament history: Shanley is making its fourth straight trip to state and 26th overall. … The Deacons have won six state championships, with the most recent coming in 1997.

Road to state: The No. 1-ranked Deacons finished the regular season 17-2 and opened the East Region tournament with a 59-30 win over the Fargo South in the quarterfinals. … Shanley topped Grand Forks Red River 60-38 in the semifinals and defeated No. 3-ranked West Fargo 51-41 in the championship game.

Key players: Shanley’s top scorer is freshman point guard Sarah Jacobson (16.1 points per game, 5.0 assists per game) followed by seniors Kelly Weir (11.6 ppg) and Jessica Anderson (10.5 ppg, 9.0 rpg). Sophomore Alivia Fraase averages 9.0 ppg and 8.0 rpg.

Mandan Braves

Coach: Len Stanley

Record: 12-10, No. 4 seed from West Region

State tournament history: Mandan is making its second consecutive trip to the state and 24th overall. … The Braves have won 10 state championships, including a string of six titles from 2003 to 2008.

Road to state: The Braves finished the regular season 10-9 and opened the West Region tournament with a

43-34 win over Minot in the quarterfinals. … Mandan fell to Bismarck Century 56-35 in the semifinals, but clinched its state tournament berth with a 68-39 win over Bismarck St. Mary’s.

Key players: Mandan is led by the senior duo of Courtney Goetz (13.1 ppg) and Makenzie Schmidt (9.9 ppg).

Bismarck Century vs. Grand Forks Red River, 3 p.m.

Bismarck Century Patriots

Coach: Ron Metz

Record: 19-3, No. 2 seed from West Region

State tournament history: The Patriots are making their 11th consecutive state appearance and state-record 29th appearance. … Century defeated West Fargo

63-60 in last year’s state title game. … The Patriots also won state titles in 1990 and 2010.

Road to state: The No. 2-ranked Patriots finished the regular season 17-2 and opened the West Region tournament with a 74-59 win over Turtle Mountain. … Century picked up a 56-35 win over Mandan in the semifinals, but fell 49-46 to Bismarck in the championship game.

Key players: The Patriots are led by 6-foot senior forward Hannah Larson (15.3 ppg and 11.5 rpg), 5-9 sophomore forward Jordyn Jossart (10.9 ppg and 3.1 rpg) and 5-9 junior forward Macy Lynch (10.5 ppg and 6.3 rpg).

Grand Forks Red River Roughriders

Coach: Kent Ripplinger

Record: 14-8 No. 3 seed from East Region

State tournament history: The Roughriders are making their first state appearance since 2010 and 18th overall. … Red River’s lone state championship came in 1988.

Road to state: Red River finished the regular season

12-7 and opened the East Region tournament with a

45-44 win over Wahpeton in the quarterfinals. … The Roughriders lost to top-seeded Fargo Shanley 60-38 in the semifinals, but recovered to top Devils Lake 62-54 in a state-qualifying game.

Key players: Red River is paced by the All-EDC duo of Ellie Ripplinger (20.8 ppg) and Nikki LaDouceur (13.6 ppg and 7.2 rpg).

Bismarck vs. Wahpeton, 5 p.m.

Bismarck Demons

Coach: Dallas Hinderer

Record: 15-7, No. 1 seed from West Region

State tournament history: The Demons are making their third straight trip to the state and their 22nd overall. … Bismarck won state titles in 1991 and 2009.

Road to state: Bismarck ended the regular season 12-7 and opened the West Region tournament with a 78-33 win over Dickinson in the quarterfinals. … The Demons rolled the rest of the tournament, posting a 60-51 win over Jamestown in the semifinals and a 49-46 win over crosstown rival Bismarck Century.

Key players: The Demons are led by junior forward Keisha Engelhardt (12.5 ppg and 8.3 rpg). … Senior forward Naomi Rust averages 10.7 ppg and 9 rpg.

Wahpeton Huskies

Coach: Brian Watson

Record: 10-12, No. 4 seed from East Region

State tournament history: The Huskies are making their first state tournament appearance since 1986 when they won the Class A state title. … Wahpeton has appeared at state six times.

Road to state: Wahpeton finished the year 8-11 and opened the East Region tournament with a 45-44 loss to Grand Forks Red River. … The Huskies defeated Fargo South 59-47 in a loser-out game and posted a 54-49 win over Fargo North is a state-qualifying game.

Key players: The Huskies are led by All-Eastern Dakota Conference junior guard Lachelle Bumgarner (12.9 ppg, 3.9 rpg). … Wahpeton’s Tylee Irwin averages 8.9 ppg and 3.7 rpg.

West Fargo vs. Jamestown, 7 p.m.

West Fargo Packers

Coach: Barb Metcalf

Record: 19-3, No. 2 seed from East Region

State tournament history: West Fargo is making its second consecutive trip to state and 16th overall. … The Packers lost 63-60 to Bismarck Century in last year’s state championship game. … West Fargo won state championships in 1993 and 1998.

Road to state: The No. 3-ranked Packers finished the regular season 17-2 and opened the East Region tournament with a 66-44 win over Valley City State in the quarterfinals. … West Fargo defeated No. 5-ranked Fargo North 62-54 in the semifinals, but lost 51-41 in the championship game to Fargo Shanley.

Key players: The Packers are led by the All-EDC trio of Lexi Lennon (13.7 ppg), Christine Baltezore (12.7 ppg) and Cassidy Thorson (10.6 ppg).

Jamestown Blue Jays

Coach: Andy Skunberg

Record: 15-4, No. 3 seed from West Region

State tournament history: Jamestown is making its 12th state appearance. … The Blue Jays won the first Class A girls state championship in 1974.

Road to state: The No. 4-ranked Blue Jays ended the regular season 15-4 and opened the West Region tournament with a 74-66 win over Bismarck St. Mary’s in the quarterfinals. … Jamestown suffered a 60-51 loss to Bismarck in the semifinals, but recovered to defeat Minot 52-43 in a state-qualifying game.

Key players: Senior All-Western Dakota Association guard Kyra Dewald leads the Blue Jays in scoring with a 21.6 ppg average. … Six-foot-1 junior center Paige Peterson averages a double-double (11.1 ppg, 10.5 rpg).

Compiled by Tom Mix