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Tom Mix, Published March 14 2013

Fargo Shanley girls open Class A state tournament with win over Mandan

BISMARCK – Fargo Shanley wasted little time Thursday showing why it is the top-seeded girls basketball team from the East Region.

First-round nerves? Not a chance.

The No. 1-ranked Deacons seized control early in their 64-30 quarterfinal win over Mandan at the North Dakota Class A state tournament at the Bismarck Civic Center.

Shanley rattled off a 12-0 run during the first half to pull away from Mandan. The Deacons (21-2) never looked back after that.

“We just came out hard and wanted to get after it right away,” said

6-foot-1 senior post Jessica Anderson, who paced Shanley with 22 points, five rebounds and three blocked shots. “We came out hard on defense and shut them down. Our offense flows off our defense.”

Anderson scored 10 of the 12 points on the Deacons’ early run, and all of her baskets came in the paint.

“We slowed down and executed,” Shanley head coach Tim Jacobson said. “These games come down to the ability to execute, the ability to find the open person and have that person actually make a shot. We got some good looks, and that was our success.”

Shanley advances to the semifinals and will play Bismarck Century at 1 p.m. today.

While the Deacons’ offense was flourishing, Mandan’s offense was struggling. The Braves (12-11) experienced a scoreless stretch that lasted 9 minutes, 57 seconds in the first half.

Shanley led 30-10 at halftime. Mandan committed 30 turnovers and shot 24.1 percent from the field (13 of 54).

“We just didn’t show up to play,” Mandan head coach Len Stanley said. “We never were able to get into our offense. … The game was a microcosm of our season. We have not shot well this year, and we shot about 25 percent today.”

Mandan plays Grand Forks Red River in the consolation semifinals at 4 p.m. today. McKayla Howling Wolf scored 13 points to lead the Braves.

Defense played a big role in Shanley’s victory. The Deacons had 19 steals, six by senior Haley Brenner.

“A lot of our offense came out of the defensive end,” Jacobson said. “Now that we move into the next round, defense will have to be our mainstay.”‘

Freshman guard Sarah Jacobson scored 13 points for the Deacons. Sophomore Alivia Fraase added 10 points and seven rebounds.

MANDAN (12-11): Totals: Emil 0 1-2 1, Fredericks 1 0-0 2, Howling Wolf 6 0-0 13, Schmidt 2 2-3 6, Goldade 2 0-0 4, Hanson 2 0-0 4. 13-54 3-5 30.

SHANLEY (21-2): Totals: Fraase 3 4-4 10, Mickelson 0 2-2 2, Jacobson 5 0-0 13, Nistler 1 0-0 2, Smith 1 1-1 3, Brenner 2 1-4 5, Weir 1 0-0 3, Bucholz 2 0-0 4, Anderson 10 2-4 22. 25-61 10-15 64.

Halftime: S 30, M 10. 3-pointers: Howling Wolf, Jacobson 3, Weir. Total fouls: M 14, S 10. Rebounds: M 41 (Goetz, Goldade 7), S 41 (Fraase 7). Turnovers: M 30, S 16. Assists: M 5 (Goetz 2), S 21 (Brenner 7). Steals: M 10 (Fredericks 3), S 19 (Brenner 6).

Readers can reach Forum reporter Tom Mix at (701) 241-5562