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Tom Mix, Published March 14 2013

Bismarck tops Wahpeton in Class A girls BB quarterfinals

BISMARCK – The Bismarck girls basketball team was given a bunch of second chances on offense Thursday, and the Demons cashed in on a lot of them.

Bismarck got several cracks at the hoop on many possessions of the second half in a 78-46 win over Wahpeton during the quarterfinals of the North Dakota Class A state girls basketball tournament at the Bismarck Civic Center.

The Demons (16-7) held an 18-3 advantage over the Huskies in second-chance points. That statistic was what hurt Wahpeton the most in a game which it was tied with Bismarck 22-22 at halftime.

“I don’t think their offense was too much for us,” Wahpeton head coach Brian Watson said. “Right at the beginning of the second half, we were stopping them, but then we gave them second-shot opportunities. Those second-shot opportunities gave them a chance to score, and they hit 3s off of them.”

The Demons advance to the semifinals and will play the winner of West Fargo and Jamestown at 3 p.m. today. Wahpeton (10-13) will play the loser of the West Fargo-Jamestown quarterfinals game in the consolation semifinals at 6 p.m.

Bismarck started the second half on a 17-4 run and outscored the Huskies 56-24 in the final 18 minutes.

“In the first half, we were playing a little panicked on offense,” said Bismarck junior forward Keisha Engelhardt, who paced Bismarck with 19 points and 15 rebounds. “In the second half we settled down, got into our rhythm and got into our game that we like to play.”

Allison Albrecht scored 16 points to lead Wahpeton.

WAHPETON (10-13): Klosterman 0 1-2 1, Albrecht 6 3-5 16, Bumgarner 3 1-3 8, Wynn 2 2-5 6, Irwin 2 3-4 7, Differding 2 0-0 4, Onchuck 0 2-2 2, Moderow 0 2-2 2. Totals: 15-52 14-23 46.

BISMARCK (16-7): Meier 3 4-4 10, Hilzendeger 0 2-2 2, Leingang 1 0-1 2, Brownotter 2 0-0 6, Fisher 0 2-2 2, Trolliey 1 0-0 6, Feeney 6 1-3 16, Engelhardt 7 5-8 19, Kiefer 4 4-6 15, Schmidt 0 1-2 1, Mann 0 1-2 1, Seifert 0 2-2 2. Totals: 24-56 22-34 78.

Halftime: B 22, W 22. 3-pointers: Bumgarner, Albrecht, Brownotter 2, Feeney 3, Kiefer 3. Total fouls: W 29, B 22. Fouled out: Differding, Trolliey. Rebounds: W 30 (Wynn 7), B 52. (Engelhardt 15). Turnovers: W 13, B 16. Assists: W 7 (Bumgarner 3), B 10 (Trolliey 3). Steals: W 10 (Albrecht 3), B 9 (Kiefer 3).


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