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Eric Peterson, Published March 14 2013

Central Cass girls earn trip to Class B state tournament

FARGO – Two difference makers proved too much for Maple Valley in Thursday’s region championship game.

Hannah Breske and Faith Dooley combined for 41 points to help spark Central Cass to a 54-47 victory against the Raiders for the North Dakota Class B, Region 1 girls basketball crown at the Fargo Civic Center.

“We just had to stay strong,” said the 6-foot-3 Dooley, who finished with 18 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots. “We knew we could do it as long and we kept going and didn’t give up.”

The Squirrels (22-3) earn a berth to next week’s Class B state tournament, which starts Thursday at the Fargodome. They play Grant County at 3 p.m. in the opening round.

Central Cass has played in the past six region title games and earned a state berth in three of the past four seasons. The Squirrels lost to Kindred in last season’s region title game.

“We just didn’t want to feel like we did last year, just that losing feeling,” said Breske, who scored a game-high 23 points and was named Region 1 senior athlete of the year.

Maple Valley (20-5) never led, but erupted for 23 points in the third quarter. That surge helped trim the Central Cass lead to 39-36 heading into the fourth quarter. The Squirrels had led by as many as 13 points early in the third quarter.

“I’m proud of the way our girls played all season long,” said Maple Valley head coach Jeff Miller, who was named region coach of the year. “We stepped it up from last year. We had a good breakout season last year and we improved on it this year.”

Central Cass weathered the Maple Valley rally. The Squirrels scored seven of the first nine points in the fourth quarter to help re-build their lead.

Dooley scored an inside basket during that stretch and Breske added two foul shots. Senior Ally Tronson capped the spree with a foul shot that gave Central Cass a 46-38 lead with 3 minutes, 29 seconds to play.

Maple Valley was held to one field goal in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter.

“You have to give credit to the Central Cass defense,” Miller said. “They were all over our offensive players.”

Breske had a team-high eight points in the fourth. Dooley added four points in the final quarter.

“Breske, she’s hard to stop with just one person,” Miller said. “Then you have Dooley down low, who is 6-3. It’s really difficult.”

Freshman forward Rylee Nudell paced Maple Valley with 21 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore Megan Kasowski added 10 points, all of which came in the third quarter.

Maple Valley 6 13 36 47

Central Cass 12 24 39 54

MAPLE VALLEY (20-5): Tinjum 2 0-0 6, Punton 0 0-0 0, C. Pautz 1 3-6 5, Kasowski 5 0-0 10, Nudell 7 7-9 21, K. Pautz 1 0-0 3, Cruff 0 2-2 2, McGuire 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 12-17 47.

CENTRAL CASS (22-3): Cramer 2 1-2 5, Goettle 0 0-0 0, Dooley 9 0-3 18, Breske 7 8-11 23, Tronson 1 2-6 4, Camas 2 0-0 4, Titus 0 0-2 0. Totals 21 11-24 54.

3-point goals: Tinjum 2, K. Pautz, Breske. Total fouls: MV 21, CC 14. Fouled out: Punton. Rebounds: MV 25 (Nudell 8), CC 40 (Dooley 10). Turnovers: MV 8, CC 12.

Third place

Kindred 56,

Fairmount-Campbell-Tintah 28

FCT 4 12 20 28

Home 19 26 45 56

FCT (13-10): Ross 3 2-2 8, Berend 1 1-2 3, Rittenour 2 0-0 4, Meyer 2 0-0 5, Kaehler 1 0-0 2, Burns 1 2-2 4, Grefsrud 1 0-0 2, Wiertzema 0 0-0 0, Viger 0 0-0 0, Knudsen 0 0-0 0, Sookruk 0 0-0 0, Luick 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 5-7 28.

KINDRED (18-6): Cose 5 0-0 10, Allmaras 4 1-1 11, B. Graff 5 1-2 16, Martinez 1 0-0 2, Schmit 2 1-2 6, Erickson 2 2-4 6, Piatz 0 0-0 0, Ordahl 0 0-0 0, Miller 2 0-0 4, Hall 0 0-0 0, Abraham 0 0-0 0, S. Graff 0 0-0 0, Braaten 0 1-2 1. Totals 21 6-11 56.

3-point goals: Meyer, Allmaras 2, B. Graff 5, Schmit. Total fouls: FCT 13, KHS 9. Rebounds: FCT 24 (Kaehler 8), KHS 25 (Schmit 6). Turnovers: FCT 19, KHS 14.


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