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Eric Peterson, Published March 21 2013

Thompson girls rally past New Town in Class B state first round

FARGO – The Thompson Tommies held a lead for less than 90 seconds Thursday night at the Fargodome.

Good thing for the Tommies that lead came at the end. Thompson scored the game’s final 12 points to rally for a 58-52 victory against New Town in the first round of the North Dakota Class B state tournament.

“We started to believe, and we got confidence,” said Thompson freshman Shaice Marx, who scored 10 points off the bench. “I think the first couple quarters we didn’t have as much confidence as we should.”

New Town (23-2) had its 22-game winning streak snapped. The Eagles, who led by as many as 11 points in the first half, didn’t trail until less than two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.

“It’s tough,” New Town head coach Orville Drosdal said. “You lead for 31 minutes and lose the one minute that counts. … We got in a little bit of foul trouble and got out of rotation, and the kids were a little tired at the end, and we just couldn’t finish some shots at the basket.”

Junior forward Bethany Ivesdal sank a foul shot that gave the Tommies a 53-52 lead with 1 minute, 27 seconds to play in the fourth quarter. That gave Thompson its first lead.

Marx fueled that final push with back-to-back baskets in transition. Her steal and layup cut the New Town lead to 52-50 with 2:49 remaining.

“It kind of gave that final energy with that final run going for us,” Thompson head coach Jason Brend said of Marx’s basket off the turnover.

Marx scored eight points in the fourth quarter, including 4-for-4 shooting from the foul line. The

5-foot-7 guard sank two free throws that gave Thompson a 56-52 lead with 10 seconds remaining.

“She’s done that all year,” Brend said. “We kind of call her a starter off the bench for us. She’s kind of our energy our spark plug off the bench. … She’s not afraid. She’s fearless.”

New Town held a 46-39 lead entering the final quarter. The Tommies, however, limited the Eagles to six points in the final eight minutes. New Town went scoreless in the game’s final three-plus minutes.

“Momentum is a huge factor in this game,” Drosdal said. “For the most part, we did a pretty good job. We just couldn’t finish.”

Senior guard Taylor McGrady paced New Town with 16 points on 5-for-10 shooting from the field.

New Town 18 32 46 52

Thompson 11 23 39 58

NEW TOWN (23-2): McGrady 5 5-6 16, M. Wilkinson 5 3-7 13, Two Bears 4 0-0 8, G. Wilkinson 3 1-2 7, Big Crow 1 1-2 3, Brady 1 0-0 3, Quick Bear 1 0-0 2, Wise Spirit 0 0-0 0, Yahalo 0 0-0 0, Baker 0 0-0 0. Totals 20-53 10-17 52.

THOMPSON (24-2): Weber 5 7-11 18, Galegher 3 8-8 14, Marx 2 6-6 10, Overby 2 3-6 8, Ivesdal 1 3-6 5, Hegg 1 0-0 2, DeMoe 0 1-2 1, Olson 0 0-1 0. Totals 14-55 28-40 58.

3-point goals: McGrady, Brady, Weber, Overby. Total fouls: NT 25, THS 13. Fouled out: Two Bears, Brady. Rebounds: NT 32 (Big Crow 11), THS 40 (Weber 8). Assists: NT 7 (G. Wilkinson 2), THS 5 (Weber 2, Ivesdal 2). Steals: NT 8 (G. Wilkinson 4), THS 14 (Ivesdal 4). Turnovers: NT 18, THS 13.

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