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Steve Thomas / Bismarck Tribune, Published July 24 2013

Strandemo, Class A girls pull off Lions sweep

BISMARCK, N.D. –Madeline Strandemo looked in midseason form Wednesday night, knocking down three 3-pointers and scoring a team-high 16 points as Class A completed a sweep of Class B with a 62-57 victory in the Lions all-star girls basketball game at the Bismarck Civic Center.

“Before the game I was just visualizing making the shots because we had trouble from the outside (Tuesday) night,” said Strandemo, a Fargo South graduate. “I thought it would make a big difference if we started knocking down the shots.”

It did, but it took a little time.

The game stayed tight for the first few minutes of the second half. The Class B all stars tied it up at 31 on a putback by Velva’s Emma Keller.

But Class A pulled away at that point with a 16-3 surge. Three-pointers from Strandemo and West Fargo’s Lexi Lennon helped Class A finally get some separation.

“I think the whole team shot better tonight,” Strandemo said. “Making a few at the beginning just sparked us, and we just went off in the second half.”

Class A’s biggest lead was 57-34 after a baseline jumper by Century’s Hannah Larson, North Dakota’s Miss Basketball. Meanwhile, Class B was struggling to find its groove.

“I think we just got in a hurry on our shots, and I think sometimes that’s why they’re not falling,” Class B coach Julie Stewart of Minot Ryan said.

CLASS A (62): Lexi Lennon 3, Madeline Strandemo 16, Kyra Dewald 6, Ellie Ripplinger 6, Kelly Weir 3, Courtney Goetz 9, Naomi Rust 4, Whitney Wallette 4, Hannah Larson 2, Lexi Goldade 0, Taylor Hammer 9, Jessica Anderson 0. Totals 22 11-13 62.

CLASS B (57): McKayla Haugeberg 1, Sara Schwanke 2. Taylor Henningsgard 7, Kendra Weigel 6, Cassie Thompson 20, Emma Keller 3, Rebecca Eberle 4, Sheridon Dewald 2, Jaylen Newman 2, Ashtin Freije 0, Hannah Breske 4, Mikayla Forness 6. Totals 22 10-18 57.

Halftime: A 25, B 24.

3-pointers: A 7 (Strandemo 3, Lennon 1, Weir 1, Goetz 1, Hammer 1), B 3 (Weigel 2, Henningsgard 1).