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Tom Mix, Published December 19 2013

Fargo South defeats Fargo North in EDC girls basketball

FARGO – Fargo South’s height won out Thursday night.

The Bruins used their size advantage to manufacture a 79-70 Eastern Dakota Conference girls basketball victory over Fargo North at South High School.

South has three players – senior Allyson Friedt, junior Nya Chakin, and sophomore Emily Stroup – that are

5-foot-10 or taller, and all three scored in double figures on Thursday.

Stroup led the way, scoring 21 points and grabbing 22 rebounds for the Bruins (2-2, 2-1 EDC).

In addition to finding offense in the paint, South was able to get its transition offense clicking early.

“We are a team that needs to blend our inside game with our transition game whenever we can,” Fargo South head coach Jason Smedshammer said.

Friedt finished with 20 points and Chakin added 14 points and 10 rebounds.

At the controls of South’s offense was sophomore point guard Maddie Erickson, who scored 16 points, including two 3-pointers.

The Bruins opened with an 8-0 run and never trailed. South led 48-43 at halftime.

North (1-2, 1-1 EDC) used its perimeter shooting to prevent the Bruins from running away with the game. The Spartans finished with 13 3-pointers from six different shooters.

“Offensively I thought we shot well, but at the same time we sort of settled at times for outside shots instead of driving inside,” North head coach Derek Ouren said. “South played very well and deserved to win.”

Senior guard Kate Astrup led the Spartans with 17 points and connected for three 3-pointers.

“They were hot around the 3-point line,” Erickson said. “But we didn’t let them have many second chances on the offensive end. We rebounded the ball well the entire game.”

South held the rebounding advantage over North 49-25, which helped feed its transition offense.

“We didn’t do a good job of getting up the line and preventing South from getting those second passes down low,” Ouren said.

North got as close as three points of South early in the second half.

Erickson hit a 3-pointer with 6 minutes, 54 seconds left to extend South’s lead to 70-60 and was part of a 10-2 run that allowed the Bruins to put the game out of reach.

“We knew coming in that North was a good 3-point shooting team,” Smedshammer said. “We just were able to withstand their shooting and kept battling. That eventually helped us to the win.”

NORTH (1-2): Bergeron 6 1-2 16, Muellenberg 2 0-0 6, Astrup 6 2-4 17, Schmiess 3 0-0 9, Ross 1 0-2 2, Baarstad 1 0-0 2, Schweigert 1 0-0 3, Vangerud 2 0-0 5, Kjar 3 0-0 6, Reinholz 2 0-0 5. Totals 25 3-8 70.

SOUTH (2-2): Stroup 8 3-5 21, Erickson 6 2-3 16, Bruer 1 0-0 2, Friedt 10 0-0 20, Chakin 2 0-0 6, Shiek 2 0-0 6. Totals 34 5-8 79.

Halftime: FS 48, FN 43. 3-pointers: Stroup, Erickson 2, Shiek 2, Bergeron 3, Muellenberg 2, Astrup 3, Schmiess 3, Schweigert, Reinholz. Total Fouls: FN 13, FS 8. Rebounds: FN 25 (Vangerud 7), FS 49 (Stroup 22). Turnovers: FN 13, FS 15.

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