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Tom Mix, Published March 04 2014

No. 5-ranked Fargo Davies tops Fargo South in East Region girls BB quarterfinals

FARGO – There was no letdown in the opening round of the East Region girls basketball tournament for the Fargo Davies girls basketball team.

Less than a week removed from a win over No. 2-ranked West Fargo in the regular-season finale, the Eagles cruised to a 74-39 win over Fargo South in the quarterfinals at Davies High School.

Junior forward Alexis Klabo scored a game-high 24 points and collected 11 rebounds for the No. 5-ranked Eagles – the No. 3 seed in the tournament

“Everybody was playing defense, making plays and finishing,” Klabo said.

The Eagles opened the game on a 15-2 run and never trailed at any point in the contest.

Davies (15-5) advances to the semifinals and plays Fargo Shanley at 7:15 p.m. Friday at the Fargo Civic Center. South (7-13) plays Wahpeton in a loser-out game at 3:45 p.m. Friday.

Pair Tuesday’s win with the victory against the Packers and the Eagles are on a roll.

“Winning that game gave us a lot of confidence heading into this tournament,” said Davies senior post Katelyn Olson, who finished with 10 points and five rebounds. “It made us want to get going and beat some teams.”

“The kids are focused and playing well,” Davies head coach Tonah Safranski added. “We followed our plan and worked hard.”

The Eagles connected for eight 3-pointers, with five coming from freshman guard Kylee Bergantine, who poured in 20 points.

SOUTH (7-13): M. Erickson 6 4-8 19, Stroup 3 1-2 8, Chakin 3 2-2 8, Friedt 2 0-0 4. Totals: 14 7-12 39.

DAVIES (15-5): Papachek 1 0-0 3, Olson 5 0-0 10, Bergantine 7 1-3 20, Klabo 7 9-10 24, Hildre 2 0-0 4, Hage 1 0-0 2, K. Erickson 2 0-1 4, Kottsick 3 0-0 7. Totals: 28 10-14 74.

Halftime: D 36, S 19.

3-point goals: M. Erickson 3, Stroup, Papachek, Bergantine 4, Klabo, Kottsick. Total fouls: S 13, D 9. Fouled out: Stroup. Rebounds: S 24 (Stroup 9), D 31 (Klabo 11). Turnovers: S 24, D 13.

Shanley 67, Wahpeton 48

FARGO – Sarah Jacobson put up 20 points to lead Fargo Shanley past Wahpeton in a quarterfinal game of the East Region girls basketball tournament Tuesday.

Half: S 40, W 17

W: Irwin 24, Differding 10, Matejcek 6, Bumgarner 2, Cookman 2, Lingen 2, Hibl 2.

S: Jacobson 20, Fraase 10, Rotunda 10, Day 10, Erie 7, Dietz 6, Bucholz 4.

Valley City 65,

Fargo North 50

VALLEY CITY, N.D. – Dierra Diegel had 23 points and six rebounds as Valley City defeated Fargo North in the quarterfinals of the East Region girls basketball tournament Tuesday.

Half: VC 33, FN 23

FN: Muellenberg 11, Schmiess 9, Bergeron 8, Dehne 7, Kjar 7, Ross 3, Reinholz 3, Vangerud 2.

FN: Di. Diegel 23, Madison 16, Olson 12, Da. Diegel 5, Dieterele 4, Klingenberg 3, Denholm 2.

West Fargo 74,

Grand Forks Red River 70

WEST FARGO – Shelby Gustafson scored 25 points as top-seeded West Fargo defeated Grand Forks Red River in the East Region girls basketball tournament quarterfinals Tuesday.

Half: WF 37, GFRR 37

GFRR: Arason 16, Hillebrand 16, Robson 10, Burr 9, Trader 8, Rustebakke 5, Carlson 3, Bohm 3.

WF: Gustafson 25, Sand 14, Nelson 9, Langerud 9, Thorson 6, Wentz 6, Enno 5.


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