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Kevin Schnepf, Published March 07 2014

Wahpeton, Red River win in East Region girls consolation play

FARGO – Down at halftime? No worries for Wahpeton’s girls basketball team.

“We always seem to have one good half, so we knew we got the bad one out of the way right away,” said Lachelle Bumgarner, who helped lead Wahpeton to a 55-41 win over Fargo South in Friday’s consolation semifinals of the East Region girls basketball tournament at the Fargo Civic Center.

Trailing 24-18 at halftime, Wahpeton stormed out with a 19-5 run to build a 37-29 lead midway through the second half. After South cut the lead to 46-39, Wahpeton went on a 6-0 run to make it 52-39 with less than three minutes remaining.

Wahpeton, which last year advanced to its first state tournament in 27 years, will play an 11 a.m. state-tournament play-in game today at the Bison Sports Arena.

“It was a first in a long time last year, now we want to make it two in a row,” said Bumgarner, a senior guard who led Wahpeton with 17 points.

Teammate Tylee Irwin, a freshman forward, added 16 points and 8 rebounds.

The Bruins, whose season ends with a 7-14 record, were led by Maddie Erickson’s 18 points and 7 rebounds and Emily Stroup’s 10 points and 12 rebounds.

FARGO SOUTH (7-14): Erickson 5 8-10 18, Stroup 2 6-8 10, Chakin 3 0-2 6, Bruer 0 0-0 0, Shiek 0 0-0 0, Aguilar 1 0-0 3, Friedt 2 0-0 4, Tangen 0 0-0 0. Totals: 13-43 14-20 41.

WAHPETON (9-13): Bumgarner 3 10-13 17, Cookman 1 0-0 2, Irwin 4 6-13 16, Hibl 0 0-0 0, Weisz 1 0-0 2, Matejcek 0 0-0 0, Lingen 3 1-4 9, Differding 3 3-3 9. Totals: 15-53 20-33 55.

Halftime: Fargo South 24, Wahpeton 18.

3-point goals: Aguilar, Bumgarner, Irwin 2, Lingen 2. Total fouls: FS 26, W 19. Fouled out: Erickson, Aguilar, Friedt. Rebounds: FS 39 (Stroup 12, Erickson 7), W 39 (Irwin 8, Bumgarner 7). Turnovers: FS 23, W 9.

Red River 54, Fargo North 44

With only seven wins and two seniors, Grand Forks Red River is one win from a state-tournament berth.

“From where we started, this is really big for us,” said Red River sophomore guard Hannah Arason, who helped the Roughriders avenge two regular-season losses to North.

Red River will take its 7-15 record into today’s 2:30 p.m. state-tournament play-in game at the Bison Sports Arena. North’s season ends with a 9-12 record.

“We’ve been saying it all year that we can play with any team when we play well,” said Red River coach Kent Ripplinger. “It’s just a matter of doing it. It’s easier said than done.”

Red River made it look easy when it jumped out to a 20-7 lead. With 7 minutes, 36 seconds remaining in the game, Red River had a 47-30 lead.

The Spartans cut the Red River lead to 51-44 with 1:03 remaining. But that’s all the closer they got.

Arason, who led all scorers with 12 points, iced the win, making three of four free throws in the final minute.

Red River’s win comes just days after they gave top-seeded West Fargo a scare before losing, 74-70.

“That game really motivated us,” Arason said. “We just wanted it that much more after that game.”

FARGO NORTH (9-12): Dehne 3 0-0 6, Ross 3 0-0 7, Baarstad 1 1-1 3, Vangerud 0 0-0 0, Reinholz 0 0-0 0, Kjar 1 4-7 6, Bergeron 1 4-6 7, Schmiess 3 0-0 7, Mullenberg 2 2-2 8. Totals: 14-50 , 11-18 44.

RED RIVER (7-15): Robson 3 2-7 10, Carlson 3 2-4 8, Bohm 1 0-0 2, Rustebakke 0 0-0 0, Arason 2 8-10 12, Trader 1 1-3 3, Hillebrand 4 1-3 11, Burr 4 0-4 8. Totals: 18-39 14-31 54.

Halftime: Red River 30, Fargo North 19.

3-point goals: Ross, Bergeron, Schmiess, Muellenberg 2, Robson 2, Hillebrand 2. Total fouls: FN 25, RR 17. Fouled out: Dehne, Schmiess. Rebounds: FN 30 (Ross 7, Dehne 5), RR 38 (Trader 8, Arason 7). Turnovers: FN 21, RR 27.

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