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Eric Peterson, Published March 10 2014

No. 8 Central Cass cruises past Hankinson in Region 1 girls BB quarterfinals

WAHPETON, N.D. – Faith Dooley proved efficient when she got the ball near the basket Monday night at Ed Werre Arena.

The 6-foot-3 Central Cass senior shot 72 percent from the field and erupted for a game-high 26 points, only playing in the first three quarters. Her effort helped spark the Squirrels to a 68-39 victory against Hankinson in the first round of the North Dakota Class B, Region 1 girls basketball tournament.

“Our team had great ball movement and we were able to flash hard and get open,” said Dooley, who made 13 of 18 shots from the field. “I was open on our plays that we were running.”

The defending region champion, Central Cass (20-3) advanced to today’s semifinals.

“We wanted to come out as a team strong all of us,” said Dooley, who also grabbed nine rebounds and blocked three shots, playing less than 22 minutes. “Everyone wanted to play well and we wanted to set the tone right away for a region tournament.”

The Squirrels took control early with a run of 18 consecutive points that started in the first quarter and ended early in the second quarter. Dooley scored three inside baskets during that surge. Senior guard Kirby Camas completed the rally with a short baseline jumper that gave Central Cass an 18-2 lead with 7 minutes, 22 seconds remaining in the second quarter.

“They knew they had to come out here to take care of business and they knew how to do it,” said Mears, whose team reached the Class B state title game last season.

Central Cass, which led by as many as 27 points in the first half, took a 37-14 lead into halftime. The Squirrels shot 64 percent (16 of 25) from the field in the opening half. Dooley had 14 points after two quarters on 7-for-8 shooting from the field. She added 12 points in the third quarter to help Central Cass build a 58-33 lead heading into the final eight minutes. Dooley didn’t play in the final quarter.

“I worked on posting up bigger and that helps me get open more,” Dooley said.

“She does a good job of finding that gap,” Mears said of Dooley. “Teams are trying to shut her down. Our girls do a great job of getting her the ball.”

Dooley was the lone Central Cass player to reach double digits in scoring. Senior forward Abigail Cramer added nine points on 4-for-6 shooting from the field. The Squirrels have won 11 consecutive games.

Hankinson 2 14 33 39

Central Cass 14 37 58 68

HANKINSON (8-15): Steinwehr 5 1-3 12, Pankow 2 0-0 6, Hermes 0 0-0 0, Dickerman 0 0-0 0, A. Theede 0 0-0 0, Gaukler 2 0-0 4, Asp 5 1-3 11, Jean 1 0-0 2, Benson 2 0-0 4, Mauch 0 0-0 0, Hubrig 0 0-0 0, C. Theede 0 0-0 0, Leinen 0 0-0 0. Totals 17-53 2-6 39.

CENTRAL CASS (20-3): Erickson 3 1-2 7, A. Cramer 4 0-0 9, Goettle 3 0-0 6, Dooley 13 0-1 26, Roesler 3 0-0 6, Camas 3 0-0 7, Romsdal 1 3-6 5, Sweep 0 0-0 0, Thiel 0 0-0 0, Grommesh 1 0-0 2, E. Cramer 0 0-0 0, Sommerfeld 0 0-0 0, Foss 0 0-0 0. Totals 31-51 4-9 68.

3-point goals: CC 37, HHS 14. Total fouls: HHS 5, CC 10. Rebounds: HHS 19 (Gaukler 6), CC 32 (Dooley 9). Turnovers: HHS 17, CC 14.

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