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Mike Nowatzki / Forum News Service, Published March 13 2014

Minot upends West Fargo at ND Class A state girls basketball

MINOT, N.D. – There will be no championship heartbreak this year for the West Fargo girls basketball team. A trigger-happy Minot High squad made sure of that Thursday at Municipal Auditorium.

The Majettes sank 10 3-pointers on their way to a 62-59 victory over the Packers, the state Class A tournament runner-up the past two seasons.

It was no anomaly, Minot head coach Todd Magnuson said.

“We tell the kids, you’ve got the green light. Shoot a three anytime,” he said.

Message received. Minot shot 32 percent from behind the arc and 39 percent overall, while West Fargo managed 29 percent in both categories. The Packers took 14 fewer 3-point attempts than Minot.

“You live and die by the threes, and they lived today,” West Fargo coach Barb Metcalf said. “You’ve got to tip your hats to Minot. They hit some shots, and our first half we did not shoot very well, and it carried into our second half.”

Senior Cassidy Thorson, wholed the Packers with 17 points, hit a 3-pointer with 6:45 left to pull West Fargo to within five points. That’s all the closer they got.

The Packers, who won the teams’ only other meeting this season by five points around Christmastime in West Fargo, had a number of close-range shots roll off the rim.

“A lot of our bunnies didn’t fall today,” Metcalf said. “That’s what happens, especially if you’re at a neutral court. I’m proud of our kids. They never quit.”

MINOT (15-8): Moum 2 2-2 8, Bengson 3 0-2 6, S. Duttenhefer 5 4-4 16, Askvig 4 1-3 11, M. Duttenhefer, 2 1-2 6, Hughes 0 2-2 2, Suko 4 2-2 13. Totals: 20-52 (FG), 12-17 (FT).

WEST FARGO (20-3): Enno 0 4-4 4, Thorson 5 3-4 17, Langerud 2 2-2 7, Gustafson 4 2-3 10, Nelson 4 4-6 12, Sand 3 3-4 9. Totals: 18-63 (FG), 18-23 (FT).

Halftime: M 33, WF 28.

3-pointers: Moum 2, S. Duttenhefer 2, Askvig 2, M. Duttenhefer, Suko 3, Thorson 4, Langerud. Total fouls: M 20, WF 15. Rebounds: M 35 (Askvig 9), WF 45 (Gustafson 13). Turnovers: M 15, WF 16. Assists: M 11 (M. Duttenhefer 5), WF 8 (K. Langerud 4).

Readers can reach Mike Nowatzki at (701) 255-5607 or mnowatzki@forumcomm.com