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Chris Aarhus / Forum News Service, Published March 15 2014

Fargo Shanley takes ND Class A state girls title

MINOT, N.D. – For more than 11 scoreless minutes of Saturday’s first half, Fargo Shanley’s resolve was put to the test.

When the Deacons finally woke from their slumber, Minot had run out of gas.

Sarah Jacobson scored 28 points, and Shanley’s offense exploded late in the first half en route to a 53-29 rout and a North Dakota Class A state girls basketball championship Saturday at the Minot State Dome.

“We came out and the shots weren’t falling,” said Jacobson, who watched her brother A.J. lead Shanley’s boys to a title last season. “We played great defense, got our points back, and got it done.”

It’s the Deacons’ seventh girls title overall and first since going back to back in 1996-97, but it appeared to be in doubt during the early going. Minot held Shanley to four points until 5 minutes, 21 seconds remained in the first half.

“When were down, I was getting a little nervous,” said sophomore Lauren Rotunda, who added 10 points. “I knew we’d come back. We always do, so I was ready for it.”

Down 15-6, Shanley struck for 13 consecutive points, keyed by two 3-pointers from Alivia Fraase and another from Rotunda. When the Deacons were done, they led 19-15, and then 21-20 at halftime.

“(We) rushed shots because of Minot’s defense – they really put the heat on us,” Shanley coach Tim Jacobson said. “We didn’t adjust to the physicality that was going on out there until the second half. Then the kids understood.

“It’s amazing how you loosen up when you hit a couple shots.”

Shanley buried four 3-pointers – two from Jacobson – within the first 4 minutes after halftime to build a 10-point lead in what became a 24-3 run that sunk the Majettes. Minot was held to five points in the first 15 minutes of the second half.

“They hit a couple big shots, got them going and that’s all it took,” Minot coach Todd Magnuson said. “(Shanley) played a nice matchup zone and took our kids out of things. We died by the 3-pointer.”

Minot made only 5 of 30 attempts from long range, settling for quick shots that created more opportunities for the Deacons. Brooke Suko led the Majettes with eight points.

“Our rotation was so much quicker,” Tim Jacobson said. “We were frustrated playing defense and not scoring in the first half. Then all of a sudden – boom. It started going.”

Next season could bring a similar matchup, with five starters returning for Shanley and four for Minot.

“We’re young, and we’re gonna keep working hard,” said Sarah Jacobson, who was named tournament MVP. “Keep practicing and keep having fun.”

MINOT (16-9): Brooke Suko 3 0-2 8, McKale Duttenhefer 2 0-0 5, Cassie Askvig 2 0-0 5, Jayden Moum 1 0-0 3, Annika Arnold 1 1-1 3, Teasha Hughes 1 1-2 3, Sierra Duttenhefer 1 0-0 2. Totals 11-49 2-5 29.

SHANLEY (23-2): Sarah Jacobson 7 11-12 28, Lauren Rotunda 4 0-0 10, Alivia Fraase 3 0-0 8, Ellen Erie 1 2-2 5, Sydney Weber 1 0-0 2. Totals 16-56 13-18 53.

Halftime: S 21, M 20. 3-pointers: S 8 (Jacobson 3, Fraase 2, Rotunda 2, Erie), M 5 (Suko 2, M. Duttenhefer, Askvig, Moum). Rebounds: S 35 (Fraase 10), M 46 (M. Duttenhefer 10). Assists: S 10 (Jacobson 4), M 6 (Bengson 2). Fouls: S 12, M 16. Fouled out: S. Duttenhefer. Turnovers: S 8, M 23.

Third-place game

Bismarck 75,

Fargo Davies 70

MINOT, N.D. – Keisha Engelhardt finished with 25 points, including 15 of 18 from the free-throw line, as No. 1-ranked Bismarck downed Fargo Davies 75-70 for third place at the North Dakota Class A state girls basketball tournament on Saturday.

The Demons, who led 37-31 at halftime, also received 11 points from Ashlee Hilzendeger.

Davies junior Alexis Klabo tallied 25 points and 10 rebounds.

DAVIES (17-8): Alexis Klabo 6 13-14 25, Brook Hildre 4 2-3 10, Kylee Bergantine 2 1-2 7, Kinsey Papachek 2 1-2 6, Kai Erickson 3 0-1 6, Carly Kottsick 1 3-4 6, Katelyn Olson 2 0-0 4, Shelby Malmanger 2 0-0 4, McKenzie Roehrich 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 23-53 20-26 70.

BISMARCK (22-3): Keisha Engelhardt 5 15-18 25, Ashlee Hilzendeger 5 1-3 11, Courtney Trolliey 2 4-4 10, Kylee Leingang 4 0-0 10, McKenzie Kiefer 1 4-6 7, Alison Fisher 2 2-4 7, Taylor Mann 1 2-2 5. Totals 20-61 28-37 75.

Halftime: B 37, D 31. 3-pointers: D 4 (Bergantine 2, Papachek, Kottsick), B 7 (Leingang 2, Trolliey 2, Kiefer, Fisher, Mann). Rebounds: D 36 (Klabo 10), B 41 (Kiefer 9). Assists: D 11 (Lauren Hage 5), B 13 (Trolliey 4). Fouls: D 28, B 20. Fouled out: Hildre, Hilzendeger. Turnovers: D 21, B 19.

Fifth-place game

Bismarck Century 55,

West Fargo 51

Bismarck Century rallied from a 13-point halftime deficit to lay claim to fifth-place honors.

Macy Lynch and Katie Scherr each had 11 points for the Patriots, who held West Fargo to 17 percent shooting in the second half.

Alison Enno had a game-high 16 points in the loss.

BISMARCK CENTURY (21-4): Katie Scherr 3 5-7 11, Macy Lynch 4 1-2 11, Jen Benz 3 3-4 9, Jordyn Jossart 3 1-3 8, Alaina Furcht 4 0-0 8, Kourtney Selensky 3 0-0 6, Cassidy Wilhelm 1 0-0 2. Totals 21-58 10-16 55.

WEST FARGO (21-4): Alison Enno 3 8-9 16, Cassidy Thorson 6 1-2 13, Cassidy Nelson 3 3-6 9, Kennedi Sand 3 1-2 8, Shelby Gustafson 1 2-4 4, Jenaya Wentz 0 1-2 1. Totals 16-57 16-25 51.

Halftime: WF 32, C 19. 3-pointers: C 3 (Lynch 2, Jossart), WF 3 (Enno 2, Sand). Rebounds: C 37 (Furcht 8), WF 42 (Nelson 12). Assists: C 12 (Benz 3), WF 6 (Sand 3). Fouls: C 21, WF 19. Fouled out: C, Lynch. Turnovers: C 16, WF 18.

Awards

All-tournament team

Sarah Jacobson, Lauren Rotunda, Alivia Fraase, all of Shanley; Cassie Askvig, Sierra Duttenhefer, both Minot; Keisha Engelhardt, Courtney Trolliey, both Bismarck; Alexis Klabo, Davies; Macy Lynch, Century; Cassidy Thorson, West Fargo; Paige Peterson, Jamestown.

Tournament MVP: Sarah Jacobson, Shanley

Senior athlete of the year: Paige Peterson, Jamestown.

Coach of the year: Dallas Hinderer, Bismarck.

Aarhus writes for The Jamestown Sun