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Class A Girls Basketball Roundup: Bismarck Century tops West Fargo

BISMARCK -- After a cool start, Bismarck Century settled into its North Dakota Class A state girls basketball quarterfinal game against West Fargo on Thursday.The Patriots started to click late in the first half and were able to hold off the Pack...

BISMARCK - After a cool start, Bismarck Century settled into its North Dakota Class A state girls basketball quarterfinal game against West Fargo on Thursday.
The Patriots started to click late in the first half and were able to hold off the Packers by posting a 64-53 win at the Bismarck Event Center’s Exhibit Hall.
Century shot just 28 percent (7 for 25) from the field in the first half, but closed it out by going on a 10-3 run to take a 25-19 lead at halftime.
“We got into a better flow on offense and started scoring in transition as well as in our half-court set up,” Century head coach Ron Metz said.
The Patriots advance to the noon semifinal game on Friday. Century had three players score in double figures and were led by senior guard Jenna Fitterer, who poured in 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Senior Kourtney Selensky and junior Regan Dennis each scored 16 points for the Patriots (24-1).
Akealy Moton led the Packers with 23 points.
Century has now won 21 straight games.
Grand Forks Red River defeats Bismarck Legacy
BISMARCK - Grand Forks Red River rode the momentum it seized early on Thursday to a 60-48 victory over Bismarck Legacy in the North Dakota Class A girls state basketball quarterfinals at the Bismarck Event Center’s Exhibit Hall.
The Roughriders shot 55.6 percent (10 for 18) in the first half and led 33-13 at halftime.
“We wanted to start the game out strong and knew a quick run would set the tone,” said junior guard Lexi Robson, who led the No. 3-ranked Roughriders with 25 points.
Four different players hit 3-pointers for Red River (21-4) in the first half and the team was 44 percent from beyond the arc in the first 18 minutes.
Robson finished with three 3-pointers in the game and was 10 of 15 from the field.
Legacy (14-10) cut Red River’s lead to 54-39 with 2:31 left, but couldn’t get to within single digits. The Sabers are making their first state tournament appearance in their first year as a program without a senior class.
Junior guard Mercedes Baumgartner led the Sabers with 13 points. Legacy plays West Fargo in the consolation semifinals at 2 p.m. Friday.
Red River advances to play No. 2-ranked Bismarck Century at noon in the semifinals.
Shanley holds on to top Minot
BISMARCK - Minot took undefeated, No. 1-ranked Fargo Shanley the distance in the North Dakota Class A state girls basketball quarterfinals on Thursday, but in the end, the Deacons held on to claim a 53-48 victory at the Bismarck Event Center’s Exhibit Hall.
Winning streak - still alive. Chance at a historic three-peat - still alive.
Minot took a 46-45 lead with 5 minutes, 26 seconds left, forcing the Deacons to respond. Shanley closed with a 7-2 run fueled by free throws and stingy defense.
Shanley junior center Emily Dietz made two free throws with 27.6 seconds remaining to make it a two-possession game.
Shanley was led by its pair of Miss Basketball finalists - seniors Lauren Rotunda and Sarah Jacobson.
Rotunda paced Shanley (25-0) with 22 points and reached the 1,000-career-point milestone with her first basket of the game early in the first half.
Jacobson added 18 points for the Deacons.
Shanley’s winning streak is now at 68 games - the state’s overall record since the North Dakota High School Activities Association began sponsoring the sport in the 1970s.
Wahpeton sneaks by Mandan
BISMARCK - The 30-year drought without a win at a state tournament for the Wahpeton girls basketball team was ended Thursday night in Bismarck.
The Huskies defeated Mandan 61-50 in the Class A state quarterfinals at the Bismarck Event Center’s Exhibit Hall, and now get to play No. 1-ranked Fargo Shanley - a rematch of the East Region semifinals.
Thursday’s game against the Braves was won at the free-throw line. Wahpeton was 29 for 33 from the free-throw line.

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