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Jacobson scores 23 as Deacons top Roughriders

FARGO -- The Fargo Shanley girls basketball team is heading back to the North Dakota Class A state championship game. The Deacons secured their return to the title game with a 60-45 win over Grand Forks Red River in the semifinals Friday at the F...

FARGO - The Fargo Shanley girls basketball team is heading back to the North Dakota Class A state championship game.
The Deacons secured their return to the title game with a 60-45 win over Grand Forks Red River in the semifinals Friday at the Fargodome.
Shanley had three plays hit double figures to help post its 42nd straight victory - the longest active winning streak in the state.
The No. 1-ranked defending Class A state champion Deacons play Bismarck Century at 5 p.m. today in the title game.
Junior guard Sarah Jacobson paced the Deacons on Friday, scoring 23 points and collecting eight assists. Senior Somer Bucholz and junior Lauren Rotunda each added 10 points for Shanley (26-0).
“Offensively, we got great contributions from everybody,” Shanley head coach Tim Jacobson said. “Somer Bucholz really stepped up for us, and our bench played very well.”
Shanley trailed several times early in the first half, but a 14-0 run gave the Deacons a 20-8 lead with just over 10 minutes left to play in the first half.
Jacobson fueled the run, hitting two 3-pointers and scored eight of the 14 points during the run.
“They are a good team all around,” Grand Forks Red River head coach Kent Ripplinger said. “Sarah (Jacobson) knocked some shots down. We needed to do a better job covering their shooters. In the first half, it was a five-point game, and all of sudden it became a 12-point game. They did a good job scoring the basketball.”
Red River (18-8) got a lift from junior Allison Hillebrand, who hit five 3-pointers in the first half. Hillebrand finished the game with 19 points.
“You don’t get many good looks against them, and when you do, you better make them,” Ripplinger said. “Their size bothered us inside. They are a good team and are undefeated for a reason.”
Shanley defeated Minot a year ago for its first title since 1997.
“It definitely feels great,” Rotunda said of returning to the championship game. “We know we have to come out hard and play with the same intensity we have been playing with all season. We have to play like it is any other game and not worry too much about it.”
The Deacons will attempt to become the first Class A girls basketball team to go undefeated in a season since Fargo North went 25-0 and won the 2001 state title when girls basketball was played in the fall.
“We know how big that championship game is,” Bucholz said. “We just have to stay calm and collected.”
Senior Alivia Fraase added eight points and 11 rebounds for the Deacons.
The Roughriders play Turtle Mountain-Belcourt in the third-place game at 12:30 p.m. today.
Half: S 33, GFRR 21
RED RIVER: Hillebrand 19, Schreiner 9, Robson 9, Aarson 6, Burr 2.
SHANLEY: Jacobson 23, Rotunda 10, Bucholz 10, Fraase 8, Dietz 6, Swenson 3.

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