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Nudell shines, but Class A girls win Lions all-star matchup

FARGO -- It finally hit former Fargo Shanley standout Sarah Jacobson when she was lifting weights with the North Dakota State women's basketball team this summer. She was a college basketball player."It was when we started classes and lifting," J...

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Fargo Shanley graduate Sarah Jacobson, left, defends against Maple Valley graduate Rylee Nudell during the North Dakota Lions all-star game on Monday at the Fargo Civic Center. (FNS Photo by David Samson)

FARGO - It finally hit former Fargo Shanley standout Sarah Jacobson when she was lifting weights with the North Dakota State women’s basketball team this summer. She was a college basketball player.
“It was when we started classes and lifting,” Jacobson said. “Lifting is completely different than what I did in high school. It’s more structured and detailed. This is a lot different than high school. It hit me. Wow, I’m a college athlete.”
Life has moved pretty quickly for Jacobson and new NDSU teammate, Rylee Nudell, a former Maple Valley star. On Monday, they got a taste of high school again, playing against one another for the first and last time in the North Dakota High School Coaches Association Lions all-star basketball game at the Fargo Civic Center.
Nudell led all scorers with 25 points, but Jacobson got the win 79-74 for Class A over Class B, finishing with 12 points for Class A.
Dickinson Trinity’s Alanna Sickler and Watford City’s Katie Mogen each scored four points for the Class B team.
“(Jacobson) is a very competitive person,” Nudell said. “I’m glad that now she’s on my team and I don’t have to worry about playing against her. She’s a very nice person, and she knows the game.”
There hasn’t been much time for summer vacation for either, as they make the switch to the college game. Jacobson graduated from Shanley on May 25, had to play in the state soccer tournament June 2-3, and moved into NDSU on June 11. She’s 

also taking a communications class and a women and gender studies class.
“It’s been fun,” said Jacobson, who became Class A’s all-time leading scorer in her senior season with 2,371 career points. “It’s flown by. We’re just so busy and getting to know our teammates. We do enjoy some summer time because we get to hang out with our teammates, but this not the typical vacation.”
Nudell - the all-time leading scorer in North Dakota high school girls basketball history - graduated on May 29 and was moved into NDSU on June 11 as well. She’s taking an environmental science class and a women and gender studies class.
Both Nudell and Jacobson have to lift four times, scrimmage three times and six hours of study hall a week, along with meetings with coaches and classes. Plus, there’s the part where the two have to get acquainted to basketball at a higher level.
“It has been an adjustment,” Nudell said. “It’s a lot of faster and obviously more strict. I like it a lot. I’m glad I chose to go to NDSU and play at the next level.”
They’re happy to have each other for support in the transition to college life.
“It’s a lot faster,” Jacobson said. “The pace is a lot faster. It’s a lot more physical. I have to get stronger and play through the contact. I can definitely see us together for the next four years. And I’m really excited. I’m really excited to see what the future holds for us.”

Halftime: Class B 32, Class A 27
A: Rotunda 11, Arason 11, Jacobson 12, M. Erickson 5, K. Erickson 2, Askvig 14, Schafer 7, Golus 3, Selensky 7, Hanson 4.
B: Marx 4, Nudell 25, Heidlebaugh 8, Mogen 4, Lindley 7, Ulmer 7, Sickler 4, Wittmayer 8, Kuhn 3, Kaehler 4.

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