FARGO - Grand Forks Red River's Kaitlin Anderson wasn't on the court to start the second half.
Anderson first had to get a mild asthma attack in check before she could help the Roughriders to a 59-57 Eastern Dakota Conference girls basketball win on Friday at Fargo Davies High School.
The 5-foot-10 senior forward banked a go-ahead jumper off the glass with 1 minute, 58 seconds left, giving Red River a 56-55 lead over the Eagles.
Red River never trailed after that and was able to hang on to a win a game that went back and forth.
"She is gutty," Red River head coach Kent Ripplinger said of Anderson. "She was hurting there with her asthma. She was sitting with her mom trying to get settled down, and for her to come out and say, 'Coach, I'm ready to roll,' after I was watching her looking pale was impressive.
"She came out and made some big shots and her rebounding was also big."
Anderson finished with eight points - all coming in the second half - and also grabbed seven rebounds for Red River (2-1, 2-1 EDC).
After scoring the
go-ahead bucket, Anderson got a key block on Davies junior post player Katelyn Olson. Olson appeared to have a chance at a layup before Anderson stepped in.
Davies had a 3-point attempt that missed the rim in the closing seconds.
Red River opened the game with a 12-1 run and led 33-27 at halftime.
The Eagles (0-4, 0-3) recovered and started the second half on a 17-0 run. With 17:04 left to play, junior Alexis Bolstad scored in the paint, giving Davies its first lead of the game at 34-33.
"We talked about some adjustments we wanted to do offensively," Davies head coach Tonah Safranski said. "We wanted to make their defenders shift a little more. I thought we did that, and we made some shots. Once we started making shots, the team got more relaxed."
Down 44-33 with just over 13 minutes to play, Red River's Ellie Ripplinger started a 13-0 run for the Roughriders with a layup.
"The team I have will fight to the end no matter what," Kent Ripplinger said. "That is what I love about them. They don't quit. They battle, get on the floor and they scrap. Being down 10 we have enough confidence to comeback as long as we get it done down on the defensive end."
Red River's defense created 22 Davies turnovers.
"We passed the ball back and to the sides instead of down the court," Safranski said. "They got some turnovers off of that, and that hurt us. They kept us out of our offense too."
Ellie Ripplinger finished with 18 points to lead Red River.
Bolstad posted a game-high 19 points for the Eagles. Olson tallied a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds for Davies.
RR (2-1): Trader 2 0-0 5, Anderson 4 0-0 8, Carlson 1 0-0 2, Ripplinger 8 0-0 18, Salquist 4 0-1 11, LaDoucer 5 1-2 11, Burr 2 0-2 4. Totals: 26 1-5 59.
FD (0-4): Papachek 3 0-0 8, Larson 2 0-0 4, Hage 2 2-2 7, Olson 4 2-2 10, Bolstad 6 5-6 19, Kelly 0 1-2 1, Bergantine 3 0-0 6, Haugen 1 0-0 2. Totals: 21 10-12 57.
Halftime: RR 33, FD 27. 3-pointers: Papachek 2, Bolstad 2, Hage, Trader, Ripplinger 2, Salquist 3. Total fouls: RR 13, FD 12. Rebounds: RR 25 (Anderson 7), FD 36 (Olson 11). Turnovers: RR 14, FD 22.
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