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Fargo South runs table in EDC play

The end of a perfect regular season in conference play came thanks to a near-perfect end to the first half. Fargo South closed the first half with a dominating defensive stand that led to a 20-0 run, setting up a 65-41 victory over West Fargo. Th...

The end of a perfect regular season in conference play came thanks to a near-perfect end to the first half.

Fargo South closed the first half with a dominating defensive stand that led to a 20-0 run, setting up a 65-41 victory over West Fargo.

The win gave the Bruins a perfect 16-0 mark in Eastern Dakota Conference play this season.

"Our defensive pressure got better, and that's the way we play," South coach Craig Flaagan said. "We get on those spurts, and those seem to put games away."

They last ran the table during the East Region regular season in 2003-04. They went on to finish second at state to Mandan.

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The Packers hung around for awhile, trimming the South edge to 19-16 with 8 minutes, 12 seconds to play.

But the Bruins scored the game's next 20 points before Jamie Green stopped the drought with a pair of West Fargo free throws 43 seconds before the break.

Caitlyn Haring sparked the surge for the Bruins. She racked up nine points, five steals, four rebounds and three assists before the break.

"She anticipates so well, and there are so many times where she has the ball and we're getting a layup," Flaagan said. "When she's playing aggressive, we're pretty solid."

South has won 11 games in a row, and wants to add six more to that string - which would mean an EDC tournament title, and a state championship.

However, 2005 is still fresh in the Bruins' minds. South was the top seed in the region that year, went 0-2 in the tourney and missed state.

"We've talked about not losing another game this year, but we've talked about (2005), too," Flaagan said. "The next goal is winning the EDC, and if we win that, then it's winning state."

SOUTH: Roehrich 1 2-2 4, Burck 4 0-2 9, Stroup 3 8-10 14, Haring 5 0-0 11, Anstadt 3 1-1 7, Lee 4 1-3 9, Fisher 1 3-4 5, Weatherspoon 2 2-2 6. Totals 23 17-24 65.

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WEST FARGO: Doggett 1 0-0 3, Utter 0 2-2 2, Montgomery 3 0-0 6, Adams 2 7-8 11, Green 1 3-5 5, Gust 2 0-0 4, Selisker 3 0-2 6, Jones 1 2-3 4. Totals 13 14-20 41.

Half: FS 39, WF 18. 3-point goals: Burck, Haring, Doggett. Total fouls: FS 13. WF 20. Rebounds: FS 28 (Haring 6). WF 37 (Jones 11). Assists: FS 12 (Haring 4). WF 5 (Utter 2). Steals: FS 20 (Burck 5, Haring 5). WF 9 (Montgomery 3). Turnovers: FS 20. WF 34.

Fargo South 65, West Fargo 41

- The story: Bruins finish EDC regular season at 16-0.

Readers can reach Forum sports writer Kerry Collins at (701) 241-5548.

Collins' prep sports blog can be found at www.areavoices.com

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