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ND Class A state girls basketball: Farroh carries Central to first-round win

When Grand Forks Central needs a basket, head coach Brent Hintz doesn't have to tell his team where to look. His players know senior post Caitlin Farroh is a reliable option.

Bismarck's Rylee Meier
Bismarck's Rylee Meier pressures Grand Forks Central's Rebecca Fee in the first round of the North Dakota Class A state girls basketball tournament Thursday at the Fargodome. Carrie Snyder / The Forum

When Grand Forks Central needs a basket, head coach Brent Hintz doesn't have to tell his team where to look. His players know senior post Caitlin Farroh is a reliable option.

Farroh scored 17 of her game-high 22 points in the second half to help the Knights earn a 72-67 victory against Bismarck on Thursday in the first round of the North Dakota Class A state girls basketball tournament at the Fargodome.

"One thing with this group this year, they do a nice job of understanding their role," Hintz said. "They know that when we need a basket, more times than not, we're going to look to Farroh inside and get it to her if we can."

Central (20-3) plays Fargo North at 6:30 p.m. today in the state semifinals.

"That is huge," said Farroh, who is in her fourth year on varsity and playing in her first state tournament. "We have been waiting for it for what seems like forever. It's kind of a feeling I've never felt, but it's a feeling I really enjoy."

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Bismarck trailed by eight points at halftime, but cut the Central lead to 35-33 after senior Erin Haugen scored an inside basket with 13 minutes, 15 seconds to play in the second half.

That when the 6-foot-1 Farroh took control. The Knights scored the next 12 points. Farroh scored eight points during that stretch, including two 3-points plays.

Central built a 47-33 lead after Michaela Johnson sank a 17-footer with 10:44 remaining.

"That was the big key I thought was that run," Hintz said. "We were able to answer their run and get our lead back and Farroh was a huge part of that. We were able to find her inside and get her going and that got us into a flow offensively."

Bismarck coach Dallas Hinderer said his team needed to do a better job containing Farroh during that stretch.

"That's an adjustment that we had to make and we didn't do a very good job of it," Hinderer said. "Her teammates do a really good job of putting it up top for her. When you've got a tall girl like that who can go up and get it and keep it high like that, it's tough."

Farroh drained a foul shot to give the Knights a 65-52 lead with 2:33 remaining, but the Demons didn't go quietly. Bismarck countered by scored 11 of the next 12 points.

Demons sophomore MacKayla Feeney sank a 3-pointer to cut the Knights lead to 66-63 with 35 seconds remaining. Bismarck, however, was unable to get any closer in the closing seconds. Central scored 12 of the game's first 15 points and never trailed.

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"They were such a tough team to put away," Hintz said. "We just really had to keep working. I give our girls credit for keeping their composure and finishing it off."

BISMARCK (15-8): Meier 3 5-6 13, Sweep 5 0-0 10, Schuette 0 0-0 0, A. Haugen 3 0-0 6, Feeney 2 0-0 6, E. Haugen 0 2-2 2, Hilzendeger 2 0-0 5, Hruby 8 3-3 20, Rust 2 1-4 5. Totals 25-65 11-15 67.

CENTRAL (20-3): Fee 5 2-2 14, Lindsay 2 3-4 8, Johnson 2 0-0 4, Erickson 0 0-0 0, T. Hammer 0 1-2 1, Fennell 3 1-2 8, Farroh 8 6-10 22, Olson 0 0-0 0, C. Hammer 4 3-4 15. Totals 24-47 16-24 72.

Half: GFC 31, BHS 22. 3-point goals: Meier 2, Feeney 2, Hilzendeger, Hruby, Fee 2, Lindsay, Fennell, C. Hammer 4. Total fouls: BHS 20, GFC 15. Rebounds: BHS 39 (Hruby 10), GFC 32 (Farroh 16). Assists: BHS 7 (E. Haugen 3), GFC 7 (Fee 4). Turnovers: BHS 13, GFC 19.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Eric Peterson at (701) 241-5513.

Peterson's blog can be found at peterson.areavoices.com

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Peterson covers college athletics for The Forum, including Concordia College and Minnesota State Moorhead. He also covers the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks independent baseball team and helps out with North Dakota State football coverage. Peterson has been working at the newspaper since 1996.
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