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No. 1-ranked Fargo Shanley tops No. 5 Fargo Davies in EDC girls basketball game

FARGO - Three state championship banners were raised in McCormick Gymnasium at Fargo Shanley High School on Saturday in between the Eastern Dakota Conference basketball doubleheader between Shanley and Fargo Davies.

FARGO – Three state championship banners were raised in McCormick Gymnasium at Fargo Shanley High School on Saturday in between the Eastern Dakota Conference basketball doubleheader between Shanley and Fargo Davies.
One banner recognized the 2013-14 Shanley girls basketball team, which won the North Dakota Class A state title last March in Minot.
Most of the members of that team are still playing at Shanley and before the banner was raised, the Deacons tallied an 86-42 girls basketball victory over the Eagles.
The way top-ranked Shanley (15-0, 14-0 EDC) played Saturday against No. 5-ranked Davies suggests the Deacons will, once again, be among the favorites in Class A when postseason play begins next month.
“We played well,” Shanley head coach Tim Jacobson said. “It was a matter of us being able to execute on the offensive and defensive ends of the court.”
The victory extends Shanley’s winning streak to 31 games, which is the longest active streak in the state.
“We came into this game focused,” said Shanley junior guard Sarah Jacobson, who led all scorers with 25 points. “We played hard on defense and that led to some easy points for us on offense.”
Jacobson, a two-time all-state selection, was a perfect 12-for-12 from the free-throw line in the game and was one of three Deacons to score in double figures.
“We were really sharp,” Tim Jacobson said. “Our defense was about as quick as it has been all season, and our focus was excellent.”
Shanley junior forward Lauren Rotunda added 14 points, and junior guard Ellen Erie finished with 12 points off the bench for the Deacons.
Shanley led 44-23 at halftime and continued its domination in the second half.
“We were on our heels most of the game,” said Davies head coach Tonah Safranski, whose squad entered Saturday in second place behind Shanley in the EDC standings. “Shanley forces you into things you normally don’t like to do, and we didn’t react very well to that. They got up for this game and that’s something we have to start to do ourselves when we play Shanley instead of being timid.”
Senior all-state forward Alexis Klabo scored 23 points to lead the Eagles (12-3, 11-3).
The Deacons started the second half on an 11-2 run, and led 55-25 with 15 minutes, 19 seconds remaining in the game.
“Davies is a great team and we knew this game would be tough,” Sarah Jacobson said. “Everybody played their roles very well and that is what helped us play a complete game.”
A total of 10 players scored points for Shanley and the Deacons received 30 points off its bench.
Half: S 44, D 23
DAVIES: Burtness 4, Bergantine 7, Klabo 23, Erickson 3, Kelly 3, Allard 2.
SHANLEY: Day 4, Fraase 9, Jacobson 25, Rotunda 14, Bucholz 4, Erie 12, Dietz 6, Swenson 6, Carew 2, Berg 2, Erholtz 2.

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