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South bounces back: Hageman, Bruins prove too much for Geffre, Deacons

The Eastern Dakota Conference's top two scorers, Fargo Shanley's Brittany Geffre and Fargo South's Melanie Hageman, squared off Saturday afternoon. While the two players dueled throughout the game, Fargo South's supporting cast was too much for S...

The Eastern Dakota Conference's top two scorers, Fargo Shanley's Brittany Geffre and Fargo South's Melanie Hageman, squared off Saturday afternoon.

While the two players dueled throughout the game, Fargo South's supporting cast was too much for Shanley.

Hageman scored 18 points to lead four Bruins in double figures as Fargo South defeated Shanley 66-48 in girls basketball.

The Bruins protected their undefeated EDC record, which stands at 12-0.

Hageman said she was satisfied with the Bruins' response following their 58-41 loss Thursday to Moorhead.

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"We wanted to come back strong," she said.

Despite netting an 18-point victory, the game remained close throughout the first half. Neither team held a lead larger than nine points.

"I thought in the first half, we were still pouting from the Moorhead game," Flaagan said. "I don't think we were real aggressive."

The Bruins were unable to break Shanley's zone defense during the first half, but held a 32-27 lead at halftime.

In the second half, as the Deacons continued to clamp down on South's post players, the Bruins started knocking down shots from the wing.

Clinging to a 32-29 with six minutes left in the third quarter, Bruins forward Amy Hannaher knocked down a 3-pointer from the wing.

South sophomore guard Cammi Greenheck added a layup and drilled an 18-footer just inside the arc, yet the undersized Deacons stayed within six points.

But Bruins forward Jenna Lee hit 3-pointers on consecutive possessions midway through the third quarter, pushing South's lead to 45-33.

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"As far as the momentum goes, that was the turning point," said Shanley head coach Barb Metcalf.

The Deacons cut the lead to nine points during the fourth quarter, but Geffre, Giuli Varriano and Holly Bodensteiner eventually fouled out.

Flaagan said it was important for the Bruins to take advantage of a Deacons squad that lacked depth.

"We thought our bench strength was a key," Flaagan said. "Shanley only plays five players. Defensively, (those players) don't want to foul out."

The Bruins were vulnerable in the fourth quarter, as well. Hageman, who was averaging 18.9 points per game coming in, was relegated to the bench with six minutes left in the game after picking up her fourth foul.

That's when Katie Thingelstad picked up the slack.

The senior center scored eight of her 12 points in the final four minutes of the contest to seal the Bruins' victory.

"We wanted to pound the ball in," Thingelstad said. "But whenever (Hageman) is out, that's a big blow to us."

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"They're deep," Metcalf added. "They put in a clone for a clone."

Geffre paced the Deacons with 16 points and eight rebounds.

Metcalf said a big reason for the Deacons' loss was their struggles at the free-throw line.

Fargo South shot 16 of 23 from the free-throw line, while Shanley (8-7, 7-6 EDC) made just 5 of 14.

"Free throws killed us," Metcalf said.

Fargo South (12-2, 12-0 EDC), sitting in first place in the EDC, hosts second-place Grand Forks Central (11-3, 10-2 EDC) Tuesday evening.

Shanley 15 27 33 48

South 18 32 46 66

SHANLEY: Bodensteiner 1 0-1 2, Krejci 0 1-1 1, Sargent 2 1-3 5, Sampson 5 1-2 12, Varriano 5 0-0 12, Geffre 7 2-7 16. Totals 20 5-14 48.

SOUTH: Mehlisch 1 0-2 2, Greenheck 2 1-2 5, Hageman 5 8-9 18, Lee 4 0-0 11, Hannaher 5 3-4 14, Wagner 1 0-0 2, Thingelstad 4 4-6 12, Tharaldson 1 0-0 2. Totals 23 16-23 66.

3-point goals: Varriano 2, Sampson, Lee 3, Hannaher. Total fouls: Shanley 24, South 16. Fouled out: Bodensteiner, Varriano, Geffre. Rebounds: Shanley 31 (Geffre 8), South 35 (Thingelstad 9). Assists: Shanley 8 (four tied with 2), South 17 (Hannaher, Wagner 5). Steals: Shanley 7 (Sargent 3), South 12 (Hannher 7). Turnovers: Shanley 25, South 14.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Hayden Goethe at (701) 241-5558

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