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South holds on to top Davies in East Region girls hoops quarterfinals

FARGO-Overtime was needed once more to decide a girls basketball game played between Fargo Davies and Fargo South.For the second time in three weeks the two teams dueled in overtime-this time in the quarterfinals of the North Dakota Class A, East...

FARGO-Overtime was needed once more to decide a girls basketball game played between Fargo Davies and Fargo South.

For the second time in three weeks the two teams dueled in overtime-this time in the quarterfinals of the North Dakota Class A, East Region tournament. South came away with the 61-58 victory over No. 4-ranked Davies on Tuesday at Davies High School.

Leading the way for the Bruins was senior all-state center Emily Stroup, who posted 28 points, 22 rebounds and eight blocks.

"She wasn't going to let us lose," South head coach Jason Smedshammer said of Stroup who broke the unofficial all-time Class A rebounding record during the first half.

Stroup entered the game needing three rebounds to break former Grand Fork Central standout Caitlin Farroh's mark of 1,277 rebounds and is one of only three players in the history of Class A to have over 1,000 points and rebounds in a career.

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"Emily Stroup came to play, and we couldn't contain her," Davies head coach Tonah Safranski said. "I give her a lot of credit. She carried her team to a big win."

South (11-12) led 25-20 at halftime, but Davies rallied several times in the second half to take the lead. The Bruins were up 55-52 with just over 10 seconds left to play, but the No. 4-ranked Eagles (16-6) got a big 3-pointer from junior Kylee Bergantine just before the buzzer sounded.

Then came overtime. Stroup scored five of South's six points in the extra four-minute period.

"When they made that shot at the end, it was frustrating, but I'm proud of our team and the way we responded," Stroup said. "It was a great team win."

Senior guard McKenzie Roehrich added 10 points for the Bruins. Eight of her 10 points were scored in the final three minutes of regulation.

"We kept telling ourselves, 'We're in this,'" Roehrich said. "We did a good job of keeping everyone's spirits up and even though they beat us in overtime the last time we played them we knew if we played hard we could fight back. We just tried to keep that in mind."

Davies was led by sophomore guard Carly Kottsick, who scored 23 points.

HALF: FS 25, FD 20.

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END OF REGULATION: FD 55, FS 55

FS: Green 5, Erickson 12, Roehrich 10, Brakke 4, Stroup 28, Aguilar 2.

FD: Nemer 2, Kottsick 23, Geffre 17, Bergantine 6, Bergantine 10.

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