Bruins drop tight contest to #4 ranked Fargo Davies
It was a battle of 2 halves on Tuesday night in the Bruin gym. South controlled much of the first half in building a 29-21 halftime lead, but Davies controlled much of the second half, and came away with a 55-49 win. South played steady defense throughout, and was able to slowly build a lead as the opening half progressed. Emily Stroup did a nice job of controlling the inside game, grabbing a number of rebounds and getting herself to the freethrow line 10 times before halftime. McKenzie Roehrich also had a nice first half attacking the basket and getting to the line 6 times herself. The aggressive play of South led to 17 first half freethrow attempts as they built their 8 point halftime lead. In the second half though, the Eagles defense stepped up their game, and made it difficult for the Bruins to get into an offensive rhythm. But both teams made some big baskets as Davies cut into South's lead, and the teams battled back and forth the entire rest of the game. With 6 minutes to play, a three pointer by Maddie Erickson knotted the game up at 39-39. The teams again traded baskets and stops, before a missed rebounding opportunity by the Bruins led to a second chance for Davies with a new shot clock, and Carli Kottsick for Davies drilled a huge three pointer giving with 2 minutes to play giving Davies a 4 point lead. South was able to cut that lead back to 3 at 52-49 on an Emily Stroup freethrow through, and made a defensive stop on the other end, setting up a chance to even the game up late. South got a reasonable look at a three pointer with 38 seconds to play which would have tied the game, but the shot just bounced out and the Bruins were forced to foul in the closing seconds, accounting for the final of 55-49. Stroup led all scorers with 18 points, while Maddie Erickson went for 16 for the Bruins. South missed out on a golden opportunity to knock of the 4th ranked Eagles, but instead falls to 2-5 in the EDC. Next action for the Bruins is Friday night when they host Devils Lake.
See the complete Bruin box score here
Fargo South: Erickson 6 1-1 16, Stroup 4 10-16 18, Green 3 0-0 6, Aguilar 0 0-0 0, Roehrich 1 5-6 7, Brakke 1 0-0 2; , Froysland 0 0-0 0; Totals: 15 16-23 49, Three point goals: Erickson 3