Bruins gut out a very tough overtime win at Davies
As far as Fargo South was concerned, the sequal outdid the original. For the second time in 3 weeks, the Bruins and Eagles battled in an overtime thriller, this time with South coming up on the winning end, posting a 61-58 victory to advance to the semi-finals of the East Region tournament. In what was perhaps Emily Stroup's most memorable night of basketball, the senior had a career high in points with 28, set a school record with 13 blocked shots, and became North Dakota's all time leading rebounder in Class A basketball history, as her 25 rebounds pushed her to 1300 rebounds on her career. But Stroup was quick to credit her teammates, all of whom played their part in the win. Despite falling behind out of the gate at 4-0, Stroup started taking care of business inside as she scored 8 of South's first 10 points to help the Bruins take a 10-9 lead halfway through the opening half. Rachel Green hit a three pointer for the Bruins with 8:30 to go to spark a run by South as they went on an 11-3 run fueled by Stroup inside and a driving basket by Maddie Erickson to push South to a 24-14 lead with 3:30 to go in the half. However, the Eagles mounted a rally with a three point possession followed up by a three pointer, and just like that it was 24-20. Kierstenn Aguilar got a big offensive rebound that she converted into a freethrow with just seconds left before halftime to push the lead to 25-20 at the break. That's when things started to heat up for both teams, as both squads made runs, hit some big buckets, and just put on a great show for the fans. After a quick 3 points by Davies, Anna Brakke hit a jumper to make the score 27-23. After a three pointer by Davies made it 27-24, South again went on a nice run as Rachel Green scored on a nice drive, Maddie and Emily both made a pair of freethrows, and Brakke hit again from outside to push the Bruin lead to 35-28 with 12 minutes to go. Davies rallied again though, scoring 8 straight points to take the lead back at 36-35 with 9 minutes left, their first lead since a 9-8 score early. South responded with a Stroup offensive rebound putback basket and a steal and driving layup plus the foul by Erickson to give South a 40-36 lead with just over 7 minutes to go. In the back and forth manner of the game, the Eagles nailed a three pointer, then scored 2 more hoops to wrestle the lead back at 43-40 with 6:00 to go. Stroup hit 2 freethrows to make it 43-42, but yet another three from Davies made it 46-42 with just under 5 to play. After Stroup scored another freethrow, the Eagles then hit a pair from the line to make it 48-43 with 3:30 to go. But again South responded as Erickson made her second steal, layup, and foul of the half to trim the lead back to 48-46. 2 more freethrows by Davies on Maddie Erickson's 5th foul pushed the lead back to 50-46, but South didn't give in. McKenzie Roehrich then had a great strech of play for South as the senior hit a huge three pointer with 2:30 to go, then followed that up with a pair of freethrows to give South a 51-50 lead with 2:12 to go, then a minute later drove the lane, got fouled, and converted the three point play to make it 54-50 Bruins with 1:01 to go. A driving basket by the Eagles cut the lead to 54-52 with 49 seconds left. A South turnover gave the ball back to Davies, but with 10 seconds left, the Bruins rebounded a missed shot by the Eagles and sent Aguilar to the line. Kierstenn made one important freethrow but the Eagles pushed the ball up the floor and Kylie Bergantine hit a buzzer beater three pointer to send the game to overtime. In overtime, South struck first as Stroup made a driving left handed spinning shot off the glass to make it 57-55, but that was answered by one more three pointer by Davies, giving them a 58-57 lead. But this game belonged to Stroup. Emily scored on a great pass from Kierstenn Aguilar and was fouled with just over a minute to go. A later freethrow by Stroup made it 60-58 Bruins with 16 second left to go. Emily then made one last great play, blocking an inside shot to force a jump ball with 1.6 seconds left, and the possession arrow favored South. After a timeout, the Bruins were able to enter the ball to Roehrich with .5 second left on the clock. McKenzie made the first, missed the second and had the clock run out before the Eagles could heave up a desperation shot. Overall, just a fantastic game to be a part of. South will play Red River at 5:30 on Friday night over at West Fargo High School.
See the complete Bruin box score here
Fargo South: Erickson 3 6-6 12, Stroup 10 8-12 28, Green 2 0-0 5, Roehrich 2 5-7 10, Brakke 2 0-0 4, Aguilar 0 2-4 2; Totals: 18 12-20 51, Three point goals: Green, Roehrich