Bruins finish regular season on a roll

Fargo South continued their strong play down the stretch with a solid 64-43 win over visiting Grand Forks Central on Thursday night in the Bruin gym. As has been the case over the last couple of weeks, the Bruins defense had a lot to do with South's ability to build and maintain a lead. Fargo South held the Knights to single digits through the first 17 minutes of the half before taking a 31-12 lead into halftime. McKenzie Roehrich, battling illness, gave South a big spark off the bench, as she came in to deliver 13 first half points, including 2 nice driving baskets and a three pointer to help break the game open early for the Bruins. The Bruins built a 16-6 lead with 11 minutes to go, then extended that to 30-9 with 1:30 to go as Emily Stroup went to work inside, getting to the freethrow line 8 times in the opening half and posting a double-double by halftime with 10 points and 12 rebounds at the break. The first half also featured some great passing, as Stroup hit Roehrich for a nice backdoor layup, and Maddie Erickson pushed the ball ahead a number of times to keep the pressure on the Knights. In the second half, the offense for South became a parade to the freethrow line, as they shot 27 freethrows over the course of the second half en route to a 30-38 performance from the line for the game. South got off to a hot start in the second half, pushing their lead to 44-14, as Stroup and Erickson made freethrows and Roehrich hit another three pointer and also scored a three point play on a sideline pass from Stroup with 13 minutes to go, and the Bruins were able to maintain that lead most of the rest of the way. South had 3 players in double figure scoring, as Erickson hit for 23, which include going 15-17 from the line, Roehrich scored 22 points, and Stroup had 17 points to complement a great floor game of grabbing 22 rebounds and blocking 6 shots. South will try to keep the momentum going as they start East Region play on Saturday at 6 PM as they host Valley City.

See the complete Bruin box score here

Fargo South: Erickson 4 15-17 23, Stroup 3 11-16 17, Green 0 0-0 0, Roehrich 8 4-5 22, Brakke 0 0-0 0, Aguilar 0 0-0 0, DuBois 0 0-0 0, Klein 1 0-0 2, Steinke 0 0-0 0, Hoselton 0 0-0 0, Karl 0 0-0 0; Totals: 18 15-19 56, Three point goals: Roehrich 2