Fargo South played probably their grittiest 10 minutes of basketball to close out the game against the Grand Forks Central Knights on Friday night and posted a hard fought 51-43 win in South's last home game of the season. The Bruins fell behind 7-0 to start the game and played from behind for most of the night as the Knights came out playing very scrappy basketball. In a sign of things to come though, Adie Wagner got the Bruins going with a long 3 pointer and a driving runner in the lane. Emmerie Beyer and Paige Schroeder each scored a basket for the Bruins in the half, with Schroeder's coming off a nice feed from Alice Carlson. Another 3 by Wagner gave the Bruins a brief 17-15 lead with 5 minutes to go before half, but the Knights would answer with 8 straight points to take a 23-17 lead right before halftime. However, Wagner continued her red hot first half, nailing a long three pointer right before the halftime buzzer, her 4th of the half, to cut the lead to 23-20 at halftime. Wagner had 14 of South's 20 points at the break. In the second half, the Bruins again dug themselves a hole, and things did not look good as they trailed 36-24 with 10 minutes to play in the game. South didn't give in though and put together a really nice stretch of basketball to close out the game. The intensity level picked up on defense and South was able to string together a series of "stop-score-stops" that helped them claw back into the game. The rally started on a great pocket pass from Wagner to Maggie Boese inside for a layup and then Wagner followed that up with a bomb from way downtown on a fastbreak opportunity. That was followed up shortly by another inside basket by Boese, this time on a feed from Carlson, who led the Bruins with 5 assists on the night, and just like that it was 36-31 and the Bruins were back in it. The teams battled back and forth and the Knights held a 40-37 lead with 5 minutes to go. Anna Brakke cut into that lead on a nice feed from Wagner on a sideline out of bounds play to make it 40-39. After a Knight freethrow made it 41-39, Sami Hoselton hit a baseline jumper in transition to tie the game at 41-41 with 3 minutes to go and that was followed up shortly afterwards by a tip-in putback by Paige Schroeder to give the Bruins their first lead of the second half at 43-41 with just over 2 minutes to play. South knocked down most of their freethrows late to close out the game. The Bruins finished the game on a 27-7 run over the last 10 minutes to earn the win. Adie Wagner led all scorers with 24 points.
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Fargo South: Adie Wagner 7 5-7 24, Sami Hoselton 2 1-4 5, Anna Brakke 1 2-6 4, Alice Carlson 1 2-2 4, Brynn Nelson 0 0-0 0, Emmerie Beyer 1 0-0 2, Naiya Karl 0 0-0 0, Paige Schroeder 3 2-3 8, Maggie Boese 2 0-0 4; Totals: 17 12-22 51, Three point goals: Wagner 5