Bruins battle, but fall short

Fargo South led for the entire game until the final 5 minutes but could not close the deal in a hard fought 59-52 loss to West Fargo on Tuesday night. The Bruins defense played great all throughout the opening half, holding the Packers to just one field goal in the opening 9 minutes of play as South climbed out to a 13-5 lead midway through the half. Again it was a solid team effort on offense for South as the Bruins got scoring from 6 different players, led by 6 points from Anna Brakke on some timely perimeter jump shots to keep South in the lead. Adie Wagner also helped the cause as she grabbed 5 first half rebounds, dished out 3 assists, and had 3 steals in the half to stake South to a 20-13 halftime lead. The second half was much the same, with the Bruins building that lead, jumping out to a 9 point lead multiple times over the opening 6 minutes of the second half. 8th grader Brynn Nelson, getting her first start of her career, had 3 big baskets in the half which included a big offensive rebound putback basket to keep South ahead. With 8 minutes to go, the Bruins held a 37-29 lead. However, the remainder of the game, the Bruins had a tough time putting stops together. West Fargo took the lead 39-38 with 5 minutes to go and did not relinquish it. The game stayed at one possession up until just under 2 minutes left, but the Bruins could not get the one stop they needed to pull back even. West Fargo scored on 13 of their last 15 possessions of the game, including 9 possessions in a row which took them from a 38-31 deficit to a 50-44 lead. South had to foul at the end in a last chance effort to come back, and the result pushed the lead out to the final 7 points. Emmerie Beyer led South in scoring with 13 points, all coming in the second half. Next action for South is Friday when they host Fargo Davies.

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Fargo South: Adie Wagner 1 3-4 5, Hoselton 1 2-6 4, Brakke 3 3-4 9, Brooklyn Klein 0 0-0 0, Alice Carlson 1 0-0 3, Brynn Nelson 4 0-0 8, Emmerie Beyer 4 3-4 13, Naiya Karl 0 0-0 0, Paige Schroeder 2 1-4 5, Maggie Boese 1 3-4 5; Totals: 17 15-26 52, Three point goals: Beyer 2, Carlson