Fargo South played with a tough intensity all the way through, and the result was a metro win over Fargo North by a 56-45 score on Thursday night in the Bruin gym. The game was back and forth for most of the opening half with the teams going after it hard. With 8 minutes to go before half the Bruins trailed 17-14, but closed out the half with some great plays. Paige Schroeder had an offensive putback to get the run started, helped out by a three point play and a three pointer from Adie Wagner, and capped off by a buzzer beating layup by Mesaged Abakar, and South closed out the half on a 15-3 run to take a 29-20 lead into halftime. Maggie Boese scored on a backdoor layup to push that lead out to 31-20, and the teams fought each other hard the rest of the way. The Bruins turned into monsters on the glass, with Paige Schroeder leading the way with 13 boards, but South also got 9 rebounds from Wagner, 8 from Alice Carlson, and 7 from Brynn Nelson. Adie Wagner got things going with her dribble penetration in the second half, hitting on a number of nice runners in the lane on her way to a game high 24 points. Paige Schroeder had a mini-run of her own, scoring on 3 quick baskets, the last giving South their biggest lead at 49-36 with just over 5 minutes to play. North wouldn't go away though, eventually trimming the lead to 51-45 with around 2 minutes to go, but the Bruins knocked down some clutch free throws, grabbed some big rebounds, and came away with the hard fought win. Schroeder joined Wagner in double figure scoring with 18 points to go along with those 13 rebounds she had as she continues her very strong showing early on in the season. Alice Carlson may have been the unsung hero for the Bruins though as her defensive effort on Spartan star Maddy England really helped out the cause. The win moves South to 1-2 in the league. The Bruins host Valley City on Saturday afternoon.
See the complete Bruin box score here
Fargo South: Wagner 7 8-11 24, Carlson 1 2-2 4, Abakar 2 0-0 4, Nelson 0 0-0 0, Davis 0 0-0 0, Schroeder 8 2-4 18, Boese 3 0-0 6; Totals: 21 12-17 56, Three point goals: Wagner 2