While the Bruins had some nice stretches defensively, they could not hold down the stellar play of Arianna Berryhill, who finished with a game high 30 points, and South dropped a 71-44 decision in Bismarck on Saturday night. Turnovers proved to be costly for South with 19 first half turnovers, but despite that, they were within shouting distance for amost all of the first half. After the Sabers jumped out to a 9-0 lead, a three pointer by Adie Wagner got South started, and midway through the half, they trailed by only a 12-7 score. The Sabers built that lead up to 19 points at 32-13, but the Bruins dug in defensively, getting stops on 6 straight possessions, and climbed back into it and trailed 32-20 with under a minute to go in the opening half. However Legacy would net 2 hoops in the final seconds of the half, and took a 36-20 lead into halftime. In the second half, the turnover bug again hit the Bruins early and the Sabers capitalized with 5 quick points, and pushed the lead out to 41-20 - a nine point run in 100 seconds spanning two halves. The Bruins could never make any run in the second half, despite another stretch where they put a number of consecutive stops together, but they just couldn't get things going offensively. Adie Wagner was the only Bruin in double figures with 26 points, while Paige Schroeder added 9 points and 10 rebounds. South opens up conference play on Tuesday at Davies.
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Fargo South: Wagner 7 8-10 26, Green 0 0-2 0, Carlson 0 1-3 1, Osborn 0 3-4 3, Nelson 2 0-0 5, Schroeder 2 4-6 9, Robinson 0 0-0 0; Totals: 11 16-25 44, Three point goals: Wagner 4, Nelson, Schroeder