Fargo South played likely their best half of the year in the opening half, and played well enough to win the game in the second half, but could not get any breaks down the stretch to go their way, and the result was a difficult 80-68 loss to Sheyenne on Tuesday night in the Bruin gym. South was clicking on defense in the opening half, their pressure forcing a very up tempo pace that played to the Bruins advantage. South put up 39 points in the first half with Adie Wagner and Sami Hoselton both hitting double figures. South had 9 steals in the half and forced a number of Mustangs turnovers that led to some easy points. The Bruins took a 39-32 lead at the break. In the second half, South played strong throughout, pushing the lead to 48-38 with 13 minutes to go. The Mustangs chipped away though, scoring a number of baskets on out of bounds plays to stay in the game. Still, South held off every charge by Sheyenne, getting a number of key baskets by many different players and led 61-55 with 7 minutes to go in the game. Sheyenne was able to get to the freethrow line and come all the way back to tie the game at 62-62 with just over 3 minutes to play. South had a tough couple of minutes then with some spin out shots and a couple of turnovers and trailed 70-66 with just under a minute to play and had a time-out. On the ensuing inbounds, Hoselton stole the inbounds pass, her 7th steal of the game, and attacked the rim but to no avail on either a basket or foul and Sheyenne came down the court and scored on a three point play, plus got additional freethrows on a technical foul and that 7 point swing was the difference in the game. Sheyenne continued their parade to the foul line and finished with the 12 point win. Adie Wagner led the Bruins with 26 points, followed by 17 from Hoselton and 13 from Paige Schroeder. Next action for South is Friday when they play their last regular season road game at West Fargo.
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Fargo South: Wagner 8 6-8 26, S. Hoselton 6 4-4 17, Green 0 0-0 0, Carlson 1 0-2 2, Smith 4 0-1 8, Nelson 1 0-0 2, Schroeder 6 0-0 13; Totals: 26 10-15 68, Three point goals: Wagner 4, Schroeder, Hoselton