Bruins lose to Spartans in regular season finale

Fargo South and Fargo North played back and forth all night, but the last 3 minutes belonged to the Spartans and they held on for a 56-47 win on Thursday night. South scored first to go ahead 3-0, but the Spartans got hot from the three point line to take the lead and hold a slim lead throughout the rest of the half, taking a 29-26 halftime lead. The Bruins were well balanced in the first half as Adie Wagner and Brynn Nelson both racked up 7 points while Teigan Malo and Hannah Carriveau both had 6 at the break. In the second half, the Bruins battled back to take the lead at 32-31 when Nelson scored inside and Wagner made a pair of free throws with 10 minutes left in the game, and then a Wagner full court drive put South up 34-31 on the next possession. After North retook the lead at 35-34, Tegian Malo grabbed an offensive rebound, scored and was fouled for an additional freethrow and South led 37-35 with 8 minutes to go. A Spartan basket tied the game back up, but then Grace Hoselton scored on a tough driving basket giving South their last lead of the game at 39-37 with 7 minutes to go. However the Spartans then scored 7 very quick points to go up 44-39. South hung tough though and a Brynn Nelson three pointer with 3 minutes to go tied the game at 47-47, but unfortunately those were the last points South would score. The Spartans closed on a 9-0 run, sparked by a number of offensive rebounds, sending the Bruins home with a loss. Brynn Nelson had a solid double-double for the Bruins, scoring 17 points and grabbing 11 boards, and she was joined in double figure scoring with Adie Wagner who had 13, and in double figure rebouning with Teigan Malo who grabbed 13 rebounds. South will be the #8 seed for the play-in game on Saturday when they turn around and play the Spartans again in a season ending game for one of the two teams.

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Fargo South: Wagner 3 7-8 13, Green 0 0-0 0, Nelson 7 1-2 17, Hoselton 1 0-1 2, Carriveau 2 0-0 6, Malo 4 1-1 9; Totals: 17 9-12 47, Three point goals: Nelson 2, Carriveau 2