WEST FARGO—Rare are the times when Fargo Shanley's girls basketball team has to rush a shot off to beat the shot clock.
The Deacons usually take their time to arrive at the right shot and on Thursday a lot of those shots were falling against West Fargo.
Shanley cruised to a 79-34 Eastern Dakota Conference victory over the Packers at West Fargo High School. Shanley also extended its state-best winning streak to 59 consecutive games.
"We were moving the ball around and being patient," said Shanley senior all-state forward Lauren Rotunda, who led all scorers with 23 points. "We were finding the open shot a lot and came out fired up with a lot of intensity."
The North Dakota Class A, No. 1-ranked Deacons fell behind 5-0 early, but answered with a 26-0 run to grab control.
Rotunda and senior guard Annie Swenson fueled the run by hitting two 3-pointers apiece.
"We knew West Fargo was going to be tough so we had to come out right away and run the floor," said Swenson, who finished with 16 points. "We contained (Akealy) Moton and their shooters."
Shanley led 45-14 at halftime.
"I thought Sarah (Jacobson) distributed the ball well and the other girls passed well too," Shanley head coach Tim Jacobson said. "From a team concept, (Thursday's) game was a solid effort. We played very well."
Junior center Emily Dietz added 16 points for the Deacons (16-0, 15-0 EDC).
West Fargo (10-7, 9-7) turned the ball over 17 times in the first half. Moton, a junior forward, and senior guard Elizabeth Krueger led the Packers with nine points each.
The Deacons broke the state's Class A record for consecutive wins last week winning their 58th straight game with a victory against Valley City that broke Williston's mark of 57 straight wins set in the 1970s.
The overall state record for consecutive wins in girls basketball is 63 games held by Minot Ryan from 2012 to 2015. Shanley's last loss was to West Fargo on January 21, 2014.