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No. 4 Davies snaps Shanley's 76-game winning streak

Wednesday, January 4, 2017   (0 Comments)
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FARGO—The longest active winning streak in North Dakota high school sports is no more, as Fargo Davies knocked off Fargo Shanley 45-41 Tuesday, Jan. 3.

When Grace Geffre buried a 3-pointer with 3 minutes, 17 seconds left to give Davies its first lead, Eagles coach Tim Jacobson looked at assistant coach Terry Porter and said, "My gosh, this is an ugly game and we're ahead."

For 70 of the 76 straight wins during the Shanley winning streak Jacobson was on the Shanley bench. The previous 10 seasons, Jacobson was on the bench of the Deacons, including the three straight state titles. With 3:17 to go on Tuesday he was on the bench across the way from Shanley, trying to wrap his head around having a lead against a team he helped build to be unstoppable. And a team that had been unbeatable since Jan. 24, 2014.

"It was tough. I have so many wonderful emotions," Jacobson said. "This is a place I grew up in and coached and played, so Shanley has and always will be a special spot for me."

Davies would never relinquish the lead after Geffre's 3-pointer.

"Shanley is a great team. They deserve all the credit," Jacobson said. "Think about that. Seventy-six wins in a row. What a great job they did. Nobody in my lifetime will probably ever do that again. I applaud them 1,000 percent, but tonight our girls they did something we haven't done all year. We played defense. We played it very well. We played hard down the stretch."

With less than five minutes to go, No. 4 Davies (5-2) had committed five straight turnovers and No. 2 Shanley (6-1) was up 36-30. No. 77 looked like it was coming, only Geffre, Alyssa Paper, Raegan Linster and Carly Kottsick weren't going to let that happen.

An 11-2 run from Davies gave the Eagles a 41-38 lead with 1:38 to go. Linster sank two free throws, Kottsick split a pair of free throws and Geffre drilled a 3-pointer to put Davies up 37-36.

"I just wanted to help my team out and see what we could do," said Geffre, who finished with 13 points. "It was very nerve-wracking. We've been working on this for a couple years now, so we just wanted to work our hardest and see if we could do it. We wanted to keep working throughout the whole game because anything can change. It feels really great. We're all very happy, but we got the rest of the season left."

Paper hit a jumper to push the lead to 39-36 with 2:32 to go and after Shanley cut the lead to one with two free throws, Kottsick drove to the basket, forced a foul and sank two free throws to push the lead back to three.

"Shanley is a great team, and it was a great opportunity for us," said Kottsick, who scored 10 of her 13 points in the second half. "We all knew, by the end of the season, where we wanted to be and our goals we set, so it was a great opportunity to beat a great team, so I think it leads us in the right direction where we want to go."

Tim Jacobson's nephew, Steve, took over the Shanley program, after Tim left at the end of last season. He's prepared to start a streak of his own.

"It was a competitive game. We didn't hit some shots when we needed to, and that was the difference," Steve Jacobson said. "Now, we start over. The pressure is off. We go out and just start playing the game we can, and they'll come back tomorrow and they'll be ready to go."

Tim Jacobson had been thinking about Tuesday for a long time. With tears in his eyes and in his voice it had finally sunk in after the game.

"I didn't want to get emotional about that," Tim Jacobson said. "I thought about (coaching against girls I used to coach) up to this date, about having to come in here and do that. It's tough. It's tough. You don't want them to lose. I don't want them to lose, but we just played very, very well tonight, and it just happened the right way for the Davies' girls."

Halftime: Shanley 24, Davies 17

DAVIES: Geffre 13, Paper 7, Bergantine 7, Linster 5, Kottsick 13.

SHANLEY: Huber 4, Payne 13, Vetter 1, Berg 10, Dietz 9, Dew 4.

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