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Shanley hands Red River first loss of the season

Saturday, January 14, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Red River's Alexis Robson brings the ball upcourt as Shanley's Brookelyn Dew defends Friday at Red River. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald


GRAND FORKS—Earlier this month, Fargo Shanley saw its 76-game winning streak in girls basketball come to an end. On Friday, however, the Deacons continued their mastery over Grand Forks Red River.

Shanley dominated inside in handing the No. 2-ranked Roughriders a 74-59 setback at the Red River High School gymnasium.

The loss was the first of the season for Red River after 10 straight wins. The loss was the program's 13th straight to Shanley, a streak that dates back to the 2011-12 season.

"They've probably won 12 or 13 straight against a lot of teams,'' Red River coach Kent Ripplinger said. "If you play hard, you can't be too frustrated. And we played hard.

"You see that they're beatable. They're a different team than the last few years. But they have so much size.''

Red River doesn't have anyone taller than 5-foot-10 on its roster. Shanley had 6-foot-3 North Dakota State University recruit Emily Dietz along with 6-1 Caira Berg in its starting lineup. Both had double doubles, Dietz with 19 points and 15 rebounds and Berg with 19 points and 11 rebounds.

That post duo was complemented by guard Reile Payne, who was 5-for-8 on 3-point shots en route to a game-high 22 points. The inside-outside combination was too much for Red River.

"They killed us inside,'' Ripplinger said. "Rebounding has been a problem for us all year. With our height, we have to fight like crazy inside. And they had a nice combination of the inside two and hitting some outside shots.''

Shanley used a 12-3 spurt to take a 26-16 lead in the first half to build a cushion and led 41-30 at halftime.

The Roughriders were still within 54-46 with 9 minutes, 7 seconds remaining when Lexi Robson hit a 15-footer from the wing. But Shanley went on a 9-0 run to take a 63-48 advantage with 6:08 left and led by 12 or more the rest of the way.

"That's probably the best game we've played all year,'' said Shanley coach Steve Jacobson, whose team improved to 9-1. "Our size hurt them. This is the best game (Dietz and Berg) have played together. Our size hurts almost every team in the region. Not many teams have 6-3 and 6-1 girls.''

Robson had 19 points for Red River, with Danica Kemnitz adding 12.

Halftime: Fargo Shanley 41, Grand Forks Red River 30

FS: Berg 19, Huber 9, Payne 22, Vetter 2, Day 3, Dietz 19.

GFRR: Johnson 3, Robson 19, M. Steffen 8, Dvorak 3, K. Steffan 7, Kemnitz 12, Sondrol 3, Wilson 4.

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