BISMARCK — The start of the game wasn’t exactly how Minot would have scripted information technology.
For the Majettes, the end was perfect.
Facing a double-digit arrears merely a matter of minutes into the game, Minot battled back and used a big second one-half to defeat the East Region champion Fargo Davies Eagles 64-57 on Friday in the semifinals of the state Class A girls basketball tournament at the Bismarck Event Middle.
Minot erased a xiv-indicate deficit and earned a rematch with defending state champion Century in Saturday’due south title game.
Things were looking bleak early on.
“It certainly wasn’t how nosotros wanted to come up out,” Minot coach Jason Schwarz said. “They came out hot and hitting some buckets. They took it to us right away and got us dorsum on our heels a picayune fleck. Simply information technology’s a long game and the game’s not decided in the start couple of minutes.”
Fargo Davies opened the game on a 17-four run over the start vi minutes and the Eagles used an 11-0 run late in the offset one-half to take a 36-22 lead.
But Minot was unfazed.
“I kept it calm. I but knew we had to relax,” said Majettes eighth-grade standout Leelee Bell. “I knew some of my teammates were anxious so I had to keep it calm.”
Bong sparked the Minot comeback, scoring xi points in the outset one-half to stabilize the criminal offence later on Davies’ fast kickoff. She scored 16 points in the second one-half equally the Majettes rallied and took the lead for good, finishing the game with 27 points, ix rebounds, two assists and 3 blocked shots.
“We demand her to score,” Schwarz said. “Nosotros need our scorers to score. She came out and was pulling the trigger from a trivial likewise far away and we had to get dorsum to our basics and get some piece of cake looks at the rim, whether it’s getting to the complimentary-throw line or merely getting a layup.
“Information technology was getting easy shots. Our 3s were not striking — mayhap some of them, but we knew we would have to hit our close shots,” Bong said.
Presley Bennett hit a 3-pointer just before the first-half buzzer to pull Minot within 36-25 at the suspension. The Majettes opened the second half on a 15-ii run to pull inside 38-37. Bell had four points and Mariah Evenson — who finished with 17 points and seven rebounds — had iv in that stretch.
Ashton Safranski — who finished with 16 to lead the Eagles — striking a 3-pointer to restore a four-point lead at 41-37, only Minot went on a 10-2 run to take a 47-43 lead with 10:36 remaining.
“I thought our kids stayed pretty calm and poised and nerveless through the whole game, through all the momentum shifts and swings, the ups and downs. Pretty mature for a immature crew to do it,” Schwarz said.
Minot, later shooting 37% (10 for 27) in the commencement half, shot the lights out in the second half — hitting xiii of 18 from the field (72.2%). They finished the game shooting 51.i% from the field.
Fargo Davies, meanwhile, striking simply 5 of 27 (eighteen.five%) in the 2nd half subsequently shooting 48.3% (14 for 29) in the commencement half.
Schwarz said the departure was simple.
“Defence force, without a doubt,” he said. “It’s what we talked nigh at halftime. Nosotros made everything extremely difficult for them in that 2nd half. It was our defense. Nosotros got stops, we got rebounds, nosotros didn’t allow them become as well many offensive rebounds so that was key.
“Then coming down on the other end and beingness patient, not just throwing the ball away and having empty possessions like we did the commencement half, non giving ourselves a chance to score.”
Minot congenital a seven-point atomic number 82, but to lookout man Davies rally with a ix-2 run that evened it upward at 55-55 with 3:43 to go on a short jumper past Ava Wild, who finished with 14 for the Eagles.
But Minot answered by property the Eagles scoreless for three and a half minutes and reeling off nine directly points to pull away.
“The momentum swings during the game,” Schwarz said. “In that location was one at that place toward the finish, and once again, information technology would have been existent easy to get lost in the game and lose your focus. But we kept our focus, did the things we had done all half, beingness tight and solid on the defensive terminate, and taking care of the ball and moving information technology on crime and making sure nosotros got proficient looks.”
Minot (21-4) takes on Bismarck Century (24-0) at half dozen p.thousand. on Sat in the title game.
Davies (23-3) volition square off with Grand Forks Red River (19-6) at 1:30 p.chiliad. in the 3rd-identify game.
Minot 64, Fargo Davies 57
Minot 25 39—64
Fargo Davies 36 21—57
Maggie Fricke 8, Mariah Evenson 17, Maya Aguilar five, Presley Bennett 3, Avery Lunde 4, Leelee Bell 27. Totals: 23-45 FG, fourteen-17 FT, 14 fouls, 34 rebounds (Bell ix), 15 turnovers, 7 assists (Fricke 3), 5 blocked shots (Bell 3). Iii-pointers: 4-14 (Bennett i, Bong 3).
FARGO DAVIES —
Karley Franks 3, Ashton Safranski 16, Marissa Burian ix, Ashley Wacha eleven, Taylor Safranski iv, Ava Wild fourteen. Totals: nineteen-56 FG, xiii-18 FT, xvi fouls (Wild), 31 rebounds (A. Safranski 8), 12 turnovers, 10 assists (T. Safranski 3), 1 blocked shot (Wacha ane). 3-pointers: 6-fourteen (Franks 1, A Safranski i, Burian 3, Wacha ane).