Bruins bounce Blue Jays
In a battle of two teams who were ranked number one in the state for a majority of the year, the Fargo South Bruins nipped the Jamestown Blue Jays by one point, 60-59, in front of another big crowd Friday in the consolation round of the Class A State Tournament. Both teams found their rhythm offensively early, as South put 21 first quarter points on the board, but that was nearly matched by Jamestown's 16. South increased their 5 point quarter lead to 6 by halftime, and led 37-31 at the break. South never trailed the entire first half and seemed to have the Jays' number. Both Kristi Kilander and Tamar Elias had double figures in points by halftime. The third quarter was a different story though, as the Blue Jays came out of the locker room hot, scoring 19 points in the quarter and holding the Bruins to only 9. That quarter set up a frantic fourth quarter which saw the lead change hands several times down the stretch. Key baskets by a number of South players in the second half kept the game close, including a basket in the lane by Colee Silovich, and Renae Whitford's third 3 pointer of the game. The game eventually boiled down to the final minute, where Jamestown held a one point lead late in the game, but South had the ball. After working the offensive end trying to get a good shot, the Bruins went inside to Kim Holman, who managed to draw a foul with just under 20 seconds left in the game. Two thousand screaming Blue Jay fans won round one of the free throw game, as Holman missed both free throws, but sophomore Alica Calkins would rescue the Bruins as she tipped the missed free throw to herself, then threw in an off balance put back that gave the lead back to Fargo South, 58-57. As Jamestown advanced the ball up the court, the Bruins fouled, and Jamestown made both free throws for a 59-58 lead with ten seconds remaining. The Bruins advance the ball down court and called time out with 7 seconds left. As the Bruins ran their final play, Renae Whitford was fouled with 3 seconds left in the game. The senior guard, battling the same screaming fans, calmly sank both free throws to give the Bruins a 60-59 lead. Jamestown tried a desperation pass at the end, but was unsuccessful, and South walked away with the hard fought victory. The Bruins end their season Saturday when they play West Fargo for the fourth time this year.
Fargo South: Silovich 2 2-3 6, Elias 4 4-4 12, Kilander 5 4-7 14, Whitford 5 4-6 17, Holman 1 0-2 2, Calkins 4 1-2 9; Totals 21 15-24 60, Three point goals: Whitford 3
Jamestown: na Totals: na Three point goals: na
Fouled out: Kilander; Total Fouls: South 23, Jamestown na; Rebounds: South 17(Holman, Calkins 4), Jamestown na
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