Fifth-ranked Fargo Davies, a surprise semifinalist following their upset over defending champion Century, didn't have its magic on Friday.
The Eagles saw their state championship aspirations swept aside Friday afternoon against No. 3 Fargo Shanley, which advanced to the Class A state tournament title game with a 73-37 victory at the Minot State Dome.
The final score was indeed lopsided, but not until the second half did things start getting out of hand.
Following a layup by senior forward Katelyn Olson one minute into the final frame, Davies went on a scoring drought the next 8:56, a stretch that saw Shanley (22-2) pull ahead by 32 with 8:04 to play.
"We were out of sync, and Shanley's defense put a lot of pressure on us," Davies coach Tonah Safranski said. "It forced us to be tentative, and we just didn't execute."
Shanley will square off against Minot High at 6 tonight at the MSU Dome for the state championship. The Eagles (17-7) will take on West Region champion Bismarck at 1:30 p.m. for third.
Against the Deacons, Davies shot 24.4 percent, including a woeful 13.6-percent clip in the second half. Senior forward Erin Klabo, the East Region's second leading scorer (21.6 ppg), had just two points at halftime and eight overall.
Shanley forced 23 Davies turnovers.
"We've played each other a couple times already this season, so you can't make too many adjustments," Shanley coach Tim Jacobson said. "We were just able to get to their shooters."
Sophomore guard Sarah Jacobson led the Deacons yet again, recording 19 points and four assists, willing her team into the state championship game for the first time since 2011.
Last season, Shanley came up short in the semifinals, losing to eventual champion Century. Now, the Deacons are in position to claim their first state title in 17 years.
"I'm speechless," said Jacobson, a unanimous all-East Region selection. "No words can describe how exciting and fun this is. We are so blessed to be in this position."
Their next opponent, the Majettes (16-8), knocked off the top two teams in the state to advance to tonight's showdown.
"There is business yet to do, and I can tell, they know it in there," said Tim Jacobson, pointing to his locker room. "They're excited about the win, but they know there's a lot more to do here tomorrow night. It's gonna be a tough game, but we're excited."
West Fargo 67,
Valley City 49
The No. 2 Packers shook off their first-round loss to Minot High and routed Valley City in a consolation semifinal at the Minot Municipal Auditorium on Friday.
Senior Cassidy Larson recorded game highs of 24 points and eight rebounds to lead West Fargo (21-3). She made 9 of 20 shots and went 4-for-4 at the charity stripe. Junior guard Allison Enno also finished in double figures for the Packers, who led 33-26 at the half.
Seniors Dierra Diegel and Jessica Denholm scored 15 and and 14, respectively, for Valley City (15-9).
West Fargo faces fourth-ranked Century at 9:30 a.m. today at the Minot State dome in the fifth-place game.
Two-time reigning state champion Century won't be able to defend its title tonight, but it has a chance at fifth place this morning.
The No. 4 Patriots (20-4) downed West Region foe Jamestown (12-12) for the third time this season and will meet No. 2 West Fargo at 9:30 a.m. today at the Fargo Dome.
Senior Macy Lynch torched Jamestown for 30 points and 10 rebounds and junior Jordyn Jossart chipped in 12 for Century, which led 38-33 at the break.
Jamestown seniors McKayla Orr and Paige Peterson carried the load for the Blue Jays with 23 and 22 points, respectively. Peterson added 11 rebounds for a double-double.
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