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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Freije hits game-winner as Lakota-Edmore finishes fifth at state tournament

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Freije hits game-winner as Lakota-Edmore finishes fifth at state tournament
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Freije hits game-winner as Lakota-Edmore finishes fifth

FARGO — Fallyn Freije capped a dominant second half with a game-winning shot as Lakota-Edmore edged Kidder County 40-39 here Saturday in the fifth-place game of the North Dakota Class B girls high school basketball tournament.

Freije broke a 37-37 tie when, with 16 seconds left, the junior 6-footer put up a 3-point shot from the left wing that bounced up off the rim and fell in.

“It was tough to get the ball inside the way they were sagging in and clogging the middle,” Raiders coach Duane Connell said. “So Fallyn stepped outside, we reversed the ball and got it to her.”

Freije finished with 23 points and 13 rebounds. She scored 20 of L-E’s 21 points in the second half.

“The other girls were taking shots,” Connell said. “They just weren’t falling. And we were making good passes to Fallyn. We did a better job in the second half of moving the ball and breaking down the defense.”

Kidder County led 21-19 at halftime, but managed only 18 points in the second half after the Raiders switched from man-to-man to a zone defense because of foul problems.

“The girls played the zone perfectly,” Connell said. “We covered all the areas on the court and we did a good job on the boards of limiting them to one shot a possession. We were clicking on defense.”

Sadie Rohrich had nine points to lead Kidder County.

Thompson 68, Watford City 38: Junior Samantha Hegg poured in 17 points to lead the Tommies to the win in the seventh-place game. Hegg was 7-of-11 from the field.

“Hegg played well,” Thompson coach Jason Brend said. “And she’s capable of that. She’s a nice post player.

“It was almost a quiet 17. We shot so well that it seemed like everybody was scoring.”

Thompson put four players in double figures. Shannon Galegher added 12 points, Karleigh Weber 11 and Emily Overby 10. The Tommies shot 42 percent (27-of-64) from the field.

Thompson jumped to commanding leads of 21-12 after one quarter and 49-22 at halftime.

“A big factor, I thought, was that we showed up playing relaxed,” Brend said. “Today was the first time since we’ve been here that (the Tommies) seemed to just want to go out and have fun. That’s how we’ve played all year.

“And our seniors have brought our program up to such a high level. We wanted to send them out with a win, and they wanted to go out with a win.”

Katie Mogen’s nine points led Watford City.

Central Cass 33, Beach 22: Faith Dooley had 11 points and 18 rebounds in leading Central Cass to the win in the third-place game.

Abby Cramer added eight points for the Squirrels. Central Cass was 15-of-53 shooting from the field (28 percent), while Beach struggled with a 6-for-55 shooting night.

Hailee Farstveet scored eight to lead Beach.

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