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Poor shooting costs Fargo Shanley girls in state opener loss to Bismarck Legacy

Fargo Shanley's Kate Busek (10) followed by Bismarck Legacy's Arianna Berryhill (23) during their North Dakota Class A basketball tournament game Thursday in Bismarck. Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

BISMARCK – Arianna Berryhill scored 15 points and Alexis Dressler added 11 as Bismarck Legacy beat Fargo Shanley 56-45 Thursday in the first round of the North Dakota Class A girls state basketball tournament at the Bismarck Event Center.

With the win, Legacy (18-7) advances to today’s semifinals against Bismarck Century. Shanley (20-5) falls into the consolation round against Grand Forks Red River.

Legacy’s hopes of getting to the state title game for the second time in three years are still alive, thanks in part to the Deacons. Shanley missed their first 19 shots from the field and shot just 28 percent from the field.

“They had an off night,” Legacy coach Jim Petrik said. “They’re going to make more shots usually.”

It didn’t help the Deacons that they combined 16 turnovers with 14 missed free throws.

Halftime couldn’t come soon enough for either team. Legacy shot a comparatively-low 31 percent in the first half. Shanley was a frigid 10 percent after making just three of 30 shots. The Deacons didn’t get their first field goal until Moriku Hakim scored off an offensive rebound with 8:27 left in the first half. That basket snapped an 0-for-19 start.

Despite the dreadful shooting, Shanley trailed by just six points with 3:29 left, thanks in part to 11 turnovers by the Sabers.

Alexis Dressler drained a 3-pointer with three seconds left in the half to give Legacy a 23-12 lead at half.

Shanley solved its shooting woes early in the second half and started closing ground. Moriku Hakim started scoring, netting 12 of her 15 points in the second half.

With 10:26 left, Kelly Christmann scored on a short jumper to draw the Deacons within 30-26.

But Berryhill ignited an 8-0 run that gave the Sabers some breathing room and they never looked back.

“It’s all about survive and advance and we did that tonight,” Petrik said. “It was a rock fight in the first half. They made their run but our kids were resilient.”

Hakim led the Deacons in scoring. She was the only Shanley player in double figures. Reile Payne had nine rebounds.

Legacy’s Ashley Hulm led all rebounders with 11 to help the Sabers to a 47-43 rebounding edge.

Half: Bismarck Legacy 56, Fargo Shanley 45

Legacy: Hulm 9, Weigel 4, Boone 6, Dressler 11, Allmaras 9, Berryhill 15, Stymeist 2.

Shanley: Huber 9, Mattern 6, Payne 5, Busek 3, Hakim 15, Christmann 7.