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Shanley girls overcome early deficit to beat Davies

Saturday, February 8, 2020   (0 Comments)
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Fargo Shanley’s Moriku Hakim shoots against Fargo Davies during their girls basketball game Friday, Feb. 7, at Shanley. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
Fargo Shanley’s Moriku Hakim shoots against Fargo Davies during their girls basketball game Friday, Feb. 7, at Shanley. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor 


FARGO — The season series between Fargo Shanley and Fargo Davies is split at one game apiece, and Deacons coach Steve Jacobson expects that if his team is going to make a run in the playoffs, they’re going to have to play a third game.

Fourth-ranked Shanley climbed out of an early hole to defeat No. 5 Davies 71-62 in Eastern Dakota Conference girls basketball on Friday at Shanley High School. The Eagles defeated the Deacons 65-56 in their previous matchup on Dec. 28.

“We both knew coming into this game that it was more for seeding purposes as we continue going on,” Jacobson said. “We knew it was going to be a barn burner. We hit some shots at the right time. That’s a good team. We’re going to face them again somewhere down the road, but tonight we can be happy.”

The Eagles came out of the gate hot, running out to a 9-0 lead, but the Deacons climbed out of the hole and went into halftime with a 33-32 advantage.

They took their first lead with 2 minutes, 10 seconds to go in the first half as junior post Moriku Hakim grabbed a rebound after a missed free throw, pivoted to the post and laid it in to make it 28-27. Sophomore center Emily Srejma made a pair of free throws to extend the lead to 30-27.

The Eagles got back in front on a fast break layup by Ava Wild, but Hakim finished the half with a buzzer-beating layup off an inbounds pass to send the Deacons into the break with the lead.

“We just snapped out of it and said, ‘We’ve got to go.’” Hakim said. “We started on our defense, saying we needed a stop then we could get going on offense. In that timeout, coach said, ‘We’ve got to play, we’ve got to get going.’ And that’s when we snapped out of it.”

The Deacons carried their momentum into the second half and started the half on an 11-0 run that pushed them ahead 44-32. Olivia Manuel made a pair of 3-pointers, Hakim scored in the post and Hadley Huber drained a 3 to cap the run.

“We made a few adjustments, it was more on the defensive end,” Jacobson said. “Offensively the adjustment was just to relax. They were flying at us, we were flying at them. Our big guns were rushing things and I said relax and go push it to where we need to go.”


Reile Payne led the Deacons with 17 points. Hakim followed with 15 points and Manuel scored 14. Payne scored seven straight points for the Deacons in the midst of a 12-3 run. She drilled a 3, then used both hands to steal a pass and drew a flagrant foul that sent her sliding across the floor down the left sideline. She made both free throws to make it 62-47.

“Mo, Reile — if you look at both their arms tonight, you’re going to see scratch marks from the top of their arm all the way down,” Jacobson said. “Reile, I could roll out a big Band-Aid from her neck all the way down as many times as she got hit. But the nice thing is that we’ve learned how to fight through that. They can react the right way instead of getting upset. We’re reacting in a positive way.”

The game was physical throughout with both teams hammering each other in the post. Hakim was limited down the stretch as she played the end of the second half with four fouls.

“I just had to snap out of it,” Hakim said. “There were times when I felt down and started pitying myself. But my teammates really helped me out and told me to keep going. It was aggressive down there, but I had to keep going for the team.”

The Deacons are now in second place in the EDC at 12-3 overall and 11-3 in conference play, while the Eagles (11-5, 11-4) are in third. Unbeaten Devils Lake is in first and has already beaten Davies once and Shanley twice.


“Since (Davies) beat us and we beat them, they’re definitely going to be hungry to get back at us,” Hakim said. “That just gives us more motivation to get back at them. When we see them again at EDC or state, we’re going to go hard and try to beat them again.”

Shanley: Huber 7, Payne 17, Manuel 14, Hakim 15, Dabbert 8, Srejma 8.

Davies: Fey 16, Wacha 15, Koenig 6, Wild 11, Safranski 2, Burian 9, Selensky 1, Donat 2.

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