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Published March 19, 2014, 11:07 PM

Central Cass girl's basketball team ready for state tournament play on Thursday

Casselton, ND (WDAY TV) - Back at home, the girls state B tips off tomorrow, where Central Cass is back for a second straight year, led by all-state player Faith Dooley, but it's one of her supporting cast that's helped the Squirrels reach the final 8.

By: Eric Manlove, WDAY

Casselton, ND (WDAY TV) - Back at home, the girls state B tips off tomorrow, where Central Cass is back for a second straight year, led by all-state player Faith Dooley, but it's one of her supporting cast that's helped the Squirrels reach the final 8.

At 6 foot 3, it's easy to spot Faith Dooley on the basketball court for Central Cass.

But when teams are consistently trying to take her away, the Squirrels have started finding other ways to win games.

Ryan Mears/Central Cass Head Coach: “That's big because they have been taking Faith away and to have those girls step up and knock down those shots for us. They are just taking what the defense is giving us is what they are doing at that point and find a way to get the job done.”

Faith Dooley/Squirrels Sr. Forward: “A lot of teams don't have my height so we know that's what they are gonna do and I trust my team to go out there and knock down those shots and they know how to play if I'm getting doubled cause somebody else is going to be open then.”

Senior Abby Cramer is one of those players that found herself with an increased roll this season.

Abby Cramer/Squirrels Sr. Forward: “It's a good feeling, I knew my place last year that I obviously wasn't going to be the first second scorer, but this year it feels good to be that person that is counted on.”

Dooley: “We read each other well, she sees the defense and she knows how to pull them and dump it to me, she sees if they are gonna come off of me when she drives in cause they are gonna need to help, she is definitely good at reading the court.”

Mears: “I was hoping that Abby would be able to take her game to the next level and she has done that for us and so she is one of our key players on the offensive end and on defense too.”

Cramer is now in her second year of starting and she never comes off the court. She draws the toughest defensive assignment and on the offensive end she has doubled her points per game.

Cramer: “Scoring is obviously better I'd say than defense but you need to make those stops on defense so it depends on the game kind of. I like being on the number one girl on the other team. I like that assignment.”

And if the Squirrels want to make it back to the championship game, they will need a big time effort from Cramer this weekend.

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