Scoring drought dooms Majettes

When Minot wasn’t being pressured by top-ranked Bismarck Century on Thursday night, it appeared to be a worthy adversary.

The Majettes were comfortably in the flow of their offense and went tit for tat with the Patriots for the first 20 minutes of the West Region game.

After that, Century showed why it’s one of the premier programs in the state.

The Patriots (9-1, 7-0) cranked up their intensity a few notches, holding the Majettes to a lowly six points in the second half in a 55-27 rout at Magic City Campus.

Jordyn Jassart and Macy Lynch scored 15 points apiece, helping Century outscore Minot 28-6 in the final stanza.

“I thought we played a great first half,” Minot coach Todd Magnuson said. “The difference is that they came out with that pressure and our girls couldn’t handle it.”

Andie Hankla’s jumper cut Century’s lead to 27-24 just after halftime but Minot went on a subsequent 12-minute scoring drought.

The Majettes (2-6, 2-4) coughed up 12 of their 17 turnoves in the second half which had a lot to do with the Patriots’ frenetic defense.

Century seldom pressed in the first half but disconcerted Minot’s guards with a mix of presses, zones and traps in the game’s later stages.

“(Holding Minot to six second-half points) was very unexpected,” Century coach Ron Metz said. “We had a couple things we needed to adjust to defensively and our girls just responded to it.”

Morgan Milbraith’s basket at the 7:54 mark of the first half made it a 15-15 contest, but Minot never led.

The Majettes couldn’t connect from the outside (0-for-8) while Century flourished in that pursuit, hitting 6 of 8 attempts.

Minot wasn’t efficient at the free-throw line, either, going 3-for-10.

“When you can play with the best team in the state for a half, that’s something to build off of,” Magnuson said. “But you have to give (Century) credit – they’re a great team.”

Hankla had a team-high 10 points for Minot, which travels to Williston on Thursday.