Benson County punches ticket to state tourney

DEVILS LAKE – Benson County led from wire to wire in the Region 4 title game on Thursday night, downing Lakota-Adams-Edmore 47-43 at Devils Lake High.

The Wildcats earned their ticket to next week’s Class B state tournament at the Fargodome, where they’ll have a quarterfinal date with Bishop Ryan on Thursday.

Benson County had an eight-point cushion heading into the fourth quarter, but the Raiders wouldn’t get any closer than four.

Sara Schwanke and Becca Eberle had 14 points each to lead Benson County. L-A-E was paced by Fallyn Freije’s 18 points.

In the third-place game, North Star, behind Kelsey Teubner’s 21 points, nipped Carrington 58-57.

Kayla Hochhalter (12 points) and Jacey Engelhorn (11) led Carrington.

Region 5

MANDAN – Grant County did just enough to pull away from Shiloh Christian in the Region 5 title game on Thursday night, edging the Skyhawks 60-57 at Mandan High.

The Coyotes earned their berth to the Class B state tournament at the Fargodome, where they’ll face Central Cass in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

The back-and-forth contest featured 11 lead changes and seven ties, but Grant County outscored the Skyhawks 9-6 in the final stanza.

Ashley Bentz filled the stat sheet for the Coyotes, pumping in 25 points, 10 assists and six rebounds.

Shiloh Christian, which was plagued by 22 turnovers, was led by Beth Muggerud’s 20 points and 11 boards.

New Salem-Almont shook off a slow start before rolling past Underwood 57-36 in the Region 5 third-place game.

The Holsteins trailed by seven after the first quarter, but outscored the Comets 50-25 the rest of the way.

Karlie Schroeder dropped 31 points to go with eight rebounds to lead NS-A. Emma Lee had eight points and seven rebounds for Underwood.

Region 7

DICKINSON – Beach used a lopsided third quarter to best Dickinson Trinity in its own gym, winning the region title 55-35.

Beach outcored Trinity 18-3 in third stanza and nabbed a berth to the Class B state tournament. Beach will face Napoleon in Thursday’s quarterfinals.

Hailee Farstveet had 16 points, six rebounds and six assists to lead Beach to its fourth straight title.

In the third-place game, Bowman County tripped Hazen 57-50.

– Daily News Staff