Majettes’ offense derails against No. 1 Century

When Minot High girls basketball coach Todd Magnuson – at home on medical leave with a heart condition – flipped off the radio broadcast of his team’s contest Tuesday night, the Majettes had already committed 17 turnovers and had just 10 points.

That was at halftime.

The Majettes never found a rhythm offensively and floundered on the glass during their 47-18 loss to top-ranked Century at the Minot State University Dome.

“I couldn’t listen to it,” Magnuson said by phone. “It didn’t sound too pretty.”

It wasn’t.

Minot (5-4 overall, 3-3 West Region) turned the ball over 25 times, knocked down 7 of 34 shots (21 percent) and once went 14:09 between made field goals.

Century, the two-time defending state champion and a winner of 18 straight games, outhustled the short-handed Majettes – who were without starting wing McKale Duttenhefer – on the glass. The Patriots (10-0, 7-0) finished with a plus-14 rebounding margin (34-20), including a 15-3 advantage in offensive boards.

Century outscored Minot 8-0 in second-chance points during the first half and tallied 13 of the final 16 points of the frame to seize a 24-10 lead at the intermission.

“We missed some shots, but we got ourselves some second or third chances by offensive rebounding,” Century coach Ron Metz said, “and then controlling the defensive glass and not giving them second or third chances, too.”

After Minot junior Sierra Duttenhefer’s spin and layup 5:09 before halftime, the Majettes didn’t convert a field goal until senior Jayden Moum’s putback with 9:00 left in the contest – Minot’s first points of the second half.

Century’s full-court pressure and ultra-aggressive help defense kept the Majettes spinning their wheels.

“They made us do things we didn’t want to do,” Minot assistant Joel Lawson said. “We didn’t penetrate the ball, we didn’t kick the ball, we didn’t get the ball to open shooters. And when we were open, we were hesitant to shoot.”

Aside from their low defensive rebounding efficiency (44.7 percent), the Majettes had great success defending Century. Their mixture of zone and man looks induced 12 first-half Patriot turnovers and 19 altogether. The 47 points is Century’s lowest output of the season.

“Defensively, I’m not faulting us one bit,” Lawson said. “If you would’ve told me that we would give up 47 points to Century on the night, I would’ve been happy.”

Said Sierra Duttenhefer: “It is an achievement. We work hard on our defense and we’ll just have to get our offense evolved and we’ll be good.”

Century put up the first 10 points out of the break and 15 of the first 17 as senior Macy Lynch caught fire. She posted 12 of her 17 points in the second half and also snared a game-high eight rebounds.

Sophomore center Cassie Askvig paced the Majettes with six points – more than 12 below her 18.1 per game average.

“I’m very happy with only giving up 18 points tonight,” Metz said, “especially with some of the offensive girls that (Minot) has.”

Ryan Holmgren covers Minot High athletics and general assignments. Follow him on Twitter @ryanholmgren.