Less than 24 hours after the Des Lacs-Burlington boys basketball team saw its season end in the Region 6 championship to top-ranked Rugby, the girls basketball team gave Laker nation something to smile about.
DL-B’s defense limited Our Redeemer’s Christian School to just 22 points through three quarters and the Lakers defeated the Knights 47-37 in the first round of the District 12 tournament Friday at the Minot Municipal Auditorium.
Senior guard Courtney Vogel led the Lakers with 15 points and Erica Moen also finished in double figures with 13. DL-B plays top-ranked and undefeated Bishop Ryan in the semifinals today at 6 p.m.
“The importance of winning that first-round game is huge because maybe it’ll give us some confidence as we move forward in the district tournament,” DL-B coach Shawn Kuhnhenn said. “We will face a tough opponent in Ryan, which hopefully will make us better down the stretch.”
The Knights (8-12) scored the first five points before the Lakers ended the opening quarter on a 12-1 run spanning 5:04. A 3-pointer by Vogel gave DL-B its first lead of the contest at 8-6 with 1:52 left in the quarter. Vogel scored 10 of DL-B’s first 14 points.
The Lakers (9-10) led by as many as 10 points in the first half before ORCS went on a 12-2 run to tie the game at 18 with a minute left in the second quarter. ORCS freshman Morgan Olson hit three shots and junior McKensie Popinga, freshman Lauren Hendrickson and eighth-grader Karlee Zablotney all recorded a basket during the run.
DL-B freshman guard Erica Moen drained a 3 in the final seconds to give the Lakers a 21-18 lead at the break, an advantage they never surrendered in the second half.
The Lakers entered the game looking to limit Olson’s production. They switched on ball screens and double-teamed ORCS’ leading scorer when possible. Olson still managed a game-high 19 points, but had to exert a lot of energy to get her baskets.
“Trying to shut down Morgan Olson was the game plan,” Moen said. “We just had to put one girl on her and stick with her and then have the rest of the girls on the help side.”
Senior Miky Hynson and sophomore Brittany DeGree split time defending Olson. DeGree also added six points.
“I stuck a couple very good defenders on Morgan and they were able to keep her in check for most of the game,” Kuhnhenn said. “Their offense runs through her so we focused quite a bit on her.”
DL-B’s defensive effort limited the Knights to four points in the third quarter. ORCS scored just one field goal in those eight minutes – a basket by Olson with 1:35 left.
“A little rusty,” ORCS coach Kory Nelson said. “That’s what happens when you sit out 10 days between your last game. We didn’t really come out and execute like we hoped we would. The biggest thing is we went back to not pressing. It saved us in the foul category, but we didn’t get after them like we usually do.”
Moen recorded a team-high eight second-half points as the Lakers led by as many as 18 in the fourth.
The Knights, who have lost five of their last six games, play Kenmare in a loser-out game today at 3 p.m. ORCS defeated the Honkers 64-27 during the regular season.
Bishop Ryan 85, Kenmare 18
Juniors Gabbie Bohl and Maddie Wald finished with 23 and 20 points, respectively, and Hannah Stewart recorded a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds as Bishop Ryan breezed past Kenmare in the opening round of the District 12 tournament.
The top-ranked Lions (20-0) grabbed a 28-4 lead at the end of the first quarter and held a 52-11 advantage at halftime. The Honkers (1-18) scored seven points in the second half – two in the third quarter.
Ryan sophomore guard Sheyenne Schmidt hit the only 3-pointer for either team as the Lions shot just nine percent from behind the arc. They finished 32-for-48 from inside the arc. Bohl and Wald combined to make 17 of 19 shots.
Kenmare turned the ball over 41 times as every Lion recorded at least one steal. Ryan blocked 13 shots and held a 28-15 edge on the glass.
Shantell Brekhus led the Honkers with 11 points.
Ryan plays Des Lacs-Burlington today at 6 p.m. in the semifinals, while Kenmare and Our Redeemer’s meet in a loser-out contest at 3 p.m.
Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood 46, Glenburn 38
Senior guard Shania Brackenbury knocked down three 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 15 points as Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood eked one out against seventh-seeded Glenburn in the first round of the District 12 tournament.
Senior guard Sierra Smith also finished in double figures with 14 points.
The Mavericks (15-5) held a 24-16 lead at halftime and 34-27 at the end of the third quarter.
Sierra Payne finished with a team-high 10 points for the Panthers (4-16), but was held scoreless in the fourth quarter. Katie Dufner netted six of her eight points in the second half and knocked down Glenburn’s two treys.
M-L-S advances to play Berthold in the semifinals tonight at 7:30, while Glenburn and Surrey meet in a loser-out game at 4:30 p.m.
Like it had been throughout the first round of the District 12 tournament, scoring was at a premium between No. 3 seed Berthold and sixth-seeded Surrey.
Berthold’s Bethany Limke and Surrey’s Chelsie Deibert each had 13 points to lead their respective teams. They were the only players in double figures.
The Bombers (13-7) opened up a 14-point lead at halftime after outscoring the Mustangs 13-3 in the second quarter.
Surrey (2-18) finished with as many made field goals (7) as free throws. All seven free throws came in the fourth quarter.
Madison Erickson and Hannah Hornberger each had nine for the Bombers.
Berthold plays Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood tonight at 7:30 in the semifinals and Surrey plays Glenburn in a loser-out at 4:30 p.m.
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