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Lady Lions sneak past Minot Ryan

BISMARCK -- The final play didn't work out exactly as it had been diagrammed. But it still worked out fine for Linton-HMB.

Kayln Schneider banked in a layup as time expired, giving the Lady Lions a 46-45 win against Minot Ryan here Thursday in the quarterfinals of the North Dakota Class B girls high school basketball tournament.

Ryan capped a big comeback when Gabbie Bohl grabbed an offensive rebound and put in a short jumper for a 45-44 advantage -- Ryan's first lead of the second half -- with 8.9 seconds left.

After a timeout, McKenna Flyberg took an inbounds pass, drove the length of the court against the Ryan press and connected with Schneider on a bounce pass across the lane to Schneider in the low post on the left side. Schneider just beat the clock for the game-winner.

Linton-HMB had built a 28-21 halftime lead after trailing 12-10 at the end of the first quarter. The Lady Lions expanded that lead to 41-33 after three. But then the offense struggled through the final eight minutes.

Linton-HMB was scoreless for the first 4:03 of the fourth quarter. After Kaidra Larson scored on a layup with 3:57 left, the Lady Lions were scoreless for another 3:37. Ryan went inside to rally -- its final eight points were all by post players, five by Bohl and three by Hannah Stewart, who finished with a team-high 15 points.

Schneider finished with 19 points and Flyberg 13 to pace Linton-HMB.

Minot Ryan 12 21 33 45

LHMB 10 28 41 46

MR: Sheyenne Schmidt 0 0-0 0, Maddie Wald 1 0-0 3, Sydney Landsiedel 4 0-0 8, Anika Rovig 1 2-2 4, Emily Medalen 0 0-0 0, Laurin Leidholt 2 0-0 4, Quinn Harmon 1 0-0 2, Gabbie Bohl 3 3-4 9, Hannah Stewart 7 1-4 15.

LHMB: Whitney Gerving 2 1-2 6, Tiffaney Gerving 0 0-0 0, Amber Umber 0 1-2 1, Kaidra Larson 1 2-2 4, Robin Weber 0 3-6 3, Nicole Nieuwsma 0 0-00 0, McKenna Flyberg 4 3-3 13, Kayln Schneider 8 3-3 19.

3-pointers: MR 1 (Wald 1), LHMB x (Flyberg 2, Gerving 1). Free throws: MR 6-10, LHMB 13-18. Total fouls: MR 16, LHMB 12. Rebounds: MR 36 (Stewart 9), LHMB 23 (Schneider 5). Assists: MR 9 (Rovig 4), LHMB 8 (Flyberg 4). Steals: MR 4 (Harmon 2), LHMB 10 (Schneider 3). Blocks: MR 7 (Stewart 5), LHMB 1 (Schneider 1).

DeVillers is a sports reporter for the Grand Forks Herald, which is owned by Forum Communications Co.

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