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Minot Ryan rallies past Central Cass
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FARGO -- The Lions waited for two decades, but on Saturday night Minot Ryan once again claimed a Class B state girls basketball state championship.

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No. 1-ranked Minot Ryan defeated No. 8-ranked Central Cass 54-50 at the Fargodome. It is the Lions' second state title in school history.

Sophomore forward Hannah Stewart scored 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Minot Ryan. Senior guard Hannah Breske scored 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Squirrels.

"It feels so good to be a state champion," Stewart said. "Central Cass put up a really good fight they are a very good team. Hannah (Breske) is a really good player. She can shoot well off the dribble, and we weren't really prepared for that."

Sophomore forward Gabbie Bohl added eight points and seven rebounds for Minot Ryan.

Bohl sunk the back end of two free-throw attempts with 4.1 seconds remaining to clinch the win.

"It feels great," Bohl said. "I missed that first free throw, but I had to come back and sink that second one to seal the deal."

Central Cass was playing in its third title game in four years, and for the third time, the Squirrels end their season as state runners-up.

"We got on a roll for a little bit and started knocking down shots," Breske said. "We had fun, and in the end, it didn't come out the way we planned it, but we won't ever forget about this game."

The victory completes a perfect season for the Lions (27-0) and extends their state-best winning streak -- which dates back to last season -- to 29 games.

Minot Ryan is the first team to complete an undefeated season in Class B since 2010 when Beach went 26-0.

"It was a blast," Minot Ryan head coach Julie Stewart said. "I'm just so excited and happy for these girls. They are so committed, and I am happy they get to enjoy this."

Hannah Stewart scored 18 of her 27 in the first half. The 6-foot-2 standout scored all of the Lions 11 points in the second quarter and ended the first half with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from just inside half-court.

Minot Ryan led 26-22 at halftime.

The Lions opened the second half on a 6-0 run and left, but Central Cass responded with an 11-2 run to close out the third quarter.

Central Cass led 37-34 entering the final eight minutes.

"Minot Ryan is such a good team," Central Cass head coach Ryan Mears said. "We ran a few things to try to get their size out of the lane, and I thought our kids played phenomenal. They put forth a great effort the entire time."

MR 13 26 34 54

CC 9 22 37 50

MR: Stewart 11 4-6 27, Bohl 3 2-4 8, Harmon 3 2-2 8, Rovig 2 1-3 7, Wald 1 0-0 2, Leidholt 0 2-3 2, Schmidt 0 0-1 0, Lipp 0 0-0 0. Totals 20-43 11-18 54.

CC: Breske 10 1-4 26, Dooley 6 2-7 14, Camas 3 0-0 9, Tronson 0 1-2 1, Cramer 0 0-0 0, Goettle 0 0-0 0, Titus 0 0-0 0. Totals 19-55 4-13 50.

3-point goals: MR, Stewart, Rovig 2. CC, Breske 5, Camas 3. Total fouls: MR 12, CC 15. Rebounds: MR 33 (Stewart 12), CC 32 (Dooley 11). Assists: MR 9 (Harmon 4), CC 6 (Titus 3). Steals: MR 3 (Bohl 2), CC 4 (Breske 2, Titus 2). Turnovers: MR 14, CC 14.

All-tournament team

Ashley Bentz, Grant County.

Cydni Stedman, Beach.

Shannon Galegher, Thompson.

Karleigh Weber, Thompson.

Katelynn Engh, Benson County.

Anika Rovig, Minot Ryan.

(Unanimous choices)

Kendra Weigel, Napoleon.

Gabbie Bohl, Minot Ryan.

Hannah Stewart, Minot Ryan (MVP).

Hannah Breske, Central Cass.

Faith Dooley, Central Cass.

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