Noon – Kenmare vs. Beach
Head coach: Jason Schwartz
Key players: Katie King, Sr., 6-0, C (19.1 ppg, 10.6 reb., 3 assts.); Kortni Miller, Sr., 5-7, G (12.2 ppg, 4.8 asst., 3 stls.); Lexi Munson, So., 5.7, G (10.9 ppg, 3.5 assts., 2.6 stls.); Erika Lemere, Sr., 5-8, F (6 pgg, 6.6 reb.)
Notes: The Honkers were defeated by Beach 47-42 during the regular season. … “The most important thing in girls basketball is taking care of the ball and not turning it over,” Schwartz said. “That’s kind of what Beach is going to try to force you into doing. … We want to slow things down and play at our pace.”
Head coach: Bob Waldal
Key players: Brittney Dietz, Sr., 5-10, C (16.1 ppg, 6.2 reb.); Jill Rising, Sr., 5-9, F (9.2 ppg, 6.2 reb.); Abby Weinreis, Sr., 5-6, G (13.9 ppg, 2.9 reb.)
Notes: Beach has defeated four teams in the state tournament (Kenmare, Carrington, Watford City and Linton-HMB). … “All the time, we hope we can improve our play,” Waldal said. “The blueprint on us is that you don’t want to get into a running game with Beach. We like an up tempo style of play. Teams will try to slow it down in the half court. We have to become a better half court team.”
1:45 p.m. – Carrington vs. Washburn
Head coach: Andy Braaten
Key players: Emily Thompson, Jr., 6-1, P (15 ppg, 7.3 reb.); Sierra Rosenau, Jr., 5-8, G (13 ppg, 8.3 reb., 2.6 assts. 3.9 stls.); Becca Sherr, Jr., 5-6, G (9.7 ppg, 2.8 reb.); Noelle Braaten, Sr., 5-10, F (5.8 ppg, 3.1 reb.)
Notes: Carrington went 2-3 against teams that advanced to the state tournament. The Cardinals defeated Washburn and Linton-HMB. … “We really lined up a tough schedule and I think that helped us,” Braaten said. “And we’ve been on the road a lot. Hopefully, we are road tested.” … Sophomore post Breana Barton suffered ACL injuries in both legs during the region quarterfinals. … Senior Megan Harrington will return from a back injury at state.
Head coach: Keith Jacobson
Key players: Sam Schell, Sr., 5-10, F (15 ppg, 9.5 reb., 3 asst., 3.2 stls.); Spanky Clayton, Jr., 5-6, G (16.3 ppg, 3 reb., 4 asst., 3.2 stls.); Kennedy Retterath, So., 5-10, C; Candy Ankenbauer, Sr., 5-7, F; Ali Weisgarber, Sr., 5-5, G; Cori Moberg, Jr., 5-9, F.
Notes: This is Washburn’s first trip to state since 2004. … “The main thing is that we need to make sure we come out with energy,” Jacobson said. “Sometimes you start looking around at all of it, and you might be a little tired from what happened earlier in the week. And we need to stay out of foul trouble. If we stay in the game, we will be all right.”
4:35 p.m. – Central Valley vs. Linton-HMB
Central Valley Valiants
Head coach: Rick Sondrol
Key players: Jessica Henningsgard, Sr., 5-5, G (15.2 ppg, 2.7 reb.); Taylor Henningsgard, So., 5-7, G (10.3 ppg, 5.2 reb.); Kennedy Henningsgard, Fr., 5-8, G (9.9 ppg, 5.4 reb.)
Notes: Each of the Henningsgard sisters started their varsity careers as 8th-graders. Jessica is a five-year starter. … “I think what we’ve got to be able to do is play our own game and make sure to not beat ourselves,” Sondrol said. “In the regular season and our postseason run, we’ve been good about not turning the ball over.”
Head coach: Pat Gerving
Key players: Kayln Schneider, Jr., 5-9, C (13.9 ppg, 6.4 reb., 2 stls.); Lindsey Hulm, Sr., 5-8, F (5.6 ppg, 3.3 reb., 1 stls.); Whitney Gerving, Jr., 5-5, G (7.2 ppg, 2.5 asst., 3 reb.)
Notes: The Lions have allowed 36. 9 points a game this season. … Linton and Hazelton-Moffit-Braddock are in the first year of a co-op. … Linton’s last trip to state was 2006. H-M-B made state in 2008. … “It’s been awhile since Linton made it,” Gerving said. “But we’ve been to back-to-back volleyball tournaments. They have been in big games and they know what the pressure is like.”
6:15 p.m. – Central Cass vs. Watford City
Central Cass Squirrels
Head coach: Barb Kraft
Key players: Taylor Kraft, Sr., 6-0, F (13.7 ppg, 8.7 reb.); Hannah Breske, So., 5-11, F (12 ppg, 3.4 reb.); Courtney Dixon, Jr., 5-10, F (12.2 ppg, 6.6 reb.); Bethany Voss, Jr., 5-8, G (6.6 ppg, 4.8 asst.)
Notes: The Squirrels suffered a scare in the Region 1 semifinals, but came away with a 47-40 overtime win against Fairmount-Campbell-Tintah to reach the final. … Central Cass is allowing 31.5 points a game. … “The girls have come into practice very focused this week,” Barb Kraft said. “We know we’ve got a strong opponent in Watford City. I think the girls are feeling confident, but we know it’s not going to be easy.” … Taylor Kraft has played on the varsity since 7th grade.
Watford City Wolves
Head coach: Berton Bates
Key players: McKayla Haugeberg, So., 5-4, G (11 ppg, 4 reb., 4 assts., 6 stls.); Jayme Johnson, Sr., 5-7, F (11 ppg, 5 reb., 2 assts, 4 stls. Dist. region senior of tyear.); Dani Bates, Sr., 5-7, P (10 ppg, 7 reb., 3 stls.); Alexis Sanford, Sr., 5-4, G (10 ppg, 54 3-pointers).
Notes: The Wolves a forcing an average of 30 turnovers a game. … Watford City was defeated by Beach by 21 points during the regular season in its only matchup with a state tournament team. ... “We can’t sit back,” Bates said. “We try to play face-to-face. We play offense and defense as fast as we can.” … The Wolves made more than 100 3-point field goals as a team.
— Compiled by Heath Hotzler, The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead