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Beach to open Class B state tournament, Watford City to close out quarterfinals

Region 7 champion Beach has drawn No. 2-ranked Thompson in the first round of the Class B state girls basketball tournament. 

The Buccaneers face the Region 2 champion Tommies at noon MDT Thursday, March 20 at the Fargodome. Beach is making its fifth consecutive trip to the state tournament. 

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Watford City, the Region 8 champion, faces No. 4-ranked Central Cass, the Region 1 champ, at 7:15 p.m.

The Class B state tournament team seeding and drawing was announced Friday morning via conference call with the qualifying schools.  The top four teams are ranked through an online coach voting process with remaining teams chosen through random draw. 

All games will be broadcast by Forum Communications Co. and can be seen in the southwest North Dakota viewing area on ABC affiliate KBMY, which is Channel 3 on Consolidated cable.

Class B state quarterfinals

Note: All times MDT

No. 2 Thompson vs Beach, noon

No. 3 Shiloh Christian vs  Kidder County, 1:45 p.m.

No. 1 Bishop Ryan vs Lakota-Edmore, 5:30 p.m.

No. 4 Central Cass vs Watford City, 7:15 p.m.