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North Dakota Class B state girls basketball tournament quarterfinal roundup

Second half surge pushes Shiloh Christian over RugbyGRAND FORKS -- Daryl Bearstail didn't look at the statistics sheet at halftime. The Shiloh Christian coach didn't need to in order to know that his defense was struggling."I knew (Rugby) was sho...

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Second half surge pushes Shiloh Christian over Rugby
GRAND FORKS - Daryl Bearstail didn’t look at the statistics sheet at halftime. The Shiloh Christian coach didn’t need to in order to know that his defense was struggling.
“I knew (Rugby) was shooting well,’’ Bearstail said. “We had to find a way to slow them down. We went to a zone. That made a difference.’’
The shooting was a tale of two halves as Shiloh Christian rallied to a 47-40 win Thursday in the quarterfinals of the North Dakota Class B girls high school basketball tournament at the Alerus Center.
Rugby was a sizzling 10 of 15 from the field in the first half. The Panthers slipped to 7 of 27 shooting in the second half. As a result, Shiloh Christian overcame a 22-16 halftime deficit.
“We were playing man-to-man in the first half and they were taking it to the basket,’’ Bearstail said. “Our defense wasn’t there.
“Our girls played a good 2-3 zone. We were getting out on the ball, and our press was really making a difference.’’
Free throws key to Aggies win over Carrington
GRAND FORKS - With the game on the line, Park River-Fordville-Lankin coach Rob Scherr couldn’t have picked a better duo at the free-throw line than Kaitlyn Brintnell and Bailey Beneda.
The two combined for 5 of 6 shooting at the line in the final 68 seconds Thursday. That held off a Carrington comeback as the Aggies claimed a 51-44 win in the quarterfinals of the North Dakota Class B girls high school basketball tournament at the Alerus Center.
Carrington had rallied to within 46-42 when Haley Hewitt hit a 3-point shot with 1:29 left. But Brintnell was 3 of 4 from the line on the Aggies’ next two possessions. After a Kauri Hochhalter layup with 35 seconds left, Beneda iced the win with two free throws with 32 seconds left.
“It came down to free throws and we had two girls going to the line we had confidence in,’’ Scherr said. “They’re guards. They seem to be the ones who are shooting free throws at the end of a lot of games. They’ve hit some big ones.’’
Kvilvang leads North Star over F-C-T
GRAND FORKS - Macey Kvilvang was held to less than half of her 25-point scoring average Thursday. Ultimately, however, the 6-foot-5 junior was a big factor.
Kvilvang anchored the defense and dominated the boards as North Star beat Fairmount-Campbell-Tintah 37-28 in the quarterfinals of the North Dakota Class B girls high school basketball tournament at the Alerus Center.
Kvilvang was held to 11 points while being triple-teamed by Lady Rebels around the basket.
“It was like a vacuum,’’ she said. “But I’m kind of used to that. When I get triple teamed, our other girls are getting open looks and they can score.
“Defense is a big part of the game. I like playing defense. That’s our first priority. And one of our main goals was to keep them off the offensive boards.’’

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