Titans place fourth at state tourney
MINOT -- For playing an overtime semifinal game on Friday, the LaMoure-Litchville-Marion girls basketball still had plenty of gas left in the tank. Anna Holen guided the Loboes in the second half against No. 10-ranked Dickinson Trinity. The fresh...
MINOT - For playing an overtime semifinal game on Friday, the LaMoure-Litchville-Marion girls basketball still had plenty of gas left in the tank.
Anna Holen guided the Loboes in the second half against No. 10-ranked Dickinson Trinity.
The freshman guard supplied 16 points as LLM defeated the Titans 49-34 during the third-place game of the North Dakota Class B state girls basketball tournament on Saturday at the Minot State Dome.
“They played zone most of the second half,” Trinity head coach Carter Fong said. “We are good shooters at times and we are streaky at times. We just couldn’t buy one from the outside. The legs were tired on our third day here. We weren’t able to generate much offense with our defense in transition. They took good care of the basketball.”
LLM head coach Mitch Carlson said the team bounced back after a tough 60-57 overtime loss to No. 2-ranked and No. 2 seed Kindred on Friday.
The Loboes went 19 of 49 (39 percent) from the field, while Trinity struggled from the field in the second half by shooting 11 percent less.
“They came out with a lot of heart and desire,” Carlson said. “We played well for three days in a row. We lost one and won two.”
The fourth-place finish is the highest in school history for the Titans (20-6).
With a majority of juniors and sophomores on the roster, the lone senior for Trinity was Emily Spradley. The senior guard-forward stepped off the court for the final time with 59 seconds left in the contest.
“Coming off the floor coach Fong gave me a hug and it didn’t really hit me until I walked off after the awards that this was my last game,” Spradley said. “I couldn’t be any more proud of this team.”
To start the third quarter, LLM jumped on an 11-0 run, which was punctuated with a pair of free throws from Holen. The Loboes (22-5) would maintain their double-digit advantage throughout the second half. The closest the Titans came was nine points - 36-27 and 39-30 - after Abby Jones and Kennedy Keator each hit 3-pointers.
Keator led the Titans (20-6) with 14 points, eight rebounds and four assists, while Brianna Soehren added 10 points and five rebounds. LLM had Jacey Alber with 10 points and six rebounds, while Jackie Meiklejohn and Kennedy Witt each had eight points.
“It isn’t often you play three consecutive days plus they are tough games,” Carlson said. “The girls dug deep and gave a little extra effort.”
In the first half, LLM held a 10-9 lead after the first quarter. The Loboes grabbed a 22-20 lead lead at halftime. LLM distributed the ball on offense in the first half as three players scored five or more points.
The Loboes also controlled the boards from start to finish. LLM outrebounded Trinity 20-8 in the first half and continue to hold the edge with a final tally of 37 to 27. Holen to led the Loboes with eight rebounds. Trinity’s Alanna Sickler supplied a game-high three blocks.
Fong said Spradley is a complete team player.
He hopes the rest of Trinity’s young roster remembers her selfless attitude.
“She understands her strengths and limitations,” Fong said. “She is very unselfish. She understands exactly what it means to be a team player and a Titan. If our young girls follow her example, great things are in store for our program.”
During the awards ceremony, Trinity’s cheerleaders received the spirit award.
Trinity 9 20 30 34
LLM 10 22 39 49
T: Kennedy Keator 14, Brianna Soehren 10, Madison Jahner 3, Abby Jones 3, Alanna Sickler 2, Jordie McNeilly 2.
LLM: Anna Holen 16, Jacey Alber 10, Kennedy Witt 8, Jackie Meiklejohn 8, Katrina Hoff 3, Taylor Hebl 2, Alyson Rodin 2.
3-pointers: T 4 (Keator 2, Jahner 1, Jones 1), LLM 5 (Meiklejohn 2, Witt 2, Hoff 1). Free throws: T 0-2, LLM 6-10. Total fouls: T 17, LLM 8. Rebounds: T 27 (Keator 8), LLM 37 (Holen 8). Assists: T 11 (Keator 4), LLM 10 (Holen 3). Blocks: T 3 (Sickler 3), LLM 0. Turnovers: T 12, LLM 10. Records: T 20-6, LLM 22-5.
Fifth place: Lakota-Edmore 63, Shiloh Christian 50
Fallyn Freije crossed the 2,500-point threshold with 34 points in leading the Raiders to fifth place.
The 6-foot-2 all-state forward added 17 rebounds, as Lakota-Edmore held off a late surge from Shiloh.
It was the final game for Freije, who is headed to UND for basketball in the fall. She’s going for her fourth first-team all-state award and also has over 1,000 rebounds.
Shiloh’s Krista Ulmer had a team-high 13 points in the loss.
Lakota-Edmore 63, Shiloh Christian 50
Shiloh 12 23 38 50
L-E 15 32 42 63
Shiloh: Krista Ulmer 13, Victoria Schindler 12, Mia Wilkinson 10, Jaye Two Bears 8, Miriah Forness 8, Harley Stevahn 2. Totals 18-of-47 12-18 50.
L-E: Fallyn Freije 34, Jaedyn Pesek 15, Miranda Martinson 5, Montana Halberg 5, Kaitlyn Amble 4. Totals 22-42 13-16 63.
3-pointers: Shiloh 2 (Two Bears), L-E 6 (Pesek 3, Freije 2, Halberg). Rebounds: Shiloh 22 (Forness 5), L-E 32 (Freije 17). Assists: Shiloh 7 (Watson 2, Wilkinson 2), L-E 14 (Amble 6). Fouls (fouled out): Shiloh 15, L-E 16. Turnovers: Shiloh 13, L-E 18.
Records: Shiloh 23-5, L-E 24-3.
Seventh place: Parshall 67,
Cheyenne Packineau had 21 points and 16 rebounds as Parshall claimed seventh-place honors over fourth-seeded Thompson.
Kiara Packineau added 19 points including five 3-pointers, helping the Braves (21-7) keep Thompson scoreless over the final 1 minute, 34 seconds.
The fourth-seeded Tommies (22-5) received a 20-point effort from Johanna Loyland, who tied the tournament record for 3-pointers with 12.
Parshall 67, Thompson 59
Thompson 10 28 45 59
Parshall 11 27 44 67
Thompson: Johanna Loyland 20, Emily Overby 15, Shaice Marx 12, Samantha Hegg 6, Alayna Reck 3, Kailen Dolleslager 3. Totals 22-66 7-13 59.
Parshall: Cheyenne Packineau 21, Kiara Packineau 19, Michelle Risan 15, Aulora Severance 8, Sheridyn Packineau 2, Veronica Lyson 2. Totals 25-58 9-15 67.
3-pointers: Thompson 8 (Loyland 6, Reck, Overby), Parshall 8 (Kiara Packineau 5, Risan 3). Rebounds: Thompson 46 (Marx 14), Parshall 38 (16). Assists: Thompson 10 (Anna Nistler 3), Parshall 16 (Risan 9). Total fouls (fouled out): Thompson 14, Parshall 12. Turnovers: Thompson 10, Parshall 7.
Records: Thompson 22-5, Parshall 21-7.
North Dakota Class B all-state tournament team
Hannah Stewart, Minot Ryan; Gabbie Bohl, Minot Ryan; Maddie Wald, Minot Ryan; Lexi Piatz, Kindred; Alex Erickson, Kindred; Anna Holen, LaMoure-Litchville-Marion; Kennedy Keator, Dickinson Trinity; Fallyn Freije, Lakota-Edmore; Mia Wilkinson, Shiloh Christian; Cheyenne Packineau, Parshall; Johanna Loyland, Thompson.
Most Valuable Player: Hannah Stewart, Minot Ryan.