Strasburg-Zeeland and Linton-HMB sweep games in Bismarck Hoop Jamboree
Strasburg-Zeeland and Linton-HMB participated in the Bismarck Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball Jamboree on January 12. In the Boys’ Jamboree (played at Bismarck Century High Sch ool), Strasburg-Zeeland defeated New Salem-Almont, 63-53, while Linton-HMB upended Bowman County, 61-32. On the Girls’ side (played at the Shiloh Christian Gym), Linton-HMB downed Grant County (Elgin- New Leipzig-Carson), 45-35, while Strasburg-Zeeland posted a 52-40 victory over Killdeer.
New Salem-Almont 53
Strasburg-Zeeland ran its record to 10-0 on the season with a 63-53 victory over New Salem-Almont.
Strasburg-Zeeland got off to a slow start, and the Clippers found themselves on the short end of a 19-13 score at the end of the first quarter. However, Strasburg-Zeeland held New Salem-Almont to just a pair of field goals in the second period, and used a 22-11 run during the frame to move into the lead (35-30) for good by halftime. New Salem-Almont hit just 9 of 24 (38%) field goals in the first half, but the Holsteins sank 12 of 15 free throws in the half to stay close.
Kyle Nieuwsma scored a dozen points, and Brody Nieuwsma netted 8 points (all in the second period) to lead Strasburg-Zeeland’s first-half attack. Tyler Wehri andAndrew Hulm paced New Salem-Almont’s scoring with 11 and 9 points, respectively.
Scotti Scherr hit a pair of three-pointers and scored 8 points to lead a 15-9 Clipper run in the third period, and Strasburg-Zeeland increased its lead to double figures (50-39) heading into the final quarter. Scherr added another pair of triples to start the fourth quarter, and the Clippers led by as many as 16 points (60-44) on the way to a double-digit victory.
Strasburg-Zeeland hit 24 of 56 (43%) field goals, including 7 of 24 (29%) shots from behind the arc. The Clippers also sank 8 of 12 free throws, committed a dozen turnovers, and held a 35-28 advantage in rebounds, including a 16-10 edge in offensive rebounds. New Salem-Almont hit 15 of 21 (71%) free throws, but the Holsteins shot just 36 percent (18 of 50) from the field and turned the ball over 21 times in the game.
Scherr hit 4 three-pointers and tied Kyle Nieuwsma for team-high honors with 14 points (all in the second half). Nieuwsma grabbed 6 rebounds and dished out 5 assists to go along with his 14 points. Brody Nieuwsma tallied 13 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals, Cole Nieuwsma added 9 points and 6 rebounds, and Nic Kramer and Jon Stabler netted 7 and 6 points, respectively, to complete the Clipper’s scoring. Spencer Rebel tallied a game-high 19 points, and Wehri scored 17 points for the Holsteins.
New Salem-Almont: Spencer Rebel 19, Tyler Wehri 17, Andrew Hulm 9, Zach Cofer 4, Braden Klusmann 2, Matt Bopp 2.
Strasburg-Zeeland: Kyle Nieuwsma 14, Scotti Scherr 14, Brody Nieuwsma 13, Cole Nieuwsma 9, Nic Kramer 7, Jon Stabler 6.
Grant County 35
Linton-HMB led almost all the way through on the way to downing Grant County, 45- 35. Linton-HMB improved to 5-2 on the season, while Grant County, which has been ranked as high as 3rd in the State Class B Poll this season, dropped to 7-2.
Linton-HMB displayed a balanced scoring attack all the way through, and held a 13-6 lead at the end of the first quarter. Grant County All-Stater Ashley Bentz scored the first 7 points of the second period to deadlock the score at 13-13 with just over 5:00 left in the first half, but Linton-HMB regained the lead for good shortly after that, and held Grant County to just 2 free throws over the remainder of the half to take a 20-15 advantage to the intermission.
Tiffaney Gerving hit a pair of three-pointers and led Linton-HMB with 6 points, while Kaidra Larson, Nicole Nieuwsma and McKenna Flyberg scored 4 points apiece for the Lady Lions in the first half. Bentz scored 13 of her team’s 15 points in the half.
Bentz continued to keep Grant County in the game with her scoring during the second half, but she didn’t get much offensive help from her teammates, and Linton-HMB was able to increase its lead to 32-24 heading into the final period. Grant County cut the deficit in half (37-33) with 5:08 left, but the Lady Coyotes could draw no closer, and Linton-HMB closed out the game with an 8-2 run to pull away.
Linton-HMB shot 36 percent (18 of 50) from the field and hit 5 of 10 free throws, and despite being undersized, the Lady Lions held a commanding, 36-21 advantage in rebounding, including a 15-9 edge on offensive rebounds. Grant County hit on just 12 of 45 (27%) field goals in the game.
Linton-HMB did not have a player score in double figures, but the Lady Lions had five players who scored at least 7 points in the game. Flyberg led the way with 9 points to go along with 5 rebounds and 4 assists, while Gerving (8 rebounds, 3 assists), Larson (6 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals) and Alex Umber (4 rebounds, 2 steals) scored 8 points apiece. Nieuwsma finished with 7 points and 6 rebounds, and Amber Umber chipped in 5 points, 4 rebounds and 3 steals for the Lady Lions. Bentz finished with a gamehigh 26 points, but she was just one of only three Grant County players to score.
Grant County:Ashley Bentz 26, Ashley Werner 7, Elesha Tatro 2.
Linton-HMB: McKenna Flyberg 9, Alex Umber 8, Kaidra Larson 8, Tiffaney Gerving 8, Nicole Nieuwsma 7, Amber Umber 5.
Bowman County 32
Linton-HMB won its sixth straight game after rolling to a 61-32 victory over Bowman County. The Lions improved to 8-3 on the season, while the Bulldogs dropped to 3-7.
The Lions held just a 14-11 advantage after one quarter, but they increased the margin to double digits (31-21) by halftime. Linton-HMB outscored Bowman County, 30- 11, in the second half to pull away, using a 14-4 run during the third period to double the lead to twenty points (45-25) with one quarter left.
Linton-HMB shot 50 percent (22 of 44) from the field and 80 percent (12 of 15) from the line, while holding a 36-18 rebounding advantage. Bowman County hit on just 13 of 45 (29%) field goals, and the Bulldogs misfired on all 10 of their three-point attempts in the game.
Ryan Schneider scored a game-high 12 points and pulled down 7 rebounds, while Brooks Flyberg added 11 points and a pair of steals for Linton-HMB. Mason Ryckman scored 10 points and grabbed a game-high 9 rebounds, Andrew Small tallied 8 points, Travis Baumiller netted 6 points and 5 assists, and Austin Bernhardt and Jon Purintun chipped in 5 points apiece for the Lions. Colter Braaten and Chandler Braaten scored 9 and 6 points, respectively, to lead Bowman County.
Bowman County: Colter Braaten 9, Chandler Braaten 6, Tanner Fischer 5, Michael Palczewski 4, Brandon Orcutt 3, Bondon Scott 3, Brandon Fischer 2.
Linton-HMB: Ryan Schneider 12, Brooks Flyberg 11, Mason Ryckman 10,Andrew Small 8,Travis Baumiller 6, Tyler Humann 5,Austin Bernhardt 5, Jon Purintun 2, James Schmaltz 2.
Strasburg-Zeeland outscored Killdeer, 30-19, in the second half to pull away to a 52-40 victory. The Lady Clippers evened their record at 3-3 with the victory.
Strasburg-Zeeland jumped out to a 16-8 lead after one quarter, but Killdeer rallied to close the gap to a point (22-21) at halftime. The Lady Clippers continued to hold the lead during the third period, and took a 36-32 edge into the fourth quarter, before using a 16-8 run over the final 8:00 to pull away.
Strasburg-Zeeland shot 38 percent (17 of 45) from the field, but the Lady Clippers attempted three times as many (24) free throws as Killdeer (8), and sank 14 of them to help pull away. The Lady Clippers committed 21 turnovers, but they collected 47 rebounds in the game, including 13 offensive boards. Killdeer put up an astounding, 70 shot attempts from the floor, but made just 17 of them for a 24 percent showing. The Cowboys turned the ball over just 7 times and had 36 rebounds (16 offensive), but they were just 5 of 8 from the free throw line in the game.
Courtney Bubach notched career-highs in points (21) and rebounds (12) to go along with 3 assists and 2 steals, and Brittany Moser added 11 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 assists for Strasburg-Zeeland. Ali Wolf (8 rebounds, 2 assists) and Jennifer Wikenheiser (9 rebounds) netted 6 points apiece for the Lady Clippers. Morgan LeMeiux led Killdeer with 10 points, and Ashley Brew chipped in 9 points for the Cowboys.
Killdeer: Morgan LeMieux 10, Ashley Brew 9, Kelsey Knutson 6, Ashley Starr 6, Jurnee Murray 4, Alison Scheetz 3, Keauna Fox 2.
Strasburg-Zeeland: Courtney Bubach 21, Brittany Moser 11, Ali Wolf 6, Jennifer Wikenheiser 6, Madelyn Kramer 4, Suzanne Ternes 2, Kara Weigel 2.