Kidder County and Central Prairie qualify for Region 3 Tournament
Kidder County (13-8) advanced to the Region 3 Tournament for the 11th straight season, and the Lady Pirates opened the regionals against District5runner-upLaMoure/ Litchville-Marion (11-10) on March 11 in Hazelton (Results of that game were not available at press time). Strasburg-Zeeland, which was seeking its first trip to the Region 3 Tournament since 2009, ended the season with a 9-12 mark.
Strasburg-Zeeland was plagued by turnovers the entire game, but Kidder County had its share of miscues as well, and the game stayed close, albeit low-scoring for all of three quarters. In fact, Strasburg-Zeeland held the lead for much of the first half after jumping out to a 6-1 lead with 3:30 left in the first period. Kidder County misfired on its first 9 field goal attempts of the game, and the Lady Pirate’s only two field goals of the period came by Sadie Rohrich (both on steals) in a :10 span with under a minute left in the quarter. Courtney Bubach’s three-pointer late in the period gave the Lady Clippers a 9-5 advantage.
Strasburg-Zeeland continued to hold the lead until Morgan Rohrich dropped in a three-pointer at the 5:00 mark to deadlock the score at 11-11, and after Kara Weigel answered with a basket for Strasburg-Zeeland, Rohrich connected on another triple to give Kidder County its first lead (14-13) midway through the quarter. Brittany Moser put Strasburg-Zeeland back on top with a three-pointer at the 3:05 mark, but Mary Nicholson canned a triple with 1:25 remaining to put Kidder County back on top for good, and the Lady Pirates took a 17-16 edge to the halftime break.
Kidder County shot just 25 percent (6 of 24) from the field, hit just 2 of 6 free throws, and committed 11 turnovers in the first half, while Strasburg-Zeeland hit 7 of 16 (44%) field goals, but turned the ball over 15 times, and the Lady Clippers did not make a single trip to the free throw line in the half.
Things would get a lot worse for the Lady Clippers offensively in the second half, starting with the third period, where they turned the ball over 10 times and hit on just 1 of 6 shots from the floor. Baskets by Sadie Rohrich and Mattie Olson extended Kidder County’s lead to 21-16 with 6:30 left in the third period, and a pair of free throws by Rohrich gave the Lady Pirates a 23-17 advatantage at the 4:20 mark. Strasburg-Zeeland couldn’t get on the board until Brooke Scherr dropped in a threepointer at the 2:50 mark to cut the deficit in half (23-20), but the Lady Clippers would go scoreless over the remainder of the period, and Rebecca Schmidt’s basket gave Kidder County a 25-20 lead heading into the final period.
Baskets by Sadie Rohrich and Jordan Mayer over the first 1:30 of the fourth quarter capped a 6-0 run that extended Kidder County’s lead to 29-20, and after Ali Wolf put in a field goal for Strasburg-Zeeland at the 6:05 mark, the Lady Clippers would not score again, and Kidder County scored the final 10 points of the game to close out a 16-2 run. The game went scoreless for 2:30 before Morgan Rohrich hit a three-pointer to push the margin to double digits (32-22). Nicholson’s threepointer extended the lead to 35-22 with just 2:00 left, and Sadie Rohrich added a pair of baskets off steals in the final 1:30 to close out the scoring.
Kidder County hit 6 of 8 field goals in the final period, but finished just 15 of 41 (37%) from the field. The Lady Pirates hit 4 of 8 free throws, committed 21 turnovers, and held a slim, 23-20 advantage in rebounds, including an 8-3 margin on the offensive glass. Strasburg Zeeland’s 32 turnovers limited its shot opportunities, and the Lady Clippers were just 9 of 28 (32%) from the floor,includinga3of13 (23%) showing from behind the arc, and they attempted just 2 free throws the entire game, sinking one of them. Strasburg-Zeeland attempted just 12 field goals in the second half, while turning the ball over 17 times in the same span.
Sadie Rohrich scored 10 of her game-high 15 points in the second half, while Morgan Rohrich netted 9 points (all on 3-pointers), and Nicholson added 7 points for Kidder County. Moser was Strasburg-Zeeland’s leading scorer with a mere 5 points, and she also had 3 assists and a pair of steals. Weigel added 4 points, 2 steals and 2 blocked shots, Madelyn Kramer, Scherr (2 assists) and Bubach (4 rebounds) scored 3 points apiece, and Jennifer Wikenheiser (6 rebounds, 2 steals) and Wolf scored 2 points each to complete the scoring for the Lady Clippers.
Strasburg-Zeeland: Brittany Moser 5, Kara Weigel 4, Madelyn Kramer 3, Brooke Scherr 3, Courtney Bubach 3, Jennifer Wikenheiser 2, Ali Wolf 2.
Kidder County: Sadie Rohrich 15, Morgan Rohrich 9, Mary Nicholson 7, Rebecca Schmidt 4, Jordan Mayer 2, Mattie Olson 2.
3-Pointers: Strasburg-Zeeland (3-13): Moser 1, Scherr 1, Bubach 1, Kidder County (5-12): M. Rohrich 3, Nicholson 2. Fouled Out: None.
Central Prairie 58
South Border 47
Central Prairie started the second half with a 25-10 run to take the lead for good, and the Lady Firebirds went on to shock South Border, 58-47, in the second region qualifier game of the District 6 Tournament in Wishek on March 4.
Central Prairie, which went 0-10 in District 6 play during the season, advanced to the Region 3 Tournament for just the second time since starting the co-op between Gackle-Streeter and Medina- Cleveland at the start of the 2005-06 season. The Lady Firebirds (4-17), whose only other region appearance came in 2007, opened the Region 3 Tournament in Hazelton against District 5 Champion Ellendale (15-6) on March 11, and results of that game were not available at press time. South Border (Ashley-Lehr- Wishek) missed the Region 3 Tournament for the first time since 2010, and the Lady Mustangs ended the season with an 8-14 mark.
South Border had defeated Central Prairie in all three of their previous meetings this season, including two by double digits, but this time around, the Lady Firebirds would turn the tables. The lead would change hands four times in the opening period, with neither team being able to open up more than a 3-point lead, and the quarter ended in a 14-14 deadlock. The teams traded points in the second period, which featured five ties, and the first half ended in a 24-24 draw.
South Border shot 44 percent (11 of 25) from the field and hit 2 of 3 free throws in the first half, while Central Prairie connected on half (9 of 18) of its field goal attempts, including 3 theepointers, and half of its free throws (3 of 6) in the half. Central Prairie held a 12-11 edge in rebounds, and both teams committed 9 turnovers in the half. Kalli Scherbenske scored a dozen points (including her 1,000th career point) for South Border, while Noelle Moser scored 11 points to lead Central Prairie’s firsthalf attack.
Central Prairie opened the second half with an 8-0 run to take the lead for good, and South Border couldn’t get on the board until Blaire Schnabel hit a jumper at the 3:20 mark of the third period. Scherbenske’s basket with 2:30 left cut the deficit to 32-28, but Central Prairie closed out the quarter with an 8-2 run, and Madi Moldenhauer’s triple at the buzzer extended the lead to double digits (40-30) heading into the fourth period.
The Lady Firebirds padded their lead early in the fourth quarter, and then held off a late charge by South Border. Central Prairie scored 6 straight points to cap a 17-6 run, and Brooke Krapp’s putback gave the Lady Firebirds their biggest lead (49-34) with 5:48 left. However, Central Prairie, which suited up just 8 players, was facing heavy foul trouble, and the Lady Firebirds would have to “weather the storm” the rest of the way.
South Border trimmed into the deficit, but the lead stayed in double figures until under 2:00 remained. Raechelle Salzer’s basket capped a 9-2 run and cut the lead to 51- 43 with 1:43 left, and after Jaycee Moldenhauer hit a free throw for Central Prairie, Scherbenske dropped in a pair of free throws at the 1:19 mark to close the gap to 52-45.
After nearly turning the ball over on the ensuing possession, Krapp got behind the press for a lay-up, and then Blaire Schnabel answered with a field goal for South Border to keep the deficit at 7 points (54-47) with :55 left. South Border came up with a quick steal, but the Lady Mustangs couldn’t convert, and Krapp put in a pair of free throws to seal up the victory (56-47) with just :30 remaining.
Central Prairie hit on just 4 of 10 field goals and committed 9 turnovers in the final period, but the Lady Firebirds connected on 9 of 10 free throws in the frame to help pull away. For the game, Central Prairie hit 20 of 39 (51%) field goals, including 5 three-pointers, and 13 of 18 (72%) free throws. The Lady Firebirds turned the ball over 22 times, but they held a 35- 25 advantage on the boards. South Border hit just 19 of 55 (35%) field goals with no three-pointers, and 9 of 17 (53%) free throws, while turning the ball over 16 times.
Moser led a balanced scoring attack for Central Prairie with 17 points, Krapp and Jaycee Moldenhauer (who fouled out late in the 4th quarter) scored 11 points apiece. Courtney Heupel and Madi Moldenhauer chipped in 9 and 8 points, respectively, for the Lady Firebirds. Scherbenske scored a gamehigh 24 points, and Madison Schnabel chipped in 8 points for South Border. Scherbenske, a junior, has 1,020 points for her career.
Central Prairie: Noelle Moser 17, Jaycee Moldenhauer 11, Brooke Krapp 11, Courtney Heupel 9, Madison Moldenhauer 8, Jordan Spitzer 2.
South Border: Kalli Scherbenske 24, Madison Schnabel 8, Raechelle Salzer 6, Blaire Schnabel 5, Morgan Schnabel 4.
3-Pointers: Central Prairie (5): Heupel 1, Krapp 1, M. Moldenhauer 1, J. Moldenhauer 1, Moser 1, South Border: None. Fouled Out: J. Moldenhauer (CP).