Lady Lions down Kidder County for third place in Region 3 Tournament
Linton-HMB ended the season in the victory column by defeating Kidder County, 44-35, in the Region 3 Tournament Third Place Game in Hazelton on March 14. The Lady Lions finished the season with a 16-8 record, while Kidder County ended the year with a 14-10 mark. It was the fourth meeting of the season between the District 6 rivals, who split their two regular-season games, and Linton-HMB coming out on top in the District 6 and Region 3 Tournament meetings.
McKenna Flyberg scored 11 points in the opening period, including 3 threepointers during an 11-0 run that gave Linton-HMB a 15-4 lead with just over 2:00 left in the quarter. The Lady Lions would lead by as many as 13 points before taking a double-digit (19-8) lead into the second frame. However, The Lady Lions hit just 2 of 8 field goals and turned the ball over 9 times in the second quarter, and Kidder County put together a rally to get back into the game.
A pair of three-pointers by Morgan Rohrich on back-toback trips capped a 10-0 run by Kidder County, which cut the lead to 19-16 with 4:40 left in the first half, but the Lady Pirates wouldn’t score again until under :10 remained in the half. Linton-HMB couldn’t get on the board until Kaidra Larson put in a field goal at the 3:30 mark, but Kidder County misfired on six straight shots, and Larson added a basket later on to extend the lead to 23-16. Neither team scored again until Sadie Rohrich turned a steal into a lay-up with :07 left, but Flyberg put in a free throw with under a second remaining to give Linton-HMB a 24-18 advantage at the break.
Both teams attempted 22 field goals in the first half, with Linton-HMB hitting on 10 (45%) of them, and Kidder County hitting 8 (36%). Linton-HMB had 11 turnovers, compared to 5 miscues by Kidder County, but the Lady Lions dominated the boards by a 19-5 clip. Linton-HMB made 1 of 2 free throws on the final play on the only trip to the line for either team in the half. Flyberg scored a dozen points, while Alex Umber netted 6 points (all in the first quarter) for Linton-HMB. Morgan Rohrich (8) and Sadie Rohrich (6) combined for 14 points for Kidder County in the half.
Jordan Mayer’s basket on the first possession of the second half cut the lead to 24-20, but that would be as close as Kidder County would get the rest of the way. The Lady Pirates managed just one free throw over the next 5:00, while Tiffaney Gerving answered with a three-pointer to start an 11-1 run by Linton-HMB. Five different players scored during the run, and Amber Umber capped it by sinking 2 of 3 free throws to give the Lady Lions their biggest lead (35-21) with 3:02 left in the third quarter. Linton-HMB maintained a double-digit lead for the rest of the period and took a 37-25 cushion into the final frame.
Linton-HMB sputtered through the final period, but Kidder County could not generate enough offense to complete a comeback. The Lady Pirates scored the first 6 points of the quarter to complete a 10-2 run, and Sadie Rohrich’s basket cut the margin to 37-31 with 4:15 left. However, Alex Umber answered right back with a field goal for Linton-HMB’s first points of the period, and Rohrich (Kidder County’s leading scorer in the game) fouled out shortly after that.
Mary Nicholson’s basket with 2:41 left cut the lead to 39-33, but Kidder County wouldn’t hit another field goal, missing its final 5 shots from the floor. The Lady Pirates had an opportunity to cut further into the lead, but Gerving came up with a steal and fed Amber Umber for a three-point play with 2:15 left, and after a Kidder County miss, Flyberg put in a short jumper to push the lead into double digits (44-33) with just 1:40 left.
Linton-HMB shot 44 percent (16 of 36) from the field and 57 percent (8 of 14) from the line, but the Lady Lions committed 24 turnovers in the game. Kidder County shot just 33 percent from both the field (15 of 46) and the line (3 of 9) while turning the ball over 13 times, and Linton-HMB held a commanding, 36-19 advantage in rebounds.
Flyberg finished with game-highs in points (16) and rebounds (12) to go along with 3 steals, and Alex Umber netted 10 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists for Linton-HMB. Gerving (4 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals) and Amber Umber (5 rebounds) scored 5 points apiece, Larson netted 4 points, 6 rebounds and 2 steals, and Taryn Schlosser (4 rebounds) and Nicole Nieuwsma chipped in 2 points each to complete the scoring for the Lady Lions. Sadie Rohrich led Kidder County with 12 points and 5 rebounds, while Morgan Rohrich netted 10 points, and Rebecca Schmidt added 6 points, 3 rebounds and a game-high 6 steals for the Lady Pirates.
Linton-HMB: McKenna Flyberg 16, Alex Umber 10, Amber Umber 5, Tiffaney Gerving 5, Kaidra Larson 4, Nicole Nieuwsma 2, Taryn Schlosser 2.
Kidder County: Sadie Rohrich 12, Morgan Rohrich 10, Rebecca Schmidt 6, Jordan Mayer 4, Mary Nicholson 2, Cassidy Ziesch 1.
3-Pointers: Linton-HMB (4-11): Flyberg 3, Gerving 1, Kidder County (2-16): M. Rohrich 2. Fouled Out: S. Rohrich (KC).
Region 3 Championship
Napoleon 59 Ellendale 41
Napoleon opened up an insurmountable lead by halftime, and then cruised in the second half for a 59-41 victory over Ellendale in the Region 3 Tournament Championship game in Hazelton on March 14.
The Lady Imperials (22-1) advanced to the State Class B Tournament for the fourth time, but for the first time since making back-to-back trips to the state tournament in 1982 and 1983. Napoleon also qualified for the state tournament in 1977. Ellendale, which was seeking its first-ever region title, ended the season with a 17-7 record.
Napoleon never trailed in the game and jumped out to a 10-2 lead midway through the opening period. Baskets by KaLee Hack and Rachel Herman cut the deficit in half (10-6) with just under 2:00 left in the quarter, but Napoleon closed out the frame with a 7-0 run to open up a 17-6 advantage. Ellendale shot just 20 percent (3 of 15) from the floor and did not attempt a free throw in the opening quarter, while Napoleon hit on 6 of 11 field goals and 4 of 6 free throws in the frame.
The Lady Imperials stayed hot in the second quarter, and they would double the margin by halftime. Napoleon opened the second period with an 8-2 run, and Sheridon Dewald’s basket extended the lead to 25-8 with 5:25 left in the half. Ellendale would draw no closer than 14 points the rest of the way, and Napoleon closed out the half with a 12-4 run to open up a 37-15 cushion at the intermission.
Napoleon shot a sizzling, 61 percent (14 of 23) from the field and 70 percent (7 of 10) from the line in the first half, while Ellendale hit on just 5 of 20 (25%) field goal attempts and turned the ball over 11 times in the half, including 8 times in the second period. Kendra Weigel (10), Dewald (8) and Brenna Schmidt (6) combined for 24 points for Napoleon, and Ellendale’s leading scorers in the half were Dacey Fuller and Isabel Wedell with 4 points apiece.
Ellendale gained some life in the early part of the second half, and Herman’s three-pointer cut the lead to 39-22 with 5:40 left in the third period, but that would be as close as the game would get the rest of the way, and Napoleon ripped off 7 unanswered points over the next 2:00 to open up its biggest lead (46-22) of the game. An 11-4 spurt by Ellendale trimmed the margin to 50-33, but baskets by Weigel and Dewald in the final :30 of the period increased the lead to 54-33 with one quarter left.
Despite mustering just 5 points (all on free throws) in the final period, Napoleon’s lead was never in jeopardy. Ellendale misfired on 7 of its first 8 field goal attempts in the period, and scored just 2 points over the first 5:35 of the frame. Meanwhile, Napoleon sank 5 of 6 free throws, and Weigel’s free throws matched the biggest lead (59-35) of the night for the Lady Imperials with just 3:35 left.
Napoleon cooled off a bit in the second half, but the Lady Imperials finished 21 of 43 (49%) from the field, and 15 of 19 (79%) from the free throw line. Ellendale hit on just 13 of 41 (32%) field goals,includinga4of23 (17%) showing on three-point attempts, and the Lady Cardinals committed 23 turnovers in the game. A bright spot for Ellendale was an 11 of 14 (79%) showing from the line, and the Lady Cardinals held a 26-25 edge in rebounds.
Dewald and Weigel tied for game-high honors in scoring with 16 points apiece. Dewald also had game-highs in rebounds (12) and blocked shots (5), and Weigel netted 7 rebounds and a game-high 8 steals. Schmidt (2 assists), Shania Gross (2 steals) and Mikayla Young chipped in 6 points apiece for the Lady Imperials.
Fuller (2 steals) was the lone Ellendale player in double figures with 10 points, while Herman had a pair of three-pointers and 2 steals and scored 8 points. Madilyn Bommersbach tallied 7 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals, Wedell netted 6 points and 6 rebounds, and Hack chipped in 3 points and 7 rebounds for the Lady Cardinals.
Ellendale: Dacey Fuller 10, Rachel Herman 8, Madilyn Bommersbach 7, Isabel Wedell 6, Kirsten Rall 5, KaLee Hack 3, Monica Hofer 2.
Napoleon: Sheridon Dewald 16, Kendra Weigel 16, Brenna Schmidt 6, Shania Gross 6, Mikayla Young 6, Mariah Jangula 4, Brianna Wolf 3, Kecia Ellison 2.
3-Pointers: Ellendale (4-23): Herman 2, Bommersbach 1, Rall 1, Napoleon (2-5): Weigel 1, Wolf 1. Fouled Out: None.