Lady Lions fall to Ellendale in overtime in Region 3 Tournament semi-finals
Ellendale squandered a 10-point lead in the second half, but the Lady Cardinals scored the final 7 points of the game to pull out a 47- 42 overtime victory over Linton-HMB in the semifinals of the Region 3 Tournament in Hazelton on March 12.
The victory put Ellendale (17-6) in the region tournament title game for the first time since moving over from Region 1 at the beginning of the 1990-91 season. Linton-HMB, the two-time defending Region 3 Champion, failed to reach the Region 3 title game for the first time since 2009, and the Lady Lions dropped to 15-8 on the season. Ellendale’s victory was its first over the Lady Lions in seven region tournament games between the teams, dating back to 1994.
Alex Umber put Linton-HMB on the board first with a pair of free throws, but that would be the only lead of regulation for the Lady Lions, who struggled mightily on the offensive end all night. Meanwhile, Ellendale got three-pointers from Kirsten Rall, Madilyn Bommersbach and Dacey Fuller on successive trips to take a 9-2 lead with 5:20 left in the opening period.Abasket by Umber, and a three-pointer by Tiffaney Gerving closed the gap to 9-7 at the 3:00 mark, but Linton-HMB wouldn’t score again in the period, while Ellendale got a three-point play from Isabel Wedell and a basket by KaLee Hack to push the margin back up to 14-7 at the end of the frame.
Both teams went ice cold from the floor during the second period, and did most of their scoring from the free throw line. Linton-HMB hit on just 1 of 11 field goal attempts in the frame, but the Lady Lions sank 7 of 8 free throws in the quarter to stay in the game. Ellendale misfired on 7 of 8 field goals, but hit on 6 of 10 free throws to maintain its lead.
Linton-HMB’s lone field goal of the period came on a basket by McKenna Flyberg off a steal at the 4:20 mark, and that started a 6-0 run by the Lady Lions, who cut the deficit to 16-14 on a pair of Gerving free throws at the 2:05 mark. However, Ellendale answered with a 6-0 run of its own over the next 1:50 to push the margin back up to 8 points (22-14), before Nicole Nieuwsma put in a pair of free throws in the closing seconds to make it 22-16 at the intermission.
Ellendale shot just 30 percent (6 of 20) from the field and committed 10 turnovers in the first half, but the Lady Cardinals connected on 3 three-pointers and 7 of 11 free throws in the half. Linton-HMB hit on just 3 of 20 (15%) field goals with 8 turnovers over the first two quarters, but the Lady Lions went 9 of 10 from the stripe over the same span.
Ellendale held at least a 4-point lead throughout the third period, and Fuller’s free throws capped a 7-1 run that gave the Lady Cardinals their biggest lead (31-21) with 2:04 remaining in the quarter. However, Linton-HMB would cut that deficit in half by the end of the frame. A three-point play by Umber, and a triple by Gerving over the next minute closed the gap to 31-27, but Fuller answered with a threepoint play for Ellendale, before Nieuwsma put in a basket for Linton-HMB to leave the Lady Cardinals with a 34-29 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.
Athree-point play by Bommersbach on Ellendale’s first possession of the fourth period extended the lead to 37-29, and after Umber hit 3 of 4 free throws over the next 1:20, Rall hit a field goal to give Ellendale a 39-32 advantage with 5:02 left. However, the Lady Cardinals would muster just a single free throw over the remainder of the quarter, and Linton-HMB closed out the frame with an 8-1 run to tie the game.
Gerving started the run with a jumper at the 3:25 mark, and Umber added a pair of free throws about a minute later to cut the lead to 39-36. Neither team scored again until Umber put in a short-range field goal with just under a minute left to trim the margin to a point (39-38). Fuller ended a 4:30 scoring drought by Ellendale by hitting the first of two free throws with :29 left, but she misfired on the second attempt, and Linton-HMB came away with the rebound facing a 2-point (40-38) deficit.
After Linton-HMB misfired on a pair of shot attempts, Fuller was again fouled and sent to the line for a bonus attempt with :10 remaining, and Umber, the Lady Lion’s leading scorer in the game, fouled out at that point. Fuller missed the front end, and Linton-HMB rebounded and raced to get off a shot to tie or possibly win the game. With time winding down, Flyberg tried to put up a shot from inside the lane, but Wedell tied her up, and a jump ball was called. Linton-HMB retained possession under its own basket, but just :01.5 remained on the clock. After a timeout, Nieuwsma broke wide open on the right side of the lane, and she put in the uncontested field goal as time expired to send the game into overtime.
Both teams came up empty on their first two possessions of the overtime session, but Gerving knocked down a straight-on jumper to give Linton-HMB its only lead (42-40) of the second half with 2:38 remaining. After Linton-HMB missed a couple of chances to add to its lead over the next minute, Rall put in a short jumper to deadlock the score (42-42) with 1:31 left.After Linton-HMB turned the ball over on the ensuing possession, Ellendale ran the shot clock down and beat the buzzer with Wedell’s inside field goal for a 44-42 lead with :39 left, and the Lady Cardinals would not lose the lead again.
Linton-HMB had one final chance to tie the game when Amber Umber went to the line for two free throws with :08 remaining, but Umber misfired on both attempts, and Wedell came away with the rebound for Ellendale. Wedell was immediately fouled and sent to the line for two shots with :06.3 left, and made the first shot to extend the lead to 45-42. Wedell missed the second chance, but a jump ball was called on the rebound, and Ellendale gained possession with just :03.2 left. Bommersbach then sealed up the victory with a pair of free throws following the ensuing inbound.
Ellendale shot just 35 percent (14 of 40) from the field and committed 22 turnovers in the game, but the Lady Cardinals hit 15 of 22 (68%) free throws, including 8 of 11 in the second half. Linton-HMB finished a dismal, 27 percent (12 of 44) from the field, while committing 20 turnovers, but the Lady Lions hit 16 of 22 (72%) free throws, and held a slim, 33-30 margin on the boards, including an 11-8 edge in offensive rebounds.
Bommersbach paced Ellendale with 13 points and 9 rebounds, and she also had a pair of steals. Bommersbach’s scoring tally including a pair of3-pointersanda5for5 showing from the free throw line. Fuller netted 12 points, 3 assists and 4 steals, Wedell tallied 9 points and 9 rebounds, and Hack finished with 8 points and 4 rebounds for the Lady Cardinals.
Only four players got in the scoring column for Linton-HMB, which was led by Alex Umber’s 16 points. Umber also had 5 rebounds and 4 steals, and she went 10 for 13 at the free throw line. Gerving tallied 12 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists, while Flyberg netted 8 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals, and Nieuwsma chipped in 6 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals. Amber Umber and Kaidra Larson pulled down 6 and 5 rebounds, respectively, for the Lady Lions.
Linton-HMB: Alex Umber 16, Tiffaney Gerving 12, McKenna Flyberg 8, Nicole Nieuwsma 6.
Ellendale: Madilyn Bommersbach 13, Dacey Fuller 12, Isabel Wedell 9, KaLee Hack 8, Kirsten Rall 5.
3-Pointers: Linton-HMB (2-11): Gerving 2, Ellendale (4-16): Bommersbach
2, Fuller 1, Rall 1. Fouled Out: Alex Umber (LHMB).
Region 3 Semi-Finals
Napoleon 58 Kidder County 36
Napoleon opened up a double-digit lead by halftime, and then pulled away for a 58-36 victory over Kidder County in the semi-finals of the Region 3 Tournament in Hazelton on March 12.
The Lady Imperials (21-1) advancedtotheRegion3Tournament Championship game for the second straight season, while Kidder County (14-9) failed to reach the region title game for just the second time in the past nine seasons.
Kidder County held the lead early on, but Napoleon used a 9-1 run midway through the opening period to move into the lead (12-5) for good. Kidder County cut the margin to 3 points on a couple of occasions before the end of the quarter, but Kendra Weigel’s basket late in the frame gave Napoleon a 16-11 advantage.
Rebecca Schmidt’s threepoint play about a minute into the second quarter cut the lead to 16-14, but that would be as close as Kidder County would get, as the Lady Pirates misfired on 7 of their final 8 points of the period, and Napoleon closed out the half with a 13-3 run. Sheridon Dewald’s three-pointer capped an 8-2 run that extended Napoleon’s lead to 24-16 with 3:45 left in the first half, and after Sadie Rohrich hit a free throw for Kidder County at the 3:19 mark, Napoleon got a threepoint play from Dewald and a basket from Mariah Jangula to open up a 29-17 cushion at the break.
Napoleon hit on 11 of 23 (48%) field goals and 5 of 6 free throws in the first half. The Lady Imperials committed 10 turnovers, but they held a 16-9 advantage in rebounds in the half. Kidder County shot just 37 percent (7 of 19) from the field, hit 3 of 5 free throws, and committed 9 first-half turnovers. Dewald (10), Weigel (9) and Jangula (7) combined for 26 points for Napoleon in the first half, and Morgan Rohrich paced Kidder County’s attack with 7 points, all of which came in the first quarter.
Both teams started out cold in the second half, and neither team could get on the board until Morgan Rohrich put in a field goal for Kidder County at the 5:53 mark of the third quarter. About a minute later, Sadie Rohrich’s basket cut the lead to 29-21, but Kidder County squandered a couple of chances to cut further into the lead over the next 1:30. Napoleon couldn’t get on the board until Dewald put in a jumper at the 3:15 mark, but that started a 6-0 run by the Lady Imperials, and Mikayla Young’s basket extended the lead to 35-21 with just over 2:00 left in the quarter.
Kidder County answered right back with a 3-point play by Paige Schmidt, and Mary Nicholson followed a Napoleon turnover with a three-pointer to cut the lead to 35-27. Dewald answered with a field goal on Napoleon’s next trip, but Sadie Rohrich netted a free throw late in the period to keep the deficit in single digits (37-28) heading into the fourth quarter.
Napoleon quickly put the clamps on Kidder County’s hopes of a rally early in the final period, as Weigel converted a three-point play, and then drained a 3-pointer within the first minute of the period to extend the lead to 43-28. Later, Weigel capped a 14-2 run with a basket off a steal that increased the margin to 47-29 with under 6:00 left, and Kidder County would get no closer than 16 points the rest of the way. Napoleon hit 7 of 9 field goals and 6 of 7 free throws enroute to a 21-8 run in the final period.
For the game, Napoleon hit on 22 of 41 (54%) field goals and 11 of 13 (85%) free throws. The Lady Imperials turned the ball over 20 times, but they dominated the boards by a 32-14 clip, including an 8-1 margin on the offensive glass. Kidder County shot just 37 percent (14 of 38) from the field, 58 percent (7 of 12) from the line, and committed 18 turnovers in the game.
Dewald tallied game-highs in points (22), rebounds (8) and assists (3), while Weigel netted 17 points, 6 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 assists, and Jangula (3 rebounds, 2 assists) and Young (7 rebounds, 2 steals) netted 7 points apiece for Napoleon. Brenna Schmidt chipped in 3 points and 6 rebounds for the Lady Imperials. Sadie Rohrich (4 steals) and Morgan Rohrich each scored 9 points to lead Kidder County, and Nicholson, who fouled out late in the fourth period, chipped in 8 points and 5 rebounds for the Lady Pirates.
KidderCounty: Morgan Rohrich 9, Sadie Rohrich 9, Mary Nicholson 8, Paige Schmidt 5, Rebecca Schmidt 3, Mattie Olson 2.
Napoleon: Sheridon Dewald 22, Kendra Weigel 17, MikaylaYoung 7, Mariah Jangula 7, Brenna Schmidt 3, Kecia Ellison 2.
3-Pointers: Kidder County (1- 9): Nicholson 1, Napoleon (3-11): Weigel 2, Dewald 1. Fouled Out: Nicholson (KC).