Lady Lions rally for victory over P-B-K in Region 3 Tournament quarterfinals
Alex Umber’s field goal with under :10 left gave Linton-HMB the lead for good, and the Lady Lions held on for a 55-52 victory over Pingree-Buchanan-Kensal in the Region 3 Tournament quarterfinals in Hazelton on March 11. Linton-HMB (15- 7) advanced to the Region 3 Tournament semi-finals for the sixth straight season, and the Lady Lions won their opening game of the region tournament for the 19th time in the past 20 seasons. P-B-K, meanwhile, ended its season with an 8-15 mark.
Linton-HMB was heavily favored coming in, but P-B-K dominated the first 11:00 of the game, and jumped all over the Lady Lions for a 15-point first-half lead. Tiffaney Gerving’s jumper tied the game at 6-6 midway through the opening period, but Linton-HMB misfired on 9 of its next 10 field goal attempts, and P-B-K closed out the period with a 12-2 run to open up a doubledigit (18-8) cushion. Seven different players scored for P-B-K in the opening quarter, with Amanda Beckley and Morgan Thomas scoring 4 points apiece.
P-B-K scored the first 5 points of the second quarter to complete an 11-0 run, and Jenna Van Ray’s basket off a steal gave the Lady Rebels their biggest lead (23-8) with 6:15 left in the first half. The Lady Rebels still held a 15-point (25-10) advantage after Shantel Albrecht put in a basket about a half a minute later, but Linton-HMB would go on a 15-2 run over the next 5:00 to get back into the game.
A pair of baskets by Alex Umber started the rally, and after Lindsey Saxberg put in a pair of free throws for P-B-K, Linton-HMB ripped off 11 straight points over a 2:15stretch(includinga5for 5 showing from the free throw line). Kaidra Larson’s jumper capped the run and cut the lead to 27-25 with :57 left in the quarter, but the Lady Lions couldn’t tie the game, and Albrecht and Gerving traded baskets over the final :33 of the frame to leave P-B-K with a 29-27 advantage at the half.
Both teams attempted 26 field goals in the first half, with P-B-K hitting on half (13) of their attempts, and Linton-HMB hitting on 11. The Lady Lions went 5 for 5 from the free throw line, while P-B-K hit on just 3 of 7 shots from the line in the half. Callie Neys led a balanced Lady Rebel scoring attack with 5 points, while Gerving and Umber led Linton-HMB’s attack with 9 and 8 points, respectively.
P-B-K continued to cling to a slim lead until Umber put in a pair of free throws at the 4:47 mark of the third quarter to give Linton-HMB its first lead (34-33) of the game, and the Lady Lions would never trail again in the frame. Later, Gerving and McKenna Flyberg each hit baskets within a :06 span to cap an 11-3 run, which gave Linton-HMB its biggest lead (41-36) with under 2:00 left in the period, but Neys and Jordan Thomas each put in a field goal for P-B-K before the end of the period to cut the margin to 41-40 heading into the final period.
Baskets by Saxberg and Beckley to start the fourth period capped an 8-0 run that gave P-B-K a 44-41 lead with 6:18 left, but Linton-HMB got field goals from Umber and Nicole Nieuwsma over the next minute to regain the lead (45-44). The lead would change hands four times from there, but P-B-K got consecutive baskets from Van Ray and Beckley to gain a 50-46 advantage with 3:20 remaining. Larson answered with a jumper on the ensuing trip, but neither team scored again until Amber Umber completed a 3-point play to put Linton-HMB back on top, 51-50, with :42 remaining.
P-B-K wasted little time regaining the lead, as Jordan Thomas banked in a jumper following an offensive rebound to give the Lady Rebels a 52-51 lead with :25 left, but Linton-HMB would answer right back. The Lady Lions worked the ball around until Umber drove into the lane from the left side, and put in a runner for a 53-52 lead. P-B-K called timeout with :08.2 left, and then went the length of the court to attempt a potential game-winning shot.
Morgan Thomas ended up with the ball with time winding down, but her jumper from the right baseline hit the side of the backboard. The carom came right back to Thomas, but she fouled Amber Umber while going for the rebound, and Umber went to the line for two shots with just :00.5 showing on the clock. Umber made both shots for a 55-52 lead, and there was not enough time left for P-B-K to attempt a desperation shot.
Linton-HMB shot just 40 percent (21 of 52) from the field,includinga0for12 showing from behind the arc, but the Lady Lions sank 13 of 17 (77%) free throws in the game. P-B-K hit on 24 of 50 (48%) field goals, but the Lady Rebels hit on just 4 of 9 (44%) free throws, and attempted just 2 free throws the entire second half. Linton-HMB held a 33-28 advantage in rebounds, and the Lady Lions turned the ball over 14 times, compared to a dozen turnovers committed by P-B-K.
Alex Umber scored a game-high 15 points, to go along with 6 rebounds and 3 steals, and Gerving netted 11 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists for Linton-HMB.Amber Umber tallied 9 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists, Larson added 8 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists, and Flyberg (4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals) and Nieuwsma (4 rebounds) chipped in 6 points apiece for the Lady Lions. Jordan Thomas (game-high 12 rebounds), Van Ray (2 steals, 4 rebounds) and Beckley (4 rebounds) each scored 10 points to lead P-B-K, and Albrecht netted 8 points and 4 rebounds for the Lady Rebels.
P-B-K: Jordan Thomas 10, Jenna Van Ray 10, Amanda Beckley 10, Shantel Albrecht 8, Morgan Thomas 5, Callie Neys 5, Lindsey Saxberg 4.
Linton-HMB: Alex Umber 15, Tiffaney Gerving 11, Amber Umber 9, Kaidra Larson 8, McKenna Flyberg 6, Nicole Nieuwsma 6.
3- Pointers: P- B- K ( 0- 5), Linton-HMB (0-12). Fouled Out: None.
Region 3 Quarterfinals
Ellendale 66 Central Prairie 37
Four Ellendale players scored in double figures and the Lady Cardinals advanced to the region tournament semi-finals for the first time since 1999 with a 66-37 victory over Central Prairie in the Region 3 Tournament quarterfinals in Hazelton on March 11. The Lady Cardinals (16-6) advanced to the region tournament semi-finals for the first time since reaching the Region 3 semi-final round in 1999. Central Prairie (Medina- Cleveland/Gackle-Streeter) ended the season with a 4-18 record.
Ellendale held just a 9-6 lead after one quarter, but the Lady Cardinals would go on a 46-18 run over the next two periods to put the game out of reach. Central Prairie closed within 13-11 on Brooke Krapp’s basket with 6:40 left in the second period, but Ellendale closed out the frame with a 14-2 run, and Madilyn Bommersbach’s free throws late in the half extended the lead to 27-13 at the break. Bommersbach and KaLee Hack each scored 8 points for Ellendale in the first half.
Madison Moldenhauer’s basket cut the lead to 34-21 with 5:30 left in the third period, but Central Prairie would not hit another field goal in the quarter, and Ellendale closed out the frame with a 21-3 run to open up a 55-24 cushion. The Lady Cardinals opened up their biggest lead (60-25) of the game on Rachel Herman’s jumper with just 6:15 left, and Central Prairie would get no closer than 28 points the rest of the way.
Isabel Wedell (6 rebounds, 4 steals) and Bommersbach (3 rebounds) each scored a game-high 15 points, while Dacey Fuller (game-high 8 assists) and Hack (6 rebounds) scored 11 points apiece for Ellendale. Herman (5 rebounds) and Monica Hofer scored 5 points apiece, and Kirsten Rall chipped in 4 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and a pair of steals for the Lady Cardinals. Jordan Spitzer tallied 10 points and 4 rebounds, while Noelle Moser (gamehigh 11 rebounds, 4 steals), Moldenhauer (5 rebounds, 2 steals) and Krapp (2 assists) tallied 6 points apiece for Central Prairie.
Central Prairie: Jordan Spitzer 10, Noelle Moser 6, Madison Moldenhauer 6, Brooke Krapp 6, Morgan Larson 4, Jaycee Moldenhauer 3, Courtney Heupel 2.
Ellendale: Isabel Wedell 15, Madilyn Bommersbach 15, Dacey Fuller 11, KaLee Hack 11, Monica Hofer 5, Rachel Herman 5, Kirsten Rall 4.
3-Pointers: Central Prairie (1-16): J. Moldenhauer 1, Ellendale (4-10): Bommersbach 1, Fuller 1, Herman 1, Hofer 1. Fouled Out: None.
Region 3 Quarterfinals
Napoleon 76 Edgeley-K-M 43
Napoleon went on an incredible, 37-0 run in the first half on the way to a 76-43 victory over Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier in the opening round of the Region 3 Tournament in Hazelton on March 11. The Lady Imperials (20-1) advanced to the Region 3 Tournament semifinals for the fourth straight season, while E-K-M ended its season with a 4-18 mark.