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Published December 16 2011

Depth keys Kindred's girls basketball win against Enderlin

KINDRED, N.D. – The Kindred High School girls basketball team has depth and experience. Enderlin is a program in rebuilding mode.

The Vikings knew they had an advantage and exploited it.

Kindred used a grinding, full-court pressure defense to pull away in the second half for a 66-47 North Dakota Class B, District 2 victory against the undermanned Eagles on Friday night at Kindred High.

“We try to outrun everyone,” Vikings junior forward Kellie Schmit said. “We try to be faster and just have better stamina than everyone, push through the whole game.”

Despite having just 11 healthy players combined on its junior varsity and varsity rosters, Enderlin scraped and clawed to keep the game close in the first half.

The Eagles, who have three juniors, five sophomores and three freshmen, broke the Vikings press several times in the first half en route to easy buckets.

Enderlin tied the game at 20-20 on a 3-pointer by Krista Thielges with 2:24 remaining in the first half.

Kindred held a 28-26 halftime lead.

“The first half we did a good job of moving the ball up and down the floor,” first-year Eagles coach Lucas Bush said. “But we had a little bit more trouble with their press the second half. They got a little more active on the ball and we had some trouble with that. We started forcing when we crossed midcourt.”

An 8-0 run put the Vikings ahead 40-32 early in the third quarter.

From there, Kindred’s press tightened up and forced turnover after turnover by the Eagles.

The Vikings used their height and athleticism to own the offensive glass. Schmit finished with 15 rebounds in the game, with many coming on the offensive end to give Kindred second chances.

And the team needed as many as they could get. The outside shots didn’t start to fall for the Vikings until the game was well in hand in the third quarter.

“We love the full-court press,” Schmit said. “It helps to get the tempo and get us up quickly. It stinks when we don’t rotate right and sometimes (the ball) gets past us. But usually we do just fine.”

Enderlin was led by Kelsey Laufenberg’s 14 points and 10 rebounds. Megan Johnson had eight points and 11 rebounds, and Thielges finished with 13 points.

Braidy Dahl had 15 points and six rebounds to lead the Vikings. Brooke Graff scored 14 off the bench, and Schmit and Casey Allmaras each added 13 points for Kindred.

E 9 26 38 47

K 13 28 49 66

ENDERLIN (1-1): Severson 2 0-0 4, Thielges 5 0-0 13, Benneweis 3 0-0 6, Johnson 4 0-1 8, Laufenberg 5 3-4 14, Johnson 1 0-0 2. Totals: 20 3-5 47.

KINDRED (2-0): Allmaras 5 2-2 13, Glasow 2 0-0 4, Schmit 4 5-10 13, Dahl 5 5-6 15, Bugner 2 0-0 4, Fraff 6 0-2 14, Otterson 2 0-0 5. Totals: 26 12-20 66.

3-pointers: Thielges 3, Laufenberg, Allmaras, Graff 2, Otterson. Total fouls: E 13, K 12. Rebounds: E 35 (Johnson 11), K 36 (Schmit 15).

Readers can reach Forum reporter Heath Hotzler at (701) 241-5562.

Hotzler’s blogs can be found at www.areavoices.com