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Tom Mix, Published March 05 2012

Maple Vally advances to semifinals

LISBON, N.D. – Rylee Nudell made sure Maple Valley’s first trip to a region tournament in four years wouldn’t be a one-and-done.

The 5-foot-10 eighth-grader scored 29 points and grabbed 20 rebounds to lead the Raiders to a 64-47 win over Milnor in the quarterfinals of the North Dakota Class B, Region 1 girls basketball tournament on Monday at Lisbon High School.

Maple Valley advances to play Kindred in the semifinals at 6 p.m. today.

“(Rylee) gets around 20 points for us almost every game,” Maple Valley head coach Jeff Miller said. “She makes those long steps to the basket and she’s hard to defend.”

The Raiders (17-6) led

31-26 at halftime.

Nudell scored 18 of her 29 in the second half. Milnor’s Michaela Halvorson fouled out of the game late in the third quarter leaving Nudell with little opposition around the basket.

Maple Valley opened the fourth quarter on a 7-0 run extending its lead to 54-42.

“We pressured their guards and forced some turnovers,” Nudell said. “When (Halvorson) fouled out it really did open up the inside so we could move around a little more.”

Cassie Pautz added 15 points for the Raiders and connected for three 3-pointers.

“We handled their zone defense pretty well and were able to move the ball around,” Miller said. “We were able to get good shots inside and were able to knock down some 3-pointers as well.”

Brooke Tayer, Jackie Ellefson, Kristi McCloud and Halvorson each scored 10 points for the Bison. Milnor finishes the year


Maple Valley 15 31 47 64

Milnor 14 26 42 47

MILNOR: Tayer 4 1-3 10, Ellefson 5 0-0 10, McCloud 5 0-0 10, Tompkins 3 1-6 7, Halvorson 4 2-3 10. Totals 21-60 4-12 47

MAPLE VALLEY: Tinjum 2 0-0 6, Punton 2 2-2 6, C. Pautz 6 0-0 15, Kasowski 1 0-0 2, Nudell 11 7-12 29, Hovland 3 0-1 6. Totals 25-53 9-16 64.

3-pointers: Tinjum 2, C. Pautz 3, Tayer. Total Fouls: MV 10, M 13. Rebounds: MV 35 (Nudell 20), M 31 (Ellefson 8). Assists: MV 18 (Tinjum, C. Pautz 5), M 11 (Tompkins). Turnovers: MV 17, M 15.

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