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Tom Mix, Published March 06 2012

Kindred survives scare from Maple Valley in Region 1 girls BB semis

LISBON, N.D. – After trailing the first 24 minutes on Tuesday, Kindred used the final eight minutes of regulation to make its move.

The Vikings outscored Maple Valley by 13 points in the fourth quarter to post a 68-56 win over the Raiders in the semifinals of the North Dakota Class B, Region 1 girls basketball tournament at Lisbon High School.

Kindred (22-1) advances to play Central Cass in Thursday’s championship game at 8 p.m.

Maple Valley (17-7) opened the game with a 6-0 run. The Raiders led 8-1 before Brooke Graff connected on a 3-pointer for Kindred’s first field goal with 3 minutes, 43 seconds in the first quarter.

Maple Valley handled Kindred’s press defense well early on breaking the pressure with easy baskets in transition.

“(Maple Valley) broke our pressure and got some easy shots on us.” Kindred Perry Piatz said. “I didn’t make adjustments soon enough. We finally went to a straight man-to-man to keep the ball in front of us, but they handled it very well.”

The Vikings never led in the first half. Casey Allmaras tied the game 24-24 with 1:02 remaining in the second, but Maple Valley standout eighth-grader Rylee Nudell answered with a three-point play after getting fouled on a layup.

The Raiders’ largest lead in the second half was 42-33. Kindred’s Braidy Dahl, who was held scoreless in the first half, answered with a 7-0 run to pull the Vikings within two.

“I knew we had to step it up,” Dahl said. “Whether it was me or someone else, we had to get the spark going. I just figured since I had the ball, I may as well do it.”

The second field goal of Dahl’s run gave the 5-foot-10 senior her 1,000th point of her career. Dahl finished with 10 points.

“Braidy struggled early, and I was very proud of her to come back,” Piatz said. “I sat her on the bench in the third quarter and just said, ‘We need you in this game.’

“She went back in the game and stepped up for us and hit a couple baskets to get us back in the game.”

Kindred took its first lead when Kellie Schmit converted a layup 23 seconds into the fourth quarter and followed with two 3-pointers that helped the Vikings pull away.

Schmit finished with 21 points. Graff posted 23 points and was 4 of 7 from beyond the arc.

“They’re a very good team, and you can only contain a team like that for so long,” Maple Valley head coach Jeff Miller said. “Those 3-pointers killed us. We turned the ball over a couple times and they countered with 3-pointers. Once we lost the lead we didn’t give up, but we got a little nervous.”

Nudell was an assist shy of a triple-double. She led all scorers with 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

Maple Valley plays Northern Cass at 6 p.m. on Thursday in the third-place game.

Meanwhile, Kindred’s win sets up a District 2 championship game rematch with the Squirrels.

“We did what we needed to win tonight and we just have to prepare ourselves for (Thursday),” Graff said. “It’s going to be a big game, and we really want the win.”

Kindred 12 24 43 68

Maple Valley 14 27 44 56

KINDRED: Allmaras 2-6 0-0 5, Graff 6-10 7-10 23, Schmit 8-20 3-4 21, Glasow 0-1 3-6 3, Otterson 1-9 0-0 2, Dahl 4-7 2-3 10, Bugner 1-6 2-4 4. Totals 22-59 17-27 68.

MAPLE VALLEY: Tinjum 1-6 3-4 6, C. Pautz 3-10 0-0 7, Nudell 10-17 4-5 25, Hovland 9-13 0-0 18. Totals 23-52 7-9 56.

Halftime: MV 27, K 24. 3-pointers: Allmaras, Graff 4, Schmit 2, Tinjum, C. Pautz, Nudell. Total fouls: K 14, MV 20. Rebounds: K 35 (Graff 8), MV 24 (Nudell 10). Assists: K 14 (Graff 5), MV 14 (Nudell 9). Turnovers: K 18, MV 23.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Tom Mix at (701) 451-5651