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Jeff Kolpack, Published March 08 2012

Kindred defeats Central Cass to win Region 1 girls basketball title

LISBON, N.D. – At about 8:50 p.m. on Thursday night, the noise complaints in the town of Lisbon must have ceased.

That wasn’t a jet illegally taking off on the county road by the high school gymnasium. It was the Region 1 girls basketball title game.

These Kindred vs. Central Cass matchups never get old.

The Vikings were the better team in the final minute, and the 57-51 win over the Squirrels sends them to the North Dakota Class B state tournament in Bismarck next week.

Kindred should give the keys to junior Kellie Schmit, as she and senior Braidy Dahl drove the bus in the final quarter.

“I knew if I kept my composure, we would be just fine,” Schmit said.

Composure in a packed gym was easier said than done. Schmit had eight of her 13 minutes in the final quarter to give the Vikings redemption for a five-set loss in volleyball to Central Cass in the region title game.

“They didn’t get there in volleyball, and they had their chances,” said Kindred head coach Perry Piatz. “If these girls, these four seniors, didn’t get to state, it wouldn’t have been fair.”

The Vikings also got some measure of revenge for the Squirrels dealing them their only loss of the year – 59-47 in the district tournament. Kindred won a 42-31 regular-season game. But this one was for all the marbles.

“It’s a region title game, and if it’s not intense, something’s wrong,” said Central Cass head coach Ryan Mears. “Look at volleyball and basketball. These girls know each other well. Some of them play travel ball together.”

So the season that Schmit calls “amazing” continues at the Bismarck Civic Center next Thursday. Kindred last made the state tournament in 2007.

“It’s a dream come true,” Schmit said. “I didn’t think at the start of the season we’d get there, but now this is real. We had to work real hard during the season.”

It took awhile for Kindred to chop into a nine-point second-quarter deficit. Eight straight points in the end of the second quarter and the beginning of the third that gave the Vikings their first lead of the game turned it into a back-and-forth affair.

It was 38-37 Kindred leading heading into the fourth. Back-to-back inside hoops by Schmit, the last with 2:52 remaining, gave the Vikings their biggest lead at 51-47.

“I tried to take it in there all the way,” Schmit said.

Later, Schmit’s nice pass to Dahl kept that four-point margin with 1:40 left.

Central Cass’ Morgan Titus sliced it to 53-51 with a layup with 59 seconds left. Schmit missed on the other end, but after an offensive rebound, Dahl tallied a basket inside with 33 seconds left.

Dahl finished with 18 points to lead the Vikings.

“I told the girls it was going to be a 32-minute game,” Piatz said. “We’ll have our ups and downs, but we have to play hard for 32 minutes and if we do this together, good things will happen.”

Central Cass 14 24 37 57

Kindred 9 21 38 51

CC (22-3): Weber 2 0-0 4, Voss 5 5-6 15, Titus 1 0-0 2, Breske 6 5-6 17, Dixon 5 0-0 12. Totals: 19-56 11-16.

KINDRED (24-1): Allmaras 1 4-4 9, Graff 1 0-0 3, Schmit 6 0-0 13, Glasow 2 0-2 4, Otterson 1 2-2 4, Dahl 9 0-1 18, Bugner 2 2-3 6. Totals: 23-55 8-12.

Total fouls; CC 17, Kindred 14. Fouled out: none. Rebounds: CC 26 (Weber 8); Kindred 38 (Dahl 11). 3-point goals: CC 2-10 ( Dixon 2); Kindred 3-14 (Allmaras, Graff, Otterson).

Third place

Northern Cass 63, Maple Valley 52

NC 12 32 48 63

MV 8 13 27 52

NC: Ward 3 0-0 7, Johnson 2 1-1 5, Zieske 7 0-0 18, Olson 4 0-0 10, Verwest 6 2-3 14, Bergman 1 0-0 2, McDonald 3 1-2 7. Totals: 26-61 4-8.

MV: Tinjum 3 0-1 8, Punton 1 0-0 2, C. Pautz 6 1-2 15, Nudell 7 6-6 20, K. Pautz 1 0-0 3, Cruff 1 0-0 2, Hovland 0 2-2 2. Totals: 19-60 9-11.

Total fouls: NC 13, MV 12. Fouled out: none. 3-point goals: Ward, Zieske 4, Olson 2, Tinjum 2, C. Pautz 2, K. Pautz.


Forum reporter Jeff Kolpack can be reached at (701) 241-5546.

Kolpack’s NDSU media blog can be found

at www.areavoices.com/bisonmedia


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