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Tom Miller / Forum News Service, Published March 14 2013

Tommies triumph in overtime over Hillsboro-CV girls

GRAND FORKS – By completing a late rally in regulation, Hillsboro-Central Valley looked like it would have a leg up in overtime.

The momentum, though, never showed up in the extra session.

Thompson outscored the Burros 9-1 in the four-minute overtime, as the Tommies knocked off Hillsboro-Central Valley 58-50 on Thursday night in the North Dakota Region 2 girls basketball championship at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.

The Tommies (23-2) qualify for the North Dakota state Class B tournament for the first time since 2010 and for the third time since

1994.

“It all started on the defensive end,” Thompson coach Jason Brend said. “We didn’t allow them to have quality possessions.”

Thompson guards Shaice Marx and Karleigh Weber did all of the scoring for the Tommies in overtime.

Marx finished with 13 points on 4-for-4 shooting from the field and added seven rebounds. Weber ended with a game-high 20 points.

“(Marx) is a heck of a player for us,” Brend said. “Her role is to play good defense and rebound. Tonight, she also made baskets and key free throws.”

The Burros couldn’t muster a field goal in overtime. Hillsboro-CV’s best chance to get back in the game in overtime came with 30 seconds left when Taylor Henningsgard’s

3-pointer lipped out with a chance to cut the lead from six to three.

“Thompson is just so athletic,” Burros co-head coach Kyle Morehart said. “They got the shots they needed to and transitioned quicker.

That took the wind out of our sails. So hats off to them; they’re a great team.”

Thompson won for the third time this season against the Burros, but the Tommies had to sweat this one out.

After Thompson’s Bethany Ivesdal hit a

3-pointer with 97 seconds left in regulation to put the Tommies up 49-44, the Burros rattled off the final five points of the fourth quarter.

Taylor Henningsgard, who finished with a team-high 13 points, sent the game to overtime with two free throws with 5.3 seconds remaining.

In total, the game was tied seven times and the lead changed hands seven times.

“Our coach told us to believe the whole time,” Marx said. “We pulled it off and it’s a good feeling.”

Thompson 11 13 15 10 9 – 58

H-Central Valley 12 14 11 12 1 – 50

T: Ivesdal 5, Weber 20, Olson 5,

DeMoe 4, Galegher 9, Hegg 2, Marx 13

H-CV – K. Henningsgard 13, Doeden 3,

T. Henningsgard 14, Sundbom 12, Murphy 6, Pastian 2

Third place

Grafton 54, May Port-CG 35

MPCG 7 8 9 11 – 35

Grafton 12 19 12 11 – 54

MPCG –Lorenz 4, Ust 6, Walden 4, Ogburn 4, Warner 5, Elliott 3, Klath 2, Evans 5,Gibson 2

Grafton – Jiskra 1, Thompson 30, A. Burns 12, Feltman 8, J. Burns 3


Miller writes for the Grand Forks Herald