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Greg DeVillers / Forum News Service, Published January 17 2014

Rebounding keys Thompson's win against Hillsboro-CV

THOMPSON, N.D. – Rebounding has been a good, but not perfect, part of the Hillsboro-Central Valley game.

“We’ve been a good rebounding team, but we do lose focus sometimes,” Burros coach Keith Meyer said. “When that’s happened, we’ve been able to get away with it. But you don’t get away with it against a team like Thompson.”

The Tommies took control of the boards and the game Friday night. In a matchup of top 10-ranked teams in North Dakota Class B girls basketball, No. 2 Thompson pulled away to a 55-43 win against No. 7 Hillsboro-CV.

Hillsboro-Central Valley closed a 10-point deficit, pulling within 39-38 on a three-point play by Rachel Dryburgh with 5 minutes, 53 seconds remaining. But Thompson answered with 14 unanswered points over the next 4:49. Eight of those points were the result of offensive rebounds.

“We’re not big,” Tommies coach Jason Brend said. “But we’ve been a good rebounding team. We have good athletes who know how to get position. They have a nose for the ball.”

The decisive run started on three straight putback baskets by Shaice Marx, Karleigh Weber and Shannon Galegher. Galegher later scored a field goal in the run off an offensive board.

Overall, Thompson had 10 rebounds to the Burros’ two in the run.

“I was a little concerned when they got within one,” Brend said. “They were on a nice run. You worry that they keep it going. But the girls didn’t get rattled.”

It was the second big spurt of the game for the Tommies. They held H-CV scoreless for the final 6:37 of the first half, scoring six unanswered points for a

25-16 lead.

But the Burros used a 10-1 run to pull within one in the fourth and had a chance to take a 40-39 lead, but they missed a close-range shot.

“It hung on the rim and fell off,” Meyer said. “I felt like we were ready to explode if that shot goes in. Instead, it took the wind out of our sails.”

Both teams had big one-two punches. Thompson, which improved to 9-1, was led by Galegher with 18 points and Weber with 16. Hillsboro-CV (6-1) received 17 points from Kennedy Henningsgard and 16 from Rachel Murphy.

HCV 14 16 31 43

T 16 25 38 55

HCV: Dryburgh 6, Kritzberger 2, Henningsgard 17, Murphy 16, Buethner 2.

T: Hegg 3, Ivesdal 7, Marx 4, Weber 16, DeMoe 2, Galegher 18, Overby 5.

DeVillers writes for the Grand Forks Herald