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Tom Mix, Published March 03 2014

Central Cass defeats Maple Valley in District 2 girls BB championship game

FARGO – Make it four straight North Dakota Class B, District 2 girls basketball championships for Central Cass.

The Squirrels posted a 58-52 victory over Maple Valley on Monday at the Fargo Civic Center. The championship was a rematch of last year’s District 2 final.

“We knew they wanted to come out and get some revenge after what happened last year,” Central Cass senior guard Abby Cramer said.

Central Cass (19-3) enters Monday’s Region 1 tournament in Wahpeton as the No. 1 seed from District 2.

“It feels good to defend the championship,” Central Cass head coach Ryan Mears said. “We really got out and pushed them in the open court. It helps us as a team when we can get out and run the full court.”

The No. 8-ranked Squirrels were paced by 6-foot-3 senior post Faith Dooley, who finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds.

“We wanted to come out strong,” Dooley said. “The District 2 championship game is always a chance to have fun. You don’t have anything to lose.”

Maple Valley led 14-9 after the first quarter, but Central Cass outscored the No. 4-ranked Raiders 17-6 in the second quarter including a 9-2 run to close out the first half.

Maple Valley limited Dooley to three points in the first half, but the Squirrels found other sources of offense. Cramer finished with 14 points and senior guard Kirby Camas added eight points.

“We didn’t want to give Faith anything inside, but as a sacrifice we gave them some open shots from the outside and they hit them,” Maple Valley head coach Jeff Miller said. “I thought we played well in the first quarter, but we got tired towards the end of the game and got into some foul trouble as well.”

The Raiders (20-2) had an 18-game winning streak snapped with the loss.

“You don’t want to lose a game, but if you are going to lose one at this point in the year it is this one,” Miller said.

Maple Valley defeated Central Cass 51-43 on Jan. 25.

Sophomore guard Rylee Nudell scored 23 points and posted 15 rebounds for Maple Valley.

The Raiders pulled as close as 55-50 to the Squirrels with 31 seconds left, but the comeback fell short.

“They didn’t quit and that’s just a testament to how good of a team Maple Valley is,” Mears said. “It was a fun game, but I knew no lead was safe.”

Central Cass 9 26 41 58

Maple Valley 14 20 30 52

CENTRAL CASS (19-3): Goettle 0 7-8 7, Camas 2 3-6 8, Cramer 6 2-2 14, Roesler 2 3-3 7, Dooley 5 8-14 18, Romsdal 0 2-8 4. Totals: 15 25-41 58.

MAPLE VALLEY (20-2): Punton 1 0-0 2, Tinjum 2 4-6 8, Kasowski 4 1-2 9, Nudell 10 0-4 23, Pautz 1 0-0 2, J. Von Bank 2 1-2 5, Berntson 1 0-0 3. Totals: 21 6-14 52.

3-point goals: Camas, Nudell 2, Berntson. Total fouls: CC 13, MV 29. Fouled out: Dooley, Tinjum, Pautz, Nudell, Punton, Kasowski. Rebounds: CC 39 (Dooley 12), MV 34 (Nudell 15). Turnovers: CC 14, MV 8.

Fargo Oak Grove 51, Enderlin 31

Oak Grove is headed to the Region 1 tournament for the first time since the 2010-11 season.

The Grovers (15-7) defeated Enderlin 51-31 during a region-qualifying game.

“We played with a lot of energy,” Oak Grove head coach Mike Forsberg said. “We were a little flat Saturday so we told the girls no matter what the game plan is, if we don’t play with energy it is not going to make much of a difference.”

Senior Tatum Holt and junior Kirsten Bokinskie each scored 12 points to pace the Grovers. Oak Grove – District 2’s No. 3 seed – plays Sargent Central during the Region 1 quarterfinals Monday in Wahpeton.

Senior guard Megan Johnson finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Eagles (15-7).

Oak Grove 13 29 41 51

Enderlin 3 10 22 31

OAK GROVE (15-7): Osmundson 3 0-0 7, T. Holt 5 0-1 12, Bokinskie 3 6-6 12, Sharpe 1 0-0 3, Cain 2 4-6 8, Card 1 0-0 2, M. Holt 1 0-0 2, Muir 1 0-0 2, Martinson 1 0-0 2. Totals: 18 10-13 51.

ENDERLIN (15-7): Lautt 1 0-0 2, K. Johnson 3 0-0 8, M. Johnson 4 2-8 10, Syverson 1 0-0 2, Rettig 2 0-2 4, Pfaff 2 0-0 5, Michaelson 0 0-2 0. Totals: 13 2-12 31.

3-point goals: Osmundson, T. Holt 2, Sharpe, Card, K. Johnson 2, Pfaff. Total fouls: OG 10, E 9. Fouled out: M. Johnson. Rebounds: OG 33 (Cain, Holt 8), E 28 (M. Johnson 10). Turnovers: OG 13, E 18.

Kindred 53, Northern Cass 48

Kindred hung on for a 53-48 region-qualifying win over Northern Cass.

The Vikings (14-8) were tied 39-39 with the Jaguars (14-8) heading into the fourth quarter. Kindred opened the fourth quarter with a 5-0 run to build a lead it would not give up.

Kindred earns District 2’s No. 4 seed and will play District 1 top seed Fairmount-Campbell-Tintah in the quarterfinals of the Region 1 tournament set to begin Monday in Wahpeton.

Junior guard Alexis Piatz scored 16 points to lead the Vikings.

Junior forward Erin McDonald finished with a team-high 18 points and eight rebounds for the Jaguars.

Kindred 21 33 39 53

Northern Cass 10 29 39 48

KINDRED (14-8): B. Graff 3 5-6 13, Piatz 5 6-11 16, Hall 1 0-0 3, Erickson 6 0-1 13, S. Graff 2 2-2 6, A. Braaten 0 2-2 2. Totals: 17 15-22 53.

NORTHERN CASS (14-8): Mitzel 1 0-0 2, Olson 5 2-4 13, Verwest 1 0-0 2, McDonald 8 1-2 18, Melander 1 0-2 2, Bohn 4 3-5 11. Totals: 20 6-13 48.

3-point goals: Olson, McDonald, B. Graff 2, Hall, Erickson. Total fouls: K 16, NC 16. Rebounds: K 24 (B. Graff 7), NC 30 (McDonald 8). Turnovers: K 14, NC 14.

District 2 all-tournament team

Finley-Sharon-Hope Page: Lexi Archer. Northern cass: Erin McDonald, Bree Olson. Kindred: Alexis Piatz, Brooke Graff, Alexandra Erickson. Oak Grove: Tatum Holt, Rachel Osmundson. Enderlin: Megan Johnson, Kelsey Laufenberg. Central Cass: Abby Cramer, Faith Dooley. Maple Valley: Rylee Nudell, Abbie Tinjum, Megan Kasowski.

District 2 senior athlete of the year

Faith Dooley, Central Cass

District 2 coach of the year

Jeff Miller, Maple Valley

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