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Greg DeVillers / Forum News Service, Published March 10 2014

Burros win at Region 2 tourney

MAYVILLE, N.D. – With 3 minutes, 21 seconds left in the first quarter, Whitley Carrier’s fast-break layup gave Cavalier a 9-6 lead over Hillsboro-Central Valley in the North Dakota Class B, Region 1 girls basketball tournament Monday.

But the Tornadoes managed only 14 points the rest of the way, eventually falling to the Burros 44-23.

“I’d like to think our defense had something to do with that,” Burros coach Keith Meyer said of Cavalier’s offensive struggles. “We did pick it up on defense. But Cavalier just couldn’t find the basket.”

Hillsboro-CV’s defense was at its best at the start of the second quarter. In the first 45 seconds, Hillsboro-CV forced three turnovers and converted them into seven unanswered points. That stretched the H-CV run to 11 points.

The Burros had another 8-0 spurt early in the second half, and had a 9-0 run at the end of the third and start of the fourth.

Overall, however, “We were streaky,” Meyer said. “It seems like we get a streak where we get a few steals and that fuels us for a while. But we haven’t been consistent all year.”

Kennedy Henningsgard’s 11 points led Hillsboro-CV, with Rachel Murphy adding eight points. Cavalier was paced by Ronica Helgoe, who scored six.

C 9 14 17 23

HCV 10 22 36 44

C: Olason 1, Hartz 1, Steiger 2, Helgoe 6, O’Hara 4, Maxwell 2, Letexier 2, Carrier 5.

HCV: Dryburgh 2, Henningsgard 11, Pastian 2, Murphy 8, Lazur 5, Kritzberger 7, Rotvold 2, Walsh 1, Perkins 3, Buethner 3.

Midway-Minto 71,

May-Port-CG 68

Mackenzie Irwin wasn’t feeling well when she got to school Monday morning, as she was battling flu-like symptoms.

On Monday night, the junior put the hurt on Mayville-Portland-CG.

Irwin poured in 28 points, including three key scores down the stretch, as Midway-Minto held off the Patriots.

“When you’re a gamer, you find a way,” Mustangs coach Scott Lloyd said. “Mackenzie is a gamer. About 30 minutes before the game, I asked her how she was and she said she was ready.”

In the second half, the Patriots held the lead only once, at 37-36 in the third quarter. But the Mustangs couldn’t pull away, with a big lead of six in the final 16 minutes. Two Alicia Gibson free throws pulled May-Port-CG even at 66 with 1:37 left.

A Dominique Martinez free throw put Midway-Minto up by one. Haley Hovde set up Irwin for a pull-up jump shot from the left wing and a 69-66 lead with 46 seconds left. Irwin then hit a free throw with 17 seconds left for a four-point lead.

“We run an offense for all five girls to shoot,” Lloyd said. “But Irwin and (Helen) Schuster want the ball in those clutch situations.

“We’d get a four-, six-point lead and May-Port always came back. We couldn’t extend it. May-Port was playing good defense.”

MPCG 13 25 51 68

MM 18 29 56 71

MPCG: Warner 12, Klath 13, Gibson 13, Evans 9, Elliott 5, Freeland 6, Rindy 10.

MM: Martinez 6, Irwin 28, Schuster 17, Maendel 17, Hovde 3.

Thompson 61,

North Border 33

Thompson took a while to get rolling. But there was no slowing the Tommies once they found their stride.

North Border was within 15-13 when Madison Johnson converted an offensive rebound 1:41 into the second quarter. But Thompson closed the first half on a 16-3 run to take a commanding lead. Shannon Galegher scored 10 points to lead the run.

“We had a hard time getting going when they had a chaser on Karleigh (Weber),” Thompson coach Jason Brend said. “But we started to use her as a decoy. We put Galegher at the high post and we were able to use her attacking the rim, which she does so well.”

NB 11 16 18 33

T 15 31 48 61

NB: Berg 8, Mathison 5, M. Johnson 4, Greendahl 4, H. Johnson 6, Laidlaw 4, Carignan 2.

T: Ivesdal 10, Weber 7, Olson 4, Galegher 21, Hegg 9, Marx 10.

Park River-F-L 54,

Larimore 31

Turnovers plagued both teams – 28 miscues for Larimore, 27 for the Aggies.

The difference was that Park River-F-L managed to convert turnover opportunities into points. Park River-Fordville-Lankin scored 24 points off turnovers compared to the Polar Bears’ seven.

“It was a very helter skelter game,” PR-F-L coach Rob Scherr said. “We want to get teams playing like that. We don’t want to play like that ourselves. But the bottom line is we played good defense.

“Forcing turnovers is always huge for us. We want to get that fullcourt pressure game going.”

L 5 16 22 31

PRFL 15 37 46 64

L: Georgeson 1, Schneider 8, Mutch 8, Berge 3, Morten 6, Wentz 2, Kadelbach 3.

PRFL: Welch 2, Novak 5, Fontaine 9, Carlson 6, Porter 3, Swartz 5, Welch 6, Beneda 2, Dalbey 8, Knutson 6, Nelson 2.

DeVillers writes for the Grand Forks Herald