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Tom Mix, Published March 19 2014

North Dakota Class B girls basketball preview capsules

1 p.m. – Thompson vs. Beach

Thompson Tommies

Head coach: Jason Brend

Record: 23-1, Region 2 champions

Key players

F: Shannon Galegher, 5-10, Sr. (16.8 ppg, 9.7 rpg)

F: Emily Overby, 5-9, Soph. (7 ppg, 3.4 apg, 3 rpg)

F: Bethany Ivesdal, 5-7, Sr. (7.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg)

G: Shaice Marx, 5-8, Soph. (6.9 ppg, 7.3 rpg)

G: Karleigh Weber, 5-4, Sr. (13 ppg, 4.7 rpg)

G: McKenna DeMoe, 5-6, Sr. (4.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg)

F: Samantha Hegg, 5-9, Jr. (5.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg)

Facts and stats

The No. 2-ranked Tommies enter state on a

23-game winning streak. … Thompson’s lone loss this season was a 60-45 setback against top-ranked Minot Ryan on Dec. 13. … Thompson averages 64.7 points per game and allows opponents 40.4 ppg. … The Tommies are making their second straight state tournament appearance and fifth in program history.

Beach Buccaneers

Head coach: Bob Waldal

Record: 22-2, Region 7 champions

Key players

G: Taylor Abraham, 5-7, Jr. (4.3 ppg, 1.8 rpg)

G: Hailee Farstveet, 5-9, Sr. (14.8 ppg, 5.2 rpg)

F: Brooklyn Zachmann, 5-9, Soph. (9.7 ppg, 7.2 rpg)

G: Bailey Waldal, 5-7, Sr. (16.4 ppg, 6.3 rpg)

F: Cydni Stedman, 5-9, Sr. (9.4 ppg, 7.1 rpg)

F: Lateasha Lechler, 5-10, Jr. (1.5 ppg, 1.9 rpg)

F: Baili Nielsen, 5-8, Soph. (2.6 ppg, 1.7 rpg)

Facts and stats

The No. 7-ranked Buccaneers are making their ninth state tournament appearance in program history. … Beach has won three state titles (2010, 1990, 1989). … The Buccaneers average 62.8 points per game and roll into the Fargodome on a nine-game winning streak. … Beach is 1-1 against teams in the state tournament field, defeating Watford City (Jan. 27) and losing to Bismarck Shiloh Christian (Jan. 20).

2:45 p.m. – Bismarck Shiloh Christian vs. Kidder County

Bismarck Shiloh Christian Skyhawks

Head coach: Jim Petrik

Record: 23-1, Region 5 champions

Key players

G: Regan Watson, 5-10, Jr. (8.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg)

G: Krista Ulmer, 5-8, Soph. (8 ppg, 3.6 rpg)

F: Victoria Schindler, 5-9, Jr. (3.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg)

G: Gabby Wilkinson, 5-9, Sr. (14.4 ppg, 6 rpg)

F: Mia Wilkinson, 6-1, Jr. (14.4 ppg, 6.2 rpg)

G: Jaye Two Bears, 5-10, Soph. (11.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 3.9 apg)

G: Haley Stevahn, 5-7, Jr. (3.9 ppg, 2.5 rpg)

Facts and stats

The No. 3 Skyhawks roll into state on a

22-game winning streak. … Shiloh Christian’s lone loss this season was a 77-43 setback on Dec. 21 to top-ranked Minot Ryan. … The Skyhawks are making their third state tournament appearance in program history. … Shiloh Christian averages 64.8 ppg and allows opponents 37.8 ppg.

Kidder County Pirates

Head coach: Dan Welder

Record: 19-5, Region 3 champions

Key players

G: Sadie Rohrich, 5-5, Sr. (13.7 ppg, 2.4 rpg)

G: Morgan Rohrich, 5-5, Sr. (9.4 ppg, 1.4 rpg)

F: Paige Schmidt, 5-8, Soph. (6.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg)

F: Mary Nicholson, 5-4, Sr. (4.7 ppg, 2.5 rpg)

F: Rebecca Schmidt, 5-7, Soph. (3.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg)

G: Mattie Olson, 5-5, Sr. (1.7 ppg, 1.6 rpg)

G: Jenna Nicholson, 5-5, Jr. (1.9 ppg)

Facts and stats

Kidder County is making its third state tournament appearance in program history – all three coming in the last six seasons including a state championship in 2009. … The Pirates earned their trip to state with a 45-44 overtime win over South Border in the Region 3 championship game. … Kidder County averages 48 ppg and allows opponents 36.1 ppg.

6:30 p.m. – Minot Ryan

vs. Lakota-Edmore

Minot Ryan Lions

Head coach: Julie Stewart

Record: 25-0, Region 6 champions

Key players

F: Hannah Stewart, 6-2, Jr. (23.4 ppg, 11.3 rpg)

G: Anika Rovig, 5-10, Sr. (8.7 ppg, 6.2 apg)

G: Laurin Leidholt, 5-7, Sr. (6.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg)

G: Sheyenne Schmidt, 5-4, Soph. (6.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg)

F: Gabbie Bohl, 6-2, Jr. (18.9 ppg, 6.4 rpg)

G: Maddie Wald, 5-5, Jr. (12.5 ppg, 2.8 apg)

G: Sydney Landsiedel, 5-2, Sr. (5 ppg, 1.8 rpg).

Facts and stats

The Lions spent the entire season ranked No. 1 in Class B and were the unanimous top vote-getters in all 11 polls released by the NDAPSSA. … Minot Ryan owns a 54-game winning streak dating back to 2011-12, which ranks second most in state history (record is 57 games by Larimore in 2002-2004). … The Lions are making their fourth state tournament appearance in program history.

Lakota-Edmore Raiders

Head coach: Duane Connell

Record: 18-6, Region 4 champions

Key players

G: Miranda Martinson, 5-7, Jr. (6.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg)

G: Alyssa Turner, 5-8, Sr. (2.3 ppg, 1.5 rpg)

G: Mary Haman, 5-8, Sr. (6.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg)

F: Shaye Ronningen, 6-0, Sr. (11.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg)

F: Fallyn Freije, 6-0, Jr. (19.6 ppg, 10.4 rpg)

F: Montana Halberg, 5-9, Jr. (4.5 ppg, 2.6 rpg)

F: Jaedyn Pesek, 5-9, Jr. (7.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg)

Facts and stats

Lakota-Edmore is making its first state tournament appearance as a co-op. … Lakota qualified for four state tournaments prior to the

co-op most recently in 2012. … The No. 6-ranked Raiders average 60.3 points per game.

8:15 p.m. – Central Cass

vs. Watford City

Central Cass Squirrels

Head coach: Ryan Mears

Record: 22-3, Region 1 champions

Key players

F: Abigail Cramer, 5-8, Sr. (12.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg)

G: Dallas Goettle, 5-5, Sr. (3.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg)

C: Faith Dooley, 6-3, Sr. (21 ppg, 12.3 rpg, 6.1 bpg)

F: Jessie Roesler, 5-9, Jr. (5.2 ppg, 4 rpg)

G: Kirby Camas, 5-3, Sr. (6.4 ppg, 3.1 apg)

F: Macie Romsdal, 5-11, Jr. (6.2 ppg, 6.1 rpg)

G: Alissa Erickson, 5-5 Jr. (2.0 ppg, 1.7 rpg)

Facts and stats

Central Cass averages 56.9 ppg and allows opponents 42.2 ppg. … The No. 8-ranked Squirrels are making their fifth state tournament appearance. … Central Cass has won 13 straight and last lost to Northern Cass on Jan. 30. … The Squirrels have made it to the state title game the last three times they have qualified for state, but have lost all three title games including a 54-50 loss to Minot Ryan last year.

Watford City Wolves

Head coach: John Zenz

Record: 20-5, Region 8 champions

Key players

G: April Spruell, 5-4, Jr. (3.9 ppg)

G: Kara Langerud, 5-4 Jr. (4.6 ppg, 4.7 apg)

G: Ricki Lindley, 5-6, Soph. (11.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg)

C: Katie Mogen, 5-9, Soph. (18.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg)

F: Amanda Mogen, 5-7, Sr. (9.7 ppg, 5.9 rpg)

F: Kaytlyn Grimes, 5-9, Soph. (5.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg)

C: Mackenzie Sparby, 5-10, Fr. (3.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg)

Facts and stats

Watford City is making its 13th state tournament appearance – tied for most all-time in Class B. … The Wolves last qualified for state in 2011. … Watford City averages 59.4 ppg. … The Wolves stamped their ticket to state with a

70-63 overtime win over Parshall in the Region 8 title game – the team’s sixth win in a row after ending the regular season with losses to the Braves and Dickinson Trinity.

Compiled by Tom Mix