Breaking: Titans girls are District Champions
It was the first time in the District 11 tournament that the TGU Titans had to stage a second-half comeback.
After a low-scoring first half the Titans were able to come back and win the tournament, beating the Velva Aggies, 40-32.
Sophomore guard Nicole Fladeland put up the first points for the Aggies, and the first points of the game, after a turnover. The Aggies defense wasn’t allowing the Titans to score for most of the first quarter, until freshman forward Angie Anderson put up the Titans’ first points. The Aggies ended the first quarter with a score of 10-2.
The Aggies continued their lead into the second quarter, with massive 3s from senior guards Fallon Fladeland and Cassidy Peterson. But senior center Mattie Schmitt and senior forward Akesha Juarez started putting points on the board for the Titans. At the end of the first half, The Titans were down, 22-12.
In the second half, the Titans started to rally. Schmitt’s scored twice in the third quarter, the first of which tied the game and the second gave the Titans their first lead on the night. The Titans defense was able to hold the Aggies to only two points, which came from freshman forward Jonnah Lee. The surge in momentum put the Titans up, 30-24 at the end of the third quarter, and they showed very few signs of slowing down.
“Offensively, we just kind of came to a stall. We had some shots that just didn’t go in,” Aggies coach Chris Braaten said. “They [the Titans] hit some key shots.”
TGU coach Malcolm Marcus said, “We really came out with a lot of fire third quarter and that was the difference.”
The Titans took the regular season champions and district champions trophies. Seniors Schmitt and McKenna Thompson were added to the All-District Team, with Schmitt also being named Senior Athlete of the Year. Coach Marcus was named Coach of the Year.
Also named to the All-District team were Molly Lodoen of the Westhope-Newburg Sioux, McKayla Peltier of the Dunseith Lady Dragons, Paige Brabandt and Mara Roteliuk of the Sawyer Flashes, Danielle McDonald and Stephanie Brendan of the Bottineau Stars, Sarah Wherley and Cassidy Peterson of the Velva Aggies, and Shea Heidlebaugh and Darby Deckert of the Rugby Panthers.
Just like at the boys district games, the Rugby Panthers also won the Spirit Award.
The Aggies will take on the Des Lacs-Burlington Lakers in the first round of the girls regional tournament.
“They’re a nice team. We’re gonna have to rebound and watch their shooters. It’s definitely gonna be a challenge for us,” Braaten said.
The Titans will take on the Our Redeemers’ Christian School Knights.
“They’re kind of a young team. We’ll do our homework and get ready for Monday,” Marcus said.
The Sawyer Flashes defeated the Dunseith Lady Dragons, 63-51, for a fourth place finish on Monday afternoon.
Regional tournament lineup
The Region 6 Girls Basketball tournament takes place Monday and Tuesday, March 10 and 11 at the Minot Municipal Auditorium, and Thursday, March 13 at the Magic City Campus. In the first round, the TGU Titans will take on the Our Redeemers Christian School Knights at 3 p.m. The Bottineau Stars will take on the Berthold Bombers at 4:30 p.m. The Sawyer Flashes face the Bishop Ryan Lions at 6:15 p.m. The first round of tournament play ends after the Velva Aggies take on the Des Lacs-Burlington Lakers at 7:45 p.m.
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