Area basketball roundup
TGU’s Schmitt drops 33 on Benson County
TGU senior forward Mattie Schmitt had a career-high 33 points when she led a TGU rally over Benson County on Jan. 11. The Titans trailed 17-9 after the first quarter, but tied the game by halftime en route to a 53-47 win.
“I guess the first quarter was kind of rough,” Schmitt said. “Nothing was really working for us and having our main point guard out that game, I told myself I’ve got to step up or it’s gonna be a long night. I took what they were giving me and my shots fell.”
Senior point guard McKenna Thompson has a knee injury, but isn’t expected to be out long.
“They just had trouble stopping (Schmitt) and she can dominate inside at times,” TGU coach Malcolm Marcus said. “We started out in a zone and we got out of that. It looked like (Andrea) Jorgenson was gonna have a field day. We were slow out of the gate, but recovered well and, defensively, played much better and started getting the ball inside.”
Jorgenson finished with 20 points, but half of them came in the first quarter.
TGU (5-2) didn’t fare as well on Monday in a 29-16 loss to Harvey-Wells County. Four Titans scored four points each. Marcus said he usually expects to win if his team holds an opponent to 29 points.
“We’ve been working hard,” he said. “We have a lot experiences. We do have girls that have played quite a bit. We have a nice inside presence. We need to start hitting some outside shots more consistently.”
Jorgenson scored 26 points in the Wildcats 68-27 win over St. John on Jan. 10.
Comets continue strong play
Junior guard Delaney Selvig stepped up in a big way for the Rolette-Wolford girls basketball team. The Comets (6-1) trailed Bottineau 33-21 on Jan. 10 and Selvig scored a game-high 20 points to lead the rally.
“That was one of the first teams we saw since Velva, where they can run the floor and go to their bench,” R-W coach Jill Murtaugh said. “They came out in a zone. Our bigs got some points, but they took us away. That opened it up for Delaney and she was able to connect and hit some big shots for us in that game.”
Murtaugh’s 6-foot forwards returned with strong performances in the team’s next win – a 63-38 rout of Glenburn on Monday. Senior forward Rae Beaver scored 25 points and hauled in 17 rebounds and sophomore forward Lexy Wittmayer added 13 and 12, respectively.
“Rae Beaver had a very big game,” Murtaugh said. “We got up and got a little complacent at times in the score, but the girls were able to put together a good win on a long road trip.”
Comets fall to St. John
The Rolette-Wolford boys fell 88-63 on Jan. 10 against St. John. Senior Nick Myhre and junior Casey Julson led the Comets with 13 points each, but the game got away in the third quarter. The Woodchucks led by eight points at the half and dominated the second half with Sean Jay leading with a game-high 20 points.
TGU boys’ struggles continue
The Titans (5-7) have dropped three straight games, including Tuesday’s 59-45 loss to Westhope-Newburg. The Sioux were led by senior Hunter Braaten, who poured in 27 points. TGU had three players in double figures led by senior Luke Bacon’s 11 points. The Titans trailed by just one after the first and second quarters, but the Sioux pulled away in the third.
Bishop Ryan handed TGU a 55-42 loss on Jan. 11. Ryan senior Brody Bosch scored 32 points.
“I had heard that he was really good taking it to the hoop, but he was really good at outside shooting,” TGU coach Michael Corum said. “I wish we guarded him tighter. He gets as many scoring opportunities as he can get because of his work ethic and he has good basketball sense.”
Bacon led the Titans with 12 points and junior Colter Thorp added 10.
On Jan. 10, Velva pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Titans 55-48. Velva’s Michael Thingstad had 23 points and junior Eli Luna led the Titans with 14.
“We cleaned up the second half with not as many turnovers, but our shots didn’t fall,” Corum said. “We had missed opportunities and didn’t take advantage of the turnovers they had. Velva shot well from the inside and they had strong post play that really helped them.”
Benson County wins three straight
The Wildcats are feeling good after an overtime victory over Harvey-Wells County and blowouts of Warwick and Langdon.
On Jan. 10, Benson County sophomore Lane Ritterman hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the Wildcats and the Hornets to overtime. BC held on for a 49-45 win.
“It was a designed play for him or another guy and it didn’t work exactly how it was planned, but worked enough to get him an open look and knock it down,” BC coach Scott Lindgren said.
The Wildcats beat Warwick 75-41 on Jan. 11 and took care of Langdon 49-27 on Tuesday. Senior forward Kaleb Westad scored 12 points in both games and led the team against the Cardinals. Dagan Arendt led the Wildcats with 15 against Warwick.
Lindgren said his team is back on track after disciplinary issues distracted his team last month.
“The last week, our inside game has taken our biggest step up,” Lindgren said. “Kaleb Westad and Dagan Arndt are playing good defense and getting a lot of rebounds and putting it in the basket when close and that was nice.”
– Tim Chapman
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