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2-1-14 area basketball roundup

By Staff | Jan 31, 2014

RHS girls

cruise by TGU

The Rugby High School girls basketball team picked up its most impressive victory of the season in a 59-34 handling of host TGU on Jan. 24.

The Panthers hit ten 3-pointers and held TGU senior star Mattie Schmitt (21 points per game) to just five points.

“Mattie’s a heck of a ball player and we were lucky enough to keep her at bay and try to make other girls beat us,” RHS coach Jen Brossart said. “I thought we played excellent last night in all phases of the game – offensively, defensively, transition. Probably some of the best I’ve seen our girls play, but we need to be consistent and carry that night in and night out.”

RHS sophomore Shea Heidlebaugh scored a game-high 19 points and junior McKenzie Johnson added 14. The Panthers opened the game on a 10-0 run and forced the Titans (9-3 overall, 2-1 District 11) to play catch up for the remainder.

“It just shows that you need to be ready every night and Rugby came in here and put a good whoopin’ on us,” TGU coach Malcolm Marcus said. “Jen had her girls ready to play and they shot well and defended us very well and they came out with a victory.”

Titans win

two straight

The TGU girls rebounded with a 49-39 win over Berthold the next day and blasted Surrey 77-36 on Monday. The Bombers trailed by two points to start the fourth quarter, but TGU rode Schmitt to the finish as she netted a game-high 26.

She added 23 against the Mustangs to lead three Titans in double figures including McKenna Thompson and MaKayla Thompson with 12 and 10, respectively.

“It was a good game for us,” Marcus said. “A lot of people got into the scoring column and we didn’t see as tough a defense, obviously, but we did some good things.”

No. 7 Rolla beats Rolette-Wolford

The top teams in District 8 met in Rolette on Jan. 24 for an exciting game between No. 7 Rolla and unranked Rolette-Wolford.

Three girls posted 18 points, but two were with the visitors and Rolla held off the Comets for a 56-47 win.

“Rolla’s a very, very talented team,” R-W coach Jill Murtaugh said. “Coach (Patrick) Wilkes does a nice job with them. Alli Vandal and Mary (Jo) Guilbert are probably two of the best post players in our area. I thought we played hard. We outrebounded ’em, but they both come with 18 points and then their role players stepped up.”

Vandal, Guilbert and R-W sophomore Lexy Wittmayer shared the game-high 18. Senior forward Rae Beaver and junior guard Delaney Selvig added 13 and 10, respectively, for the Comets (8-2 overall, 2-1).

Rolla led by 11 at the half and R-W got within four, but the Bulldogs kept the Comets at bay.

“We just couldn’t get over the hump to finish that, but the girls wanted it and the great thing is we’ll get to play them again in the future,” Murtaugh said.

“I think they learned that every possession counts. Taking care of the ball – we did that. We got ourselves to the line, we attacked the basket, but we shot 40 percent from the free-throw line. It opened their eyes a little bit.”

In other area girls action, Benson County beat visiting New Rockford-Sheyenne 61-48 on Monday.

BC boys beat

R-W 51-50

Benson County senior Kaleb Westad hit a jumper with about 10 second remaining to lift the Wildcats to a 51-50 road win over District 8 foe Rolette-Wolford on Jan. 23.

“They run a 1-3-1 zone, so we ran a play trying to get a ball into a different kid in lower post and they left him wide open at the free-throw line and we made that pass and he was able to knock that down,” BC coach Scott Lindgren said.

The Comets got a shot off in the closing seconds and snagged an offensive rebound before time ran out. R-W led by five after three quarters, but had a woeful second half. The Comets (7-6, 4-2) had just four turnovers through the third quarter, but committed six in the final frame. They shot just 4 for 26 in the second half and 3 for 23 in the paint.

“I think we were ahead by seven with three minutes to go and we just couldn’t hold the lead, couldn’t make a shot,” R-W coach Jason Heinz said.

Quentin Sears led the Wildcats with 14 and Westad had 12. Nick Myhre led the Comets with 14, and Tyler Gottbreht and Casey Julson scored 13 and 12, respectively.

The Wildcats (8-6, 3-2) added another win in a 48-34 battle with Munich-Starkweather on Tuesday. Sears led the way with 15 points, Westad added 14 and Patrick Frise rounded out the top Wildcat scorers with 12.

“It wasn’t the most prettiest of games to watch,” Lindgren said. “We came out really good in the first half, moving the ball and ran out to a big 18-point lead and let our guard down and put it on cruise control.”

The Comets also won Thursday with a 78-44 rout of Langdon. Balanced scoring, one of R-W’s greatest strengths, was on display again. Myhre scored 22, Gottbreht had 15 and Julson added 13.

“A lot of kids played hard and that’s a big difference,” Heinz said. “We switched up and had the kids buy into, ‘Maybe, we can play a little man defense.’ We got up and caused quite a few turnovers.”

TGU picks up pair of wins

The TGU boys (7-8, 2-3) picked up District 11 wins against Bottineau and Dunseith.

The Titans beat the Braves 69-53 on Jan. 23 behind a balanced attack of three players in double figures and two more with nine points. Colter Thorp scored a game-high 18 points. The Titans shot more than 50 percent from the field and connected on 4 of 6 attempts from deep.

“We played pretty solid,” TGU coach Mike Corum said. “Our fastbreak was working really good. We were getting the ball in the post and (Luke Bacon) was making good decisions, whether they be shots or passes.”

TGU rallied for a 59-53 win over the Dragons on Tuesday. Colter Thorp hit his first four 3-point shots and shared a game-high 16 points with Dunseith’s Trace Azure. The Dragons led by one after three quarters, but the Titans exploded for 19 points in the final frame.

“Luke is doing a better job of getting the ball in his hands and getting the flow of the offense through the high post,” Corum said.

Eli Luna scored 14 for TGU and Bacon had 11.

– Tim Chapman

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