Titans win District 11 title
Monday marked the first time in the District 11 girls basketball tournament that TGU 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 of the game, after a turnover. The Aggies defense didn’t allow 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 10-2 lead.
Velva continued to hold momentum 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. TGU trailed 22-12 at the half.
Then the Titans started to rally. Schmitt scored twice in the third quarter, the first tied the game and the second put the Titans in their first lead on the night. The TGU 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 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 hit some key shots.”
Said TGU coach Malcolm Marcus: “We really came out with a lot of fire in the third quarter and that was the difference.”
District 11 awards
The Titans took the regular season and tournament titles. Seniors Schmitt and McKenna Thompson were All-District selections, with Schmitt also being named Senior Athlete of the Year. 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 tournament, the Rugby Panthers also won the Spirit Award.
The Aggies will take on the Des Lacs-Burlington Lakers in the first round of the Region 6 tournament at 7:45 p.m. Monday at Minot Municipal Auditorium.
“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 at 3 p.m.
“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.
Rest of 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. 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.
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