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CNDC Championship Loss Avenged

By Staff | Dec 11, 2015

The Rugby Panthers Girl’s Basketball team celebrates after winning the 2015 CNDC tournament. Maddie Uhlenkamp led all Rugby scorers for the tournament with 43 total points, followed by Shea Heidlebaugh with 42 tournament points and Breanna Thompson with 40 points. Photo by Lori Gronvold

Last year at the CNDC tournament, the Rugby High School girls basketball team fell in the championship round.

Facing the Harvey-Wells County Hornets, the Panthers fell to second place in an extremely close 36-33 matchup.

This year’s championship round was payback for last year’s, with the Panthers beating the Hornets, 47-35.

The Panthers took the lead early, scoring 11 points in the fourth quarter and cementing their lead in the third with 20 points scored. Junior Breanna Thompson, a 6’2″ center, led in scoring with 14 points on the night, followed by 5’8″ senior guard Shea Heidlebaugh with 9. Sophomore center Madison Uhlenkamp, who was sidelined in January last year due to an ACL injury, scored 8 points.

Uhlenkamp led in scoring with 21 points the previous night, when Rugby defeated New Rockford-Sheyenne, 64-26.

In the first round of the tournament, the Panthers routed the St. John Lady Chucks, 75-24.

In the first two nights of the tournament, the Panthers managed to defensively hold their opponents to single digit scores.

The Panthers will play the Hornets again Tuesday, starting at 5:45 p.m., in a home matchup.


Fellow District 11 competitors the TGU Titans took fourth in the tournament, falling 69-50 to New Rockford-Sheyenne.

The Titans tamed the Rolla Bulldogs, 52-28, the first night of the tournament. They then fell to the Hornets the next night in a 49-43 bout.

Junior Angie Anderson led in scoring for the Titans, scoring 16 points the first night of the tournament, 15 the second night and 22 in the third place battle.

The Titans faced Glenburn on Thursday. They play today at 1:30 p.m. against Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood, and against Surrey on Dec. 17, both games will be at home.

The Titans and the Panthers will face off Jan. 5, 2015 in Towner.

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