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Lady Panthers soar over Lakers

By Staff | Feb 2, 2018

Lori Gronvold for the Tribune Maria Blessum (left) tries to get the ball from a Lakers player Monday evening in Des Lacs.

The Rugby Panthers girls basketball went on to use their defensive expertise to soar over Des Lacs Burlington Lakers 56-45 Monday, January 29 at Des Lacs.

It was the Panthers’ 16th victory of the season. The first quarter was a close 19-15 Rugby, and at the end of the second quarter they had a ten point lead. Rugby was able to hold a 9 point lead until the end of the game. Rugby is now in the 6th position in NDHSAA polling with a 16-2 record for the season.

Scoring the three highest number of points for Rugby in the game was Tristin Lunde with 16 points, and Madison Uhlenkamp and Karsyn Hager with 11 points each. Lunde was at her finest in the second half stealing balls and getting the buckets.

Earlier on January 27th, the Panthers girls played the Lewis & Clark-Berthold Bombers 68-39 at Minot, and it was their 15th win of the season. The Panthers got off to a great start by finishing the first half with 34-22. The third quarter the Panthers scored 27 to the Bombers 15 and the 4th quarter ended with Rugby getting 7 more points and Lewis and Clark two points with a bucket from Abby Simons. The Panthers Maria Blessum scored a two point bucket in the 4th quarter, as well as Jordan Senger.

On January 25, the Rugby girls played the Velva Aggies at home and it was their 14th win of the Season at 50 33. The Panthers defense was unstoppable.

The Panthers hosted the North Star Bearcats on Thursday.

The next action for the girls will be the District 11 tournament in Velva.

District 11 Girls Basketball Tournament

The District 11 Girls Basketball Tournament will start Thursday, Feb. 8 at Velva High School at 4 p.m.

The first game will see the no. 2-seed Velva Aggies take on the no. 7-seed Drake-Anamoose Raiders.

The second game will seed the no. 3-seed Bottineau Stars take on the sixth seed Towner-Granville-Upham Titans (game time slated for 5:30 p.m.)

The last game of the first night will see the no. 4-seed Westhope-Newburg Sioux go up against the no. 5-seed Nedrose Cardinals (slated for 7 p.m.)

The next day the losers of games one and two will play each other in game six at 4 p.m. The loser of game three will have a bye.

In game seven, no. 1-seed Rugby will play the winner of the Sioux-Cardinals game at 5:30 p.m. Friday. The game after that will feature the winners of games one and two.

Next Saturday the winner of game six and the loser of game seven will play for fourth place, starting at 4 p.m.

The loser of game three will battle it out with the loser of game eight for third place at 5:30 p.m.

The championship round will see the winners of games seven and eight play at 7 p.m.

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