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MINOT, N.D. — With a four-point lead and 12 seconds left to play, Jaylen LaRock was feeling no pressure at the free-throw line. The Four Winds-Minnewaukan senior hit a pair of free throws in that situation here Thursday, March 16. The two points iced a 70-64 win against strong-finishing Stanley in the quarterfinals of the North Dakota Class B boys high school tournament.
MINOT, N.D. — The basketball game didn't go as Austin Reed had anticipated. Not that he was complaining. Hillsboro-Central Valley, making its first appearance in the North Dakota Class B boys high school basketball state tournament in the co-op's five-season history, didn't have to deal with any drama or late heroics here Thursday. Instead, the Burros built a big lead early and never relinquished it in handing Turtle Lake-Mercer-McClusky a 57-32 setback in the quarterfinals.
MINOT, N.D. -- Brennen Vance didn't check the clock. He caught the pass on the right wing, squared up to the basket and shot. The result was a 3-point field goal and a game-winner in the quarterfinals of the North Dakota Class B boys high school basketball tournament. Vance's trey at the buzzer -- only his second field goal of the game -- gave Ellendale a 41-39 win against Dickinson Trinity to advance the Cardinals into Friday's semifinals.
BISMARCK -- After finishing eighth in the East Region during the regular season, Devils Lake closed its season with a sixth-place finish at the North Dakota Class A girls high school basketball tournament. Bismarck built a 41-30 halftime lead en route to a 78-72 win over Devils Lake in the consolation championship game here Saturday.
Roseau in Section 8AA and Red Lake in Section 8A won girls high school basketball section championships Friday to qualify for next week's state tournaments. In the 8AA final at University of Minnesota-Crookston, Roseau repeated as champion with a 68-48 win against Staples-Motley. At Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls, Red Lake beat defending champion East Grand Forks Sacred Heart 67-52 for the 8A title.
Three players scored in double figures for Hillsboro-Central Valley as the top-seeded Burros beat Cavalier 70-37 on Monday in the quarterfinals of the Region 2 Class B boys high school basketball tournament.
In a matchup of unbeatens, Kindred defeated North Star 49-42 on Saturday night in the championship game of the North Dakota Class B girls high school basketball tournament at the Alerus Center. Kindred, ranked second in the final Class B state poll, closed with a 26-0 record. Top-ranked North Star finished 26-1. Brooke Hiatt and Abby Duchscherer each scored 15 points to lead Kindred. Macey Kvilvang had 22 points and Stephanie Miller 12 for the Bearcats.
Macey Kvilvang, Stephanie Miller and Peyton Halverson combined for 52 points Thursday, leading North Star past Glen Ullin/Hebron 57-33 in the quarterfinals of the North Dakota Class B girls high school basketball tournament at the Alerus Center. Kvilvang had a double double with 22 points and 11 rebounds and also blocked seven shots. Miller added 18 points and Halverson 12 for the top-seeded Bearcats, who improved to 25-0. Kiana Schatz had 12 points to lead Glen Ullin/Hebron, which dropped to 16-9. North Star 57, Glen Ullin/Hebron 33
THIEF RIVER FALLS -- East Grand Forks Senior High rallied to defeat Crookston 3-1 here Saturday night in the semifinals of the Minnesota Section 8A boys high school hockey tournament. Crookston took a 1-0 lead into the third period after Zach Markovich scored at the 10:19 mark of the second period. But power-play goals by Coby Stauss and Bauer Brown in the third period lifted the top-seeded Wave to a 2-1 lead. Brown added an empty-net goal in the final minute.
Park River/Fordville-Lankin jumped to a 15-0 start and was never headed Monday. The Aggies ran past North Border 65-33 in the quarterfinals of the North Dakota Class B Region 2 girls high school basketball tournament at Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. The defending region champion Aggies led 21-3, 41-9 and 55-24 at the quarter breaks. Park River/Fordville-Lankin received 18 points from Bailey Beneda and 16 from Kaitlyn Brintnell to lead a balanced offense that included nine 3-point baskets.