Through two games of the North Dakota Region 2 boys basketball tournament, No. 1 Thompson has shown the ability to dominate in spurts.
"It scares you as a coach because they kind of flip a switch," Thompson coach Brandy George said.
The Tommies waited until the fourth quarter to flip that switch Tuesday night against No. 5 Hatton-Northwood.
The Tommies closed the game on a 13-0 run to finally put away the Thunder 57-43 in the region semifinals at Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.
As a result, Thompson has a shot to go to the program's first Class B state tournament.
Thompson, which improved to 22-1, will play the winner of Grafton and Hillsboro-Central Valley in Thursday's 7:30 p.m. region championship.
"It's where we want to be," Thompson guard Cadyn Schwabe said. "That's one of our goals. We've been there in the past and we haven't got it done. Hopefully, it turns out good for us on Thursday night."
The Tommies, who beat the Thunder by 24 in the teams' regular-season meeting, had their hands full this time.
Two Colton Konschak free throws for Hatton-Northwood cut a Thompson lead to 44-43 with 6:05 remaining in the fourth quarter
Hatton-Northwood, however, wouldn't score again.
The catalyst down the stretch was Schwab, a quick 5-foot-10 senior guard, who had seven points in the game-closing 13-0 run.
"Cadyn did a good job getting up and down the court, and the guys followed him," George said. "I'm proud of the boys."
Schwabe's first basket to start the run came on a unique play. Inbounding the ball, Schwab bounced the ball off the back of his defender, collected the ball once inbounds and went to score. He missed his initial shot but collected his own rebound and put it back to stretch the Thompson cushion to 46-43 with 5:24 to play.
Moments later, Schwab put the game out of reach when he buried a 3-pointer from the left corner to give the Tommies a 51-43 advantage with 1:45 remaining.
Schwabe led the Tommies with 19 points, followed by Hayden Overby who scored 10 of his 16 points in the first quarter. Marcus Hughes added 15 points for Thompson.
Hatton-Northwood, which ended the season 16-7, was paced by Alex Wolfe, who was the only Thunder player in double figures with 14.
"(Hatton-Northwood) is a scrappy team," Schwabe said. "You've got to give them credit. They punched us in the throat early but good thing we buckled down in the second half."
HAT 16 13 10 4 -- 43
THO 17 14 13 13 -- 57
Hatton-Northwood-Parker Vaagene 8, Avery Thorsgard 2, Alex Wolfe 14, Brett Foss 4, Colton Konschak 9, Kelby Azure 6
Thompson-Marcus Hughes 15, Cadyn Schwabe 19, Jacob Dick 2, Clay Odenbach 4, Chance Danner 1, Hayden Overby 16