Thompson rallies late to beat L-E-M
MINOT — Langdon-Edmore-Munich coach Rob Scherr had a dilemma in the opening round of the state Class B girls high school basketball tournament Thursday: Try to hold on against Thompson with his top two players on the floor and in foul trouble or try to hold on with them on the bench.
They stayed on the floor. But that gave Thompson an aggressive edge and the Tommies rode that to a 39-36 first-round win over the second-seeded Cardinals. Thompson led only the last 31 seconds of the game.
"We had to sit back," Scherr said. "We definitely sit back more. I couldn't sit them ... but I should have, though."
It was a tough call. With L-E-M's two leading scorers limited, Thompson took it at the basket and the Cardinals.
"The fact that they didn't foul out and stayed in the game probably was to our advantage," Thompson coach Jason Brend said. "They weren't able to play with their full aggressiveness."
Kailen Dolleslager led Thompson with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Her basket with 1:15 to play tied the game at 36. Kaia Sorby and Mackenzie Hughes hit three free throws down the stretch as the Tommies (22-3) extended their winning streak to 13 games.
Jordyn Worley and Callie Ronningen carried the Cardinals' lead deep into the game. Worley finished with 15 points and six rebounds. Ronningen had 10 points and nine rebounds before fouling out down the stretch.
Langdon-Edmore-Munich followed Worley's lead early. She scored three lay-up baskets in the first four minutes, helping the Cardinals (22-3) to their largest lead of the first half at 16-7.
But Thompson cleaned up some early turnover issues and made a run in the second quarter to get within 20-17 with 1:17 left in the half.
Worley and Arynn Crockett scored the last four points of the half for Langdon-Edmore-Munich and the Cardinals took a 24-17 lead into the break.
Worley and Ronningen collected their third fouls early in the third quarter and Ronningen's fourth came early in the fourth.
Thompson tied it for the first time 30-30 on Taylor Zak's basket with 3:35 left. Worley answered before Hughes tied it again.
L-E-M took the lead for the last time on Ronningen's free throws with 1:41 to play. It didn't score again.
Dolleslager scored on a layup with 1:15 left to tie it at 36. The Cardinals missed on their possession and Sorby went to the line to break the tie and send Ronningen to the bench.
With six seconds left, Hughes hit two free throws and intercepted the inbounds pass.
Thompson outrebounded L-E-M 38-25 and outscored it 13-4 from the line.
Thompson 7 17 26 39
Langdon-Edmore-Munch 11 24 30 36
Thompson — Kaia Sorby 6, Mackenzie Hughes 7, Macy Jordheim 7, Taylor Zak 6, Kailen Dolleslager 11, Caroline Nistler 2.
L-E-M — Kaitlynn Scherr 4, Arynn Crockett 4, Jordyn Worley 15, Callie Ronningen 10, Morgan Freije 3.