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Tommies roll on in Class B Region 2 girls basketball tournament

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Hillsboro-Central Valley's Abbigail Magnuson (34) fights with Thompson senior forward Carrie Nistler for possession of the ball during Monday's N.D. Class B Region 2 girls basketball tournament opening round in Grand Forks. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald3 / 6
Hillsboro-Central Valley center Sydney Brekken wins the tipoff with Thompson's Taylor Zak (23) in the first round of Monday's N.D. Class B Region 2 girls basketball tournament at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald4 / 6
Thompson's Kaia Sorby (2) hits a jumper in the first quarter of Monday's opening round of the N.D. Class B Region 2 girls basketball tournament in Grand Forks. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald5 / 6
Hillsboro-Central Valley's Abbigail Magnuson reacts after fighting for possession of the ball during Monday's N.D. Class B Region 2 girls basketball tournament opening game against Thompson at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald6 / 6

Hillsboro-Central Valley had the height advantage. But Thompson had control of the boards—and control of their game in the North Dakota Class B Region 2 girls high school basketball tournament.

The smaller Tommies were able to limit Hillsboro-CV's point production on second-chance opportunities in scoring a 62-31 win in the quarterfinal round Monday at Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.

The Burros dominated the offensive boards early. In the opening two minutes, their first six points came on second-chance opportunities. Over the final 30 minutes, however, they had one putback basket and rarely had a second-chance attempt as Thompson controlled its defensive boards.

"We took away their big girls getting second- and third-chance opportunities,'' Thompson coach Jason Brend said. "That was big.

"Rebounding is something we've really focused on in practices the last week. We try to use our quickness to our advantage. Our guards on the perimeter didn't give them good looks to pass inside. And we used our athleticism inside to get better rebounding position.''

Thompson, ahead 12-11 after the first quarter, pulled away in the second. The Tommies opened the second on an 11-1 run. They closed the quarter with six unanswered points to go ahead 34-20. The Tommies pulled away to a 45-28 lead after three quarters and held H-CV to just three fourth-quarter points.

Not getting the second-chance points "adds up over the course of a game,'' H-CV coach Tony Guttormson said. "I thought the effort was still good.''

Thompson scored 62 points despite hitting only three treys, instead relying on aggressive penetration for scoring opportunities. "We like to push the ball, to attack,'' Brend said.

Mackenzie Hughes had a game-high 17 points for the 19-2 Tommies. Kais Sorby scored 10 and Cayla Herbert came off the bench to get 13 points.

Hillsboro-CV, 7-15, was paced by MacKenzie Iverson and Saige Forseth, each with nine points.

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