No specific number is targeted by Mayville-Portland-CG on the defensive side of the basketball court. But 35 has been a magic number of late for the Patriots.
Mayville-Portland-CG claimed a 49-31 win over Hatton-Northwood on Monday in the quarterfinals of the North Dakota Class B Region 2 girls high school basketball tournament at Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.
It marked the ninth time in its last 10 games May-Port-CG has held its opponent to 35 or fewer points. The Patriots won all nine of those games and are 12-1 in those games this season.
"In certain games we have set goals for points allowed,'' May-Port-CG coach Ben McClenahen said. "The last couple of games we haven't. We just take pride in our defense. Nobody likes (watching) low-scoring games. But that's our style.
"Our defense speaks for itself. To hold a team to 11 points in a half, that shows what we're capable of doing.''
The stingy Patriots had nine points on the board before Hatton-Northwood scored its first points with 2:17 left in the first quarter. May-Port-CG led 16-4 after one quarter and and used a second quarter-closing 10-0 run to go up 32-11 at halftime.
"We have a lot of length and we throw a lot of different (defensive) looks to confuse offenses,'' McClenahen said. "The girls love to compete.''
The Patriots led by as many as 27 points before Hatton-Northwood closed the game on a 9-0 run.
"Our shots weren't falling,'' H-N coach Tony Evenstad said. "That's been an all-year problem. And we had so many uncontested turnovers. You have to give (the Patriots) credit for some of that. They play good defense and take you out of what you want to do.''
Nine players figured in the scoring for the 14-7 Patriots, with Cora McClenahen scoring 17 and Madisen Knudsvig nine to lead the way.
Hatton-Northwood, 9-13, was paced by the seven points scored by Cassie Rostvet.