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GIRLS BASKETBALL: No. 2 Kindred downs No. 3 Thompson

KINDRED, N.D. -- Being undefeated is a big reason why the Kindred girls basketball team has maintained its No. 2 ranking in North Dakota Class B poll this season.

KINDRED, N.D. -- Being undefeated is a big reason why the Kindred girls basketball team has maintained its No. 2 ranking in North Dakota Class B poll this season.

The Vikings’ depth is another contributing factor.

Kindred’s leading scorer in its 55-35 win over No. 3-ranked Thompson on Saturday came off the bench, and a total of 10 players contributed points for the Vikings.

Trailing 12-11 after the first quarter, Kindred rattled off a key 12-0 run in the second quarter that was capped by a 3-pointer by sophomore reserve guard Brooke Hiatt, who led the Vikings with 10 points.

Hiatt’s 3-pointer gave the Vikings (12-0) a 23-13 advantage midway through the second quarter, which saw Kindred outscore Thompson 22-3 in the quarter.

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“The second quarter has been a big quarter for us all year because we are so deep,” Kindred head coach Perry Piatz said. “We wear teams down. Our second group coming off the bench is so strong, and we were able to tire them out a little bit. We got some shots and they started falling. We didn’t knock many down in the first quarter, but we kept telling the kids to keep shooting. When we shoot well from the outside, we are a pretty good basketball team.”

Hiatt was the only Kindred player to score in double figures.

“We started to knock down some shots,” said Hiatt, who connected for two 3-pointers in the second quarter. “Our defense led the way and fed into our offense. Our team is very deep and the second group can play with starters from other teams.”

Kindred led 33-15 at halftime.

Thompson (9-2) had trouble matching Kindred’s production on the offensive end, and it didn’t help that the Tommies turned the ball over 10 times in the first half.

“Their pressure got to us early on in the game,” Thompson head coach Jason Brend said. “They got us rattled a little bit, and that made our players a little timid. Kindred executed its game plan well, and when they got on a roll, it sort of snowballed from there.”

Junior Emily Overby led the Tommies with nine points and five rebounds.

“They are a mirror image of us,” Piatz said of Thompson. “We told the kids to be ready for pressure defense and be ready for kids getting after you. I think what we found out in this game is we are faster than what I thought we were. Thompson likes to play fast too, but I think we made them play a little faster than they wanted to and that caused them to shoot some quick shots.”

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Kindred received a total of 30 points off its bench.

Junior Sierra Graff finished with eight points and six rebounds off the bench for the Vikings. Junior reserve Madeline Braaten connected for two of Kindred’s seven 3-pointers with both 3s coming in Kindred’s big second quarter.

Thompson’s only other loss this season was to No. 1 Minot Ryan.

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