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May-Port-CG rolls to win, advances to meet Thompson in Class B Region 2 semifinal round

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May-Port-CG guards Raina Satrom, bottom right, and Maysa Larson, center left, dive for a loose ball against Park River-Fordville-Lankin forward Hannah Halvorson (15) in the second quarter of a N.D. Class B Region 2 girls basketball quarterfinals game at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center in Grand Forks on Tuesday, February 22, 2022.
Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald

GRAND FORKS – Mayville-Portland-Clifford-Galesburg was supposed to play its North Dakota Class B Region 2 quarterfinal game against Park River/Fordville-Lankin on Monday.

Mother Nature had other ideas. The game was postponed until Tuesday, while the other three tournament quarterfinals went on as planned.

The delay didn’t seem to have an effect on the Patriots, who rolled to a 43-21 win over Park River/Fordville-Lankin on Tuesday night at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.

May-Port, however, now has a quick turnaround as it is scheduled to play No. 2 seed Thompson on Wednesday afternoon in the semifinal round.

“I really don’t know how it’s going to be, to have this game tonight and come back right away tomorrow afternoon,” said May-Port coach Sean Moore. “I guess we’ll find out together. I don’t think it should affect us that much.We’ve got some athletes who are ready to play at the drop of a hat.”

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May-Port, the No. 3 seed, improved to 14-8 overall. The Patriots built a big lead early, leading 13-5 after the first quarter and 28-11 at halftime.

“The defense set the tone for us in the first half,” said Moore. “It takes a little while to get used to this gym. It took us a little while on offense. Luckily, we were able to get some good looks at the basket from not too far away. And we were able to knock down a few open shots from the outside.”

Thompson downed May-Port 61-34 during the regular season.

“We need to be more disciplined on defense,” said Moore, looking ahead to the semifinal round. “And we need to value possessions a lot more than we did tonight.”

Maysa Larson led the Patriots with 12 points while Rylee Satrom added 11 and Danica Hanson 6.

Park River/Fordville-Lankin was led by Hanna Larson’s 6 points. The Aggies closed out their season at 9-13.

In Wednesday’s first semifinal, Grafton, the No. 1 seed and defending state Class B champion, will meet Cavalier.

The semifinal winners will play for the title on Thursday night.

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Thompson has played in the past four Region 2 title games, while Grafton has played in the past three championship matchups.

The state Class B tournament is scheduled for March 3, 4 and 6 at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.

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May-Port-CG's Maysa Larson, center right, strips the ball away from Park River-Fordville-Lankin guard Megan Larson, center left, late in the first quarter of a N.D. Class B Region 2 girls basketball quarterfinals game at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center in Grand Forks on Tuesday, February 22, 2022.
Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald
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Park River-Fordville-Lankin forward Greta Wharam (10) is introduced prior to the Aggies' N.D. Class B Region 2 girls basketball quarterfinals game against May-Port-CG at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center in Grand Forks on Tuesday, February 22, 2022.
Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald
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May-Port CG Patriots guard Maysa Larson (3) drives the ball down the court against the Park River-Fordville-Lankin defense at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center in Grand Forks during a N.D. Class B Region 2 girls basketball quarterfinals matchup on Tuesday, February 22, 2022.
Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald
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May-Port CG forward Raegan Zerface (32) drives the ball to the hoop past Park River-Fordvile-Lankin's Sophia Markusen and Greta Wharam (10) in the first quarter of a N.D. Class B Region 2 quarterfinals girls basketball game at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center in Grand Forks on Tuesday, February 22, 2022.
Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald

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Wayne Nelson is the sports editor at the Herald.


He has been with the Grand Forks Herald since 1995, serving as the UND football and basketball beat writer as well as serving as the sports editor.



He is a UND graduate and has been writing sports since the late 1970s.



Follow him on Twitter @waynenelsongf. You can reach him at (701) 780-1268 or wnelson@gfherald.com.
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