Hitting some long-range shots in warm-ups was a good omen for Macy Jordheim. "Your confidence always goes up when you start out hitting some shots,'' the Thompson High School junior said. "But if you miss a few, then it goes down.'' Jordheim's long-range accuracy was a key as the Tommies defeated Mayville-Portland-CG 59-48 in the semifinals of the Region 2 girls basketball tournament Tuesday at Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. Jordheim's team-leading 13 points including three treys and another long 2-pointer.
In its bid to reach the Region 2 girls high school basketball championship game, Grafton went the entire second quarter without a field goal Tuesday. "Our coaches made it clear at halftime that we didn't get a basket (in the quarter),'' Spoilers sophomore Julia Dusek said. "But we counted on our defense to keep us in the game.'' And Dusek provided the offensive spark. She scored 15 of her season-high 23 points in the second half as Grafton pulled away to a 56-45 region semifinal win over Park River/Fordville-Lankin at Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.
WARROAD, Minn.—Katie Kotlowski didn't grasp the significance when she was part of a Warroad girls hockey team that came up short in its bid for a state tournament berth. Kotlowski was an eighth-grader and a first-year varsity player when Thief River Falls beat the Warriors 3-1 in the 2015 Minnesota Section 8A girls high school hockey tournament. Thief River Falls went on to win the Class A state tournament. The Warriors were left with disappointment.
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.
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.
Blame it on the North Border nerves. Blame it on the aggressive Park River/Fordville-Lankin pressure defense. For whatever reason, North Border never recovered after the Aggies' fast first quarter. That propelled Park River/Fordville-Lankin to a 53-35 win Monday in the quarterfinal round of the North Dakota Class B Region 2 girls high school basketball tournament at Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. Park River/F-L jumped out to a 15-4 lead after one quarter and was never caught.
When the game got close, Grafton got efficient. The No. 1 seed Spoilers pulled away to a 55-37 win over Midway-Minto in the opening round of the Region 2 Class B girls high school basketball tournament Monday at Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. The game was closer than the final 18-point margin indicated. Midway-Minto, down six at halftime, pulled to within one point at 24-23 when the Mustangs opened the third quarter with an Elizabeth Schanilec trey and two April Schmitz free throws.
ERSKINE, Minn.—For a change, Win-E-Mac has gotten a bit of a breather on the basketball court. The Patriots breezed to wins by margins of more than 20 points in each of their last three boys high school basketball games. That isn't indicative of the season for Win-E-Mac. "My assistant coach, Dave Kiecker, quite often tells me before games, 'You know this one is going right down to the end,' '' Patriots coach Vern Johnson said. "That's how our season has gone.''
CROOKSTON—On Thursday morning, Kaitlyn Kotlowski was named one of the five finalists for the Ms. Hockey Award, given to the outstanding senior girls high school hockey player in Minnesota. On Thursday night, Kotlowski got something even better—a return trip to the Minnesota Class A state high school hockey tournament. The top-seeded Warriors beat Thief River Falls 4-1 in the Section 8A tournament championship to earn a berth in next week's state tournament.
Pembina County North's Tanner Urlaub wasn't happy when, after suffering a knee injury in the first quarter of the opening football game of the 2018 season, he wasn't allowed to return to play in the game. "I took a helmet to the side of the knee,'' said Urlaub. "I wanted to get back into the game as soon as I could. But our coaches thought it would be best if I waited to see what was wrong.''