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Central Cass' Dallas Goettle and Maple Valley's Jada Von Bank fight for a rebound Monday during the District 2 title game at the Fargo Civic Center. (Forum News Service)

Squirrels edge Raiders

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FARGO — Make it four straight District 2 girls basketball championships for Central Cass.

The Squirrels posted a 58-52 victory over Maple Valley on Monday at the Fargo Civic Center. The championship was a rematch of last year’s District 2 final.

“We knew they wanted to come out and get some revenge after what happened last year,” Central Cass senior guard Abby Cramer said.

Central Cass (19-3) plays District 1, No. 4 seeded Hankinson in the quarterfinals of Monday’s Region 1 tournament in Wahpeton.

“It feels good to defend the championship,” Central Cass head coach Ryan Mears said. “We really got out and pushed them in the open court. It helps us as a team when we can get out and run the full court.”

The No. 8-ranked Squirrels were paced by 6-foot-3 senior post Faith Dooley, who finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds.

“We wanted to come out strong,” Dooley said. “The District 2 championship game is always a chance to have fun. You don’t have anything to lose.”

Maple Valley led 14-9 after the first quarter, but Central Cass outscored the No. 4-ranked Raiders 17-6 in the second quarter including a 9-2 run to close out the first half.

Maple Valley limited Dooley to three points in the first half, but the Squirrels found other sources of offense. Cramer finished with 14 points and senior guard Kirby Camas added eight points.

“We didn’t want to give Faith anything inside, but as a sacrifice we gave them some open shots from the outside and they hit them,” Maple Valley head coach Jeff Miller said. “I thought we played well in the first quarter, but we got tired towards the end of the game and got into some foul trouble as well.”

The Raiders (20-2) had an 18-game winning streak snapped with the loss.

“You don’t want to lose a game, but if you are going to lose one at this point in the year it is this one,” Miller said.

Maple Valley defeated Central Cass 51-43 on Jan. 25. The Raiders enter the Region 1 tournament as the No. 2 seed from District 2 and play District 1, No. 3 seed North Sargent in the quarterfinals.

Sophomore guard Rylee Nudell scored 23 points and posted 15 rebounds for Maple Valley.

The Raiders pulled as close as 55-50 to the Squirrels with 31 seconds left, but the comeback fell short.

“They didn’t quit and that’s just a testament to how good of a team Maple Valley is,” Mears said. “It was a fun game, but I knew no lead was safe.”

Central Cass   9   26 41 58

Maple Valley   14 20 30 52

CENTRAL CASS (19-3): Goettle 0 7-8 7, Camas 2 3-6 8, Cramer 6 2-2 14, Roesler 2 3-3 7, Dooley 5 8-14 18, Romsdal 0 2-8 4. Totals: 15 25-41 58.

MAPLE VALLEY (20-2): Punton 1 0-0 2, Tinjum 2 4-6 8, Kasowski 4 1-2 9, Nudell 10 0-4 23, Pautz 1 0-0 2, J. Von Bank 2 1-2 5, Berntson 1 0-0 3. Totals: 21 6-14 52.

3-point goals: Camas, Nudell 2, Berntson. Total fouls: CC 13, MV 29. Fouled out: Dooley, Tinjum, Pautz, Nudell, Punton, Kasowski. Rebounds: CC 39 (Dooley 12), MV 34 (Nudell 15). Turnovers: CC 14, MV 8.

Oak Grove 51, Enderlin 31

Oak Grove            13     29 41     51

Enderlin                 3       10 22     31

OAK GROVE (15-7): Osmundson 3 0-0 7, T. Holt 5 0-1 12, Bokinskie 3 6-6 12, Sharpe 1 0-0 3, Cain 2 4-6 8, Card 1 0-0 2, M. Holt 1 0-0 2, Muir 1 0-0 2, Martinson 1 0-0 2. Totals: 18 10-13 51.

ENDERLIN (15-7): Lautt 1 0-0 2, K. Johnson 3 0-0 8, M. Johnson 4 2-8 10, Syverson 1 0-0 2, Rettig 2 0-2 4, Pfaff 2 0-0 5, Michaelson 0 0-2 0. Totals: 13 2-12 31.

3-point goals: Osmundson, T. Holt 2, Sharpe, Card, K. Johnson 2, Pfaff. Total fouls: OG 10, E 9. Fouled out: M. Johnson. Rebounds: OG 33 (Cain, Holt 8), E 28 (M. Johnson 10). Turnovers: OG 13, E 18.

Kindred 53, Nortthern Cass 48

Kindred               21     33     39     53

Northern Cass   10     29     39     48

KINDRED (14-8): B. Graff 3 5-6 13, Piatz 5 6-11 16, Hall 1 0-0 3, Erickson 6 0-1 13, S. Graff 2 2-2 6, A. Braaten 0 2-2 2. Totals: 17 15-22 53.

NORTHERN CASS (14-8): Mitzel 1 0-0 2, Olson 5 2-4 13, Verwest 1 0-0 2, McDonald 8 1-2 18, Melander 1 0-2 2, Bohn 4 3-5 11. Totals: 20 6-13 48.

3-point goals: Olson, McDonald, B. Graff 2, Hall, Erickson. Total fouls: K 16, NC 16. Rebounds: K 24 (B. Graff 7), NC 30 (McDonald 8). Turnovers: K 14, NC 14.

District 2 all-tournament team

Finley-Sharon-Hope Page: Lexi Archer. Northern cass: Erin McDonald, Bree Olson. Kindred: Alexis Piatz, Brooke Graff, Alexandra Erickson. Oak Grove: Tatum Holt, Rachel Osmundson. Enderlin: Megan Johnson, Kelsey Laufenberg. Central Cass: Abby Cramer, Faith Dooley. Maple Valley: Rylee Nudell, Abbie Tinjum, Megan Kasowski.

District 2 senior athlete of the year

Faith Dooley, Central Cass

District 2 coach of the year

Jeff Miller, Maple Valley

Tom Mix
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