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Card Fight: No. 1 Langdon-E-M defeats No. 6 Carrington

Carrington's Haley Hewitt goes to the basket after breaking through the defense of Langdon-Edmore-Munich's Arynn Crockett, left, and Kellie Hetler Saturday during the University of Jamestown Shootout at Harold Newman Arena. John M. Steiner / The Sun1 / 2
Langdon-Edmore-Munich's Jordyn Worley reaches in on the ball controlled by Carrington's Addison Hoorneart Saturday during the University of Jamestown Shootout at Harold Newman Arena. John M. Steiner / The Sun2 / 2

Callie Ronningen probably didn't need to set an alarm clock Saturday morning.

One day after her No. 1-ranked Langdon-Edmore-Munich Cardinals fell to Kidder County by 14 points at the University of Jamestown Shootout, Ronningen and the Cardinal girls basketball team were bright-eyed and ready to go against sixth-ranked Carrington.

The 5-foot-11 sophomore forward posted a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds, helping lift her northern Cardinals over the southern Cardinals 55-51 at Harold Newman Arena.

"We just had to tell ourselves it's just a game," Ronningen said. "We had to bounce back today and I think we did a good job as a team."

Langdon-E-M (8-1) never trailed in the contest and led by as many as 14 points in the second half after staking a 29-20 advantage at the break. Ronningen was cleaning the glass early, grabbing eight boards to aid her Cards in outrebounding Carrington 23-15 over the first 16 minutes.

Carrington was limited to just a pair of field goals and 5 of 7 at the foul line in the second quarter.

"(Langdon) Coach (Rob) Scherr really stresses rebounding wins games and being aggressive wins games, and I just try to do that," Ronningen said. "It works, and I feel we all have to start doing that."

Carrington (7-2) wasn't in a very envious position after Kidder County kicked the hornet's nest 58-44 over Langdon-E-M at Jamestown High School's Jerry Meyer Arena 24 hours earlier.

"(Langdon) came out pretty fired up and they were the more aggressive team in the first half," Carrington coach Andy Braaten said. "We came back in the second half, but we gotta make more free throws, reduce the turnovers and do the back sides a lot better than we did tonight."

Langdon senior standout guard Jordyn Worley scored a game-high 19 points and pulled in eight rebounds. A Worley 3-pointer, her second in the game, early in the fourth quarter put L-E-M up 46-32, but Carrington began to chip away down the stretch.

Carrington went to the free-throw line 13 times in the final frame, where it converted nine and closed the gap all the way down to 53-49 with less than a minute remaining. Both teams finished with more than 20 turnovers in a contest that started and ended with two-way, full-court defense.

But missed opportunities by Carrington at the free-throw line (16 of 26) and from 3-point range (1 of 13) throughout contributed to the Cards' second loss. Carrington senior captain Emerson Hoornaert also finished with just two points.

McKenzie Johnson's 11 points and Bella Hone's six rebounds paced Carrington.

"I liked the way our girls attacked the basket," Braaten said. "We got to the rim and got to the free-throw line, so there were some good, positive things. We'll learn from it and move on."

CAR 11 20 30 51

LEM 16 29 42 55

CAR—McKenzie Johnson 11, Addison Hoornaert 10, Kadyn Mehring 9, Jil Endres 8, Haley Hewitt 4, Bella Hone 4, Marah Schmitz 3, Emerson Hoornaert 2. Totals: 17-49 FG, 16-26 FT, 1-13 3-pointers (Johnson), 32 Rebounds (Hone 6, Endres 5, Mehring 4), 10 Fouls, 20 Turnovers.

LEM—Jordyn Worley 19, Callie Ronningen 18, Arynn Crockett 7, Kellie Hetler 6, Kaitlynn Scherr 5. Totals: 20-51 FG, 12-15 FT, 3-20 3-pointers (Worley 2, Crockett), 39 Rebounds (Ronningen 13, Worley 8), 19 Fouls, 24 Turnovers.

Records: LEM 8-1. CAR 7-2.

University of Jamestown Shootout

Saturday's scores

Boys

At Jamestown High School

Sacred Heart (EGF, Minn.) 87, Oakes 67.

Langdon-EM 82, Medina-PB 39.

Dakota Prairie vs. Bismarck Century (PPD).

Kidder County 70, Enderlin 61.

Hatton-Northwood 72, Napoleon-GS 52.

Girls

At Harold Newman Arena

Napoleon-GS 48, Dakota Prairie 37.

Sacred Heart (EGF, Minn.) 62, Oakes 42.

Kidder County 56, Enderlin 29.

(4) Edgeley-KM 61, Park Christian 46.

(1) Langdon-EM 55, (6) Carrington 51.

Lakota-AE 41, Hatton-Northwood 27.

Michael Savaloja

Hometown: Churchs Ferry, N.D.; College: North Dakota

A recipient of the NDHSCA Award of Merit, Savaloja has been reporting sports for The Sun since 2008.

Follow on Twitter: @MichaelSavaloja

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