ANYONE'S TOURNAMENT: Three ranked teams have shot at District 5 title
LaMoure-Litchville-Marion, Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier and Carrington will walk into the Jamestown Civic Center tomorrow afternoon for the District 5 tournament with one thing in common. A Class B ranking.
L-L-M is ranked third in the poll with a 18-1 record, E-K-M is right behind the Loboes with the No. 4 ranking and a 17-2 record, and Carrington rounds out the top 10 ranked seventh in the poll with a 15-4 record. In the other half of Region 3—that won't be playing at the Civic Center this weekend—Medina-Pingree-Buchanan is ranked second.
"This is my first year coaching girls basketball but I've been following it beforehand," said Rebels basketball coach Rory Entzi. "I don't remember having this many ranked teams in the region."
L-L-M edged E-K-M 56-52 on Jan. 18 and defeated Carrington five days later in a low scoring seven-point win.
The only loss for L-L-M came against Region 3 foe M-P-B at the Target Center on Dec. 28.
E-K-M gave M-P-B its first loss of the year at the Stutsman County Tournament near the beginning of the season and later took down Carrington. But the Rebels have lost the last two games against Region 3 ranked teams (M-P-B and L-L-M).
"All the games have been close and competitive," Entzi said. "The games from that perspective have been good. It's an important weekend for us. I think right now we want to advance to the next tournament and go from there."
Carrington's lone ranked victory was over M-P-B. The Cardinals have suffered losses to M-P-B, E-K-M and L-L-M.
"We got to play a better game," said Cardinal coach Andy Braaten. "We have to bring it all four quarters."
The top 4 teams in District 5 advance to the regional tournament next weekend so all three ranked teams have a chance to stay alive.
L-L-M gets a bye during the quarterfinals and would play the winner of Oakes and Ellendale on Saturday.
"We're going to have to play some balanced basketball," said L-L-M coach Mitch Carlson. "It all comes down to the defensive end. We are playing some teams that can score the ball."
The second matchup of the tournament will be E-K-M and Midkkota. In the regular season matchup, the Rebels won by 54 points.
"When we played them two weeks ago they worked really hard and got after it," Entzi said.
Carrington plays Barnes County North in the last game of the quarterfinals. The Cardinals won that game 73-28.
"Hopefully we can push the tempo, make it a up tempo game," Braaten said. "If we do that we can be successful."
LaMoure-Litchville-Marion (6-0, 18-1) (bye)
Oakes (3-3, 10-9) vs. Ellendale (2-4, 9-10), 4:30 p.m.
Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier (5-1, 17-2) vs. Midkota (0-6, 6-13), 6 p.m.
Carrington (4-2, 15-4) vs. Barnes County North (1-5, 4-14), 7:30 p.m.