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Ryan rallies for second straight title

FARGO — After spending the entire season as the unanimous No. 1-ranked girls basketball team in North Dakota Class B, Minot Ryan clinched its second-straight state title Saturday.

Its final win, however, did not come easy.

In fact, it was unlike any game top-ranked Ryan had played all year due to the fact that the Lions trailed after the conclusion of the first, second and third quarters.

Ryan grinded out a 59-54 win against No. 3-ranked Bismarck Shiloh in the state tournament championship game at the Fargodome.

“We had a lot of faith in each other, but we have never played in a game like that all season,” Ryan junior forward Hannah Stewart said. “Shiloh did a great job. We were down in all four quarters. There were a couple of times when it was a little iffy, but there never was a doubt that we couldn’t pull it out.”

Stewart — who won tournament’s most valuable player honors for the second year in a row — paced the Lions (28-0) with 17 points and 11 rebounds.

The victory is Ryan’s 57th in a row tying Larimore’s state and Class B girls basketball consecutive wins record. Larimore won 57 straight from 2002-04.

“It’s overwhelming,” said Ryan junior forward Gabbie Bohl, who added 15 points and 15 rebounds. “I’m speechless for words to describe how that all happened. We just kept believing. We knew we could pull it out and we kept our composure the entire game. We have been working for this all year and it is an amazing feeling.”

The Lions become the first team to repeat as Class B state champions since Bottineau won three straight titles from 2006-08.

Central Cass 33, Beach 22

Senior center Faith Dooley scored 11 points and grabbed 18 rebounds to lead Central Cass to a 33-22 victory over Beach in the third-place game of the North Dakota Class B girls basketball state tournament Saturday at the Fargodome.

Senior guard Abby Cramer added eight points and three assists for the No. 8-ranked Squirrels (24-4).

Senior guard Hailee Farstveet scored eight points and added five rebounds for the No. 7-ranked Buccaneers (23-4).

Lakota-Edmore 40,                Kidder County 39

Junior forward Fallyn Freije connected for a 3-pointer with 16 second remaining to help Lakota-Edmore a 40-39 win over Kidder County in the fifth-place game.

Freije finished with 23 points — 20 coming in the second half — and 13 rebounds for the No. 6-ranked Raiders (20-7).

Senior guard Sadie Rohrich finished with nine points and nine rebounds for the Pirates (20-7).

Thompson 68,                    Watford City 38

Junior forward Samantha Hegg scored 17 points off the bench to help the No. 2-ranked Thompson to a 68-38 victory in the seventh-place game.

Senior forward Shannon Galegher added 12 points for the Tommies (24-3).

Sophomore Katie Mogen posted nine points and four rebounds for the Wolves (20-8).

Tom Mix

Tom Mix is the North Dakota high school sports reporter. He's worked at The Forum for five years. He was the 2013 North Dakota sportswriter of the year, an award that is sponsored by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. Have a comment to share about a story? Letters to the editor should include author’s name, address and phone number. Generally, letters should be no longer than 250 words. All letters are subject to editing. Send to  

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