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Lane Hanson and the Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier boys basketball team were playing with a little extra motivation on Friday night at the Jamestown Civic Center. The E-K-M girls had just won the co-op's first region title in 24 years on the very same floor only 24 hours earlier. "It was pretty exciting," Hanson said. "We were cheering loud for them. We're trying to do the same thing."
Oakes and LaMoure-Litchville-Marion both entered Friday's opening round of the District 5 boys basketball tournament with just five wins. But anything can happen in the postseason. Jordan Cunningham ripped five 3-pointers through the nets at the Jamestown Civic Center for the Tornadoes, en route to Oakes' 61-53 victory over Loboes. Oakes will play Carrington in tonight's semifinals at 6. "I've struggled in here before, but it felt good to shoot in here today," said Cunningham, the team's lone senior who made 5-of-6 from long range. "We've improved a lot this year."
Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier will face Kindred in the opening round of next week's Class B state girls basketball tournament in Grand Forks. The tournament's top five teams were ranked through an online voting process by coaches of the participating schools Friday morning, with the remaining three teams being randomly drawn to determine quarterfinal matchups. E-K-M was the second team to be drawn at random, pairing the Rebels against the Vikings. Kindred was ranked second in the online voting and was also ranked second in the final Class B girls media poll of the season.
Kaitlyn Schiele might never hit a bigger shot in her life. If not for her dagger in the final second of regulation in Thursday's Region 3 girls basketball championship game at the Jamestown Civic Center, the game was lost. But Schiele's 3-pointer just left of top of the key splashed through the cylinder with three-tenths of a second left on the clock, tying her Rebels at 42-all with the Carrington Cardinals, and Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier is heading to state.
One-sided rivalries don't exist in sports. For the past two seasons, Carrington High School has picked the fruit over Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier in Class B girls basketball games that have mattered. In fact, the Cardinals are 5-1 against the Rebels in that span, narrowly falling 53-52 in overtime to E-K-M during the regular season last winter. Carrington has turned away E-K-M in back-to-back District 5 tournament championship games, and will attempt what would be a second straight win over the Rebels for the Region 3 crown tonight.
Emerson Hoornaert was buzzing late on Tuesday night at the Jamestown Civic Center. Back-to-back 3-pointers by the Carrington junior guard in the fourth quarter stung LaMoure-Litchville-Marion in the semifinals of the Region 3 girls basketball tournament. Hoornaert's second triple splashed home with 2 minutes, 20 seconds left in the game and gave the defending Region 3 champions their first lead of the contest at 40-39. Carrington held on to defeat the Loboes 41-39, setting up a rematch of last year's championship game.
Katie Entzi keeps getting tougher and tougher to stop. The 6-foot Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier sophomore took her game inside and out against Medina-Pingree-Buchanan on Tuesday at the Jamestown Civic Center. Entzi buried two 3-pointers and posted 15 points, and the Rebels are heading back to the championship game of the Region 3 girls basketball tournament after a 46-41 victory over M-P-B. The Thunder defeated the Rebels twice during the regular season. E-K-M will face Carrington in Thursday's title game at 7:30 p.m.
The Region 3 girls basketball tournament wouldn't be complete without a game between LaMoure-Litchville-Marion and Kidder County. Monday's opening-round game between the Loboes and the Pirates at the Jamestown Civic Center was the fifth consecutive Region 3 tournament meeting between the two programs, and the Loboes found a way to survive. Anna Holen, little sister Ellie Holen, and Jackie Meiklejohn combined to go 6-for-8 at the free-throw line in the final 2 minutes, 40 seconds, helping the Loboes end the game on a 6-0 run and defeat the Pirates 43-36.
Halle Uehran's largely unobstructed view of the basketball court has its perks. The 6-foot-3 junior center for Medina-Pingree-Buchanan potentially wiped 12 points off the scoreboard on Monday at the Jamestown Civic Center. Her six blocks helped lead the Thunder over Oakes 51-39 in the opening round of the Region 3 girls basketball tournament. The Thunder will face Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier at 6 p.m. tonight in the semifinals. "It has an advantage in and of itself," Uehran said of her basketball stature. "I just put my hands up and hope for the best.
Eric Buckley played the hero on Saturday for the University of Jamestown Jimmies. The Penticton, British Columbia native buried the go-ahead goal on the power play with 1 minute, 32 seconds left in the third period against visiting Williston State College. The Jimmies rolled 4-3 over the Tetons at John L. Wilson Arena. It was Buckley's third point of the night, having already backed up two of Jamestown's goals with assists. Buckley has eight goals and 12 assists on the season for the orange and black.