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Brennen Vance has no qualms about dropping 23 points on his football brethren. The Ellendale senior buried five 3-pointers in the second half of Saturday's District 5 tournament semifinal against Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier at the Jamestown Civic Center. Ellendale cruised 71-39 over the Rebels. Ellendale and Edgeley-Kulm won a state championship together on the Class A 11-man gridiron last fall.
Carrington didn't play too shabby after its first-round bye and nine days off. The Cardinals' Kolton Vetter helped break open Saturday's semifinal game of the District 5 boys basketball tournament at the Jamestown Civic Center. His three second-half 3-pointers and 11 points led the Carrington charge in rolling 69-47 over the Oakes Tornadoes. Carrington will play Ellendale for the championship tonight at 7:30.
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.