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The defending Region 3 champions may have been dealt a setback during the first round of the District 5 boys basketball tournament at the Jamestown Civic Center on Friday. LaMoure-Litchville-Marion starting guard Drew Thielges missed a majority of the second half of the Loboes' quarterfinal against the Barnes County North Bison, after suffering a left-ankle injury. But Thielges did score 11 in the opening two quarters, and the Loboes managed to hold on and defeat the Bison 55-41. They'll face Ellendale in tonight's semifinals at 7:30.
Maara Nelson wasn't about to let her Carrington Cardinals lose the Region 3 girls basketball championship for a second time in as many years. The junior forward was spectacular on both ends of the court against Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier at the Jamestown Civic Center on Thursday. Nelson's 20 points—16 in the first half—and five steals fueled the Cardinals past the Rebels 48-37 for the region crown. Carrington is heading back to the Class B state tournament for the first time since winning a state title in 2011 as the champion of Region 4.
A highly anticipated conclusion to the Region 3 girls basketball tournament unfolds this evening at the Jamestown Civic Center. Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier and Carrington will clash in what should be an edge-of-your-seat fourth meeting between the two teams. The past two contests were separated by two points or less, proving there is no clear-cut favorite as to who'll be wearing the region crown at the end of the night and advancing to state. The 32 minutes of suspense begins around 7:30.
Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier's Kaitlyn Schiele wasn't feeling the best prior to Tuesday's Region 3 girls basketball semifinal at the Jamestown Civic Center. But nobody would have known. The sophomore guard scored five of the Rebels' 10 fourth-period points against Medina-Pingree-Buchanan, including a successful 3-point play conversion that put E-K-M out front for good with under 6 minutes to play, and the Rebels are one of 16 Class B teams left playing in the state.
It was the kind of postseason performance all coaches hope to receive from a senior leader and a team. Carrington's Kauri Hochhalter and the Cardinals lowered the boom in the second half of Tuesday's Region 3 semifinal against LaMoure-Litchville-Marion at the Jamestown Civic Center. Hochhalter poured in 16 of her game-high 21 points after the break, while Carrington rifled off a 17-0 run and held the Loboes to 1-of-16 from the field over the final eight minutes, en route to defeating the defending Region 3 champions 51-34.
Medina-Pingree-Buchanan was looking for a spark defensively, and Jaycee Moldenhauer was there to provide it on Monday at the Jamestown Civic Center. The senior guard's steal and score in transition to open the second period jumpstarted the Thunder against Ellendale during the opening round of the Region 3 girls basketball tournament. The Thunder trailed 6-5 after a timid opening eight minutes by both teams, but after Moldenhauer's quick tally the Thunder went on to outscore the Cardinals 17-4 in the second and cruised to a 44-23 victory.
Carrington's Emerson Hoornaert wasn't all that interested in her performance on Monday at the Jamestown Civic Center. It's all about the team for the sophomore starting guard. Hoornaert drained three 3-pointers and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds, helping the Cardinals top Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter 42-35 to open the Region 3 girls basketball tournament. Carrington faces LaMoure-Litchville-Marion tonight at 6 in the semifinals. It's a rematch of last week's District 5 tournament semifinals, which the Cardinals won 42-36.
Medina-Pingree-Buchanan coach Brett Thielges can and probably will play 10-players deep today at the Jamestown Civic Center. Maybe that will be enough to lift the Thunder to a Region 3 girls basketball championship come Thursday night? The storylines to one of the most competitive regions in Class B this season will begin to unfold this afternoon. The Region 3 tournament tips off at 3 with District 5 champion Carrington facing Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter. "All four first-round games are good matchups—should be four nail-biters," Thielges said.
The final regular-season competition is in the books for Jamestown High School's boys swimming and diving team. Jamestown hosted Moorhead, Minn., and Fargo South in a triangular at the JHS pool on Thursday. The Blue Jays topped the Spuds 107 to 78, but Fargo South got past the Jays 112 to 71. Some solid performances highlighted Jamestown's night, including a win by sophomore Jonas Flann in the 50-yard freestyle. The Blue Jays will have the next week to gear up for the West Region meet, which is scheduled for Feb. 27 at the Bismarck Aquatics Center.
There would be no District 5 three-peat for the girls of LaMoure-Litchville-Marion, but the main objective is still on the table. After falling to Carrington in the District 5 tournament semifinals on Saturday at the Jamestown Civic Center, the Loboes bounced back and topped the Midkota Mustangs 63-35 in the first of two Region 3-qualifying games on Monday. The Region 3 tournament tips off back at the Civic Center on Monday. Pairings for the tourney await tonight's conclusion of the District 6 tournament in Ashley.