The look Jaida Seyer made on Monday, Feb. 11, at the Jamestown Civic Center was priceless.
The junior forward for Oakes had just dropped in a 3-pointer from right of the circle facing Midkota in region-qualifying action of the District 5 girls basketball tournament. Shots from that distance don't normally fall for Seyer-as evidenced by her look of utter shock-and the Tornadoes defeated the Mustangs 61-30.
Oakes will face Linton-HMB next Monday, Feb. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the quarterfinals of the Region 3 tournament back at the civic center.
"No, I don't shoot 3s," Seyer smiled, minutes after she buried her only 3 of the game in the fourth quarter. "Tonight we didn't have Nicole (Schmitz) with us, but she'll be with us for regionals and we're really excited."
Schmitz, a 5-foot-10 junior who was under the weather Monday, plays a large role for the 17-5 Tornadoes, and Oakes struggled during her absence in the first half. The Tornadoes led just 23-20 after two quarters, but turned things around after the break and outpaced the Mustangs 20-6 in the third.
Sophomore Sadie Hansen doled out a third double-double of the tournament for Oakes, posting 22 points and 13 rebounds. Seyer scored 14 points and corralled eight rebounds, after posting 16 points in the second half of Saturday's 62-59 semifinal loss to LaMoure-Litchville-Marion.
Midkota (4-15) was led by Tara Otto (7 points) and Nicole Beckley (7) on offense. Oakes suffered a four-point loss to Linton-HMB in Linton back on Dec. 11.
"We're going to go back to work at practice this week," Seyer said. "We're going to get stuff done and we're going to be ready to play."
EKM tops Ellendale
Thank goodness someone was feeling it offensively in region-qualifying game No. 2.
Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier's Jocelynn Madcke banged home back-to-back 3-pointers to open the third quarter against Ellendale, leading the Rebels to a 34-16 victory after going 3 of 7 from beyond the arc and scoring 13 points. Both teams struggled to put up points in the half court, but more so did Ellendale, converting just 7 of 42 total field goals and scoring six second-half points.
Madcke and E-K-M will play No. 1-ranked Kidder County in the Region 3 quarterfinals next Monday at 3 p.m.
"It was just a good night for me, I guess," Madcke said. "As soon as we got the ball moving we found our shots and got it to open people. We just needed to drive and shoot."
Maren Berntson, another junior along with Madcke, just missed a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds. Katelyn Dathe and Abigail Molan each scored 5 for Ellendale (7-15).
Reaching the Region 3 tournament was a goal all season for E-K-M (12-10), even after it lost all-state forward and Northern State University (S.D.) women's basketball recruit Katie Entzi to a knee injury during the volleyball season.
"It means a lot," said Madcke. "It feels great. We've been struggling all year."
Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier 34, Ellendale 16
ELL 8 2 2 4 -- 16
EKM 16 1 10 7 -- 34
ELL-Katelyn Dathe 5, Abigail Molan 5, Taylor Krege 2, Morgan Barton 2, Kiley Larson 2. Totals: 7-42 FG, 1-19 3-pointers (Molan), 1-6 FT, 21 Rebounds (Dathe 7), 11 Fouls, 15 Turnovers, 2 Blocks, 9 Steals (Molan 5).
EKM-Jocelynn Madcke 13, Maren Berntson 10, Payton Brandenburg 7, Avarie Carlson 2, Bailey Anderson 2. Totals: 11-35 FG, 4-16 3-pointers (Madcke 3, Brandenburg), 8-13 FT, 37 Rebounds (Anderson 10), 11 Fouls, 6 Assists (Carlson 3, Brandenburg 3), 19 Turnovers, 2 Blocks, 6 Steals (Berntson 3).
Records: EKM 12-10. ELL 7-15.
Oakes 60, Midkota 31
OAK 14 9 20 17 -- 60
MID 9 11 6 5 -- 31
OAK-Sadie Hansen 22, Jaida Seyer 14, Lynsey Schmitz 9, Laikyn Roney 7, Allison Jepson 3, Abigail Cox 3, Cecelia Hoelscher 2. Totals: 23-52 FG, 5-12 3-pointers (Jepson, Cox, Seyer, Roney, Hansen), 9-18 FT, 37 Rebounds (Hansen 13), 11 Fouls, 13 Assists (Claire Wagner 4), 14 Turnovers, 2 Blocks, 18 Steals (Hansen 4, Wagner 4).
MID-Tara Otto 7, Meanda Rickford 6, Breanna Anderson 6, Emma Kollman 4, Nicole Beckley 4, Brenna Grandalen 2, Hunter Peterson 2. Totals: 14-45 FG, 1-4 3-pointers (Otto), 2-7 FT, 26 Rebounds (Beckley 7), 15 Fouls, 5 Assists, 25 Turnovers, 4 Blocks, 5 Steals.
Records: Oakes 17-5. Midkota 4-15.
District 5 girls basketball awards
All-District honorees: Addison Hoornaert, Carrington; Clara Wieland, BCN; Ellie Holen, LLM; Kadyn Mehring, Carrington; Datelyn Dathe, Ellendale; McKenzie Johnson, Carrington; Nicole Schmitz, Oakes; Olivia Bliss, LLM; Payton Brandenburg, EKM; Sadie Hansen, Oakes.
Senior Athlete of the Year: McKenzie Johnson, Carrington.
Coach of the Year: Andy Braaten, Carrington.
Athletic Director of the Year: Lucas Isaacson, LaMoure-L-M.