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THREE-PEAT: Cards upset Loboes for D5 crown

Carrington's Emerson Hoornaert (10) is eye-to-eye with LaMoure-Litchville-Marion's Anna Holen Monday during the District 5 championship game at the Jamestown Civic Center. John M. Steiner / The Sun1 / 3
LaMoure-Litchville-Marion's Anna Holen receives full court pressure from Carrington's McKenzie Johnson and Haley Hewitt (33) Monday during the District 5 championship game at the Jamestown Civic Center. John M. Steiner / The Sun2 / 3
Carrington's Emerson Hoornaert, left, puts pressure on LaMoure-Litchville-Marion's Jackie Meiklejohn Monday during the District 5 championship game at the Jamestown Civic Center. John M. Steiner / The Sun3 / 3

Carrington High School must have the secret formula to winning District 5 championships.

The seventh-ranked Cardinals won their third-straight title Monday, upsetting third-ranked LaMoure-Litchville-Marion 61-54 at the Jamestown Civic Center.

The victory gives Carrington the top seed for the upcoming Region 3 tournament on Feb. 19, where it will play Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter in the first opening-round contest.

The victory over the Loboes (19-2) was Carrington's second tourney upset after beating fourth-ranked E-K-M Saturday in the semifinals.

"I think we just really came together as a team," said senior Emerson Hoornaert, who scored a team-high 16 points. "We shot well, we shared the ball. We didn't care who got the points."

The Cardinals used their size advantage against the Loboes. Carrington made 17 shots inside the paint, while only taking six 3-point attempts and draining one.

"They did a good job of getting the ball inside on us," said L-L-M girls basketball coach Mitch Carlson. "That's where they won the game, basically, getting the ball inside and getting high percentage shots on us."

Hoornaert (5-foot-8) and sophomore Bella Hone (5-9) were two of the players that exposed the undersized Loboes. L-L-M will play Linton-HMB in next week's regional quarterfinals back at the Jamestown Civic Center.

"We are undersized at every position just about," Carlson said. "We have to do some different things to alter shots and try not to get the ball inside so deep on them."

After a slow-shooting first quarter the pace of the game began to pick up immensely. Both teams drove up the floor trading quick baskets. But Carrington kept the lead during the stretch and took a 26-21 lead into the locker room.

The Cardinals began to get out to a decent lead after Hone handed the ball off down low to Hoornaert to get the reverse layup and-one, and after hitting the free throw Carrington got out to a 10-point lead with 5:18 remaining in the third quarter.

"She's a really good leader," said Carrington coach Andy Braaten about Hoornaert. "She leads by example."

For L-L-M, Anna Holen—the District 5 Senior Athlete of the Year—scored a game-high 26 points. Her younger sister Ellie Holden was next with 13.

"Anna does a good job—she's a scorer," Carlson said. "We didn't have a balanced offense tonight. We didn't get the shots we'd normally would like to take in a game. It didn't seem like we had the flow like we could've."

Next week, all District 5's ranked teams (Carrington, L-L-M and E-K-M) will be heading to Region 3 where they could meet up with Medina-Pingree-Buchanan (19-2) in later rounds.

The second-ranked Thunder defeated Kidder County 43-29 in the championship game of the District 6 tournament Monday night in Hazelton. The Thunder will play Oakes in the opening round of the regional, while the Wolves will be saddled with E-K-M.

District 5 Girls Basketball Tournament

At Jamestown Civic Center

Monday's District 5 Championship

(7) Carrington 61, (3) LaMoure-Litchville-Marion 48

CAR 13 26 36 61

LLM 8 21 31 54

CAR—Emerson Hoornaert 16, Bella Hone 14, McKenzie Johnson 11, Jill Endres 8, Kadyn Mehring 5, Haley Hewitt 5, Addison Hoornaert 2. Totals: 21-45 FG, 18-30 FT, 1-6 3-pointers (E. Hoornaert), 34 Rebounds (Hone 8, E. Hoornaert 8), 17 Fouls. 10 Turnovers, 4 Blocks, 6 Steals.

LLM—Anna Holen 26, Ellie Holen 13, Kindra Hamlin 6, Jackie Meiklejohn 6, Rachel Hoff 3. Totals: 17-54 FG, 14-16 FT, 6-22 3-pointers (Meiklejohn 2, Hamlin, E. Holen, A. Holen, Hof), 30 Rebounds (A. Holen 8, Hamlin 8), 25 Fouls (E. Holen, Meiklejohn), 2 Assists, 13 Turnovers, 5 Steals

Records: CAR 18-4, LLM 19-2.

Region 3 qualifiers

Oakes 61, Barnes County North 48

BCN 14 20 33 48

OAK13 32 45 61

BCN—Ashley Samek 21, Clara Wieland 12, Ashley McFadgen 11, Tabitha Muncy 4. Totals: 13-41 FG, 6-18 3-PT, 16-20 FT, 23 Rebounds, 21 Turnovers, 12 Steals.

OAK—Nicole Schmitz 26, Bailey Schmitz 15, Jaida Seyer 9 Sadie Hanson 9, Claire Wagner 2. Totals: 24-46 FG, 1-6 3-PT, 12-17 FT, 24 Rebounds, 16 Turnovers, 12 Steals.

Records: OAK 11-10, BCN 5-16.

E-K-M 53, Ellendale 17

ELL 4 5 15 17

EKM 8 24 40 53

ELL—Alyssa Nishek 7, Macy Young 3 Kennedy Schimke 2, Katelyn Dathe 2, Morgan Barton 1. Totals: 6-26 FG, 2-9 3-PT, 3-8 FT, 15 Rebounds, 27 Turnovers.

EKM—Kaitlyn Schiele 10, Katie Entzi 10, Tallie Hanson 9, Maren Berntson 7, Peyton Brandenburg 7, Haley Olson 2. Totals: 20-48 FG, 2-9 3-Pt, 11-12 FT, 31 Rebounds, 10 Assists, 14 Turnovers, 20 Steals.

Records: ELL 9-12, EKM 19-3.

Tournament awards

All-District team

Kaitlyn Schiele, EKM; Ellie Holen, LLM; McKenzie Johnson, Carrington; Nicole Schmitz, Oakes; Katie Entzi, EKM; Jackie Meiklejohn, LLM; Tallie Hansen, EKM; Sadie Hansen, Oakes; Emerson Hoornaert, Carrington; Anna Holen, LLM.

Senior athlete of the year: Anna Holen, LLM.

Athletic director of the year: Lucas Isaacson, LLM.]

Coach of the year: Mitch Carlson, LLM.

Tournament awards

All-District Team

Grace Benz, KC; Halle Uehran, MPB; Katie Schmidt, SB; Mackenzie Heflin, NGS; Megan Moser, MPB; Madelyn Schmidt, KC; Faith Dockter, SB; Jaslyn Magstadt, KC; Amanda Allen, MPB; Kaylin Weigel, NGS.

Senior athlete of the year: Grace Benz, KC.

Athletic director of the year: Brent Kleinsasser, SZ.

Coach of the year: Jason Schmidt, SB.

Mitchell Johnson

Hometown: Enumclaw, WA; College: Central Washington University

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