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E-K-M tops Ellendale, off to defend region

Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier's Kaitlyn Schiele brings the ball into play with Ellendale's Katelyn Dathe in the background Monday during the District 5 tournament at the Jamestown Civic Center. John M. Steiner / The Sun1 / 2
Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier's Maren Berntson gets in the face of Ellendale's Macy Young (23) Monday during the District 5 tournament at the Jamestown Civic Center. John M. Steiner / The Sun2 / 2

It didn't take long for the second-seeded Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier girls basketball team to get going.

Senior guard Kaitlyn Schiele scored two straight baskets halfway through the first quarter that ultimately sparked a 20-1 run for the Rebels in the first of two Region 3-qualifying games of the District 5 tournament Monday at the Jamestown Civic Center.

E-K-M advanced with a 53-17 victory over Ellendale. The defending Region 3 champion Rebels will play Kidder County in the second quarterfinal game of the regional.

"We knew that losing the game on Saturday night was hard on us," Schiele said. "We had to come out ready to play and give no letups in the game."

On Saturday, Carrington shot the lights out on E-K-M for a 61-44 upset loss, but the defeat did not shake up the Rebels.

"We were all kind of frustrated," Schiele said. "But we were all ready to go tonight."

After the two baskets by Schiele, sophomore Maren Berntson added a pair of three throws with less than a second remaining in the first quarter.

The Rebels kept the pressure going in the second quarter as junior Katie Enzie scored a pair of baskets down low and junior Payton Brandenburg scored five points, while Tallie Hanson, Berntson and Schiele all added a bucket.

The Rebels kept their pace going by forcing the mercy rule early in the fourth quarter after getting out to a 30-point lead.

It was a balanced effort for E-K-M as Schiele and Entzi tied for a game-high 10 points. Brandenburg, Hanson, Mathern and Berntson combined to score 31.

"We all know that we have to pick up each other," Schiele said. "We all wanted to play a big part tonight. We all worked together as a team—it doesn't matter who scores the points. It just matters to get the job done."

For Ellendale, senior Alyssa Nishek scored a pair of buckets to get the Cardinals out to a 4-2 lead with 5:07 remaining in the first. She quickly picked up two fouls forcing her to sit on the bench for the remainder of the quarter.

During E-K-M's run, Morgan Barton sank the lone free throw for the Cards. Nishek opened halftime with a 3-pointer, while senior Macy Young and Kennedy Schimke added more.

Ellendale will end its season with a 9-12 record, while graduating five players.

District 5 Girls Basketball Tournament

At Jamestown Civic Center

Monday's No. 3 seed qualifier

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.

Mitchell Johnson

Hometown: Enumclaw, WA; College: Central Washington University

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