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Johnson leads Carrington to tourney win

Carrington's Taryn Hoeckle looks to pass the ball over a couple of Warwick defenders Thursday during the opening round of the Stutsman County Tournament at the Jamestown Civic Center. John M. Steiner / The Sun

Carrington didn't appear like a team down three players to injury Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Jamestown Civic Center.

McKenzie Johnson was on fire for the Cardinals to open the annual Stutsman County girls basketball tournament. The senior blistered the net four times from 3-point range in the third quarter in a 64-28 Carrington quarterfinal victory over Warwick.

Johnson finished 6 of 8 from downtown and scored a game-high 22 points. Carrington (1-1), a team that received votes in the first Class B girls basketball media rankings of the 2018-19 season, moves on to play Ellendale in Friday's semifinals at 6 p.m.

"I just kept shooting and they kept going in," Johnson said. "We've got a bigger gym (in Carrington) this year so it makes it better."

Johnson hit two treys in the first half to help Carrington lead 33-19 at the break, but she really got rolling in the third. Her four triples and 14 total points helped the Cards outpace the Warriors 23-3 in the quarter.

Carrington opened the season with a 14-point loss to sixth-ranked Velva on Nov. 27. But one of Carrington's three athletes currently nursing an injury is 5-foot-9 junior Bella Hone.

Hone posted per-game averages of 8.8 points and 5.6 rebounds last season as a sophomore, helping Carrington win 20 games. She's again expected to make a large impact.

"They've been out and we've had to pick it up, so we've been practicing hard in practice," Johnson said. "The younger girls have to pick it up, too, since they're off the bench."

Kiera Eli (12) and Kadyn Mehring (10) also scored in double figures for the Cards against the Warriors. Warwick (1-3), directed by first-year coach Gus Kueber, received a pair of treys and 10 points from senior Madison Leaf.

Kueber, a former Class B all-state hoopster, led Dakota Prairie boys basketball to a Class B state tournament runner-up finish in 2009. Warwick will face Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter in consolation play at 3 p.m. Friday.

Stutsman County Invitational Girls Basketball Tournament

At Jamestown Civic Center

(RV) Carrington 64, Warwick 28

Warwick 7 12 3 6 -- 28

Carrington 19 14 23 8 -- 64

Warwick—Madison Leaf 10, Jayla Alberts 6, Hannah Fassett 4, Kalista Jackson 4, Melissa Olson 3, Genevieve Little 1. Totals: 11-29 FG, 2-3 FT, 4-10 3-pointers (Leaf 2, Alberts, Olson), 20 Rebounds (Leaf 5), 11 Fouls, 21 Turnovers.

Carrington—McKenzie Johnson 22, Kiera Elie 12, Kadyn Mehring 10, Addison Hoornaert 8, Hannah Hagel 6, Taryn Hoeckle 3, Marah Schmitz 3. Totals: 24-59 FG, 6-8 FT, 10-20 3-pointers (Johnson 6, Eli 2, Schmitz, Hoeckle), 30 Rebounds (Mehring 5), 7 Fouls, 7 Turnovers, 9 steals.

Records: Carrington 1-1. Warwick 1-3.

Other quarterfinal games

Ellendale 51, Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter 49 OT.

Medina-Pingree-Buchanan 53, Midkota 23.

South Border 48, Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier 40 OT.

Dec. 7


Warwick (1-3) vs. Napoleon-GS (1-2), 3 p.m.

Midkota (0-3) vs. Edgeley-KM 1-1), 4:30 p.m.


Carrington (1-1) vs. Ellendale (2-1), 6 p.m.

Medina-PB (2-0) vs. South Border (1-1), 7:30 p.m.

Michael Savaloja

Hometown: Churchs Ferry, N.D.; College: North Dakota

A recipient of the NDHSCA Award of Merit, Savaloja has been reporting sports for The Sun since 2008.

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