Carrington's Kadyn Mehring won't mind sharing the lane with underclassmen Hannah Hagel and Sydnie Grager this season, especially if the two continue to produce like they did Friday, Dec. 7, at the Jamestown Civic Center.

Hagel, a 5-foot-10 sophomore forward, scored Carrington's first six points, and Grager, a 5-11 freshman center, followed suit in the second quarter with eight points off the bench, helping Carrington run away with a 73-46 victory over Ellendale in the semifinals of the Stutsman County girls basketball tournament.

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Carrington will play Medina-Pingree-Buchanan in Saturday's championship game at 6:30 p.m.

"Every day at practice it's something new. They push us to be our best and we push them," said Mehring, Carrington's senior forward on Hagel and Grager. "It's just awesome seeing them be able to do what they do. They just come right out and show that they can play too."

Carrington's team-first approach shows up in the stat sheet. The Cardinals put nine players in the scoring column against Ellendale-led by senior McKenzie Johnson with 14 points-and all nine played eight or more minutes.

The Cards' frontcourt depth is backed up by outside shooting. Along with Johnson, Marah Schmitz, Kiera Eli and Amanda Jarrett combined to convert 9 of 17 from beyond the 3-point arc. The four players teamed up to knock down four treys in the second quarter, receiving a pair from Schmitz, as Carrington lead by as many as 20 in the frame and 45-30 at the half.

"They've got a lot of shooters from the outside," said Ellendale coach Troy Goehring. "They put time in in the offseason, and when you've got that it's tough to matchup. They're just a great program."

Ellendale kept pace in a high-scoring second, being outdueled 29-24 in the frame. Katelyn Dathe, a 5-10 senior center, led the southern Cardinals with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

But Carrington limited Ellendale to 5 field goals in the second half and 16 total points. Schmitz and Eli both finished with 12 points for Carrington.

"I'm proud of our kids. They worked hard," Goehring said. "We've just got to shore some things up. (Carrington is) really good though, and that can negate a lot of things that you do well."

Ellendale will play South Border at 5 p.m. Saturday for third place. Carrington will be looking for a third Stutsman title in five years, and first since 2016, today against the Thunder.

Mehring said: "Just play good defense and trust in our teammates to hit the shots."

Stutsman County Invitational Girls Basketball Tournament

At Jamestown Civic Center

Semifinal

(RV) Carrington 73, Ellendale 46

Ellendale 6 24 8 8 -- 46

Carrington 16 29 19 9 -- 73

Ellendale-Katelyn Dathe 15, Abigail Molan 11, Morgan Barton 7, Abigail Peterson 4, Taylor Krege 3, Mackenzie Thorpe 3, Sydnie Hustoft 3. Totals: 15-42 FG, 13-19 FT 3-9 3-pointers (Barton, Hustoft, Molan), 27 Rebounds (Dathe 11), 12 Fouls, 19 Turnovers, 3 steals (Dathe 2).

Carrington-McKenzie Johnson 14, Marah Schmitz 12, Kiera Eli 12, Addison Hoornaert 9, Sydnie Grager 8, Hannah Hagel 7, Kaydn Mehring 6, Amanda Jarrett 3, Lexus Page 2. Totals: 27-53 FG, 10-16 FT, 9-17 3-pointers (Johnson 4, Eli 2, Schmitz 2, Jarrett), 27 Rebounds (Mehring 9), 9 Turnovers, 11 Steals (Hoornaert 3).

Records: Carrington 2-1. Ellendale 2-3.

Consolation play

Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter 49, Warwick 46

N-G-S 6 15 11 17 -- 49

Warwick 13 10 7 16 -- 46

N-G-S-Bailey Heflin 26, Sydney Kleingartner 10, Alexa Young 5, Ashley Schmitt 5, McKenzie Glatt 3. Totals: 18-42 FG, 10-14 FT, 3-12 3-pointers (Glatt, Young, Kleingartner), 28 Rebounds (Heflin 8), 9 Fouls, 14 Turnovers, 7 Steals (Janea Weigel 3).

Warwick-Madison Leaf 21, Hannah Fassett 12, Jayla Alberts 4, Shaylynn DeMairias 4, Kalista Jackson 3, Sydney Tollefson 2. Totals: 19-48 FG, 3-4 FT, 5-17 3-pointers (Leaf 2, Fassett 2, Jackson), 23 Rebounds (Leaf 8), 17 Fouls (Leaf), 10 Turnovers, 10 Steals (Leaf 5).

Records: N-G-S 2-2. Warwick 1-4.

Midkota 44, Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier 32

EKM 6 12 7 7 -- 32

Midkota 7 17 10 10 -- 44

EKM-Jocie Madcke 12, Emily Kinzler 6, Avrie Carlson 5, Bailey Anderson 5, Payton Brandenburg 4. Totals: 10-42 FG, 11-16 FG, 1-9 3-pointers (Madcke), 34 Rebounds (Brandenburg 8), 15 Fouls (Carlson) 10 Assists (Brandenburg 4), 22 Turnovers, 10 Steals (Madcke 4, Brandenburg 4).

Midkota-Brenna Anderson 15, Hunter Peterson 12, Emma Kollman 6, Nicole Beckley 6, Tara Otto 4, Meanda Rickford 1. Totals: 19-54 FG, 5-17 FT, 1-6 3-pointers (Anderson), 37 Rebounds (Beckley 13), 19 Fouls (Otto), 15 Turnovers, 10 Steals (Anderson 3).

Records: Midkota 1-3. EKM 1-2.

Consolation

Napoleon-G-S 49, Warwick 46.

Midkota 44, Edgeley-KM 32.

Semifinals

Carrington 73, Ellendale 46.

Medina-PB 53, South Border 32.

Dec. 8

Seventh Place: Warwick (1-4) vs. Edgeley-KM (1-2), 2 p.m.

Fifth Place: Napoleon-G-S (2-2) vs. Midkota (1-3), 3:30 p.m.

Third Place: Ellendale (2-2) vs. South Border (1-2), 5 p.m.

Championship: Carrington (2-1) vs. Medina-PB (3-0), 6:30 p.m.