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LOBOES ROLL: L-L-M tops Oakes in District 5 semifinal

Oakes' Nicole Schmitz (10) up for a rebound with L-L-M's Olivia Bliss during the District 5 girls basketball tournament Saturday at the Jamestown Civic Center. John M. Steiner / The Sun1 / 2
L-L-M's Allie Hebl (15) puts on some pressure as Oakes' Sadie Hansen looks to the basket Saturday at the Jamestown Civic Center. John M. Steiner / The Sun2 / 2

LaMoure-Litchville-Marion's Kaylynn Siedschlag is the type of basketball player who stays in her lane.

She won't be located under the bucket posting up opponents, nor will she be found out running the Loboes' offense from the top of the circle. L-L-M coach Mitch Carlson calls on Siedschlag to shoot the 3-ball, and at that the 5-foot-9 junior is pretty darn good.

Siedschlag hit three biggies from beyond the arc in the second half Saturday, Feb. 9, against Oakes in the semifinals of the District 5 girls basketball tournament at the Jamestown Civic Center. Her last, a dagger with roughly 1 minute to play, turned a 2-point L-L-M lead into a 57-52 advantage, and the Loboes held on to win 62-59 over the Tornadoes.

L-L-M will face seventh-ranked Carrington in the championship game on Monday at 7:30 p.m.

"That's really all I do," said Siedschlag, who finished 3 of 7 from downtown for 9 points. "I'm not really an inside player. I'm tall and lanky, and kinda weak, so I can spot up good on the 3-point line. I practice it a lot."

The complementary performance backed up an impressive night turned in by L-L-M junior Ellie Holen. Holen erupted for 18 points in the first half, helping the Loboes lead 35-24 after two quarters, and she'd finish scoring a game-high 25.

The Loboes never trailed after the break, but the Tornadoes clawed all the way back down 11 to tie the game at 47-47 with 6:22 remaining in the fourth. The charge was led by junior forward Jaida Seyer's 16-point performance in the second half.

Oakes' Sadie Hansen also posted her second double-double of the tournament with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Hansen, a sophomore, put up 31 and 10 during the Tornadoes' 66-52 quarterfinal victory over Barnes County North on Friday.

"LaMoure is a very good team, and they're probably one of the streakiest teams in the state," said Oakes coach Brennan Hack, whose Tornadoes defeated the Loboes 44-34 on Jan. 24 in Oakes. "When they're on like that, they're a very tough team to hold up against. But our girls battled the whole way through.

"We came out down 11 in the second half, and to pull back that close was a good effort by them."

The Loboes pulled up their boot straps once the game was tied, answering with a 7-0 run that included Holen's third 3-pointer of the evening. Siedschlag's bucket of the night followed a couple minutes later, which could've easily never taken place.

The starting forward took an inadvertent elbow to the head from Hansen with 4 minutes remaining in the third. Siedschlag briefly left the game after appearing shook up on the play.

"It just rattled my brain a little bit," Siedschlag said. "I've had concussions in the past, so I was really nervous about that."

The Loboes put the game away at the free-throw line, converting 5 of 6 freebies in the final 25 seconds before a Hansen 3 at the buzzer produced the final score. Oakes (16-5) will play Midkota (4-14) on Monday at 4:30 p.m. in a Region 3 qualifier.

"We didn't have, shooting-wise, our best night, but our girls played so hard," Hack said. "It's a big game for us (Monday). We knew coming into districts it was going to be a battle and that's what we've got right now."

Carrington (17-2) punched its ticket into the final with a 48-38 semifinal victory over Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier. The Cards defeated L-L-M (17-4) by six points on Jan. 22 in LaMoure.

The Loboes lost starting senior point guard Rachel Hoff and freshman sub Mollie Robbins to season-ending knee injuries earlier in the season, but appear to be playing inspired basketball down the stretch.

"We have high hopes and we know we can do it," Siedschlag said. "But we've just got to come out strong. We can't have any mental lapses."

LaMoure-Litchville-Marion 62, Oakes 59

LLM 16 19 9 18 -- 62

OAK 19 5 15 20 -- 59

LLM—Ellie Holen 25, Molly Musland 12, Olivia Bliss 12, Kaylynn Siedschlag 9, Alyssa Ragan 2, Allie Hebl 2. Totals: 24-53 FG, 6-15 3-pointers (Siedschlag 3, Holen 3), 8-10 FT, 22 Rebounds (Bliss 8), 12 Fouls, 6 Assists, 8 Turnovers, 2 Blocks, 4 Steals.

OAK—Sadie Hansen 22, Jaida Seyer 20, Nicole Schmitz 7, Claire Wagner 6, Lynsey Schmitz 2, Laikyn Roney 2. Totals: 16-41 FG, 5-15 3-pointers (Hansen 3, Wagner 2), 12-15 FT, 41 Rebounds (Hansen 12), 13 Fouls, 11 Assists (Wagner 4), 11 Turnovers, 4 Steals.

Records: L-L-M 17-4. Oakes 16-5.

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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