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Carrington, Ellendale move on at D5 tourney

Carrington's Marah Schmitz (2) looks past E-K-M's Payton Brandenburg during the District 5 girls basketball tournament Saturday at the Jamestown Civic Center. John M. Steiner / The Sun1 / 2
E-K-M's Payton Brandenburg is up against the wall of Carrington's Addison Hoornaert (14) during the district tournament Saturday at the Jamestown Civic Center. John M. Steiner / The Sun2 / 2

McKenzie Johnson broke seventh-ranked Carrington out of an offensive funk Saturday, Feb. 9, facing Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier at the Jamestown Civic Center.

Johnson erupted for three 3-pointers and 18 of a game-high 19 points in the second half, lifting Carrington to a 48-38 victory over the Rebels in the semifinals of the District 5 girls basketball tournament.

The Cardinals missed seven 3 attempts and went 6 of 20 from the field in the first half, but still led 16-11 at the break. Carrington will play LaMoure-Litchville-Marion for the district tournament title on Monday at 7:30 p.m.

"We just needed to slow the game down a bit and get our feet set for our shots," Johnson said. "Keep shooting. They'll go in sometime."

Carrington held E-K-M scoreless over the first 11 minutes, 30 seconds of the game. The Rebels missed all three shots they took from the field in the first quarter, as well as a pair of free throws, in a frame won by the Cards 8-0.

E-K-M junior forward Maren Berntson finally got the Rebels on the board with a bucket with 4:30 left in half. Berntson turned in a strong night, posting a team-high 16 points and three steals.

Senior Payton Brandenburg kept the Rebels viable in the third quarter, matching three 3-pointers scored by Johnson with three 3s of her own. Brandenburg finished scoring 11.

Carrington pushed its advantage to as many as 17 (47-30) in the final frame, after leading 38-26 at the end of three quarters. The Cards rebounded offensively in the second half, converting 13 of 25 from the field for 52 percent.

Carrington (17-2) defeated L-L-M 59-53 on Jan. 22 in LaMoure. The Cards were once again playing without junior forward Bella Hone on Saturday, however, who has been dealing with a knee issue that's carried over from the volleyball season.

"We've just got to focus more on setting our feet and throwing good passes," Johnson said. "And, not throwing the ball away. Keep it clean."

Ellendale stays alive

Ellendale's senior guards bury big shots at the Jamestown Civic Center.

Back in December, Sydnie Hustoft hit a 3-pointer here to force overtime with Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter in the quarterfinals of the Stutsman County tournament. Ellendale eventually won that game 51-49.

On Saturday during District 5 tournament loser-out play, it was Kiley Larson's turn. The senior nailed a 3 from the left side to begin an 8-0, fourth-quarter run against Barnes County North. The shot gave the Cards a 32-31 lead with 6:33 remaining, and Ellendale kept it season alive with a 42-40 victory over the Bison.

"I don't know, it's just something about this place," Larson said. "Our team just always plays good here."

Senior center Katelyn Dathe led the charge for the Cards, posting 11 points, 10 rebounds and eight steals. Senior Clara Wieland ended her career for the Bison with a game-high 23 points and seven steals.

Ellendale will meet up with Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier at 6 p.m. on Monday to play the second of two Region 3-qualifying games.

"We're just going to play our game," Larson said. "If we can play our game and get it together, then we're a pretty good team."

(7) Carrington 48, Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier 38

EKM 0 11 15 12 -- 38

CAR 8 8 22 10 -- 48

EKM—Maren Berntson 16, Payton Brandenburg 11, Jocelyn Madcke 5, Bailey Anderson 4, Avarie Carlson 2. Totals: 16-34 FG, 3-11 3-pointers (Brandenburg 3), 3-9 FT, 21 Rebounds (3 with 4), 14 Fouls, 11 Assist (Brandenburg 4), 22 Turnovers, 2 Blocks, 10 Steals (Berntson 3).

CAR—McKenzie Johnson 19, Kadyn Mehring 12, Marah Schmitz 8, Addison Hoornaert 5, Hannah Hagel 4. Totals: 19-45 FG, 6-19 3-pointers (Johnson 3, Hoornaert, Mehring, Schmitz), 26 Rebounds (Mehring 7, Hoornaert 7), 8 Fouls, 7 Assists (Hoornaert 4), 15 Turnovers, 13 Steals (Hoornaert 5).

Records: Carrington 17-2. EKM 11-10.

Loser-out

Ellendale 42, Barnes County North 40

BCN 9 12 8 11 -- 40

ELL 9 6 12 15 -- 42

BCN—Clara Wieland 23, Ashley McFadgen 9, Alexis Greshik 3, Kendrea Greshik 3, Bailey Soupir 2. Totals: 14-39 FG, 3-10 3-pointers (McFadgen 2, L. Greshik), 9-11 FT, 29 Rebounds, 12 Fouls, 7 Assists, 30 Turnovers, 2 Blocks, 11 Steals (Weiland 7).

ELL—Katelyn Dathe 11, Kiley Larson 7, Morgan Fischer 7, Abigail Molan 6, Taylor Krege 5, Calli Hauck 4, Mackenzie Thorpe 2. Totals: 17-49 FG, 3-10 3-pointers (Krege, Larson, Molan), 5-13 FT, 31 Rebounds (Dathe 10), 14 Fouls, 4 Assists, 18 Turnovers, 1 Block, 21 Steals (Dathe 8).

Records: Ellendale 7-14. BCN 4-15.

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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