Adjusting to the spacious Jamestown Civic Center can sometimes wear on shooters.

Medina/Pingree-Buchanan senior Gracie Bohl yelled "short" following through on her sixth free-throw attempt of the first half Thursday facing Edgeley/Kulm/Montpelier. But the shot splashed through the cylinder, MPB took a 15-13 lead, and the Thunder led the rest of the way in the quarterfinals of the Stutsman County girls basketball tournament.

The Thunder defeated the Rebels 62-38 and will play Ellendale in Friday's semifinals at 6 p.m.

"There's no background so it's harder to tell where your shot's going," Bohl said. "It actually slipped in my hand and I was, like, 'Oh, shoot.'"

Bohl converted 6 of 8 at the foul line in the first half, helping the Thunder hang around in a sluggish, second-game-of-the-season-type opening 11 minutes. But her pair of lead-gaining freebies were two of 22 points scored by the Thunder in the second, which helped MPB take command 27-20 at the half.

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Medina-Pingree-Buchanan's Gracie Bohl goes to the basket in front of Reagan Teske of Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, during the Stutsman County Invitational at the Jamestown Civic Center. John M. Steiner / The Sun
Medina-Pingree-Buchanan's Gracie Bohl goes to the basket in front of Reagan Teske of Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, during the Stutsman County Invitational at the Jamestown Civic Center. John M. Steiner / The Sun

A combination of successful full-court defense and hot shooting by the Thunder thereafter fueled the eventual 24-point victory. MPB converted over 50% from the field (25 of 49), receiving 18 points from senior Megan Moser and an impressive 16 points from eighth-grader Allison Thomas

"It was a little shaky to start," said MPB coach Cory Mack, who is back coaching the Thunder after stepping aside following the 2014-15 season. "We found a gear. Or, the gear we should have been in from the beginning.

"Like I tell everybody ... have the hands ready, because if you're open you've got to shoot. They kinda had a flow going there for a little bit and it worked."

EKM coach Rory Entzi started his only two seniors, Maren Berntson and Jocelynn Madcke, with a trio of sophomores on a team that rosters six freshmen. The Rebels were forced into 17 turnovers and were led offensively by Berntson (16 points) and Madcke (13).

"We have some younger girls that have ability," said Entzi, whose Rebels fell to 0-3 in the early going. "It seems like we do something right and then do something wrong. We kinda talked about getting through that initial trap, which we did, then we'd pick it up in a bad spot and get trapped. So I'm hoping we keep progressing and figure things out."

Moser scored 11 for the Thunder after the break, while Thomas buried a pair of 3-pointers and scored 10. The Thunder had six players put up points in the final period.

Kalen Kinizell (22) of Medina-Pingree-Buchanan shoots for two Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, during the Stutsman County Invitational at the Jamestown Civic Center. John M. Steiner / The Sun
Kalen Kinizell (22) of Medina-Pingree-Buchanan shoots for two Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, during the Stutsman County Invitational at the Jamestown Civic Center. John M. Steiner / The Sun

"I'm excited for her," Bohl said of teammate Thomas. "She really knows how to just get open and just pop it up there."

"She doesn't let anything bother her," Mack added. "She's ready for the situation."

MPB (2-0) opened the season with a 48-33 victory over Midkota on Dec. 5 in Pingree.

"We're doing good," Bohl said. "We wanted to push it a lot (today). In practice, we've been doing a lot of fastbreak offenses so that helped us push the ball."

Ellendale topped Napoleon/Gackle-Streeter 37-29 in Thursday's second quarterfinal. In the evening bracket, Carrington defeated Warwick 74-28 and Midkota got past South Border 51-47.

Tournament stats and a full schedule can be found below.

Girls Stutsman County Tournament

At Jamestown Civic Center

Thursday's quarterfinals

(D6/1) Medina/PB 62, (D5/4)Edgeley/KM 38

MPB 5 22 18 17 -- 62

EKM 10 10 9 9 -- 38

MPB -- Megan Moser 18, Allison Thomas 16, Gracie Bohl 12, Brittney Reister 8, Kalen Kinizell 4, Kelsey Vandeberghe 2, Ryleigh Martin 2. Totals: 25-49 FG, 3-6 3-pointers (Thomas 2, Moser), 9-12 FT, 33 Rebounds (Moser 8), 14 Fouls, 5 Assists (Bohl 3), 11 Turnovers, 1 Block (Moser), 7 Steals (Bohl 3, Moser 3).

EKM -- Maren Berntson 16, Jocelynn Madcke 13, Norah Entzi 4, Emily Kinzler 2, Jacy Entzi 2, Reagan Teske 1. Totals: 16-44 FG, 1-7 3-pointers (Madcke), 5-12 FT, 22 Rebounds (Berntson 8), 12 Fouls, 4 Assists, 17 Turnovers, 2 Blocks (Kiara Jangula, N. Entzi), 9 Steals (Madcke 4).

Records: MPB 2-0. EKM 0-3.

Ellendale 37, Napoleon/Gackle-Streeter 29

NGS 11 9 2 7 -- 29

ELL 9 12 10 6 -- 37

NGS -- Tanecia Kleppe 6, MacKenzie Glatt 6, Sydney Kleingartner 5, Sophie Ketterling 4, Teagan Erbele 3, Kourtney Bitz 3, Janae Weigel 2. Totals: 10-47 FG, 3-11 3-pointers (Glatt 2, Kleingartner), 6-7 FT, 30 Kleingartner (7), 16 Fouls (Courtney Thompson), 3 Assists, 10 Turnovers, 10 Steals (3 with 2).

ELL -- Abigail Molan 10, Calli Hauck 8, Jada Henningsen 5, Morgan Fischer 4, Abigail Peterson 3, Chloe Bollinger 3, Sara Young 2, Mackenzie Thorpe 2. Totals: 15-41 FG, 3-6 3-pointers (Henningsen, Molan, Bollinger), 4-12 FT, 28 Rebounds (Molan 6), 11 Fouls, 2 Assists, 12 Turnovers, 4 Steals (Thorpe 2).

Records: Ellendale 3-0. NGS 0-3.

Carrington 74, Warwick 28

WAR 2 5 13 8 -- 28

CAR 26 19 18 11 -- 74

WAR -- Jersey Longie 2, Genevieve Little 1, Sunnie Belgarde 8, Jayla Alberts 6, Hillary Archamnault 6, Srah Anderson 5. Totals: 8-28 FG, 6-9 FT, 2-6 3-pointers, 19 rebounds (Belgarde 6), 21 turnovers, 3 steals, 13 fouls.

CAR -- Marah Schmitz 7, Haley Wolsky 3, Addison Hoornaert 8, Kierra Eli 22, Kenzie Edland 2, Lexus Page 6, Ella Nowatzki 2, Sydnie Grager 2, Taryn Hoeckle 4, Hannah Hagel 18. Totals: 22-47 FG, 12-17 FT, 6-14 3-pointers (Eli 4, Schmitz, L. Page), 39 rebounds (2 with 6), 16 assists (Hoornaert 6), 7 turnovers, 1 block, 12 steals, 7 fouls.

Records: Carrington 2-0. Warwick 0-4.

Midkota 51, South Border 47

MID 14 8 12 17 -- 51

SB 4 17 17 9 -- 47

MID -- Brenna Anderson 17, Nicole Beckley 10, Emma Kollman 8, Hunter Peterson 6, Meanda Rickford 4, Tara Otto 4, Josie Johnson 2. Totals: 19-38 FG, 0-1 3-pointers, 13-18 FT, 24 Rebounds (Beckley 7), 12 Fouls, 5 Assists (Otto 2), 18 turnovers, 1 block, 9 steals (Halvorson 4).

SB -- Emily Jochim 10, Lauren Fandrich 9, Hannah Vangorkom 2, Nicole Schmidt 18, Reagen Gross 8. Totals: 18-50 FG, 6-11 3-pointers (Schmidt 4, Jochim 2), 5-7 FT, 27 rebounds (Gross 7), 18 fouls (Fandrich), 7 assists (Schmidt 3), 19 turnovers, 1 block, 12 steals (Fandrich 6).

Records: Midkota 2-2. South Border 1-2.

Girls Stutsman County Tournament

At Jamestown Civic Center

Dec. 12

G1: (D6/1) Medina/PB 62, (D5/4) Edgeley/KM, 38.

G2: (D5/2) Ellendale 37, (D6/3) Napoleon/GS 29.

G3: (D5/1) Carrington 74, (D6/4) Warwick 28.

G4: (D5/3) Midkota 51, (D6/2) South Border 47.

Dec. 13

G5: EKM vs. NGS, 3 p.m.

G6: Warwick vs. South Border, 4:30 p.m.

G7: MPB vs. Ellendale, 6 p.m.

G8: Carrington vs. Midkota, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 14

Seventh place: Loser G5 vs. Loser G6, 2 p.m.

Fifth place: Winner G5 vs. Winner G6, 3:30 p.m.

Third place: Loser G7 vs. Loser G8, 5 p.m.

Championship: Winner G7 vs. Winner G8, 6:30 p.m.