Langdon/Edmore/Munich's Callie Ronningen already feels quite at home inside University of Jamestown's Harold Newman Arena.
The UJ volleyball commit poured in a game-high 27 points against Hettinger/Scranton to open the two-game Class B girls basketball UJ Showcase on Saturday. The all-state basketball and volleyball standout led the No. 2-ranked Cardinals to a 73-46 victory over the Night Hawks, the defending champions of Region 7.
"We're actually in the volleyball locker room and everyone's like, 'Your name's gonna be on here next year,'" Ronningen smiled after lighting up her future college court. "I love it. The facility is so nice."
Ronningen was unstoppable early, going a perfect 6-for-6 from the field in the first quarter, en route to a 23-point opening half. the Cards led 18-9 after eight minutes and 40-17 at the break.
Langdon/E/M shot 58% in the game (31 of 53) and dominated the glass 34-12. the 5-foot-11 Ronningen and 5-10 junior teammate Lexis Olson both grabbed eight boards, improving to a perfect 13-0 overall as a team.
"We kinda figured they would play zone on us, and we just said we gotta have our shooters on, but we gotta work the ball inside and have them kick and that worked really well for us," said Ronningen, who inflicted damage upon a Night Hawks' 1-3-1 zone in the first half. "We're feeling good, we've just got to remind ourselves to keep the intensity. It's sometimes hard, game after game. But every practice we try to say we're gonna practice how we play and that's how we're gonna bring it to the game."
Hettinger/Scranton (8-5), coached by Kelly Pierce, has played in a host of tight contests this season, with one-possession losses to Grant County, Dickinson Trinity and No. 6 Trenton. The Night Hawks were led by Samantha Oase and Bailee Pierce each with 13 points Saturday.
The Cardinals, the defending Region 4 champions, have put together a string of quality wins over No. 5 Thompson, No. 4 Kidder County and Carrington, a team that defeated No. 3 Rugby Saturday night.
But Ronningen said the Cardinals, coached by Rob Scherr, aren't feeling too much heat.
"I don't think so? I mean, I think we're just playing right now," Ronningen said. "We're kinda just getting in the groove and getting to know each other a little better from last year and it's going well."
(2) Langdon/Edmore/Munich 73, Hettinger/Scranton 46
LAN 18 22 17 16 -- 73
HET 9 8 14 15 -- 46
LAN -- Callie Ronningen 27, Morgan Freije 17, Lexis Olson 12, Kaylee Lowery 8, Kaitlynn Scherr 7, Marlee Hetletved 2. Totals: 31-53 FG, 2-9 3-pointers (Olson, Ronningen), 9-14 FT, 34 Rebounds (Freije 8, Olson 8), 11 Steals (Ronningen 6), 21 Fouls, 11 Turnovers
HET -- Samantha Oase 13, Bailee Pierce 13, Quinn Mellmer 11, Alyssa Andress 4, Carolyn Schultz 3, Casitee Miller 2. Totals: 14-32 FG, 2-6 3-pointers (Mellmer, Pierce), 16-22 FT, 12 Rebounds (Oase 6), 6 Steals (Oase 2, Mellmer 2), 11 Fouls, 16 Turnovers.
Records: Langdon/Edmore/Munich 13-0. Hettinger/Scranton 8-5.