LaMoure/Litchville-Marion's Molly Musland has got about as good a mentor on the basketball court as they come.

Her first cousin is Jamestown High School standout Boden Skunberg, and the two are no strangers to talking a little shop over a friendly game of hoops during the summer months. Skunberg, who surpassed Jamestown's all-time scoring record of 1,277 points earlier this season, will be taking his game to the NCAA's top division next winter at North Dakota State University.

"He's, like, really good," smiled Musland at the Jamestown Civic Center on Saturday. "Sometimes in the summer he'll come down and we'll shoot around.

"Watching him play, he's just awesome. He gets double-teamed but still gets, like, 20 points every game."

Musland channeled her inner Boden on semifinal night of the District 5 girls basketball tournament. She not only broke loose for a game-high 23 points in a 55-43 victory over Oakes, but the 5-foot-9 sophomore also held the Tornadoes' Nicole Schmitz scoreless on eight total shots.

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LaMoure/Litchville-Marion will meet up with Carrington on Monday at 7:30 p.m. in a rematch of last year's championship won 48-41 by the Loboes.

"She's a really good player and I had really good help side," Musland said of her night guarding the 5-11 Schmitz, who has committed to play volleyball next fall at the University of Jamestown. "We had to front her, so every time they threw in the ball she was double-teamed and it was hard for her to score."

Oakes' Nicole Schmitz (10) is guarded by LaMoure/Litchville-Marion's Molly Musland (23) during the semifinals of the District 5 girls basketball tournament at the Jamestown Civic Center on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. Michael Savaloja / The Sun
Oakes' Nicole Schmitz (10) is guarded by LaMoure/Litchville-Marion's Molly Musland (23) during the semifinals of the District 5 girls basketball tournament at the Jamestown Civic Center on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. Michael Savaloja / The Sun

Schmitz did end with four assists, one night after sitting out Friday's quarterfinals with a sore ankle, and Oakes' Jaida Seyer benefitted from the added attention to Schmitz by scoring a team-high 15. But it just wasn't the Tornadoes' night offensively.

The Loboes were able to build a 12-point lead at the half (29-17) and made plays when they needed to in the second half after Oakes cut the lead to five.

"I think we probably set the game record for most shots that hit the rim and rolled around about three times and go in, but credit to LaMoure," said Oakes coach Brennan Hack. "They're playing very intense defense right now and they've been a really good squad, and that's obviously a big contributing part of that."

The Tornadoes whittled the lead to 40-35 after three quarters and 43-38 with less than six minutes remaining, but buckets by senior all-state guard Ellie Holen and Musland, followed by a big 3-pointer splashed home by sophomore Mollie Robbins with 4:38 to play, pushed the Loboes' advantage back out to double digits at 50-40.

Holen ended the game by pairing 17 points with six assists.

"Mollie Robbins hit a big shot when they were making a run back and then we made a couple big defensive stops," said LLM coach Mitch Carlson. "Good win."

Carlson praised both the defensive play of Musland and senior guard Allie Hebl, who at 5-5 was guarding the Tornadoes' 5-9 Sadie Hansen. Hansen scored 14 points and finished with eight rebounds.

"I'll tell ya what, Musland and Hebl did a great job defending," Carlson said. "Hanson and Schmitz are just a handful. They're just great offensive players."

Schmitz is Oakes' all-time leading scorer in girls basketball, breaking the school record of 1,459 points in a 10-point loss to Central Cass on Feb. 10 in Casselton. Oakes (15-6) will play Midkota (7-12) in a Region 3 tournament qualifier on Monday at 4:30 p.m.

"She's struggling with an ankle right now," Hack said of Schmitz. "We're kinda building toward regions at this point, so we've got a real important one Monday to take care of against Midkota. We'll be ready to roll then."

Since losing to Carrington (18-2) by 11 points on Jan. 28, the Loboes (16-5) have won six straight.

"When we played them our shots were not falling and our post defense was really bad," said Musland, who added the Loboes shot 10% from the field in the first quarter in their last matchup against the Cards. "So we just need to focus on our post defense -- and our help -- know their shooters and have a good transition game like we did tonight."

District 5 Girls Basketball Tournament

At Jamestown Civic Center


(RV) LaMoure/Litchville-Marion 55, Oakes 43

OAK 11 6 18 8 -- 43

LLM 13 16 11 15 -- 55

OAK -- Jaida Seyer 15, Sadie Hanson 14, CeCe Hoelscher 8, Emma Muggli 6. Totals: 18-44 FG, 1-6 3-pointers (Hanson), 6-7 FT, 25 Rebounds (Hanson 8), 9 Fouls, 12 Assists (Schmitz 4), 14 Turnovers, 2 Blocks, 6 Steals.

LLM -- Molly Musland 23, Ellie Holen 17, Kaylynn Siedschlag 7, Mollie Robbins 6, Allie Hebl 2. Totals: 22-49 FG, 6-17 3-pointers (Robbins 2, Musland 2, Siedschlag, Holen), 5-9 FT, 25 Rebounds (Siedschlag 6), 10 Fouls, 11 assists (Holen 6, Hebl 4), 11 Turnovers, 7 Steals.

Records: LLM 16-5. Oakes 15-6.

(7) Carrington 55, Edgeley/Kulm/Montpelier 31

EKM 12 9 5 5 -- 31

CAR 23 15 6 11 -- 55

EKM -- Jocelynn Madcke 13, Maren Berntson 7, Emily Kinzler 6, Norah Entzi 4, Mataeya Mathern 1. Totals: 11-46 FG, 5-8 3-pointers (Madcke 4, Berntson), 4-9 FT, 30 Rebounds (Berntson 7), 6 Fouls, 5 Assists, 17 turnovers, 6 Steals.

CAR -- Kiera Eli 16, Lexus Page 10, Addison Hoornaert 8, Hannah Hagel 7, Tessa Page 6, Marah Scmitz 6, Sydnie Grager 2. Totals: 20-48 FG, 9-25 3-pointers (Kiera 4, Schmitz 2, T. Page 2, Hoornaert), 6-8 FT, 33 Rebounds (L. Page 9), 11 Fouls, 9 Assists (Schmitz 5), 8 Turnovers, 3 Blocks (Grager 2), 9 Steals (3 with 2).

Records: Carrington 18-2. EKM 10-11.


Ellendale 54, Barnes County North 30

BCN 8 3 6 13 -- 30

ELL 12 16 14 12 -- 54

BCN -- Courtney Fick 8, Melissa Dobitz 7, Kendra Greshik 6, Jordyn Person 3, Jayden Samek 2, Ashley Weiss 2, Ashley McFadgen 2. Totals: 11-42 FG, 3-13 3-pointers (Dobitz, Persons, Fick), 5-10 FT, 22 Rebounds (Greshik 5), 27 Fouls (Weiss, Dobitz, Fick, Allie Brunner), 2 Assists, 27 Turnovers, 2 Blocks (Fick 2), 9 Steals (Brunner 3).

ELL -- Sarah Young 15, Kali Norton 10, Jada Henningson 7, Morgan Fischer 6, Taylor Krege 4, Chloe Bollinger 4, Avery Rotondi 2, Abby Peterson 2, Ella Miller 2, Calli Hauck 2. Totals: 16-45 FG, 6-17 3-pointers (Young 3, Henningson 2, Krege), 16-31 FT, 35 Rebounds (Peterson 7), 15 Fouls, 3 Assists, 21 Turnovers, 12 Steals (Young 3, Hauck 3).

Records: Ellendale 6-15. BCN 2-18.

Girls Basketball District Tournaments

District 5

At Jamestown Civic Center

Feb. 14

G1: Edgeley/KM 46, Midkota 38

G2: LaMoure/LM 70, Ellendale 32

G3: Oakes 63, Barnes Co. North 19

Feb. 15

G4: Ellendale 54, BCN 30

G5: Carrington 55, Edgeley/KM 31

G6: LaMoure/LM 55, Oakes 43

Feb. 17

Region 3 qualifier: Midkota vs. Oakes, 4:30 p.m.

Region 3 qualifier: Ellendale vs. Edgeley/KM, 6 p.m.

Championship: Carrington vs. LaMoure/LM, 7:30 p.m.

District 6

At Napoleon High School

Feb. 13

G1: Strasburg/Zeeland 46, South Border 42

G2: Linton/HMB 51, Napoleon/GS 23

Feb. 14

G3: Kidder Co. 67, Strasburg/Zeeland 30

G4: Medina/PB 48, Linton/HMB 29

Feb. 17

Region 3 qualifier: South Border vs. Linton/HMB, 4 p.m.

Region 3 qualifier: Napoleon/GS vs. Strasburg/Zeeland, 5:30 p.m.

Championship: Kidder Co. vs. Media/PB, 7 p.m.