Oakes won the game, but Midkota's Brenna Anderson stole the spotlight in her final game as a Mustang.
The 5-foot-4 senior guard buried six 3-pointers -- five in the second half -- en route to scoring a game-high 29 points in a 72-53 loss to Oakes in region-qualifying action of the District 5 girls basketball tournament at the Jamestown Civic Center.
Oakes' Sadie Hansen, who scored a team-high 27 of her own, couldn't help but admire the performance turned in by Anderson. Anderson knocked down 6 of 10 from beyond the arc, shooting the only 3-pointers attempted in the game by the Mustangs.
"That was awesome," said Hansen, a junior. "It was her senior year and I'm glad she went out with a bang."
For a second time in three district tournament games, Oakes was playing without its senior standout: Nicole Schmitz. The 5-11 Schmitz is battling an ankle injury and was again in street clothes after going 0 of 8 from the field in Saturday's 55-43 semifinal loss to 10th-ranked LaMoure/Litchville-Marion.
Hansen tallied 15 of her 27 in the first half, helping to fill the void and stake the Tornadoes to a 40-23 lead at the break. Oakes will play Medina/Pingree-Buchanan in next Monday's Region 3 tournament quarterfinals back at the Jamestown Civic Center.
"It helps when (Schmitz is) out there, but everyone else picks it up and does what they need to do for the team," Hansen said. "We went out there and executed what we needed to do.
"It was a good day."
Anderson buried a couple of quick 3s to start the second half, helping trim the deficit to 13 points and 44-31. But Oakes was able to weather the flurry, with Jaida Seyer (12 points) and Emma Muggli (11) also reaching double figures.
Oakes knows it'll have its hands full trying to keep its season alive next week against Megan Moser and the MPB Thunder. The Tornadoes squeaked past the Thunder, 52-51, in Pingree on Feb. 1.
Medina/Pingree-Buchanan lost to No. 5-ranked Kidder County, 47-46, in Monday's District 6 championship game in Napoleon.
"We're gonna need Nicole," Hansen said. "So, hopefully, she'll be back and I think we can do some good things."
District 5 Girls Basketball Tournament
Region 3 qualifier
Oakes 72, Midkota 53
MID 10 13 15 15 -- 53
OAK 24 16 19 13 -- 72
MID -- Brenna Anderson 29, Tara Otto 8, Nicole Beckley 6, Emma Kollman 4, Hunter Petersen 3, Josie Johnson 2, Meanda Rickford 1. Totals: 19-39 FG, 6-10 3-pointers (Anderson 6), 9-13 FT, 19 Rebounds (Petersen 5), 14 Fouls, 4 Assists (Petersen 3), 19 Turnovers, 2 Blocks (Beckley 2), 7 Steals (Otto 3).
OAK -- Sadie Hanson 27, Jaida Seyer 12, Emma Muggli 11, Laikyn Roney 9, Allison Jepson 5, Claire Wagner 3, Brynn Dethlefsen 3, CeCe Hoelscher 2. Totals: 27-48 FG, 3-9 3-pointers (Wanger, Jepson, Hanson), 15-18 FT, 24 Rebounds (Seyer 5, Roney 5), 14 Fouls, 20 Assists (Wagner 4, Roney 4), 10 Turnovers, 3 Blocks (Muggli 2), 13 Steals (Seyer 5).
Records: Oakes 16-6. Midkota 7-14.
District 5 Awards
All-District Team: Addison Hoornaert, Carrington; Kiera Eli, Carrington; Hannah Hagel, Carrington; Nicole Schmitz, Oakes; Sadie Hansen, Oakes; Maren Berntson, EKM; Brenna Anderson; Midkota; Hunter Petersen, Midkota; Ellie Holen, LaMoure/LM; Molly Musland, LaMoure/LM; Kaylynn Siedschlag, LaMoure/LM.
Senior Athlete of the Year: Ellie Holen, LaMoure/LM.
Coach of the Year: Andy Braaten, Carrington.
Athletic Director of the Year: Shari Christenson, Oakes.
Region 3 Tournament
At Jamestown Civic Center
G1: LaMoure/LM vs. Strasburg/Zeeland, 3 p.m.
G2: Medina/PB vs. Oakes, 4:30 p.m.
G3: Kidder Co. vs. Edgeley/KM, 6 p.m.
G4: Carrington vs. Linton/HMB, 7:30 p.m.
G5: Winner G1 vs. Winner G2, 6 p.m.
G6: Winner G3 vs. Winner G4, 7:30 p.m.
G7: Loser G5 vs. Loser G6, 6 p.m.
G6: Winner G5 vs. Winner G6, 7:30 p.m.