Two of the best guards in Class B girls basketball this season were recognized as such Monday by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
LaMoure/Litchville-Marion’s Ellie Holen and Kidder County’s Madelyn Schmidt were two of 11 athletes selected the 2019-20 Class B girls basketball all-state second team, as voted on by the state’s media.
The following five were selected to the first team: Kindred’s Abby Duchscherer, Trenton’s Kaity Hove, Thompson’s Mackenzie Hughes, Hettinger/Scranton’s Samantha Oase and Langdon/Edmore/Munich’s Callie Ronningen.
Holen led the Loboes to 21 victories and the team's second Region 3 tournament championship since 2015. Committed to play volleyball at the University of Jamestown in the fall, the 5-foot-4 Region 3 senior athlete of the year produced per-game averages of 13.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 2.7 steals for the Loboes.
Holen was also voted to the all-state second team in 2018-19.
“Ellie has been an all-around player for the Loboes,” said LLM girls basketball coach Mitch Carlson, Region 3's coach of the year. “She has sacrificed some of her scoring to get her other teammates involved, as she averages over six assists per game.”
Holen dished out a whopping 10 assists in the Loboes’ opening-round loss to Central Cass at the state ‘B’ held earlier this month in Grand Forks, a tournament in which Holen averaged 7.3 assists over three games to help the Loboes place sixth. Holen topped 20 points in playoff victories over Carrington (22) and Hettinger/Scranton (21), as her scoring (14.4 ppg) and rebounding (3.8 rpg) increased over the Loboes’ nine postseason games.
Holen showed up big in title games. To go along with her 22 points in defeating Carrington for the District 5 championship, Holen limited her individual opponent to one point on a pair of attempts from the field. The senior guard scored 17 in LLM’s six-point win over Kidder County in the Region 3 title game, firing an efficient 6 of 9 from the field including 3 of 4 from 3-point range.
Holen’s career numbers read as follows: 1,273 points, 464 rebounds and 293 steals.
“One stat that does not show up is the intangibles she brings to the team,” Carlson said. “She is the main ball handler and floor general on offense. She is also one of the top defenders in the state as she has a great understanding of defensive schemes.”
Kidder County’s Madelyn Schmidt, a 5-4 junior guard, was voted to Class B’s all-state first team as a sophomore. Schmidt averaged 17.6 points, 5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 3.6 steals per game, and the performance she turned in on semifinal night of the Region 3 tournament was the exclamation point to another all-state season.
Schmidt scored 19 of a game-high 29 points in the fourth quarter to help the Wolves defeat Carrington 49-44 after the team lost senior forward Brittany Rath to a knee injury in the third.
“Madelyn continued to grow this year as a leader of the Wolves,” said Kidder County girls basketball coach Dan Welder. “Her work ethic and determination is evident in every practice and she wants to be the best and puts the time in to accomplish her goals.”
Schmidt converted 79 3-pointers as the Wolves soared to an overall record of 21-3. In last month’s Region 3 title game at the Jamestown Civic Center, Schmidt scored 18 against Holen and the Loboes but the Wolves lost 54-48.
Schmidt and the Wolves were attempting to defend their 25-win Region 3 championship season produced in 2018-19.
“Madelyn is one of those girls who is a coach on the floor,” Welder said. “The other girls look to her for direction and she led them in a way that coaches dream about.”
First team numbers
-- Abby Duchscherer, 6-1 soph. forward, Kindred: 20.9 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 5.3 apg, 3.2 spg, 67% FG, 69% FT.
-- Kaity Hove, 5-7 senior guard, Trenton: 17.4 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 8.5 apg, 4.3 spg, 1.5 bpg (Career numbers: 1,715 points, 921 rebounds, 1,038 assists, 717 steals).
-- Callie Ronningen, 5-10 senior forward/guard, Langdon/EM: 18.1 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 3.6 spg, 3.8 apg, 55% FG (Career numbers: 2,115 points, 1,142 rebounds).
-- Mackenzie Hughes, 5-5 junior point guard, Thompson: 21 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.2 apg, 4.3 spg, 36% 3s, 72% FT.
-- Samantha Oase, 6-0 junior forward, Hettinger/Scranton: 17.5 ppg, 11.6 rpg, 1.7 apg, 2.3 spg, 2.6 bpg, 54% FG.
Class B Girls Basketball
Abby Duchscherer, Kindred; Kaity Hove, Trenton; Mackenzie Hughes, Thompson; Samantha; Oase, Hettinger/Scranton; Callie Ronningen, Langdon/EM.
Ellie Holen, LaMoure/LM; Madelyn Schmidt, Kidder County; Coral Alt, Flasher; Isabelle Boyer, Grant County; Leah Feland, Mohall-LS; Terryn Johnson, Kindred; Abbey Kubas, Dickinson Trinity; Megan Roob, Richland; Daysha Serdahl, Mandaree; Carlee, Sieben, Grafton; Taysha Snyder, Underwood.