Lucas Hendrickson knew the importance of his fourth-quarter midrange jumper. It would either lose the game or force overtime.

"I was scared when it went up and I am just glad that it went in," Hendrickson said with a grin.

Hendrickson, a junior guard for the Carrington High School boys basketball team, helped lead the Cardinals to a 63-58 overtime win over Kidder County in the opening round of the Stutsman County tournament Thursday evening at the Jamestown Civic Center.

The Cardinals will face Ellendale at 8 p.m tomorrow while the Wolves are slated to face Napoleon/Gackle-Streeter at 4 p.m.

"The kids kept fighting and we needed a win like this," Carrington head coach Tim Ranum said. "Some of the things we worked on in practice, they translated onto the court. I am really proud of our guys."

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Kidder County's Payton Cauthon gets fouled from behind by Tate Larsen of Carrington Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, during the Stutsman County tournament at the Jamestown Civic Center. John M. Steiner / The Sun
Kidder County's Payton Cauthon gets fouled from behind by Tate Larsen of Carrington Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, during the Stutsman County tournament at the Jamestown Civic Center. John M. Steiner / The Sun

All the action started with less than a minute to play in regulation.

There were just 38 seconds left in the game when Jonah Harter found the ball in his hands. The 6-foot-1 senior for Kidder County sent the ball through the hoop to make it 55-54 Wolves.

Harter also drained a foul shot to make it a two-point game before Hendrickson forced OT.

"Looking back I am really happy that we were in that situation just so we could have some growth," Ranum said. "Lucas Hendrickson did some really nice things when we needed it and hopefully he can continue that."

Hendrickson put together an 18-point game, shooting 75% from the line and going 6 of 9 from the field.

A hot-handed Hudson Topp also contributed 18 to the Cards' 63 points. The sophomore made four of his seven 3s and nabbed seven rebounds.

"I am happy with the result and I think a lot of guys made some tough shots," Hendrickson said. "We've improved quite a bit. We've limited turnovers, we've been working hard in practice and tried to limit our mistakes."

The Cards used the first eight minutes to build an early 10-2 lead fueled by a pair of 3s shot by Hudson Schmitz and Topp. Turnovers and missed opportunities inside stopped the Wolves one point shy of double digits to end quarter No. 1.

"We had chances but they just didn't go in," Kidder County head coach Brent Stroh said. "I think it's just good for them to get out and play -- we just had some stuff we've got to work through."

Kidder County's Jonah Harter (11) lobs the ball in a stretch under the defensive pressure put on by Carrington Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, during the Stutsman County tournament at the Jamestown Civic Center. John M. Steiner / The Sun
Kidder County's Jonah Harter (11) lobs the ball in a stretch under the defensive pressure put on by Carrington Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, during the Stutsman County tournament at the Jamestown Civic Center. John M. Steiner / The Sun

The Wolves started to work through it beginning in the second quarter. Jayden Rath earned the first points of the frame with a layup to make it 16-11 Carrington. The Wolves had a few more makes but a late 6-3 run by the Cardinals made it 29-20 entering halftime.

Rath and Luke Rath kept the Wolves alive racking up 14 of the Wolves' 20 first-half scores. All told the duo combined for 25 of KC's 53 points.

"I thought Jayden has been having an excellent year," Stroh said. "I think Luke played really well. He had some big baskets and some rebounds and stuff like that."

The Wolves continued to chip away at the Cardinals' lead coming within one when Harter collected a foul on a short jumper. The senior swished the foul shot to make it 33-32 Cardinals.

The fourth quarter was the closest of the game despite a 6-2 early run by the Cards that put the visitors up 45-39. The Wolves managed to stay in the game due to overdribbling and turnovers by the Cardinals.

The extra four minutes were dominated by the Cardinals, who ended it with a layup by Jack Erickson. Carrington outscored KC 7-2 in the last four minutes.

"It was a good sign for us to kind of rebound the way that we did," Ranum said.

Ellendale rolls over NGS

Ellendale may only have nine varsity rostered athletes, but they had seven do some damage Thursday night.

The Cardinals defeated Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter 60-36 in the final game of day 1 of the Stutsman County tournament.

A strong Ellendale defense anchored by Scott Wagner kept the Imperials to a mere 15 points to end the half. Wagner nabbed five rebounds and three assists to help his team to a 21-point lead before the 10-minute break. Wagner and Riley Thorpe combined for 18 the team's first-half points.

By the end of regulation Wagner, Thorpe and Chance Durheim had combined for 41 points.

The Imperials had no response for hot-handed shooters Thorpe and Durheim. With less than 15 seconds before the end of the third quarter, Durheim drained his third 3-pointer of the night to make it 45-25. Thorpe drained six of his nine attempted shots from behind the line.

NGS racked up another 11 points in the fourth quarter, fueled largely by Trevor Moos who recorded a total of eight points.

Unfortunately for the Imperials, it was not enough as Thorpe and Durheim helped lead the Cardinals to another 15 points, ending the game 60-36.

Carrington 63, Kidder County 58

CAR 16 13 10 17 (OT) 7 -- 63

KC 9 11 17 19 (OT) 2 -- 58

CAR -- Hudson Topp 18, Hendrickson 18, Hudson Schmitz 11, Jack Erickson 11, Grady Shipman 3, Cole Seaburg Totals: 25-48 FG, 8-18 FT, 21 fouls, 3-pointers: Topp 4, Schmitz 1. 44 Rebounds, 4 Steals.

KC -- Cauthon 19, L. Rath 13, Harter 12, Rath 12, Ryan Boots 2. Totals: 17-61 FG, 21-33 FT, 14 fouls, 3-pointers: Rath, Cauthon, Harter. 19 Turnovers, 31 Rebounds, 13 Steals.

Records: Carrington 2-4. Kidder County 2-3.

Ellendale 60, Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter 36

NGS 7 8 10 11 -- 36

ELL 14 22 9 15 -- 60

NGS -- Jaxcen Glatt 13, Trevor Moos 8, Blaise Bitz 5, Kayden Sperle 4, Payton Haas 3. Totals: 13-47 FG, 6-15 FT, 7 fouls, 3-pointers: Glatt, Haas 1. 30 Rebounds, 7 Steals.

ELL -- Riley Thorpe 20, Scott Wagner 12, Chance Durheim 9, Eric Blondo 7, Levi Reis 7, Mason Molan 3, Anton Geller 2. Totals: 22-48 FG, 6-9 FT, 15 fouls. 3-pointers: Thorpe 6, Durheim 3, Blondo 1. 34 Rebounds, 7 Steals.

Records: Ellendale 3-1. Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter 2-6.

Class B Boys Basketball

Stutsman County Tournament

Thursday, Jan. 7

G1: Edgeley/Kulm/Montpelier 62, South Border 26.

G2: Griggs-Midkota 47, Medina/Pingree-Buchanan 38.

G3:Carrington 63, Kidder County 58 (OT)

G4: Ellendale 60, Napoleon/Gackle-Streeter 36

Friday, Jan. 8

G5: South Border (0-5) vs. Medina/PB (2-1), 2 p.m.

G6: Kidder Co. (2-3) vs. Napoleon/GS (2-6), 4 p.m.

G7: Edgeley/KM (5-0) vs. Giggs-Midkota (2-2), 6 p.m.

G8: Carrington (1-4) vs. Ellendale (3-1), 8 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 9

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

Fifth place: Winner G5 vs. Winner G6: 4 p.m.

Third place: Loser G7 vs. Loser G8, 6 p.m.

Championship: Winner G7 vs. Winner G8, 8 p.m.