Teegan Scherr is a part of what could be her second state tournament team of her junior year.
"It was super exciting for volleyball and I want to do the same thing for basketball," said Scherr, a member of the 2020-21 Linton/HMB girls basketball team. "Even just to make it to the state tournament would be super exciting for our team."
The Lady Lions are well on their way.
Scherr helped Linton/HMB to an easy 60-31 win over Edgeley/Kulm/Montpelier in the opening round of the Region 3 basketball tournament Monday afternoon at the Jamestown Civic Center. The Lions will go on to face Oakes tomorrow at 6 p.m. in the tournament semifinals.
"I think we did pretty good," Scherr said. "We were pretty excited coming out the No. 1 seed (out of District 6), I think it's just less pressure kind of. We've been playing together a long time and our starters have been playing together for two or three years now."
A strong team bond could serve the Lions well down the postseason stretch.
The Lions last made an appearance at the state tournament in 2012 and have only made one appearance in the state finals since 1974. Linton/HMB lost 38-37 to Larimore in overtime in the 2004 state finals.
That streak could very well be broken if the Lions continue to play like they did against the Rebels.
"Our girls played hard," Linton/HMB head coach Beau Diegel said. "We came out ready to play and that's what we talked about before the game. I was very happy with that."
The Rebels looked like they were ready to play starting out.
Kiara Jangula got down low to strip the ball which limited the Lions' hot-handed shooting on the perimeter. On the inside, Mataeya Mathern and Norah Entzi used their height to their advantage getting some early second-chance points.
EKM's aggressive defense and rebounding put them up one point at the end of the first quarter.
"In these tournament games, no matter what seed you play, they are going to have a week to prepare for you," Diegel said. "Edgeley/Kulm/Montpelier did a good job of that ... they're a good team and you've got to credit them for that first quarter."
JayCee Richter's pair of 3-pointers helped fuel a Linton/HMB 15-2 run putting the Lions ahead 30-16. Richter, a 5-foot-6 junior guard, ended the first half with 11 points shooting 50% from beyond the arc and knocking down 2 of her 3 shots from the field. Erica Umber came in clutch from the stripe converting on 3 of 4 foul shots.
"I thought we had a lot of good inside-out looks into 3-pointers," Diegel said. "We had a few players who had a lot of 3s because the ball was getting passed out to the side and then skipped out so I thought that was very good. I am proud of them for that."
Scherr was hot from the perimeter knocking down 5 of her 7 shots from behind the arc. The junior ended with a team-high of 16 points.
"We all know that she's a shooter and when she gets her feet set, it's most likely going to go in," Diegel said. "She's had a good year of doing that and she's coming on strong at the end. It was a very good game for her."
Coming out of the break there wasn't much stopping the Lions from cruising to a semifinals berth. Erica Umber added 15 points and a team-high of eight rebounds to the books for the Lions. The Lions had eight forced turnovers while the Rebels gave up 26.
The Rebels only scored four points in the third frame and seven in the fourth sending the Lions through to the next round with big smiles on their faces.
"We haven't even made it to the second round of regionals for like 10 years," Scherr said. "It's super exciting."
Linton/HMB 60, Edgeley/Kulm/Montpelier 31
L/HMB 13 23 14 10 -- 60
EKM 14 6 4 7 -- 31
L/HMB -- Teegan Scherr 16, Erica Umber 15, JayCee Richter 11, Precious Vetter 4, Josi Schwab 3, Madi Patcek 3, Grace Keeney 2, Erin Kelsch 2, Angie Vetter 2, Emma Weiser 2. Totals: 20-54 FG, 12-19 FT, 10 fouls, 27 rebounds, 2 assists, 8 turnovers, 20 steals. 3-pointers: Scherr 5, Richter 2, Schwab 1.
EKM --Mataeya Mathern 8, Norah Entzi 8, Emily Kinzler 6, Kiara Jangula 5, Abby Mathern 2, Grace Irey 2. Totals: 13-34 FG, 4-6 FT, 15 fouls, 26 rebounds, 4 assists, 26 turnovers, 6 steals. 3-pointers: Jangula.
Region 3 Girls Basketball Tournament
At Jamestown Civic Center
(Tournament seeding in parentheses)
G1: (D6-1) Linton/HMB 60 (D5-4) Edgeley/KM 31
G2: (D5-2) Oakes 69, (D6-3) Napoleon/GS 44.
G3: (D5-1) Carrington 65, (D6-4) Medina/PB 42
G4: (D6-2) Kidder Co. 46, (D5-3) LaMoure/LM 33
G5: Linton/HMB vs. Oakes, 6 p.m.
G6: Carrington vs. Kidder Co., 7:30 p.m.
G7: Winner G5 vs. Winner G6, 7 p.m.