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Cardinals get past Warriors in Stutsman opener

Warwick swung its best punch at the defending Stutsman County girls basketball tournament champions on Thursday. But Carrington was able to weather the storm. Junior Maara Nelson scored a game-high 18 points, while swiping five steals and dishing...

Warwick swung its best punch at the defending Stutsman County girls basketball tournament champions on Thursday. But Carrington was able to weather the storm. Junior Maara Nelson scored a game-high 18 points, while swiping five steals and dishing out four assists, helping the Cardinals defeat the Warriors 54-43 in the opening round of the Stutsman County Tournament at the Jamestown Civic Center. Warwick scored the first five points of the game and led Carrington 14-11 after the first period. But the Cardinals, along with head coach Andy Braaten, kept their cool and outscored the Warriors 16-6 in the second period to take control at the half and eventually improve to 3-0 to start the season. Carrington will face Ellendale in tonight's semifinals at 7:30. "We know that Warwick's improved, and (Warwick coach) Kevin (Bennefeld's) put a lot of time in with those kids," Braaten said. "Those kids have got some good experience, and somebody's going to have to handle them in our old district (District 7)." The Warriors (2-2) entered the game having already collected victories over St. John and Max, and were nearly a perfect 3-0, having barely lost to Wilton-Wing, 51-48, last Saturday at the McLean County Shootout in Underwood. Warwick freshman Madison Leaf and junior Whisper Gourd have been a big part of its early-season success. Leaf scored 15, while Gourd rang up 14 points, against the Cardinals. Leaf hit a pair of 3-pointers as the Warriors attempted 17 treys in the game. "You just have to play your basic defense," Braaten said. "I think we were a step slow today on our help defense, but it's a big court and maybe it's some of our inexperienced kids. But our leaders kind of showed up." Senior Kauri Hochhalter and sophomore Emerson Hoornaert each flirted with double-doubles for the Cards. Hochhalter finished with 13 points and eight rebounds, while Hoornaert turned in nine points and seven boards. Hoornaert, a 5-foot-8 starter, received praise for her performance from the coach. She and junior Abigail Jarrett were tasked with trying to slow down Leaf. "I thought we got a really good game out of Emerson," Braaten said. "She and Abby had to guard (Leaf) most of the night and they did a nice job." The Cards committed just four fouls over 32 minutes of basketball and shot close to 40 percent (20-of-52). But 13 turnovers was something Braaten wasn't thrilled about. "We have to cut down on our turnovers. It's early," Braaten said. "You expect some of those, but you still have to play better than throwing the ball to them sometimes." Ellendale 43, N-G-S 33 Isabel Wedell was too much for the Imperials to overcome in the final quarterfinal game of the evening. The 5-11 senior forward tossed in 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, helping the Cardinals to their first win of the season (1-2) with a 10-point victory over Napoleon-Gackle Streeter. Ellendale forged ahead 21-15 at the half and went on to outscore the Imperials 12-3 in the third period to help seal the victory. The Cardinals shot over 40 percent in the contest and outscored the Imperials 18-10 off turnovers. N-G-S received 14 points from Emily Christofferson and nine more from Katelyn Long. The Imperials (1-2) didn't attempt a 3-pointer in the game. Stutsman County Invitational Girls Basketball Tournament At Jamestown Civic Center Thursday's quarterfinals Carrington 54, Warwick 43 Warwick 14 20 29 43 Carrington 11 27 38 54 Warwick-Madison Leaf 15, Whisper Gourd 14, Sofia Hernandez 7, Rayanne Leaf 7. Totals: 17-57 FG, 3-pointers: 5-17 (M. Leaf 2, Hernandez 1, R. Leaf 1, Gourd 1), 4-5 FT, 34 Rebounds (Hernandez 12), 15 Fouls (M. Leaf), 3 Assists, 16 Turnovers, 3 Blocks (R. Leaf 2), 10 Steals (M. Leaf 4). Carrington-Maara Nelson 18, Kauri Hochhalter 13, Haley Hewitt 11, Emerson Hoornaert 9, Ann Endres 3. Totals: 20-52 FG, 3-pointers: 4-9 (Hoornaert 1, Endres 1, Hewitt 1, Hochhalter 1), 10-12 FT, 33 Rebounds (Hochhalter 8), 4 Fouls, 10 Assists (Nelson 4), 13 Turnovers, 2 Blocks (Hochhalter 2), 10 Steals (Nelson 5). Records: Carrington 3-0; Warwick 2-2. Ellendale 43, Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter 33 Ellendale 10 21 33 43 N-G-S 9 15 18 33 Ellendale-Isabel Wedell 17, Kaitlyn Schimke 7, Alyssa Nishek 6, Kennedy Schimke 5, Brooke Boehm 4, Josie Henningsen 2, Macy Young 2. Totals: 17-40 FG, 3-pointers: 3-10 (Kaitlyn Schimke 1, Kennedy Schimke 1, Nishek 1), 6-11 FT, 25 Rebounds (Wedell 10), 15 Fouls, 9 Assists, 21 Turnovers, 3 Blocks, 12 Steals. N-G-S-Emily Christofferson 14, Katleyn Long 9, Mackenzie Heflin 6, Brianna Regner 2, Kaylin Weigel 2. Totals: 10-35 FG, 3-pointers: 0-0, 13-21 FT, 23 Rebounds (Long 6), 12 Fouls, 2 Assists, 20 Turnovers, 12 Steals (Adrienne Rodlund 4). Records: Ellendale 1-2; N-G-S 1-2.

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Savaloja is the sports lead writer for The Jamestown Sun.
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