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Carrington upsets E-K-M in District 5 semifinal

Carrington High School remembers the last time it played Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier. The Cardinals blew a third-quarter lead and the Rebels won 48-43 on Jan. 2. Carrington left nothing to chance in the rematch Saturday during the semifinals of the D...

Carrington's Haley Hewitt is double-teamed by Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier's Kaitlyn Schiele (24) and Taylor Mathern while Katie Entzi (34) plays the back field Saturday during the District 5 tournament at the Jamestown Civic Center. John M. Steiner / The Sun
Carrington's Haley Hewitt is double-teamed by Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier's Kaitlyn Schiele (24) and Taylor Mathern while Katie Entzi (34) plays the back field Saturday during the District 5 tournament at the Jamestown Civic Center. John M. Steiner / The Sun

Carrington High School remembers the last time it played Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier.

The Cardinals blew a third-quarter lead and the Rebels won 48-43 on Jan. 2.

Carrington left nothing to chance in the rematch Saturday during the semifinals of the District 5 girls basketball tournament. Kadyn Mehring and Jill Endres led four Cardinals in double figures, each scoring 12 points, lifting seventh-ranked Carrington past fourth-ranked E-K-M 61-44 at the Jamestown Civic Center.

The Cardinals, the two-time defending district champs, will face third-ranked LaMoure-Litchville-Marion in the tournament title game Monday night at 7:30. Both teams are heading to the Region 3 tournament, beginning Feb. 19.

"We hit some early 3s," said Carrington coach Andy Braaten. "That got us going a little bit. We were able to make a run in the second half too to get us into double digits. When you take care of the ball with a double-digit lead it makes it tough on the other team to come back."

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Carrington has gotten the worst results among Region 3's top teams this season. The Cardinals lost to Medina-Pingree-Buchanan 49-44 and the Loboes 43-36. The only crucial victory came in a home victory against M-P-B 49-45.

"They've all been close games," Braaten said. "They've been five-point games and this game could've swung either way. Every night out is going to be a tough one."

Carrington's offense was rolling Saturday. The Cards shot 45 percent from the field, including a blazing 56 percent in the second half.

Carrington's Bella Hone scored 11 points in the contest and Emerson Hoornaert dropped in 10, to go along with the combined 24 produced by Mehring and Endres.

"We made shots," Braaten said. "We had a good balance. Usually when you look at our lineup it's five kids with nine or 10 points."

The Cardinals also forced the Rebels into 17 turnovers and held the opposition to 14 field goals on 40 shots.

"It was a combination of them playing pretty well and shooting the ball well," said E-K-M coach Rory Entzi. "We just weren't playing as well as we needed to. They are a good team-everybody is a good team-there's no slouches."

Carrington had to watch out for E-K-M's leading scorer Katie Entzi. The second team all-state junior standout splashed in 19 points after topping 1,500 career markers on quarterfinal night.

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"We were thinking we'd give her some different looks," Braaten said of Entzi. "She still gets her points-she's a marvelous player."

Both teams struggled from the field in the first quarter but Carrington held a 10-9 edge. The Cardinals went on a pair of 8-0 runs in the second quarter to take a 27-20 lead into the break and broke the game open in third.

"Carrington shot well and played hard," coach Entzi said. "You got to give them credit. We missed some shots-some easy ones-in a game like this you can't miss easy shots. We just need to defend better and rebound better."

E-K-M plays Ellendale in the first of two region-qualifiers Monday at 4:30. Carrington will look to do more of the same in the title tilt against the Loboes.

"They are good shooters, good athletes," Braaten said of L-L-M. "We have to be playing on all cylinders."

District 5 Girls Basketball Tournament

At Jamestown Civic Center

Saturday's semifinals

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Carrington 61, Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier 44.

EKM 9 20 31 44

CAR 10 27 49 61

EKM-Katie Entzi 19, Kaitlyn Schiele 9, Peyton Brandenburg 6, Maren Berntson 6, Tallie Hanson 4. Totals: 14-40 FG, 2-6 3-PT, 14-16 FT, 28 Rebounds, 17 Turnovers.

CAR-Kadyn Mehring 12, Jill Endres 12, Bella Hone 11, Emerson Hoornaert 10, McKenzie Johnson 8, Haley Hewitt 6, Addison Hoornaert 2. Totals: 24-53, 5-21 3-PT, 8-10 FT, 24 Rebounds, 8 Assists, 9 Turnovers.

Records: CAR 17-4, EKM 18-3.

Carrington's Bella Hone looks to shoot while being guarded by Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier's Katie Entzi Saturday during the District 5 tournament at the Jamestown Civic Center. John M. Steiner / The Sun
Carrington's Bella Hone looks to shoot while being guarded by Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier's Katie Entzi Saturday during the District 5 tournament at the Jamestown Civic Center. John M. Steiner / The Sun

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