Imperials do enough to get 42-28 win over Ellendale at Stutsman

The Imperials scored 22 points off turnovers in the win.

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Ellendale's Ariel Hagen (12) drives the ball away from Allison Zenker (24) of Napoleon-Gackle/Streeter during the Stutsman County Girls' Basketball Tournament on Friday, Dec. 8, 2022, at the Jamestown Civic Center.
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JAMESTOWN — Despite neither team shooting better than 30% from the field, the Napoleon/Gackle-Street Imperials did enough to get a 42-28 win over the Ellendale Cardinals in the first round of the Stutsman County Tournament on Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Jamestown Civic Center.

After a quick start to the game, the Imperials (4-2) were able to push the lead out to 10-5 heading into the second quarter.

“The start was alright,” Imperials head coach Caleb Ketterling said. “We came out and pressured a little bit, caused some turnovers. I don’t know what it is about Ellendale, their height bothers us and we don’t seem to capitalize when we get them turned over. I wasn’t too upset with how we started. We didn’t shoot very well.”

Early in the second quarter, the Cardinals’ Kali Norton sprinted out on a fastbreak, hit the layup, and drew the whistle to cut the deficit to 10-7 with 7:20 to go in the first half. the Imperials’ Teagan Erbele hit a jumper to stretch her team’s lead out to 15-9. The Imperials took over from there, finishing the quarter on a 12-8 run to take a 27-17 lead into the half.

The Imperials put the game away in the third quarter outscoring the Cardinals (0-3) 11-7, to head into the fourth quarter up 38-24. The fourth quarter was a sleepy affair as both teams only scored four points, and had multiple empty possessions.


“The biggest thing we’ve been working on, what’s really killed us the first couple games here is just handling ball pressure, especially in the backcourt,” Cardinals head coach Brennan Hack said. “I was very happy with them. I told them the end of the game here the score was irrelevant to me. Just the ability to keep growing and keep working on things and have that translate to game situations is important for them right now.”

The Imperials return to the floor at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9, when they face Edgeley/Kulm-Montpelier. The Cardinals look for their first win at 3 p.m on Dec. 9, when they take on Warwick.

EHS 28, N/G-S 42

EHS: 5 12 7 4–28

N/G-S: 10 17 11 4–42

Points leaders:

EHS: Olivia Hagen 10, Christena Walker 7, Kali Norton 5

N/G-S: Teagan Erbele 19, Tayton McDowell 9, Sophie Ketterling 8


Assists leaders:

EHS: Walker 3, Sierra Bollinger 2, Olivia Hagen 1, Ariel Hagen 1

N/G-S: Ketterling 3, Tanecia Kleppe 1, McDowell 1

Leading Rebounders:

EHS: O. Hagen 11, A. Hagen 8, Walker 7

N/G-S: Erbele 15, McDowell 8, Ali Gross 2, Allison Zenker 2

My name is Max O'Neill. I am a Sports Reporter at The Jamestown Sun. I am a native New Yorker, who graduated from Ithaca College in 2020 with a degree in Television-Radio.
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