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Kidder County girls hoops gets 48-31 win over Oakes in R3 tourney

The Wolves forced 22 turnovers in the win.

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Tyler Thompson (32) of Oakes tries to distract Kidder County's Avery Rath (1) during the Region 3 girls' basketball tournament Monday, Feb. 20, 2023, at the Jamestown Civic Center.
John M. Steiner / The Jamestown Sun

JAMESTOWN – The Kidder County Wolves came into the Region 3 tournament as the top seed out of District 6 and they defended that title with a 48-31 win over Oakes on Monday, Feb. 20, at the Jamestown Civic Center.

The Wolves (18-3) sprinted out to an 11-0 lead before the Tornadoes (18-4) ended the run on a Lily Thorpe layup with just under three minutes to go in the first quarter. The Wolves were able to stretch it out to 21-10 midway through the second quarter. In the first half, the Tornadoes' top two leading scorers’ Laikyn Roney and Emma Muggli were held to two combined points on 0-for-7 shooting. On the other side, the Wolves top two leading scorers’ Kennedy Harter and Avery Rath scored 11 points on 5-for-11 shooting.

“I told them before we even came out here, I said defense is going to win this game for us,” Wolves head coach Dan Welder said. “(The) offense is going to go through stretches where we won’t be able to efficiently run our offense but if we keep them under control I think we’ll be alright. They came out and they were ready to play defense today and I was proud of them.”

Roney and Muggli had big third quarters as Muggli scored four points and Roney scored seven. The two finished the game scoring four and nine points respectively. Roney’s nine points led her team.

“I feel like we were flat, everyone came out flat,” Tornadoes head coach Judy Hansen said. “I feel like our seniors were supposed to come out and set the tempo. We came out flat, everybody followed their lead, they’ve been our leaders all year and we gotta move and create opportunities and we just didn’t do that tonight.”

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After almost turning the ball over midway through the third quarter, the Wolves’ Kylee Rorhrich splashed a three to push the lead out to 31-15.

The Wolves put the game away late when Grace Nicholson hit a layup to push the lead out to 48-31 with two minutes to go. The Tornadoes had opportunities to get back into it at the free throw line but they went 3-for-9 in the second half. On the other side, the Wolves shot 6-for-8 from the free-throw line.

The Wolves' leading scorer was Kennedy Harter with 12 points on 4-for-10 shooting.

“I think our inside-out game really helped because a lot of our good shots come from the inside out,” Harter said. “It’s just a better angle, a better shot for our shooters.”

The Wolves' return to the court is still to be determined as the weather impacts local scheduling.

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Kidder County's Kennedy Harter (4) looks to the basket past Tyler Thompson (32) of Oakes during the Region 3 girls' basketball tournament Monday, Feb. 20, 2023, at the Jamestown Civic Center.
John M. Steiner / The Jamestown Sun

OHS 31, KC 48

OHS: 4 8 14 5–31

KC: 13 11 16 8–48

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Points leaders:

OHS: Laikyn Roney 9, Lily Thorpe 4, Emma Muggli 4, Molly Sitzler 4

KC: Kennedy Harter 12, Avery Rath 11, Taylor Zimmerman 9

Assists leaders:

OHS: Roney 2, Muggli 1, Brianna Schmitz 1

KC: Grace Nicholson 2, Breannah Pfaff 2, Rath 1, Kylee Rohrich 1, Harter 1

Leading rebounders:

OHS: Muggli 10, Roney 6, Kassidy Jackson 5

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KC: Harter 6, Rath 4, Pfaff 3, Nicholson 3

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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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