L/L-M pulls off D5 tourney upset win 48-44 over Carrington
The Loboes are back in the championship game for the fifth time in the last six years.
JAMESTOWN — The District 5 semifinal game between the No. 4-seeded LaMoure/Litchville-Marion Loboes and the top-seeded Carrington Cardinals was a game-of-the-year candidate. The Loboes got the 48-44 double overtime win on Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Jamestown Civic Center.
“I feel happy for the girls because they really fought for that one,” Loboes head coach Ben Holen said. “I don’t know that I ever played in a double overtime game to be honest. So, the fact that most of them are in their first district tournament and went to two overtimes and were mentally strong enough to continue to play and continue to fight, I’m proud of them and happy for them.”
The game started slowly as the Loboes (11-10) went into the second quarter with a 7-6 lead. The Cardinals (15-5) responded with a run to take an 11-7 lead early in the second quarter. The Cardinals took over the second quarter from there stretching the lead out to 21-13 with two minutes to go in the first half.
The third quarter was a frenetic back-and-forth affair with the Loboes taking a 35-31 lead before a Haley Wolsky three cut the Cardinals' deficit to 35-34 heading into the fourth quarter.
Late in the fourth quarter, Wolsky splashed a three to push her team’s lead out to 42-39 with 2:20 to go in the game, it would turn out to be the last field goal the Cardinals hit until late in the overtime. With 25 seconds left, the Loboes’ Tessa Rasmusson hit a three to tie the game up at 42.
The first overtime was a war of attrition as both teams managed to only score two points to send the game to double overtime tied at 44.
Early in the second overtime, Rasmusson hit a layup to push her team ahead 46-44 and that proved to be enough as they shut out the Cardinals in the second overtime. Late in the overtime, the Loboes’ Addison Smith drew a charge, which head coach Ben Holen called the biggest play of the game.
“We didn’t make the shots, both teams were really scrapping, playing hard defense, gotta put the ball in the hole to get that advantage and we missed a lot of shots down the stretch,” Cardinals head coach Andy Braaten said.
Rasmusson credits her team’s ability to get the win down to their confidence and their tight bond.
The Loboes are playing in the championship game at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 13, when they face the winner of the semifinal between Oakes and E/K-M. The Cardinals are back in action at 6 p.m. on Feb. 13, when they face Griggs-Midkota.
L/L-M 48, CHS 44
L/L-M: 7 8 20 8 2 4–48
CHS: 6 17 11 7 2 0-44
L/L-M: Tessa Rasmusson 20, Norah DelaBarre 12, Georgia Lettenmaier 8
CHS: Madison Johnson 15, Olivia Threadgold 12, Haley Wolsky 7
L/L-M: Rasmusson 2, DelaBarre 2, Bailie Kelley 1, Onika Lesko 1
CHS: Johnson 4, Kacie Rexin 1, Isabel Wendel 1, Emma Hone 1
L/L-M: Delabarre 18, Lettemaier 13, Rasmusson 6
CHS: Hone 8, Wolsky 8, Wendel 7
Full Bracket Below:
No. 1 Carrington-bye
No. 2 Oakes 55, No. 7 Barnes County North 10
No. 3 Edgeley/Kulm-Montpelier 57, No. 6 Griggs-Midkota 22
No. 5 Ellendale-bye
No. 7 Barnes County North 12 vs. No. 6 Griggs-Midkota 54
No. 1 Carrington 44 vs. No. 4 LaMoure/Litchville-Marion 48
No. 2 Oakes vs. No. 3 Edgeley/Kulm-Montpelier, 7:30 p.m.