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E/K-M Rebels suffocate M-P-B Thunder 53-25 in Stutsman semis

The Rebels forced the Thunder into 27 turnovers in this game.

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Edgeley/Kulm/Montpelier's Norah Entzi (34) fights through the Medina/Pingree-Buchanan double team of Lilly Bohl (21) and Maddie Gefroh (20) during the Stutsman County girls basketball tournament on Friday, Dec. 10, at the Jamestown Civic Center. Michael Savaloja / For The Sun

The Edgeley/Kulm-Montpelier Rebels (4-0) proved why they are the one seed in the top half of the bracket by dominating the Medina-Pingree-Buchanan Thunder (3-1) 53-25. The Thunder struggled to break through the Rebels full-court press in this contest, with constant double and triple teams forcing turnovers. The defensive pressure was encompassed in two plays in the second half in which the Rebels stole the ball and laid it up and then forced the Thunder into a ten second violation.

Despite the team’s success with the press, it is not something that Rebels head coach Rory Entzi said they work on a lot.

“We’ve worked on it off and on. We work on a lot of things. I’m kind of an old-school guy. I think we need to do the basics well,” Entzi said. “But yeah, we work on it. As the year goes on I’m guessing we’re going to work more on it.”

The Thunder’s Allison Thomas chased a ball down the floor, and picked it up, and drove into the paint where she hit the basket to make it 14-12 in favor of the Rebels.

The Rebels extended their lead on a jumper from Mataeya Mathern to make the game 36-19 at the end of the third quarter.

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The Rebels went up by twenty on a layup by Teske to make the game 41-21 with 5:16 to go.

The ability to beat the press is something that Thunder head coach Cory Mack says that he wants his team to work on getting better at.

“I thought we did ok in the first half with it,” Mack said. “In the second half, they (E/K-M) just ramped it up a little bit more and it’s just something we gotta practice every day. Go to work on it and try to get better at it. They are a good team, they are athletic, they are tall, they have a lot of advantages.”

The Thunder are hoping to end the tournament on a high note at 5 p.m. on Dec. 11 when they play Napoleon/Gackle-Streeter in the third-place game. The Rebels are looking to win another Stutsman County Invitational championship at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 11 when they play Carrington.

E/K-M 53, M-P-B 25

E/K-M: 11 8 17 17—53

MPB: 10 4 7 6—25

Points leaders:

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EKM: Norah Entzi 16, Mataeya Mathern 12, Emily Kinzler 9, Reagan Teske 6, Kiara Jangula 5, Keyahna Musland 2, Rylee Fischer 2, Libby Mathern 1

MPB: Ryleigh Martin 11, Allison Thomas 5, Isabel Schmidt 5, Lilly Bohl 2, Kalen Kinzell 2

Total stats:

EKM: 20 FGs, 7-16 FTs, 12 fouls, 3-pointers: Entzi 4, Mataeya Mathern, Jangula

MPB: 9 FGs, 5-10 FTs, 13 fouls, 3-pointers: Thomas, Schmidt

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Medina/Pingree-Buchanan's Ryleigh Martin (with ball) corrals a loose ball while being guarded by Edgeley/Kulm/Montpelier's Keyahna Musland (2) on Friday night at the Jamestown Civic Center. Michael Savaloja / For The Sun

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