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E-K-M tops Ellendale in D5 semifinals

Late in the third quarter, Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier's defense put the clamps on Ellendale. The Rebels allowed only two points over almost seven minutes, turning a 17-2 run into a 59-47 triumph Saturday at the Jamestown Civic Center. The District 5...

Edgeley-Kulm-Monpelier’s Tyler Zahn looks to pass in front of Ellendale’s Cole Goehring. Chris Aarhus / For The Sun
Edgeley-Kulm-Monpelier’s Tyler Zahn looks to pass in front of Ellendale’s Cole Goehring. Chris Aarhus / For The Sun

Late in the third quarter, Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier's defense put the clamps on Ellendale.

The Rebels allowed only two points over almost seven minutes, turning a 17-2 run into a 59-47

triumph Saturday at the Jamestown Civic Center.

The District 5 tournament semifinal win means E-K-M (17-4) takes on Carrington for the title at

7:30 p.m. Monday. Carrington won the regular season matchup between the teams.

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"The first time, we were probably intimidated with them being a top 10 team," said E-K-M senior

Lane Hanson, who had game highs of 27 points and 12 rebounds. "We're not intimidated anymore. We believe we can beat any team in the state if we play our best."

That was evident with Hanson in foul trouble with 1 minute, 59 seconds to go in the third

quarter. Junior Phillip Hagen scored eight of his 12 points during a 17-2 run that saw E-K-M

firing on all cylinders.

"We had other kids step up and make plays with Lane in foul trouble," E-K-M coach Kevin

Strobel said. "It's not only that they scored, but that they were creating opportunities to score.

I'm really proud of the effort from top to bottom."

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Hanson, who scored 19 of his team's first 29 points, said his teammates worked the ball around

well.

"We had trouble in the first half reversing the ball, and we took a lot of quick shots," he said.

"Second half, we reversed it more, got it into the middle and played inside-out for some easy

shots."

Ellendale coach Brian Vance said he felt the biggest difference was E-K-M shooting 52 percent

(14 of 27) in the second half.

"They just made shots - I thought our defense was fairly good most of the night," Vance said.

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"That's one of the better games we've played the last few weeks. I'm not pleased with the result,

but I'm pleased with the effort."

Ellendale (15-6) was paced by Austin Molan's 17 points. Lucas Hofer and Hunter Thorpe added

13 and 12, respectively, for the Cardinals, who play Oakes in a Region 3 qualifier on Monday.

Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier 59, Ellendale 47

Ellendale 14 18 33 47

EKM 13 24 40 59

Ellendale: Austin Molan 17, Lucas Hofer 13, Hunter Thorpe 12, Nathan Peterson 3, Cody

Merkel 2. Totals 17-43 10-15 47

EKM: Lane Hanson 27, Phillip Hagen 12, Isaac Huber 9, Cale Mathern 7, Dilan Madcke 2, Jace

Hanson 2. Totals 25-54 3-4 59

Highights: EKM, Hanson 12 rebounds.

Records: Ellendale 15-6, EKM 17-4.

Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier’s Isaac Huber shoots over Ellendale’s Lucas Hofer during the District 5 tournament semifinals Saturday at the Jamestown Civic Center. Chris Aarhus / For The Sun
Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier’s Isaac Huber shoots over Ellendale’s Lucas Hofer during the District 5 tournament semifinals Saturday at the Jamestown Civic Center. Chris Aarhus / For The Sun

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