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Loboes win after eight-day layoff

LaMoure-Litchville-Marion coach Mitch Carlson had mixed feelings about having a quarterfinals bye Saturday at the Jamestown Civic Center. "It's kind of a catch-22 on that," said Carlson, after his Loboes topped Oakes 55-46 in the semifinals of th...

LaMoure-Litchville-Marion's Ellie Holen (5) shoots the ball under pressure from Oakes' Bailey Skjefte Saturday during the District 5 tournament at the Jamestown Civic Center. John M. Steiner / The Sun
LaMoure-Litchville-Marion's Ellie Holen (5) shoots the ball under pressure from Oakes' Bailey Skjefte Saturday during the District 5 tournament at the Jamestown Civic Center. John M. Steiner / The Sun

LaMoure-Litchville-Marion coach Mitch Carlson had mixed feelings about having a quarterfinals bye Saturday at the Jamestown Civic Center.

"It's kind of a catch-22 on that," said Carlson, after his Loboes topped Oakes 55-46 in the semifinals of the District 5 girls basketball tournament. "We like to see the floor-get used to the gym.

"After today's game I wish we had a game beforehand."

The third-ranked Loboes slowly pulled away in the second and third quarters in their first game in eight days, and will face seventh-ranked Carrington in the championship Monday night at 7:30.

"We were the only team that hasn't played in this gym yet," said senior forward Kindra Hamlin. "It wasn't to our advantage to play today but we came in really early and shot around. We just had to bring it."

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L-L-M took a 26-18 advantage into the locker room at the half, but only scored nine points on four field goals in the opening eight minutes. Jackie Meiklejohn drained four treys in the game and paced the Loboes in scoring with 15 points.

"We weren't in a flow," Carlson said about the slow first half. "That's a credit to Oakes too-we weren't in a flow we'd like to be."

Hamlin bombed in a pair of treys, while Meiklejohn and Ellie Holen also connected from long range in the third, helping the Loboes get out to a 20-point lead after three quarters. Holen finished with 14 points, while all-state sister Anna Holen splashed in 13.

"We've been really working on our shooting," Hamlin said. "We can kind of trust anyone to bring up the ball. We've been playing with each other for a long time so we've got a lot of chemistry together."

The Tornadoes were able to slash the deficit to eight points with 4 minutes, 50 seconds remaining in the game behind 14 unanswered points. Sophomore Jaida Seyer scored 10 of Oakes' 14 in the rally.

Time was not on Oakes' side though as Meiklejohn sank a 3-pointer to end the drought and the Loboes closed the game out with free throws.

"Of course in the fourth quarter we had the ability to get into a drought," Carlson said. "We had some turnovers and took some shots that we normally don't take. We might've relaxed a little bit."

Nicole Schmitz, a 5-foot-9 sophomore center, scored four baskets and posted nine of her team-high 15 points in the first half for Oakes.

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"She's their main threat-her and Sadie Hanson," Hamlin said. "We just knew we'd have to bring it to those two really hard on the defensive end."

Barnes County North defeated Midkota 65-58 in loser-out play. Oakes and BCN will meet up in the second of two Region 3-qualifying games Monday night at 6 p.m.

District 5 Girls Basketball Tournament

At Jamestown Civic Center

Semifinals

LaMoure-Litchville-Marion 55, Oakes 46

LLM 9 26 50 55

OAK 7 18 30 46

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LLM-Jackie Meiklejohn 15, Ellie Holen 14, Anna Holen 13, Kindra Hamlin 7, Molly Musland 4, Olivia Bliss 2. Totals: 20-51 FG, 10-22 3-PT, 5-8 FT, 23 Rebounds, 10 Assists, 9 Turnovers, 16 Steals.

OAK-Nicole Schmitz 15, Jaida Seyer 12, Sadie Hanson 11, Bailey Skjefte 6, Cece Hoelscher 2. Totals: 19-39 FG, 0-4 3-PT, 8-9 FT, 25 Rebounds, 5 Assists, 21 Turnovers, 7 Steals.

Records: L-L-M 19-1, OAK 10-10.

Loser-out

Barnes County North 65, Midkota 58

MID 9 27 40 58

BCN 17 33 49 65

MID- Joslyn Hoyt 16, Brenna Anderson 14, Jakenda Short 9, Brianna Grandalen 8, Hunter Peterson 8, Nicole Beckley 3. Totals: 16-47 FG, 5-17 3-PT, 21-39 FT, 33 Rebounds, 20 Fouls (Hoyt), 9 Assists, 16 Turnovers, 10 Steals.

BCN-Ashley Samek 22, Clara Wieand 19, Tabitha Muncy 6, Ashley McFadgen 6, Bailey Soupir 6, Jordyn Everson 5, Courtie Fick 1. Totals: 23-59 FG, 11-24 3-PT, 8-15 FT, 40 Rebounds, 28 Fouls, 20 Turnovers, 20 Steals.

Records: MID 6-14, BCN 5-15.

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