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M/P-B uses big third quarter to get 53-29 win over Griggs-Midkota

The Thunder were powered by a 31-2 run.

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Allison Thomas (4) of Medina/Pingree/Buchanan moves the ball up the court ahead of Lauryn Halvorson (13) of Griggs-Midkota on Friday, Dec. 8, 2022, during the Stutsman County Girls' Basketball Tournament at the Jamestown Civic Center.
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JAMESTOWN — The Medina/Pingree-Buchanan Thunder went into the half up 34-16 and used a 16-4 third quarter to keep their hot start to the season going with a 53-29 win over Griggs-Midkota on Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Jamestown Civic Center.

In the opening quarter, the Thunder (3-0) overcame an early 7-5 deficit with a 9-0 run to take a 14-7 lead on an Allison Thomas runner. Later in the quarter, the Titans’ Ryan Johnson splashed a three, her only 3-point attempt of the night to cut the deficit to 15-11. A few possessions later though, Thomas stole a ball at midcourt and hit the floater at the first-quarter buzzer to give the Thunder a 17-11 lead.

The second quarter was all Thunder as they outscored the Titans (0-3) 17-5, and went into the half forcing 22 turnovers. The Thunder’s Isabel Schmidt hit a jumper at the halftime buzzer beater to push the lead out to 34-16.

Early in the second half, Thomas continued her big day, knocking down a 3-pointer to make it a 48-16 game with 5:31 to go in the third quarter. In the third quarter, the Thunder outscored the Titans 16-4 to head into the fourth quarter up 50-20.

“I’m only 5’7, I’m one of the tallest, so we’re a really small team so we really have to rely on our pressure,” Thomas said. “That’s what we work on in practice, we just go, go, go, just because to win we have to really play defense well because have tall teams we have to play against. So, in order to do that we have to get our steals and get the pressure on and keep the ball going.”

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The Titans got the better of the Thunder in the fourth quarter, holding the Thunder to three points but it was not enough to make up the difference.

Thunder head coach Cory Mack was able to give 14 different players minutes in the win, with eight of those players scoring.

“It’s very important,” Mack said. “Everyone gets a little bit of time, maybe a little bit more confidence as you call on them. We’re seven in a tight game but get a few more kids some experience, they get a little physical too some of those guys which we need.”

The Thunder advance to the semifinals to play at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9, when they take on Carrington. The Titans return to the court at 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 9, when they take on South Border.

G-M 29, M/P-B 53

G-M: 11 5 4 9–29

M/P-B: 17 17 16 3—53

Points leaders:

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G-M: Ryan Johnson 16, Vanessa Vollmer 6, Lauryn Halvorson 4

M/P-B: Allison Thomas 21, Lilly Bohl 12, Maddie Gefroh 6

Assists leaders:

G-M: Ryan Johnson 2, Kylie Johnson 2, Halvorson 1, Kaylee Johnson 1

M/P-B: Lilly Bohl 3, Isabel Schmidt 2, Thomas 1, Alaina Bosche 1, Gefroh 1

Leading rebounders:

G-M: Vollmer 5, Kennedy Reidman 4, R. Johnson 4, Halvorson 3, Ky. Johnson 3, Ka. Johnson 3

M/P-B: Gefroh 6,Callie Redlin 6, Abigail Ryun 2, Sophie Bohl 2, Thomas 2, Schmidt 2, Bosche 2, L. Bohl 2

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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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