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Shiloh Christian turns the tables, advances to semifinal round with win over Linton-HMB

The Lions drop to the consolation bracket where they will face Beulah High School

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Shiloh Christian's Hannah Westin drives to the basket as Linton/HMB's Kaylee Weninger defends in the first half Thursday in the ND Class B girls tournament.
Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

GRAND FORKS – Earlier this season, Shiloh Christian played Linton-HMB. Shiloh Christian came out on the wrong end of a 43-24 decision. The Skyhawks made only eight field goals in that loss.

The two met again in the quarterfinal round of the North Dakota state Class B girls basketball tournament at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center on Thursday night. The Skyhawks turned the tables, beating Linton-HMB 48-34 to reach the semifinal round of the tournament.

“We were without Hailey Quam in that game,” said Shiloh coach Dan Seifert. “They hadn’t seen her before so that was probably the X factor.”

Quam made an impression, scoring 18 points and grabbing 10 rebounds to help push the Skyhawks into the semifinal round against top-ranked Kindred on Friday night.

Linton-HMB got the jump early, leading 13-7 after the first quarter. But the Skyhawks hit a handful of 3-pointers in the second quarter and took a 26-15 lead into halftime.

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Grace Kelly led the Skyhawks with 19 points as she also grabbed 12 rebounds. Combined, Quam and Kelly scored 37 of Shiloh’s 48 points and grabbed 22 of their team’s 39 rebounds.

Linton-HMB did hang around and made a little push in the second half and trailed 37-26 with six minutes to play. But Quam converted a three-point play to push that lead up to 14 with 5:55 to go.

Shiloh now will face its toughest test of the season in the semifinals, meeting top-ranked Kindred.

The teams aren’t strangers.

Kindred beat Shiloh 63-52 earlier this season.

“We were down three at the half,” said Seifert.

So, how do the Skyhawks take down the undefeated Vikings?

“That’s a good question,” said Seifert. “We’re going to be up all night game-planning. You probably have to look at stopping the inside-outside game of Kindred and be ready for two or three defenses we may see.”

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The Shiloh win did ease some pressure the Skyhawks may have been facing.

“This was a good win for us,” said Seifert. “The team here hasn’t been past the first round in three years now,.”

Shiloh improved to 21-4 while Linton-HMB dropped to 18-4.

The Lions were led by Erin Kelsch’s 11 points. Teegan Scherr added nine.

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Linton /HMB's Jaycee Richter dribbles around Shiloh Christians's Aliyah Schock Thursday in the ND Class B girls tournament at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.
Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Shiloh Christian 48, Linton-HMB 34

Halftime: SC 26, Linton-HMB 15

Linton-HMB – Erin Kelsch 11, Teegan Scherr 9, JayCee Richter 6, Callie Hase 3, Brooklyn Schumacher 3, Kaylee Weininger 3

Shiloh – Grace Kelly 19, Hailey Quam 18, HaAnnah Westin 7, Payge Schock 2, Kennedy Walth 2,

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Wayne Nelson is the sports editor at the Herald.


He has been with the Grand Forks Herald since 1995, serving as the UND football and basketball beat writer as well as serving as the sports editor.



He is a UND graduate and has been writing sports since the late 1970s.



Follow him on Twitter @waynenelsongf. You can reach him at (701) 780-1268 or wnelson@gfherald.com.
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