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Rebels finish with a win

GRAND FORKS, N.D.--Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier and its two seniors walked off the court winners on Saturday at the Alerus Center. The Rebels' Allison Geisler and Tabby Kinzler scored the final five points in the seventh-place game of the state Class ...

Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier's Tallie Hanson (front) protects the ball against Kennedy Zuroff of Glen Ullin-Hebron in the seventh-place game of the Class B state tournament on Saturday in Grand Forks. Larry Biri / Walsh County Press
Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier's Tallie Hanson (front) protects the ball against Kennedy Zuroff of Glen Ullin-Hebron in the seventh-place game of the Class B state tournament on Saturday in Grand Forks. Larry Biri / Walsh County Press

GRAND FORKS, N.D.-Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier and its two seniors walked off the court winners on Saturday at the Alerus Center.

The Rebels' Allison Geisler and Tabby Kinzler scored the final five points in the seventh-place game of the state Class B girls basketball tournament against Glen Ullin-Hebron. The Rebels rolled 46-35 over the Bearcats.

"I didn't even realize that until somebody told me," Kinzler said. "It's a great way to go out, with the two seniors coming up big and scoring."

Kinzler snatched an offensive board and scored the put back with a minute left in the game, while Giesler buried her second 3-pointer of the afternoon, this one from the right corner, with 33 seconds remaining.

It was the final shots the pair took while wearing the Rebels' uniform, helping lead E-K-M to 20 wins for a second consecutive season.

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"It's pretty exciting that we can finish our last game with a win," Giesler said. "Not a lot of teams get to do that."

A much looser E-K-M team led from the start on Saturday. Taylor Mathern and Tallie Hanson teamed up for a pair of 3-pointers in the first three minutes.

Kaitlyn Schiele buried another in the second quarter, helping E-K-M lead by as many as 11 in the first two quarters and 21-14 at the half. Hanson led the Rebels with 11 points and seven rebounds.

"I think we knew that we had nothing to lose," Giesler said. "We were just relaxed and we knew what we wanted to come out and do, which was come out with a win."

The Bearcats converted just 6-of-31 shots from the field in the first half, as each team finished under 30-percent shooting.

"This tournament was very physical for our girls," Glen Ullin-Hebron coach Bray Fox said. "We're not used to playing at this physicality level. Edgeley-Kulm definitely came out and continued up with the theme of the tournament."

E-K-M's Katie Entzi fought through a Bearcats' double team to assist on all three of the Rebels' field goals of the third quarter. E-K-M led 31-23 after three.

The Bearcats were able to close the gap to four points (31-27) in the first two minutes of the fourth. But a steal at halfcourt by Hanson turned into an old-fashioned 3-pointer in transition to put the Rebels back out front by seven.

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Hanson's steal kicked off three straight turnovers by the Bearcats. Entzi ended the game with nine points, five boards and four assists.

"We've had a lot of growth as a team this season and they've worked hard," E-K-M coach Megan Cleveland said. "The first couple games of the tournament were a little frustrating, but I thought we played pretty well today.

"They always work their tails off," the coach added of her team. "I can never fault them for their effort."

The win tied the former Edgeley Rangers' best finish at the state girls basketball tournament (1985). The Region 3 champions will be returning four starters to the court next season.

"It's been a blessing to play with all these people," Kinzler said. "It's just been a great season."

Class B Girls Basketball State Tournament

At Alerus Center

Seventh place

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Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier 46, Glen Ulllin-Hebron 35

GU-H 8 14 23 35

E-K-M 14 21 31 46

GU-H-Kennedy Zuroff 13, Kiana Schatz 8, Kristin Schaaf 6, Kinsey Zuroff 5, Lexi Gietzen 2, Taizalee Glass 1. Totals: 12-52 FG, 9-15 FT, 2-13 3-pointers (Kennedy Zuroff 1, Kinzey Zuroff 1), 36 Rebounds (Kennedy Zuroff 10), 6 Assists (2 with 2), 4 Steals (Kinzey Zuroff 2), 1 Block (Gietzen), 15 Turnovers, 13 Fouls.

E-K-M-Tallie Hanson 11, Katie Entzi 9, Allison Gielser 8, Kaitlyn Schiele 8, Taylor Mathern 5, Bailey Anderson 3, Tabby Kinzler 2. Totals: 15-52 FG, 11-16 FT, 5-25 3-pointers (Giesler 2, Hanson 1, Schiele 1, Mathern 1), 31 Rebounds (Hanson 7), 11 Assists (Entzi 4), 5 Steals (Hanson 2), 1 Block (Entzi), 11 Turnovers, 16 Fouls.

Records: E-K-M 20-8; GU-H 16-11.

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Savaloja is the sports lead writer for The Jamestown Sun.
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