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Thunder back on track at Stutsman

The Medina-Pingree-Buchanan girls got its season back on track Thursday at the Jamestown Civic Center. The Thunder rattled Midkota into 30 turnovers and cruised to a 53-19 victory to open the Stutsman County Tournament. M-P-B faces Edgeley-Kulm-M...

Midkota's McKenna Frappier (3) protects the ball against Medina-Pingree-Buchanan's Jaycee Moldenhauer (31) during play on Thursday at the Stutsman County tournament at the Jamestown Civic Center. John M. Steiner/The Sun
Midkota's McKenna Frappier (3) protects the ball against Medina-Pingree-Buchanan's Jaycee Moldenhauer (31) during play on Thursday at the Stutsman County tournament at the Jamestown Civic Center. John M. Steiner/The Sun

The Medina-Pingree-Buchanan girls got its season back on track Thursday at the Jamestown Civic Center. The Thunder rattled Midkota into 30 turnovers and cruised to a 53-19 victory to open the Stutsman County Tournament. M-P-B faces Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier in tonight's semifinals at 6. M-P-B opened the season with a 63-35 victory over Midkota in Pingree a little over a week ago, but since then the Thunder lost to LaMoure-Litchville-Marion and Turtle Lake-Mercer-McClusky. "We had a little bit of a bitter taste in our mouth from the last two games that we've played," M-P-B coach Brett Thielges said. "I think it was just nice to get back on the floor and get a little bit of a full-court game going." The Thunder pushed the tempo on Thursday, notching 23 steals and outscoring Midkota 24-0 off turnovers. M-P-B also played clean, tossing the ball away just nine times. "And, the last two games we played we were on the opposite end of that," Thielges said. "It was good to see that tonight." Senior twins Madi Moldenhauer and Jaycee Moldenhauer were the main catalysts for the Thunder. Madi led the team with 11 points and five steals, while Jaycee turned in eight points and four takeaways. Midkota's offense struggled to get off the ground, converting just 7-for-28 shots from the field. Joslyn Hoyt led the team with seven points. The Mustangs entered the game without eighth-grader Mariah Topp who has been sidelined with a knee injury. Topp spells Midkota in the post and played several minutes in Pingree against the Thunder. Midkota mustered just one offensive rebound in the game. "We were doing OK with things, but we weren't catching and being ready to shoot, and passing up shots that we had to try and get a better one," Midkota coach Mike Monson said. "I actually thought we did a better job of breaking their press tonight, it's just that we didn't get through stuff in our half-court as much." The Thunder, however, also left some offense out on the court. They'll need to be firing on all cylinders to get past E-K-M and it's duo of Olivia Anderson and Katie Entzi. "Part of that is confidence. That's kind of been our key work here the last two weeks," Thielges said. "But it was nice to get up and down the floor, and the girls were anxious and excited to do that." Stutsman County Invitational Girls Basketball Tournament At Jamestown Civic Center Thursday's quarterfinals Medina-Pingree-Buchanan 53, Midkota 19 Midkota 2 9 13 19 M-P-B 10 28 37 53 Midkota-Joslyn Hoyt 7, Jade Boote 6, McKenna Frappier 2, Jakenda Short 2, Victoria Vollmer 2. Totals: 7-28 FG, 3-pointers: 2-8 (Hoyt), 3-4 FT, 28 Rebounds (Taylor Sabinash 8), 11 Fouls (Short), 3 Assists, 30 Turnovers, 3 Steals (Vollmer 2). M-P-B-Madi Moldenhauer 11, Jaycee Moldenhauer 8, Amanda Allen 6, Mariah Wick 6, Jaydn Pollert 6, Jordan Thomas 5, Brooke Krapp 5, Halle Uehran 4, Janaya Huff 2. Totals: 21-61 FG, 3-pointers: 5-17 (Allen 2, Wick 2, Krapp 1), 6-12 FT, 30 Rebounds (3 with 4), 10 Fouls, 7 Assists, 9 Turnovers, 2 Blocks, 23 Steals (M. Moldenhauer 5, J. Moldenhauer 4). Records: M-P-B 2-2; Midkota 0-2.

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Savaloja is the sports lead writer for The Jamestown Sun.
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