Thompson cruises by Shiloh Christian, sets up rematch with Kindred
GRAND FORKS -- The Thompson girls basketball team handled business so quickly Thursday, Feb. 28, that fans were able to start thinking pretty early about an appealing semifinal matchup.
The No. 3 Tommies led 16-1 after the first quarter, 38-7 at halftime and finished with a 67-23 victory over Shiloh Christian in the North Dakota state Class B semifinals at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.
Thompson, 22-2, plays unranked Kindred in the state semifinals at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
The Skyhawks, 18-7, play a consolation game against Langdon-Edmore-Munich at 1 p.m.
The Tommies, who lost in the state semifinals last year before finishing fourth, have never played in a state title game.
“I’m excited,” Thompson senior forward Carrie Nistler said. “I really want to play (Kindred) again. When we played in Kindred, it was a great atmosphere. They’re a great team and those are the games you get most excited for -- the ones you know are going to be a battle.”
When Kindred and Thompson met in Kindred in mid-January, the Tommies won 78-76 in triple overtime.
“They’re a heck of a basketball team,” Thompson coach Jason Brend said. “I expect a slugfest. They have a lot of length and athleticism. They’re battle-tested.
“We need to do two things. We have to handle that 1-3-1 defense. With their length and quickness, they make you make poor decisions and passes. We also have to keep the ball out of (Abby) Duchscherer’s hands.”
Duchscherer, a standout 6-foot freshman, scored 39 points in the first meeting between Thompson and Kindred.
Thompson set up the rematch with Kindred thanks to a strong shooting game against Shiloh.
The Tommies were 7-for-10 from the 3-point line and shot 48 percent from the field compared to the Skyhawks’ 18 percent from the field.
Mackenzie Hughes led the balanced offense with 12 points. Macy Jordheim added 11 points, while Nistler and Kaia Sorby each had 10 points.
The Tommies’ defense forced Shiloh into 20 turnovers, leading to an advantage in points off turnovers of 18-0.
Shiloh was led by Grace Kelly’s nine points. The Skyhawks were just 2-for-13 from the 3-point line.
Thompson 67, Shiloh Christian 23
SHI 1 6 13 3 -- 23
THO 16 22 15 14 -- 67
Shiloh Christian -- Grace Kelly 9, Olivia Martin 6, Jacie Hall 4, Kennady Walth 2, Aliya Schock 2
Thompson -- Mackenzie Hughes 12, Macy Jordheim 11, Carrie Nistler 10, Kaia Sorby 10, Taylor Zak 7, Lauren Cunningham 6, Cayla Herbert 4, Jada Welke 4, Lauryn Wolfgram 3