Ellendale's Hustoft hitting from downtown
Ellendale's Sydnie Hustoft is making a splash to start the Class B girls basketball season.
Playing in just her second meaningful varsity game for the Cardinals on Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Jamestown Civic Center, the senior banked home a 3-pointer from the left wing in the final 10 seconds of regulation to send Ellendale and Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter into overtime during the quarterfinals of the Stutsman County tournament.
Ellendale held on to defeat the Imperials 51-49 in OT, and the team will play Carrington in Friday's semifinals at 6 p.m.
"I called glass," laughed Hustoft. "I told myself I'm gonna get glass and I did."
Hustoft posted a monster game on Nov. 30 in Ashley, dropping six 3-pointers through the hoop in Ellendale's 34-29 victory over South Border. Her nine treys in two games should have placed the opposition on notice.
"It's been a blast. I was just very confident that night," said Hustoft, a JV player in the past. "I came in a little bit on varsity but that was my first, actual varsity game."
Ellendale and N-G-S traded the lead 11 times, with the Imperials fighting back from an eight-point deficit in the third period. Alexa Young paced N-G-S with 18 points and nine rebounds, and she scored six points in the fourth to help the Imperials inch ahead 47-44 in the final minute of regulation.
But following Hustoft's heroics, which tied the game at 47-47, Ellendale's Morgan Barton quickly scored the first and only field goal of the 4-minute overtime and the Cards stayed out front. N-G-S defeated Ellendale 32-28 in Napoleon on Nov. 27.
Barton finished with a team-leading 14 points. Hustoft said Ellendale (2-1) plans to keep its momentum rolling against Carrington.
"As long as we stay positive as a team, we've got it," Hustoft said.
Stutsman County Invitational Girls Basketball Tournament
At Jamestown Civic Center
Ellendale 51, Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter 49 OT
Ellendale 13 10 10 14 2 -- 51
N-G-S 14 13 10 10 4 -- 49
Ellendale—Morgan Barton 14, Sydnie Hustoft 11, Abigail Molan 10, Katelyn Dathe 8, Calli Hauck 3, Taylor Krege 3, Kiley Larson 2. Totals: 18-53 FG, 11-18 FT, 4-17 3-pointers (Hustoft 3, Hauck), 38 Rebounds (Dathe 10), 15 Fouls, 24 Turnovers, 3 Blocks (Dathe 2), 4 Steals.
N-G-S—Alexa Young 18, Bailey Heflin 8, Sydney Kleingartner 7, Ashley Schmitt 6, Kourtney Bitz 4, Janea Weigel 2, Kylie Bradenbach 2, McKenzie Glatt 2. Totals: 22-60 FG, 4-8 FT, 1-9 3-pointers (Kleingartner), 36 Rebounds (Heflin 9, Young 9), 19 Fouls (Young), 17 Turnovers, 12 Steals (Schmitt 4, Heflin 4).
Records: Ellendale 2-1. N-G-S 1-2.
Other quarterfinal games
Carrington 64, Warwick 28.
Medina-Pingree-Buchanan 53, Midkota 23.
South Border 48, Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier 40 OT.
Warwick (1-3) vs. Napoleon-GS (1-2), 3 p.m.
Midkota (0-3) vs. Edgeley-KM 1-1), 4:30 p.m.
Carrington (1-1) vs. Ellendale (2-1), 6 p.m.
Medina-PB (2-0) vs. South Border (1-1), 7:30 p.m.