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Ellendale's Kiley Larson puts some pressure on Sydney Kleingartner of Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter Thursday during the Stutsman County Tournament at the Jamestown Civic Center. John M. Steiner / The Sun1 / 3
Napoleon-Gackle/Streeter's Alexa Young gets a nudge from Abigail Molan of Ellendale Thursday during the Stutsman County Tournament at the Jamestown Civic Center. John M. Steiner / The Sun2 / 3
Napoleon-Gackle/Streeter's Bailey Heflin goes to the basket as Katelyn Dathe of Ellendale reaches over to block the attempt Thursday at the Stutsman County Tournament at the Jamestown Civic Center. John M. Steiner / The Sun3 / 3

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.

Dec. 7

Consolation

Warwick (1-3) vs. Napoleon-GS (1-2), 3 p.m.

Midkota (0-3) vs. Edgeley-KM 1-1), 4:30 p.m.

Semifinals

Carrington (1-1) vs. Ellendale (2-1), 6 p.m.

Medina-PB (2-0) vs. South Border (1-1), 7:30 p.m.

Michael Savaloja

Hometown: Churchs Ferry, N.D.; College: North Dakota

A recipient of the NDHSCA Award of Merit, Savaloja has been reporting sports for The Sun since 2008.

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