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M-P-B, South Border roll to tourney victories

M-P-B's Amanda Allen drives the ball around Nicole Beckley of Midkota during the Stutsman County Tournament at the Jamestown Civic Center. John M. Steiner / The Sun1 / 2
M-P-B's Megan Moser brings the ball up the court in front of Meanda Rickford (14) and Hunter Petersen of Midkota during the Stutsman County Tournament at the Jamestown Civic Center. John M. Steiner / The Sun2 / 2

Medina-Pingree-Buchanan's Megan Moser was again a model of efficiency Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Jamestown Civic Center.

The do-it-all junior for head coach Brett Thielges converted 6 of 9 from the field, including three triples, and scored 17 points in the opening round of the Stutsman County girls basketball tournament against Midkota. The effort supported University of Jamestown women's basketball recruit Amanda Allen's double-double of 20 points and 14 rebounds, and ultimately resulted in a 53-23 Thunder victory over the Mustangs.

M-P-B is moving on to face South Border in Friday's semifinals at 7:30 p.m.

"Coach says to shoot, so when I'm open I gotta take those shots," said Moser.

It's worth noting, one of Moser's three misses was a last-ditch attempt at beating the shot clock in the fourth quarter.

"Over the summer I shoot a lot with my sister (Lauren Moser) and the rest of the team, and at practice we do some shooting. We do anything game-like, because that's what we do in games."

The win moved the Thunder to 2-0 on the season and 2-0 against Midkota. M-P-B opened the season Nov. 29 with a 60-21 victory over the Mustangs in Kensal.

M-P-B, the defending Region 3 tournament champions, has started the season with just nine players on its varsity roster and suffered an injury to one Thursday. Freshman reserve Ryleigh Martin was helped off the court with 1 minute, 26 seconds remaining in the first half after sustaining what appeared to be a lower-leg injury while battling for a rebound.

M-P-B led 29-12 at the half and put the game away with a 12-0 run to start the third. Moser and junior Gracie Bohl each buried 3-pointers during the run.

"We don't have a lot of girls out, so it's very different and very surprising—no height, either," said the 5-foot-7 Moser, who, along with Allen and Bohl, played a large role in the Thunder's 24 wins and third-place finish at the Class B state tournament last March in Minot. "We've gotta work with what we have."

Midkota, who will play Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier in consolation play Friday at 4:30 p.m., was led by Emma Kollman with eight points and Nicole Beckley with 11 rebounds.

Mixed emotions for Mustangs

South Border defeated Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier in overtime to punch its ticket into Friday's semifinals, but another apparent knee injury for the Mustangs shrouded the victory.

Faith Dockter's knee gave out on her while trying to score an OT bucket in transition with 2 minutes, 33 seconds left on the clock and the Mustangs leading the Rebels 39-37. South Border freshman Lauren Fandrich was there to clean up Dockter's miss and score the 2, as the Mustangs hung on to win 48-40, but most eyes were focused at the sideline on Dockter over the remainder of the contest.

Dockter, a junior forward, finished with a game-high 23 points, including seven critical fourth-quarter markers that helped send the game into overtime tied at 37-37.

"It just gave out on me and locked," said Dockter, who was trying to walk-off the injury behind the South Border bench over the final 2 minutes. "I think it's fine though."

That would be good news for a team that's had a rash of knee injuries. South Border (1-1) has already lost players Nicole Schmidt and Jacey Lippert to knee injuries, and sophomore Alexis Kempf is back in the mix after sustaining a serious knee injury as a freshman.

E-K-M (1-1) is also playing this season without senior Katie Entzi to a knee injury sustained during the volleyball season. The Rebels led 30-27 at the end of three quarters behind a Bailey Anderson 3-pointer in the closing seconds, but losses to junior Maren Berntson (head injury) and Payton Brandenburg (fouls) during the game was too much for the Rebels to overcome.

Dockter said the Mustangs will be ready to play Friday vs. the Thunder.

"We had previously lost to Ellendale in overtime, and I think we were really determined to get our first win," Dockter said. "It feels good. These girls played hard and we're excited to play tomorrow."

Stutsman County Invitational Girls Basketball Tournament

At Jamestown Civic Center

Medina-Pingree-Buchanan 53, Midkota 23

Midkota 7 5 8 3 -- 23

M-P-B 10 19 14 10 -- 53

Midkota—Emma Kollman 8, Brenna Anderson 6, Meanda Rickford 6, Nicole Beckley 2, Hunter Peterson 1. Totals: 9-43 FG, 2-8 FT, 3-10 3-pointers (Rickford 2, Anderson), 28 Rebounds (Beckley 11), 12 Fouls, 18 Turnovers.

M-P-B—Amanda Allen 20, Megan Moser 17, Gracie Bohl 7, Danielle Essinger 3, Brittney Reister 2, Abigail Reich 2, Ryleigh Martin 2. Totals: 21-52 FG, 3-10 FT, 8-21 3-pointers (Moser 3, Allen 3, Bohl), 35 Rebounds (Allen 14), 8 Fouls, 10 Turnovers, 1 Block, 17 Steals (Reister 5).

Records: M-P-B 2-0. Midkota 0-3.

South Border 48, Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier 40 OT

SB 11 10 6 10 11 -- 48

E-K-M 7 12 11 7 3 -- 40

SB—Faith Dockter 23, Lauren Fandrich 8, Emily St. Aubin 7, Kaelie Kosiak 5, Reagen Gross 3, Alexis Kempt 2. Totals; 16-50 FG, 16-24 FT, 0-10 3-pointers, 41 Rebounds (Kempf 10), 12 Fouls, 1 Assist, 17 Turnovers, 9 Steals (Dockter 4).

E-K-M—Payton Brandenburg 12, Bailey Anderson 12, Avrie Carlson 6, Maren Berntson 5, Jacey Entzi 3, Jocie Madcke 2. Totals: 14-52 FG, 8-15 FT, 4-19 3-pointers (Anderson 2, Entzi, Carlson), 30 Rebounds (Carlson 8), 19 Fouls (Brandenburg), 17 Turnovers, 3 Blocks (Anderson 2), 8 Steals (Berntson 3).

Records: South Border 1-1. E-K-M 1-1.

Other quarterfinal games

Carrington 64, Warwick 28.

Ellendale 51, Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter 49 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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