WEB EXCLUSIVE: Raiders win 2nd Straight BCT Title


The Maple Valley High School girls basketball team had another close game in its rivalry with Valley City Saturday at W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse, but ultimately the Raiders did what they needed to, beating the Hi-Liners 46-43 in overtime to win their second straight Barnes County Girls Basketball Tournament championship.
It was the second consecutive time year the teams have met in the championship game, with Maple Valley getting the win both times after losing to Valley City in overtime earlier in the year.
Valley City got the first points of the game on free throws by Dierra Diegel and jumped out to a 10-2 lead behind 3-pointers from Jessica Denholm, a midrange shot from Madison Taylor, and a 3 from Megan McDaniel.
But Maple Valley freshman Rylee Nudell, who surpassed 1,000 career points earlier this month, took charge from there. She found her rhythm in the post, almost single handedly narrowing the deficit to 14-10 by the end of the quarter.
She then scored the first four points of the second quarter to tie it 14-14 before Valley City regained the lead with a 3-pointer from Claire Olson.
Maple Valley took its first lead of the game midway through the second quarter when Nudell hit a layup to make it 20-19.
Around that time Olson continued to take charge, hitting a game tying layup to make it 23-23 with 2:25 left, then putting the Hi-Liners ahead 25-23, and getting an assist on a post pass to Madison Taylor to give VC a 27-25 lead at the half.
Nudell and Olson were their team’s leading scorers at halftime, with 17 and 11 points each.
The teams played strong defense in the second half with Maple Valley shooting 38 percent from the floor. The Raiders tied the game 39-39 with a minute left to send it to overtime.
In overtime, Maple Valley got a 3-pointer from Cassie Pautz, then a layup from Rylee Nudell to go up 44-41. Olson provided the counter, getting four points, but Maple Valley sealed it with two free throws by Abbie Tinjum with 1.9 seconds left.

Sargent Central 47, Enderlin 44
Late shooting by Cayla Enderson gave Sargent Central a 47-44 win in the tournament’s third place game.
Enderson hit two key 3-pointers in the fourth quarter that helped the Cadets break away late in a game they led early in, while fending off a pesky Enderlin team that ended the game with a missed 3-pointer that would have tied it.
The Cadets got first quarter scoring from all around the court, led by Hannah Schlecht, to go up 16-6 in the first quarter.
But Enderlin didn’t lie down, limiting Sargent Central to two points in the second quarter to narrow the lead to 18-15 at halftime, most of the points behind Megan Johnson and Kelsey Laufenberg.
The score stayed close the rest of the game, with Sargent Central getting a lead, but Enderlin working to tie it up.
Sargent Central went ahead six points at the end of the third on a buzzer beater by Hannah Schlecht, but Enderlin kept pushing, narrowing the lead to one point in the final four minutes. Enderson’s 3-pointers gave the Cadets buffer room and free throws by Schlecht scored the final points of the game to make it 47-44 with 20 seconds left.
Enderson led Sargent Central with 12 points and Schlecht had a double double, scoring 11 points and nabbing 10 rebounds.
Megan Johnson continued her strong play for Enderlin, getting 16 rebounds and scoring 21 points. Kelsey Laufenberg had 10 points and nine rebounds for the Eagles.

Finley-Sharon/Hope-Page 38, LaMoure/Litchville-Marion 37

The 5th place game between Finley-Sharon/Hope-Page and LaMoure/Litchville-Marion went back and forth, but ultimately was decided on one final free throw that gave FSHP a 38-37 win.
The free throw was from FSHP’s Lexi Archer, who was fouled going up for a layup with one second left. Archer hit one of her two free throws on the possession, allowing time to expire after missing the second.
The free throw ended what was a close game throughout with neither team leading by more than six points.
In a low-scoring first quarter, LLM led 7-4 and held on to lead 15-14 in the second.
FSHP’s Madison Koenig came out in the third quarter hitting shots. She scored five of FSHP’s 10 points in the third quarter.
The Spartans got their first lead of the game on a layup by Kendra Breckheimer to make it 20-18 with four minutes left in the third quarter. FSHP finished the third with a 24-22 lead.
LLM’s Courtney Carlson found her stride in the fourth quarter, scoring seven of her team’s 15 points in the quarter, but the Spartans had shots from Koenig that kept it close. The Loboes had the lead up to the final 18 seconds, but FSHP narrowed it with free throw shooting.
Breckheimer hit a free throw with 17.9 seconds left in regulation to tie it 37-37. Archer’s game-winner came on an inbounds play shortly after.
Koenig led FSHP with 16 points. Archer had seven and Breckheimer had 6.
Carlson led LLM with 15 points and got contributions from Abby Warcken and Tasha Piehl, who had six points each.

Barnes Co. North 34, Griggs Co. Central 31
Barnes County North struggled early in the seventh place game against Griggs County Central, but broke loose in the second half in a 34-31 win that came down to the wire.
It was the team's first win of the season.
The Bison shot 18.5 percent from the field in the first half, hitting 5-27 shots from the floor to take a 16-15 lead into halftime.
BCN then came out of halftime having found their stroke, scoring 14 points in the first six minutes of the third quarter.
The quarter opened with a layup from Calby Hanson, then included shots from around the court as Sam Wieland, Kayla Erker and Kayla Scott all contributed points. The Bison also limited Griggs’ offense, holding the Cougars scoreless in the third.
Griggs didn’t score their first points of the half until Alexis Savre hit a free throw a minute into the fourth quarter. BCN held the lead the rest of the way.
GCC made it a game late, getting 3-pointers from Tristin Loge Johnson and Alexis Savre to narrow the lead to two points with as few as 12.9 seconds left. GCC got the ball back with 4.6 seconds and a three-point lead. The Cougars got the ball in bounds but couldn’t get a shot.
Hanson and Wieland led Barnes County North with 10 points each. Wieland also had nine rebounds. Savre led Griggs County with 13 points and Loge Johnson had 10. Painter Presley had 10 points and eight rebounds.

Full bracket
Tuesday: First round
Valley City 62, Barnes Co. North 22
Sargent Central 46, LaMoure/Litchville-Marion 38
Maple Valley 61, Griggs Co. 28
4) No. 3 Enderlin vs. No. 6 FSHP, 7:30 p.m.
Consolation semifinals
LaMoure/Litchville-Marion 42, Barnes Co. North 28
FSHP 47, Griggs Co. Central 24
Championship semifinals
Valley City 70, Sargent Central 33
Maple Valley vs. Enderlin, 7:30 p.m.
7th place: Barnes Co. North 34, Griggs Co. Central 31
5th place: FSHP 38, LaMoure/Litchville-Marion 37
3rd place: Sargent Central 47, Enderlin 44
Championship: Maple Valley 46, Valley City 43

All-Tournament team:
Riley Nudell, Maple Valley*
Megan Johnson, Enderlin*
Hannah Schlecht, Sargent Central*
Dierra Diegel, Valley City *
Krista Thielges, Enderlin
Madison Koenig, Finley Sharon Hope Page
Cassie Pautz, Maple Valley
Megan Kasowski, Maple Valley
Madison Taylor, Valley City
Jessica Denholm, Valley City
Megan McDaniel, Valley City

Saturday Boxes

Barnes Co. North 34, Griggs Co. Central 31
GCC 8 7 0 16 — 31
BCN 5 11 14 4 — 34

Top performers:
GCC: Alexis Savre 13 points, Tristin Loge Johnson 10 pts
BCN: Calby Hanson 10 points; Sam Wieland 10 points, 9 rebounds

FSHP 38, LaMoure/Litchville-Marion 37
LLM 7 4 7 15 — 37
FSHP 4 10 10 14 — 38

Top performers:
LLM: Courtney Carlson 15 pts, Tasha Piehl 6 pts, Abby Warcken 6 pts
FSHP: Madison Koenig 16 pts, Lexia Archer 7 pts, game winning free throw, Kendra Breckheimer 6 pts.

Sargent Central 47, Enderlin 44
E 6 9 11 18 — 44
SC 16 2 14 15 — 47

Top performers
E: Megan Johnson 21 points, 16 rebounds, Kelsey Laufenberg 10 points, 9 rebs
SC: Cayla Enderson 12 points, Hannah Schlecht 11 points, 10 rebs

Maple Valley 46, Valley City 43
MV 10 15 4 10 7 — 46
VC 14 13 8 4 4 — 43

Top performers
MV:Rylee Nudell 31 pts, 14 rebs
VC: Claire Olson 17 pts, Jessica Denholm 10 pts.