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Minot High girls basketball vs. No. 1 Bismarck pregame

February 6, 2014 - Staff Blog
By RYAN HOLMGREN
Sports Editor
rholmgren@minotdailynews.com

Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers.

If the Minot High girls basketball team can keep that troublesome word to a minimum tonight, the Majettes (8-5 overall, 6-4 West Region) could send top-ranked Bismarck (11-1, 9-0) home with its first in-state loss all year. Minot hosts the Demons at 7:30 tonight at Magic City campus.

Here's what happened when the two squads played in the state capital on Dec. 12:

No. 3 Bismarck pulls away from Minot High

BISMARCK —The third-ranked Bismarck girls basketball team forced Minot into 26 turnovers and outrebounded the Majettes by 14 in a 77-63 West Region victory Thursday night.

MHS (1-1 overall, 0-1 region) led by eight in the early stages of the second half before the Demons (1-0, 1-0) locked down the Majettes and high-scoring forward Cassie Askvig. The sophomore had 20 of her 22 points by halftime, when the teams were tied at 40.

"They just clamped down on us and we couldn't get anything up in the second part of the second half," MHS coach Todd Magnuson said.

Bismarck outscored the Majettes 22-2 in points off turnovers and 11-0 in second-chance points to offset Minot's 56 percent shooting. Keisha Engelhardt had 20 points for the Demons, McKenzie Kiefer added 17 and Ashlee Hilzendeger chipped in 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Junior guards Sophie Bengson and Sierra Duttenhefer scored 11 apiece for the Majettes, who travel to Turtle Mountain on Tuesday.

The Demons are as balanced as any team in the state. Bismarck's Keisha Engelhardt (17.5 points per game), Courtney Troller (14.9 ppg) and Kenzie Kiefer (13.6 ppg) are all among the region's top seven scorers. Engelhardt snares 10.4 rebounds per game to average a double-double and Ashlee Hilzendeger posts five steals a contest.

As long as Minot can keep turnovers to a minimum, it has the balance to offset Bismarck's high-scoring trio and maybe, just maybe, pull off the upset.

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