All eight teams in District 12 will converge at the Minot Municipal Auditorium for the girls basketball Super Saturday beginning at 2 p.m.
The festivities begin with a pair of teams - Surrey (3-12 overall, 1-4 district) and Des Lacs-Burlington (5-9, 1-4) - looking to distance themselves from the bottom of the district and avoid a first-round matchup with top-ranked Bishop Ryan come tournament time. DL-B is coming off a narrow loss at Our Redeemer's Christian School on Monday and has played both Stanley and Kenmare tough.
The lone winless team in district play - Berthold (3-10, 0-5) - draws ORCS (10-4, 4-1) in the second game at 3:45 p.m. Despite losing their first five district games, the Bombers could very well be 3-2, losing three games by a combined 10 points.
Bishop Ryan’s Laurin Leidholt picks up her dribble as Our Redeemer’s Christian School’s Ashley Koppinger (10) and Morgan Olson defend.
The Knights enter Saturday's game on a three-game winning streak and have won seven of their last eight. The only hiccup was a 29-point loss to the Lions in January. ORCS currently holds the No. 2 seed in the district, owning the head-to-head tiebreaker with Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood.
The Lions (14-0, 5-0) can clinch the regular season title with a win against Kenmare (8-6, 3-2) and an M-L-S loss to Glenburn in the final game of the day.
"We're going to focus on what we need to do to get better," Ryan coach Julie Stewart said. "Lexie (Munson) is a concern because she is putting up points, but Quinn Harmon has been doing a stellar job for us defensively."
With the exception of an eight-point victory against Region 6 foe Velva, Ryan has embarrassed its opponents. The Lions have outscored teams by an average of 42 points and have tallied approximately 83 points per contest against district opponents.
"We really have to focus on our goals and what we're trying to accomplish and what's going to make us better," Stewart said. "Different teams have different things that they do well."
M-L-S (7-5, 4-1) and Glenburn (5-7, 2-3) close out Super Saturday at 7:15 p.m. Both teams have a lot to gain depending how the rest of the day's results. M-L-S could take sole possesion of second place with a win and an ORCS loss. Glenburn would move into a fourth-place tie with Kenmare with a win and a Honkers loss to Ryan. Glenburn and Kenmare meet Tuesday in the district finale.
State dual wrestling matchups set
The four Class B region champions and runners-up will take to the Fargodome in search of a state championship beginning Feb. 14.
Bishop Ryan - Region III champions for the first time since 2003 - will wrestle Region II runner up Central Cass. The Squirrels return to state for the fourth time in five years after missing the dual tournament in 2012. Central Cass dropped a 33-30 decision to Carrington in the championship dual before sneaking by Pembina County North 37-34 to qualify for state.
Region II champion Carrington goes head-to-head with Stanley-Powers Lake-Tioga-Ray, which lost the Region III championship dual to Bishop Ryan in the final match of the tournament.
Beulah-Hazen - Region IV runner up - opens the tournament against Region I champion South Border. B-H was roughed up in the championship match against Hettinger-Scranton-Richardton-Taylor-Hebron, losing 67-6. South Border cruised to its region crown, winning each dual by at least 20 points.
H-S squares off with Linton-HMB to end Day 1 of the tournament.
Carrington defeats North Star in 2OT thriller
There were 13 overtime games entering Saturday's slate of girls basketball matchups, but there had yet to be a contest decided in double-overtime. There was a triple-overtime game earlier this season between Ellendale and LaMoure-Litchville-Marion, but not a double-overtime contest.
That ended Saturday when Carrington defeated North Star 82-74 in two extra periods in a non-district game at Carrington High School. The Cardinals sent the game into overtime after tying the game with eight seconds remaining in regulation. Carrington had a chance to win it in overtime, but missed a shot with less than 10 seconds left.
"We've had a lot of tight games," Carrington coach Andy Braaten said. "We've been used to games coming down to the very end."
The Cardinals outscored the Bearcats 10-2 in the second overtime to pull out the victory. Braaten said the key was getting the ball into the post. Senior forward Nikki Braaten had a team-high 19 points and junior forward Kayla Hochhalter finished with 16.
North Star was behind the majority of the game, trailing by five after the first quarter, four at halftime and three at the end of the third before pulling even in the fourth. Megan Gowan led the Bearcats with 20 points.