Lions run rampant

Bishop Ryan’s speed too much for Glenburn to handle

Alex Eisen/MDN Ryan junior McKinlee Harmon (31) passes the ball up the court on a Lions' fast break against Glenburn in a Region 6 contest played Monday.

The Bishop Ryan girls basketball team needed roughly five seconds Monday night to stamp its authority on a Region 6 contest against Glenburn at home.

After winning the opening tip, the Lions zipped the ball down the floor for an easy layup. And then they scored the next 18 points before the Panthers could get rid of their goose egg on the scoreboard.

The Lions (7-3, 5-0 Region 6), which received votes in the most recent Class B rankings, used their up-tempo style of play and stout defense to take care of Glenburn, 77-18.

“I’ve been looking for a complete game, so this was nice to see,” Ryan coach Julie Stewart said. “We really transitioned the ball well tonight. … We defended, we rebounded and we ran.”

The Lions opened the game on an 8-0 run before Glenburn (5-5, 0-2 Region 6) called a timeout two minutes into the contest.

The time to talk things over didn’t change the immediate outcome on the court. With three minutes left in the opening quarter, Glenburn had yet to score and used another timeout now trailing 14-0.

The Lions fast start was in large part due to them exploiting the Panthers on the fast break with guards Shayla Elm and Sealy Rovig leading the charge.

“Your fast break starts with your defense and rebounding,” Stewart said. “I thought we did a nice job on that. I can’t think of many second chances they got, and then we were able to just get out and go.”

Rovig finished with a team-high eight assists and Elm collected 15 points.

“It really showed how our defense is leading to our offense,” Rovig said about the Lions’ ability to capitalize in transition. “Our guards and our posts are running the floor and it makes it easy for me to get the ball to them.”

Glenburn finally got its first points with 52 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Senior Randi Long sunk a mid-range jumper from the elbow. It was the Panthers only points of the quarter, 22-2.

More shots fell for Glenburn in the second quarter, but that didn’t prevent Ryan from grabbing a 30-point lead at halftime, 43-13.

Ryan freshman Annika Stewart had a substantial size advantage down low at 6-foot-2 with Glenburn’s tallest player being senior Latasha Dean listed at 5-foot-9. Stewart scored a team-high 22 points and 11 rebounds.

“Size and speed always help you against every team,” Rovig said. “And today it helped us a lot.”

The third quarter looked eerie similar to the first. Glenburn struggled to complete passes and rebounds were even tougher to come by against the taller Ryan team. Lions senior Holly Burckhard summed up the quarter by blocking a three-point attempt at the buzzer.

Ryan led 61-18 after three quarters and coasted to the finish, 77-18. Holding Glenburn scoreless in the final frame.

Along with Stewart and Elm, both junior McKinlee Harmon (14 points) and senior Morgan Kroger (12 points) finished in double figures for Ryan. Long led Glenburn with six points.

Ryan takes on Region 6 foe Lewis & Clark – Berthold next at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday in Berthold. While Glenburn heads home to face a Region 6 opponent as well in Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood at 5:45 p.m. on Friday.

Alex Eisen covers Minot High School, Minot State athletics and high school sports. Follow him on Twitter @AEisen13.