Berthold takes down Surrey for third time

Garrick Hodge/MDN Surrey guard Schyler Lemere (4) shoots a mid-range shot while Lewis & Clark Berthold's Hannah Ibach (24) defends during a girls District 12 basketball game Thursday at the Minot Auditorium.

For whatever reason, the Lewis & Clark Berthold girls basketball team has Surrey’s number this season.

The No. 6 Bombers bested the No. 3 Mustangs 60-44 in a District 12 Tournament quarterfinal matchup Thursday at the Minot Auditorium. LCB beat Surrey 36-30 in the first meeting on Dec. 8 and won 47-44 on Jan. 25.

“The first two games were pretty close, but we knew we liked the matchups tonight because we had a height advantage,” LCB coach Kayla Lambrecht said. “We tried to utilize (sophomore forward) Toni Hamilton, who played a great game inside tonight. I think the girls buckled down. We discussed that beating a team three times is hard, so they just came out there with the will to win.”

With the Bombers holding a 23-19 in the closing seconds before halftime, senior center Grace Simons hit a floater as time expired to give her team a 25-19 advantage entering the break.

LCB outscored Surrey 15-11 in the third quarter en route to extending its lead to 10 entering the final quarter, 40-30.

The Bombers ended any hope of a Mustang comeback with an 8-0 run to start the quarter, taking their largest lead of the night at 48-30.

“We’re trying to extend our postseason run, so we never want to take our foot off the gas,” Lambrecht said. “To come out and not let them back in, that was our goal.”

Hamilton had a game-high 22 points for the Bombers, 12 of those coming in the second half.

“She just came to play,” Lambrecht said. “She worked inside, rebounded well and her inside game was pretty much unstoppable. I thought Toni did a great job posting her girl up moving around the floor and even making some outside shots.”

Grace Simons scored 16 for LCB and Abby Simons was the other Bomber in double figures with 10. Salym Klimpel recorded a team-high 11 points for Surrey, while Raquell Lemere chipped in seven.

LCB faces Bishop Ryan in a semifinal matchup today, while Surrey takes on Glenburn in a loser-out game.

In the pair’s first meeting, Bishop Ryan bested LCB 41-38 on Jan. 11.

“It’s going to be an aggressive game,” Lambrecht said. “We played them earlier in the year and lost by three, they have some great scorers from the inside and outside. We have to play good ball tomorrow and play defensively sound.”

Garrick Hodge covers Minot State athletics, the Minot Minotauros and high school sports. Follow him on Twitter @Garrick_Hodge