Mavericks stifle Knights, 37-21

Garrick Hodge/MDN Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood's Janie Savelkoul (24) puts up a shot while Our Redeemer's Tessa Olson (32) tries to take a charge during a District 12 girls basketball game Thursday at the Minot Auditorium. MLS won 37-21.

In a low-scoring affair, the No. 4 Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood girls basketball team mustered just enough offense Thursday.

The Mavericks took down No. 5 Our Redeemer’s 37-21 in a District 12 Tournament quarterfinal matchup Thursday at the Minot Auditorium.

“It’s always a race to 50 in girls basketball,” MLS coach Wayne Brackenbury said. “We didn’t get it tonight, but when you play defense and hold a team under 30, you’re certainly giving yourself a great chance to win. We’ll take it.”

Neither team mustered much offense in the first quarter, as the made first field goal wasn’t until MLS guard Leah Feland finally found the bottom of the net midway through the first quarter.

ORCS was 0-for-9 from the floor before making its first basket, trailing 5-0 until senior Karolynn Winger converted a layup at the 1:49 mark. The Mavericks led 7-5 after one.

“Defensively, I thought we played pretty well,” Brackenbury said. “The lid was kind of on their basket for most of the night, but we tested things and have played them before, so we knew what they’ve done. We tried to take away their backdoors and their drives to the hole. That’s what they do and that’s what we tried to take away.”

MLS closed the half on a 12-0 run, putting the Mavericks up 17-5 at halftime. The Knights were flustered offensively, finishing 0-16 from the floor in the second quarter and only shooting seven percent in the half (2-of-29). The Mavericks shot at a 37 percent clip heading into the break.

“We had our shots, they just rolled in and out,” ORCS coach Scott Peterson said. “We had layups and open looks that we’ve been getting all year long, it’s just they weren’t falling tonight. Sometimes in life, that’s just the way it goes. We have to step up the next game, play hard, and hope that the shots go in. I thought we played great defensively, it was just one of those games someone had to lose. “

MLS outscored ORCS 20-14 in the second half to advance in the double-elimination tournament.

Calli Brackenbury led the Mavericks with 11 points, while Feland and Kylie Abernathey chipped in nine.

Karlee Zablotney led the Knights with 10 points, while Winger recorded seven.

MLS advances to play Des Lacs-Burlington in the district semifinal, while ORCS takes on South Prairie in an elimination game. In the pair’s last meeting on Jan. 25, MLS beat DLB 52-47.

“We beat them last time out, but at the same token, they’re number one for a reason,” Brackenbury said. “We just have to come out with a great effort.”

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