Class B Takeover
Girls Class B State Tournament play begins today at the MSU Dome
While the basketball season has ended for most Class B girls teams, the final eight will start their fight today for the state championship. One defending, some returning, and others making their first appearance in years.
The quarterfinal action begins today at the Minot State University Dome in Minot and will come to an end Saturday, where one team will come out on top.
Here is a breakdown of each team remaining in Class B girls basketball.
No. 1 Medina-Pingree/Buchanan
Hailing from outside of Jamestown in Region 3, the Medina-Pingree/Buchanan Thunder are seeded No. 1 overall in the state with a 22-2 record.
The Thunder consistently see double-digit scoring efforts from junior Amanda Allen and Megan Moser. Allen has averaged 12 points per game, while Moser sits at 11. Not only can Moser score, she also averages three steals per game, making her a threat on both sides of the court.
Rounding out the top scoring efforts is senior Halle Uehran with eight points per game, as well as five rebounds per game. Uehran stands at 6-foot-3, making her the tallest athlete on the team and in the entirety of the tournament.
MPB faced No. 2 Langdon Area/Edmore/Munich earlier this season on Jan. 20, where the Thunder won 50-20. Other than that, the Thunder has not faced anyone else in the tournament and will take on unseeded Watford City (15-10) today in the first round. The game begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Dome.
No. 2 Langdon Area/
Representing Region 4 is the Langdon Area/Edmore/Munich Cardinals, matching the 22-2 record of MPB. Unlike MPB, the Cardinals have seen two state tournament teams. While the Cardinals fell to the Thunder, the Cardinals defeated unseeded Thompson on Dec. 9, 44-34.
Senior scoring leader Jordyn Worley has amassed 1,762 total points so far in her career and averages 19.2 points per game. She also has an average of 3.7 steals per game.
Following her lead is sophomore Callie Ronningen, averaging 15.1 points per game. Ronningen, standing at 5-foot-11, averages 9.2 rebounds per game and 3.4 steals per game.
Kaitlyn Scherr, a sophomore for the Cardinals, leads the team’s free throw efforts, having 84 percent accuracy from the line.
The Cardinals will play unseeded Thompson (21-3) today at 1 p.m. at the Dome.
No. 3 Rugby
The Rugby Panthers won their District 11 tournament and their Region 6 tournament to earn the No. 3 seed for state. The Panthers have a 22-2 overall record so far this year, but haven’t had the luxury of facing any of the state tournament teams.
The Panthers are led in scoring by senior Madison Uhlenkamp, averaging 12.4 points per game, followed closely by junior Anni Stier with 12.3 points. Uhlenkamp also leads the team in rebounds, averaging 7.1 per game.
Maria Blessum averages 2.9 steals per game for the Panthers while keeping her turnover rate to around once per game.
The Panthers last made it to the state tournament in 2016, and have yet to make it to the finals at the state tournament.
Rugby will play unseeded Killdeer today at 2:45 p.m. at the Dome.
No. 4 Kindred
As the defending state champions, Kindred, from Region 1, is the No. 4 seed with a record of 19-4. So far this season, the Kindred Vikings defeated unseeded Thompson on Jan. 13, 54-41. This is the only team in the state tournament the Vikings have seen this year.
Eighth-grader Abby Duchsherer for the Vikings has made a big impact this season, leading the team in scoring, rebounds and steals. She averages 17 points, six rebounds and 2.3 steals per game.
Vikings senior Tori Braaten averages 11.4 points per game, with eighth-grader Terryn Johnson rounding out the top three scorers with an average of 8 points per game.
The team overall averages almost 60 points a game and holds their opponents to around 40. Kindred has the experience and the opportunity to repeat as state champions, though they have some fresh faces to get through to be able to do so.
The Vikings face No. 5 seeded Grant County today at 8:15 p.m. at the Dome.
No. 5 Grant County
Grant County is making its third state appearance since 2010 with a record of 19-5 so far this season. The Grant County Coyotes from Region 5 bring with them three girls averaging double-digit numbers per game.
Senior Alexis Bentz leads the pack in scoring (15.9 points per game), rebounding (11.1 per game), steals (3.7 per game) and blocks (2.9 per game). Fellow senior Taylor Roehl follows Bentz in scoring with an average of 13.8 points per game, with sophomore Coral Alt finishing the top three with 10.1 points per game.
The Coyotes faced unseeded Killdeer earlier this season on Jan. 20, where the Coyotes won 57-52.
The Watford City Wolves won their Region 8 tournament with a 15-10 record. Watford City made it to the finals of the state tournament in 2016 but fell to Shiloh Christian 45-40.
The Wolves faced unseeded Killdeer earlier this season on Jan. 26, where the Wolves fell 38-33.
Watford City brings three, double-digit scorers to the table in senior Avery Sundeen, junior Lindsay Peterson, and senior Emma Mogen.
Over the course of the season, Sundeen has scored 14 points per game, followed by Peterson at 10.9 and Mogen at 10. Mogen leads the team in rebounding with an average of 7.7 per game while also leading in steals at an average of 3.6 steals per game.
Winning Region 2, the Thompson Tommies enter the state tournament with a 21-3 record. The Tommies suffered two of their loses to state tournament teams, LAEM and Kindred, earlier in the season.
Overall this season, the Tommies average 54.4 points per game while allowing only 35.3 points per game. Freshman Mackenzie Hughes leads the team in steals with 4.6 per game, while senior Kailen Dolleslager leads in rebounds with 8.7 per game, 5.1 of which being defensive.
As far as scoring, Dolleslager averages 11.3 points per game while Hughes averages 10.1.
Junior Taylor Zak rounds out the top three scorers with an average of 8.7 points per game.
Thompson has yet to make it to the finals in the state tournament.
Killdeer, having gone 20-4 this season and winning Region 7, is returning to the state tournament for the second time in school history, the first appearance being in 2005. Then, the girls finished third overall.
Two seniors on the team, Trae Murray and Sydney Andersen, have both signed to play for Bismarck State College after high school. Another senior, Bridgette Reiss, is getting looks from Dickinson State University.
In the Region 7 tournament, the Cowboys had three athletes hitting double-digits. Andersen averaged 15.3 points over the tournament, while Murray averaged 18 points and Reiss averaged 12.
The Cowboys fell to No. 5 Grant County earlier this season, but won against unseeded Watford City.