Grant County knocks off No. 1 MPB

Al Christianson/Special to the MDN Grant County's Alexis Bentz (35) puts up a shot during the Class B girls basketball state semifinals Friday at the MSU Dome.

Riding the momentum from its miracle last-second shot from Thursday, the Grant County girls basketball team punched its ticket to the Class B state championship Friday at the MSU Dome.

The Coyotes took down No. 1 Medina/Pingree-Buchanan 49-47.

“We’ve been an underdog the last few weeks in the tournament,” Grant County coach Nicole Bentz said. “I just think we play with a lot of heart and determination. We know what we’re capable of. It’s just a matter of going out and believing in yourselves and teammates. Our end goal was to be in this championship.”

With the win, Grant County advances to play Killdeer at 8:15 p.m. tonight in the state title game at the MSU Dome.

MPB raced out to a 13-10 lead after one quarter, but Grant County’s Taylor Roehl made a Sportscenter Top 10 worthy play with a converted halfcourt shot at the buzzer.

Grant County went into halftime with a 25-23 advantage.

The Thunder opened the second half on a 9-0 run and led 37-36 after three quarters.

With the game tied at 38, the Coyotes went on a game-changing 8-0 run that gave them a 46-38 lead over MPB with 3:13 left. Grant County never looked back from there.

MPB cut the deficit to two with a 3-pointer from Lauren Moser with 10.1 seconds left, making it a 49-47.

On the next possession, Roehl was fouled and sent to the line, but missed the front end of the one-and-one. MPB’s Megan Moser had a chance to be a hero and lifted a 3-pointer at the buzzer for the win, but couldn’t convert.

“It was pretty nerve-wrecking, but what can you do? You just put it all on the line and you hope that shot falls short and it did,” Bentz said. “We know it very well could have went in like ours did Thursday, but it didn’t.”

MPB’s Amanda Allen tied a state record with the most 3-pointers made in a single game with seven. The previous record was held by Shauna Long of Standing Rock set against Hazen in 2009. Allen finished with a game-high 21 points in the contest.

Roehl led Grant County with 13 points, while Alexis Bentz chipped in 11.

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