Majettes’ season ends in overtime heartbreak

Alex Eisen/MDN Minot High sophomore Allie Nelson (2) gets trapped by Bismarck High's Maddy Steckler (11) and Cadee Ryckman (20) in a WDA loser-out contest Friday evening in Bismarck.

BISMARCK — With the score tied at 46-46, a traveling violation had gifted the Minot High School girls basketball team 10.1 seconds to upend the Bismarck High Demons.

Unable to get the ball up the court in a timely manner, senior Brenna Tschetter received a pass in the corner of the court with less than a second left on the clock and a hand directly in her face.

Tschetter pump faked and ran out of time. Four minutes later after overtime, time had run out of the Majettes’ season as well.

No. 6-seeded Bismarck High (12-11) outscored No. 7-seeded Minot High (9-14) in the extra quarter, 9-1, to keep their season alive with a 55-47 victory Friday evening in a WDA tournament loser-out game at the Bismarck Event Center.

After reaching the state tournament three years in a row from 2014 to 2016, the Majettes have now fallen short of state the last two seasons.

This defeat stinging a little bit more after coming so close to reaching a state qualifier.

“We wanted to play another day,” MHS coach Bernie Wasser said. “We just didn’t do what we needed to do. But, I’m not disappointed in them. We played a tough team and we battled. We just came up a little short.”

Minot only trailed by a point at halftime, 24-23, and hung right with Bismarck throughout the second half.

The Majettes had beat the Demons in overtime, 67-62, on Jan. 5. Their fortune wasn’t as favorable this time around.

Minot turned the ball over 22 times, which led to 27 points for Bismarck.

“Their defense made us rush,” Wasser said. “We were rushing our shots and made some quick passes that we shouldn’t have. But, pressure defense does that.”

Majettes senior Alli McCoy, despite playing through foul trouble, finished with a team-high 14 points, dished out six assists and collected five rebounds.

Bismarck High’s Cadee Ryckman also finished with a team-high 14 points and five rebounds.

Both Brenna Tschetter (11 points) and Paige Rosencrans (7) ended up fouling out for Minot.

The Majettes matched the Demons shot-for-shot in regulation.

But, with the season hanging in the balance, Minot only scored one point in overtime. Wasser stated the obvious when asked what the Majettes could have done differently.

“Make a shot,” he said. “I reflect on that and it’s about making a shot here and there. Making a defensive stop. It’s amazing how one possession can change the complexion of a game. We had opportunities. We just didn’t capitalize.”

The Majettes even finished with a better field goal percentage than the Demons, 42.5 percent to 38.9 percent.

Minot also had the edge in total rebounds (38-28).

“I felt like we fought from the very beginning to the very end,” Wasser said. “I’m very proud of what we have accomplished this year.”

The Majettes will graduate five seniors: McCoy, Brooke Nelson, Gwen Mathews, Madison Fried and Brenna Tschetter.

They leave a legacy behind of helping turn around a forgettable two-win season from a year ago into a nine-win campaign this year.

“It’s a great group of kids and we are going to dearly miss our seniors,” Wasser said. “Those five, they jump started us and changed our program. Now we have some good younger kids to follow.”

Tears were plentifully as the Majettes exited the locker room for the final time Friday evening in a somber finish to the season.

“All of them were something special, which we haven’t had where in a while,” Wasser said. “It’s one of those things where they hurt, and we all do. You never like to play your last game. I do feel for them, but the sun will come up tomorrow. Well, not really, it’s supposed to storm. But, nonetheless, they are going to be successful and they are going to be OK.”

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