Medina/Pingree-Buchanan dominates Watford City

Al Christianson/Special to the MDN  Medina/Pingree-Buchanan's Halle Uehran (5) puts up a shot, while Watford City's Sydney Faller (30) jumps in a block attempt during Thursday's Class B girls basketball state tournament quarterfinal matchup at the MSU Dome.

Medina/Pingree-Buchanan was a force to be reckoned with Thursday.

The Thunder scored 36 points in the paint en route to a convincing 62-20 victory over Watford City in the Class B girls basketball state tournament quarterfinals at the MSU Dome.

MPB advances to a semifinal matchup with Grant County at 8:15 p.m. tonight, while Watford City takes on Kindred in a consolation game at 2:45 p.m.

“We knew we’d have a size advantage, but we also knew we had to be able to get it to them to be effective,” MPB coach Brett Thielges said. “That means our guards had to handle some pressure and take care of the basketball.”

Watford City, which does not have a girl taller than 5-foot-10 on its roster, was no match for the length provided by 6-foot-3 center Halle Uehran, 6-foot forward Taylor Sabinash and 6-foot center Jadyn Pollert. Uehran led the Thunder in scoring with 17 points, while grabbing seven rebounds, dishing out five assists and blocking seven shots. Sabinash chipped in 12 points and Pollert added eight points. MPB had a 40-26 rebounding advantage on the Wolves.

“Uehran is a gamer,” Thielges said. “She knows when to turn it on. She was an impact from the get go. She bothered some shots in the post and I think that allowed our perimeter defense to be effective as well.”

MPB led 11-6 after one quarter, then used a 15-0 run in the second to push the advantage to 24-6. The Thunder entered halftime leading 31-10.

“We needed something like that,” Thielges said. “Not to say we were going to relax and coast, but we executed when we needed to. Defensively, I knew we were going to be there. It’s just a matter of if the offense comes around.”

MPB outscored the Wolves 31-10 in the second half, cruising to victory.

“It was difficult to contend with them,” Watford City coach Cary Veis said. “They’re a very good basketball team and they can shoot the ball very well. It’s just a pretty tough team.”

MPB guard Amanda Allen scored 13 points, while the Thunder shot 65 percent from the floor, 3-of-9 from beyond the arc and made 7 of 11 free throws.

Lindsay Peterson and Avery Sundeen each scored five points for Watford City. The Wolves shot 15.4 percent from the floor, 2-of-10 from long range and made 2 of 10 free throws.

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