Mustangs GBB tops Bombers, 59-39

Alex Eisen/MDN Surrey senior guard Schyler Lemere (4) steals the ball and dribbles away from Lewis & Clark-Berthold junior Kenadi Bredahl (11) in Class B girls basketball game Tuesday evening at Nedrose High School.

If all else fails, feed the bigs.

The Surrey High School girls basketball team handled business in the opening round of the Nedrose Tournament on Tuesday, defeating Lewis & Clark-Berthold by a score of 59-39. The Mustangs used their height to their advance, securing a wire-to-wire win and advancing to the semifinals.

“I would say this is the most minutes that we’ve played the way we’re supposed to play all season,” Surrey head coach Erica Fairchild said. “I thought we looked way sharper today more times than not, and it was a really good effort.”

Surrey put on a show in the opening quarter, outscoring the Bombers, 17-7. The Mustangs built their lead three points at a time, as the group drilled two shots from deep and earned another trio with an old-fashioned and-one play by senior forward Hunter Fuchs.

Surrey kept its foot on the gas in the second quarter, launching a 9-2 run in the first four minutes. Lewis and Clark senior Abby Simons did her best to try and trim the lead, scoring seven points in the quarter.

The Bombers ended the first half on a 9-0 run, but the Mustangs still held a rather comfortable 31-18 lead at halftime.

“There was about a minute and a half of time at the end of the first half where our girls didn’t know who they were guarding,” Fairchild said. “It was just a mental lapse, and we got away from the game plan.”

The Bombers trimmed the deficit to as little as 11 points in the third quarter, but the Mustangs’ height proved to be too much to handle. Surrey seemed perfectly content with feeding Salym Klimpel down low, and the sophomore forward delivered.

Klimpel snatched the momentum back for Surrey by scoring eight points in the quarter to give the Mustangs a 45-27 lead.

“I told myself ‘I’m going to go up strong’ throughout the whole game tonight,” Klimpel said. “I feel like I hadn’t been doing that the first two games (of the season), so this definitely boosted my confidence a lot.”

The deficit proved to be too much for the Bombers, as Surrey cruised to a 59-39 win. Klimpel led the way with 20 points in the win, while Simons recorded a game-high 21 points for the Bombers in the loss.

Berthold will take on Lewis & Clark North Shore Plaza in a consolation semifinals match on Friday at 3 p.m.

Meanwhile, the Mustangs advance to take on Velva Friday at 6 p.m. with a trip to the championship on the line. The Aggies put the rest of the tournament on notice in their opening round matchup, toppling North Shore Plaza by a score of 86-12.

For Surrey, the matchup provides the team with an opportunity to see where it’s at early in the season.

“I think we’re all very excited (to play Velva),” Klimpel said. ‘I think it’ll be a good matchup for us.”

Justin Martinez covers Minot High School sports and Class B high school sports. Follow him on Twitter @JTheSportsDude.