Glenburn and ORCS advance to region qualifier game

Stakes were high Friday at the Minot Municipal Auditorium in Day 2 of the District 12 girls basketball tournament as a pair of loser-out games were played with a trip to a region qualifier game on the line.

Here’s a look at how the two survive-and-advance showdowns shaped out:

Glenburn 57, South Prairie 23

The first team to advance was No. 4 Glenburn, who bounced back from a 53-47 loss to No. 5 Lewis & Clark-Berthold on Thursday with an emphatic 57-23 victory over No. 8 Surrey.

The Panthers sent a message in the opening quarter, as they shut out South Prairie with some stingy defense to take a 12-0 lead at the break and ultimately secure to the win.

“It was nice to come out with a little more confidence and play better than we did (against Berthold),” Glenburn head coach Jordan Peterson said. “We needed to come out with a little more intensity, and I thought we did…We’re pumped that we get to stick around and play on Saturday.”

South Prairie’s Rielee Williamson and McKynna Stenberg each totaled a team-high six points in the loss, while Glenburn’s Baylee Bachmeier and McKenna Rolland tied for a game-high 11 points.

With the win, the Panthers advance to take on No. 3 Bishop Ryan today at 4 p.m. with a trip to the Region 6 girls basketball tournament being the prize.

Our Redeemer’s 46, Surrey 39

The second loser-out match proved to be far more thrilling as No. 6 Our Redeemer’s dug deep defensively down the stretch to fend off a second-half comeback by No. 7 Surrey for a hard-earned 46-39 win.

“Defense,” ORCS head coach Scott Peterson said. “We knew coming in that was going to be the key in winning games come tournament time. (Surrey) is a good team that plays with a lot of heart… it’s just good for us to get these games and come out with a win.”

Trailing 23-15 entering the third quarter, the Mustangs launched a 14-0 run. Katie Aberle and Salym Klimpel led the dramatic comeback, scoring eight and six points respectively to give Surrey a 29-23 lead with 2:30 on the clock.

But the Knights responded with an 8-0 run of their own. Seventh-grade guard Maya Vibeto capped off the run with a last-second triple to end the quarter and give her team a 31-29 lead entering the final frame.

Our Redeemer’s never relinquished the lead in the fourth quarter as the Knights held on for the 46-39 victory. Aberle and Klimpel each finished with a team-high 12 points in the loss, while Tessa Olson led the Knights with 20 points followed by Tea Boeckel with 11 points.

Our Redeemer’s will take on Berthold today at 5:30 p.m. The winner will secure its spot in the Region 6 girls basketball tournament.

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