GBB District 11 Tournament first-round action at Nedrose

Jimmy Lafakis/MDN Velva sophomore guard Whitney Schepp dribbles the ball during the second quarter of Thursday’s District 11 contest against Nedrose in Minot. The Aggies earned a 54-25 victory over the Cardinals.

Top-seeded Rugby sat out the first day of the District 11 girls basketball tournament with a bye. Six other teams looked to join the Panthers in the semifinals this evening.

Opening day recap of district basketball action at Nedrose High School:

Velva 54, Nedrose 25

The No. 2-seeded Velva Aggies (10-10) held the host No. 7-seeded Nedrose Cardinals (5-15) to under 10 points in each quarter.

The Aggies shared the ball well with nine different players scoring. Olivia Passa and Kaitlyn Lund led the charge with 10 points apiece.

Hailee Miller and A’Lexis Crawford each scored a team-high 7 points for the Cardinals.

Surprisingly, the 29-point deficit wasn’t the largest of the day. That was saved for the final game of the day.

Westhope/Newburg 51, Drake/Anamoose 27

The middle game ended up being the closest, but No. 3-seeded Westhope/Newburg (11-9) still had a 19-6 lead after the opening quarter.

No. 6-seeded Drake/Anamoose (5-15) won the third quarter, 11-9, but the 31-10 halftime deficit was too much.

Ellie Braaten and Kimberly Tabarez each had a team-high 16 points for the Sioux.

Riley Hauff provided 7 points as the Raiders’ leading scorer.

Westhope/Newburg beat Drake/Anamoose by the same 24-point margin, 56-32, on Jan. 3 when the two teams met for the first time this season.

Bottineau 56, TGU 23

The first quarter was close, 8-7 in Bottineau’s favor. After that, the No. 5-seeded Stars (8-12) exploded away to knock off No. 4-seeded Towner-Granville-Upham (7-13).

Sabra Peterson was the leading catalyst for Bottineau with a game-high 17 points. The Stars nearly had four players in double figures with Ashtyn Allard (10 points), Kylie Simpson (9) and Morgan Haerer (8).

TGU forward Jaidyn Brummond was held to 6 points. Grace Schmitt (5 points) and Neeleigh Wollenzien (4) also struggled to get going on offense for the Titans.

TGU was held scoreless in the fourth quarter.

With Thursday’s results, the District 11 semifinals this evening at Nedrose High School will feature No. 1 Rugby vs. No. 5 Bottineau at 5:30 p.m. and No. 2 Velva vs. No. 3 Westhope/Newburg at 7 p.m.

The loser-out contest before that at 4 p.m. will involve No. 6 Drake/Anamoose against No. 7 Nedrose.

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