Lions top rival Knights at home, 41-28

BR extends win streak to five games

Robert Brewer/MDN Bishop Ryan junior Magee Rovig (right) drives to the basket during the first half of the Lions 41-28 win over Our Redeemer’s Christian School on Thursday night. She ended the game with nine points.

In Class B basketball Thursday night, the Bishop Ryan Lions proved to be too much for their cross-town rival Our Redeemer’s Christian School as the Lions prevailed at home 41-28.

Our Redeemer’s got off to a sluggish start offensively and Bishop Ryan took full advantage. The Knights suffered through an extended shooting slump and also had several empty possessions due to turnover issues. At the end of one quarter, the Lions enjoyed a 14-3 lead.

Things were more competitive in the second as Our Redeemer’s scored the period’s first seven points. From there, Bishop Ryan senior Sydney Upton connected on a pair of field goal attempts, including a three-pointer to help the Lions regain momentum at 19-10. Fellow Lions senior Berkley Lundeen converted a pair of free throw shots in the closing seconds of the quarter to give Bishop Ryan a 21-12 halftime advantage.

The third period saw more evenly played basketball as both teams traded baskets with one another. A three-pointer from Our Redeemer’s sophomore Maya Vibeto narrowed the gap to 23-18 in favor of Bishop Ryan. However, the Lions answered back with five quick points to bolster their lead back into double-digits. In the closing seconds of the quarter, a three from Upton gave the Lions a 35-22 lead, their largest of the game at that point.

The Lions continued their success in the fourth with the first six points of the quarter on three-point makes by Magee Rovig and Upton. Later in the period, a driving layup from Meadow Roberts of Our Redeemer’s cut the Bishop Ryan lead to 41-28. As it turned out, that would be the last hoop of the ballgame as the Lions defense preserved the win.

Upton led all scorers with 17 for Bishop Ryan while Elise Altringer topped the Knights in scoring with eight. Up next on the schedule, the Lions plan to travel to Bottineau on Saturday while Our Redemer’s will host Westhope/Newburg on Saturday.


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