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Royals a win away from state

Rose scores 1,000th career point

Adam Papin/MDN Abby Mikkelson (33), of South Prairie-Max, dribbles past Rugby’s Katie Sullivan (22) on Tuesday.

Early in the third quarter, South Prairie-Max’s Bre Rose was fouled driving to the basket, and the Royals’ student section erupted with chants of ‘1,000.’ Rose stepped to the free throw line, sank the free-throw and became the first player in school history to eclipse 1,000 points in her career.

The basket also reignited the Royals in their Class A, Region 3 semifinal, as South Prairie-Max used a 10-0 run in the third quarter to outlast the Rugby Panthers, 53-45 to advance to the final Thursday, where they will play the Bottineau Stars.

Rose, a transfer from Tioga where she scored approximately 700 of the points, credited her faith, family and teammates for getting her to the milestone.

“I really have to thank God,” said Rose. “And everyone who has helped me along the way. My dad. My coaches. Especially my dad. He’s really been there for me, pushing me to be the best I can be. But I have to give all glory to God.”

South Prairie-Max girls’ basketball head coach Tanner Mosser spoke about what Rose has added to the program.

“She’s added a lot,” said Mosser. “Not even just from a basketball perspective. The family’s great, and she’s a great person. She loves basketball so that energy feeds everyone else. We are very lucky to have her.”

The two teams played back-and-forth during the first quarter, with Rugby holding an 11-10 edge. South Prairie-Max outscored Rugby by four points in the second quarter to take a three-point lead into the break.

The Royals held an 18-15 advantage in the third quarter and outscored the Panthers by two points in the fourth quarter for the eight-point win. They led by as many as 14 points midway through the fourth.

Skotti Beck led all Royals’ scorers with 14 points, and Rylee Routledge finished with 10 points. Rose finished with nine points, to go along with nine rebounds.

Rugby was led by Lacie Deplazes, who finished with a game-high 16 points and seven rebounds. Elise Fahnestock added 14 points and nine rebounds for the Panthers.

South Prairie-Max shot 40.9 percent in the game, while Rugby only was 26.7 percent from the field. The Royals led by as many as 14 points in the fourth quarter.

Rugby falls to 10-13 on the season, and the Panthers will face Turtle Mountain in the third-place game on Thursday. South Prairie-Max improves to 21-2 on the season. It will play Bottineau in the final, with an automatic trip to the state tournament on the line.

Bottineau got 23 first-half points from Krya Beckman, and outscored the Turtle Mountain Braves 42-15 in the first half, as they cruised to a 74-40 win to advance to the championship game. Beckman finished with 28 in the win. Hallie Nero added 19 and Kylie Simpson contributed 14 in the games.

Quin Laducer led Turtle Mountain with eight points.

Bottineau advances to play South Prairie-Max in the championship game, while Turtle Mountain will face Rugby in the third-place game. Both games are at the MSU Dome on Thursday, Feb. 22.

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