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District 11 prevails

Rugby, Velva girls advance to Region 6 championship

February 23, 2018
Pierce County Tribune

By Tuesday evening, three teams from District 11 and one team from District 12 remained in the Region 6 Girls Basketball tournament.

At the end of the night it was down to two.

The Rugby Panthers, who were ranked fifth in Class B in the last N.D Associated Press Sportscasters & Sportswriters Association poll, knocked off the District 12 second seed Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood Mavericks in a 40-32 win. To advance, the Panthers defeated the District 12 No. 4-seed Lewis & Clark-Berthold Bombers, 57-32. Monday The Mavericks, meanwhile, defeated the Towner-Granville-Upham Titans, 54-20, the game after.

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Lori Gronvold for the Tribune
Whitney Gronvold tries to get around Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood players Tuesday evening. The Panthers defeated the Mavericks, 40-32, at the Minot Municipal Auditorium.

The Velva Aggies who were the second seed out of District 11 and were receiving votes in the last poll defeated the Bottineau Stars who stunned the Bishop Ryan Lions the night before 47-25. On Monday night the Aggies sunk the Des Lacs-Burlington Lakers, 51-35.

The Aggies and the Panthers faced off Thursday evening at the Minot Municipal Auditorium.

Panthers strafe Bombers

The first stop in the region tournament for the Panthers was the Bombers.

Despite both teams getting bit by the turnover bug early, the Panthers managed to work up an early 6-2 lead.

After a bucket from Bombers guard Corina Pabian at the 3:35 mark, the Panthers went on a 5-2 run. The first quarter would end 15-8 in the Panthers' favor.

The Bombers got on the board first in the second quarter, with forward Abby Simons getting a bucket mere seconds after a trip to the charity stripe bore no fruit for fellow forward Sara Birdsall.

It would be nearly three minutes before the Panthers would get their first points on the quarter a three-point play from Stier but they would work up a couple of 5-point runs to be ahead 28-17 going into halftime.

The Panthers worked up a 4-3 lead early in the third quarter, and ended it with a 42-26 lead.

The Bombers had their lowest scoring output of the night in the fourth quarter with six points, four of them coming from trips to the line for Hamilton. The Panthers matched their first quarter output and ended the game with a 57-32 win.

Panthers defeat Mavericks

The second night of the tournament saw a sluggish start for both the Mavericks and the Panthers, with both teams going scoreless for the first three minutes.

Then the Mavericks were able to get the lead, outscoring the Panthers 5-4 in the first quarter. They held the lead until the final moments of the first half. Tristin Lunde and Maria Blessum were able to get lay-ups that allowed the Panthers to get a 13-12 lead going into halftime.

The Panthers and the Mavericks would be extremely close in the second half with the Panthers outscoring the Mavericks 16-13 and 11-7 in the fourth.

- Tribune Staff Report



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