March 11, 2015

Ryan wins girls tournament

By Jarann Johnson
The Region 5 representative at the girls’ Class B State Tournament in Minot last weekend was Shiloh Christian. The Sky Hawks got no favors from other coaches in the state and drew the No. 1-seeded team in the first round.
The Sky Hawks matched up against Bishop Ryan and became the first team this season to hold Ryan under 50 points, but containing two college-bound players in Hannah Stewart and Gabbie Bohl proved to be too much for Shiloh.
Shiloh lost 49-30. The other first-round games had a few interesting twists to them. Kindred and Parshall competed in the only overtime game on the first day.
The Parshall and Kindred game resulted in a tie after four periods of play, when Kindred guard Lexi Piatz scored with five seconds left and tied the game at 47-47.
Parshall’s half court prayer failed, sending the game into overtime. Once in overtime Kindred built a 55-51 lead with a little over a minute to go. But with 36 seconds left Michelle Risan hit a 3-pointer for Parshall making the score 55-54.
The only problem for Parshall was that it took them longer than they wanted to foul. After finally fouling Piatz there were only 6 seconds left in the game.
Piatz missed the bonus free throw and Parshall raced up the court for a final shot, but the frantic pace resulted in a late-game turnover and Kindred finished with the win and kept an unblemished record at 25-0.
The other games also had some interesting twists. LaMoure-Litchville-Marion elected to use a box-and-1 defense on Lakota-Edmore and University of North Dakota recruit Fallyn Freije.
Freije, a 6-foot post, averaged 25.3 points, 13.2 rebounds, 7.2 assists, 2.5 blocks and 2.8 steals per game during the regular season, but was held to 18 points in the first round. It was Freiji’s third time playing in the state tournament.

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