Mary Haman pulled down a pair of clutch rebounds in the final minute of play Tuesday evening in the Devils Lake Sports Center and helped lift the Lakota/Adams-Edmore Lady Raiders to a thrilling 53-52 win over over the North Star Lady Bearcats in the semifinal round of the girls’ Class B Region IV Basketball Tournament
Haman’s rebounds helped fifth-ranked Lakota withstand a late push by North Star and earn a berth in Thursday’s regional finals against rival Benson County.
It almost wasn’t enough, however. North Star had a chance to grab the lead in the closing seconds, but a running jumper by Sarah Hagler rolled off the rim.
The Lady Bearcats came out strong to begin the contest. Led by the play of Hagler and Kelsea Teubner, North Star controlled the pace of the game on both ends of the court in the first eight minutes. The Lady Bearcats outscored Lakota/Adams-Edmore by a 16-12 clip.
Lakota managed to fight its way back in the second. The Lady Raiders reeled ff a 17-13 run in the frame and sent the game into the half with the score knotted at 29-29.
Now 21-2 for the season, the Lady Raiders grabbed the upper hand in the third. The Lady Raiders, who were sparked by a pair of first-half three-point shots from Ashtin Freije, posted a 15-13 run in the frame and carried a slim 44-42 cushion into the final eight minutes of the contest.
Freije pumped in 10 of her 15 points in the first 16 minutes of the contest.
Fallyn Freije led all Lakota/Adams scorers, finishing with 17 points, eight of which came in a second-half run in which the lady Raiders narrowly outscored North Star by a 24-23 margin.
Ashley Turner and Raevyn Pesek also played well, finishing with seven and sixpoints, respectively.
Teubner led North Star’s offensive efforts by throwing in a game-high 18 points. Allie Heisler and Hagler added 10 and nine, respectively. Jessica Teubner tallied eight for the Lady Bearcats, who fell to 16-7 and will now dace Carrington in the Region IV third-place game on Thursday.
The Benson County Lady Wildcats did their part to set up the regional finals earlier in the day. Benson County picked up double-digit efforts from Becca Eberle and Andrea Jorgenson and rolled to a 56-46 victory over Carrington in the tournament’s other semifinal matchup.
Eberle finished the game with 17 points. Jorgenson added 10.
After Benson County had opened the game with a 13-10 run in the first quarter, Carrington managed to get its offense untracked. The Lady Cardinals, 16-7 overall, put together a 16-10 run in the second quarter and took a stunning 26-23 lead over Benson County at the half.
Page 2 of 2 - That, thanks to a monster effort by Jorgensen at the start of the second half, was as close as the Lady Cardinals would get to the wins.
Jorgenson gave sixth-ranked Benson County the spark it needed at the start of the third. The BC standout spearheaded a 10-2 run to open the frame that gave Benson County a lead they would never relinquish.
Jorgenson’s quick start led the Lady Wildcats to a dominating 20-8 run in the third, and send the BC girls into the fourth quarter holding a 43-34 lead.
Overall, Jorgenson scored 10 of her team-high points in the third quarter.
Katelyn Engh, Sara Schwanke and Megan Jorgenson also turned in solid outings for Benson County. Engh and Jorgenson both pitched in nine points, while Schwanke chipped in eight.
Megan Jorgenson finished with a team-high nine rebounds.
Jacey Englehorn led all Carrington scorers with 14 points. Kayla Hochhalter and Niki Braaten added nine and six, respectively.
The Region IV tournament will conclude on Thursday, beginning at 6 p.m. with the third-place game. Lakota/Adams-Edmore and Benson County will face off at approximately 7:30 p.m., with the winner advancing to the Class B state tournament next week in the Fargodome in Fargo, March 21 - 23.