Four Winds/Minnewaukan advance to the Lake Region Invitational semifinals behind Myona Dauphinais' 34 points.
Four Winds/Minnewaukan head girls basketball coach Sean Gourd said after his Indians’ 31 point win in the opening round of the Lake Region Invitational Thursday night that freshman guard Myona Dauphinais asked him during halftime what should she do if her teammates don’t know what’s going on.
“Reset and if you got em, take em,” was Gourd’s response.
This was after Dauphinais had already dropped 18 points.
Dauphinais finished the night with 34 points, 14 in the first quarter, as the Indians defeated Benson County 71-40 from the Sports Center to advance to tonight’s semifinals against Park River/Fordville-Lankin at 7:30 p.m.
“She was being aggressive the whole game really and that helped quite a bit,” Gourd said.
The Indians jumped out to a 22-8 first quarter lead thanks due in large part to Dauphinais’ ability to score at will, rather it was slashing to the rim or hitting outside jumpers (she connected on four three pointers for the game). They led by 12 with 3:51 left in the second quarter and held a 16 point advantage at halftime during a second quarter that saw the Indians outscore the Wildcats by just two (14-12).
“We got a little lost, a little sloppy. We were working hard but we got lost on certain things, certain rotations aren’t there right now but that’s to be expected I guess you know for it being the first game of the year,” said Gourd.
Jasmine Lohnes scored 14 points, eight over the first 16 minutes, Latasha Bellile scored seven of her nine points in the second half and Louelle Deng finished with eight points as the Indians forced 26 Benson County turnovers.
“That’s a tough team,” said Wildcats head coach Kent Neppl. “That team can play the game, they know what’s going on. They’re balanced. We just have to play better.”
Quinn Neppl finished with 21 points and Katilyn Bingham had seven points for the Wildcats who will play Dakota Prairie today at 4:30 p.m.
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