The Region IV Girls Basketball Tournament started tonight, Monday, in Devils Lake, at the sports center. This is the regional brackets for North Dakota Class B, and the winner will head to state in Minot, March 1-3.
In the opening game of the Region IV girls basketball tournament, the Harvey-Wells County Hornets, 13-9, took on the St. John Woodchucks, 11-10. Harvey-Wells County jumped out to an early 35-15 and looked like they were well on their way to victory. The score at half was 42-25 in favor of the Hornets.

In the opening game of the Region IV girls basketball tournament, the Harvey-Wells County Hornets, 13-9, took on the St. John Woodchucks, 11-10. Harvey-Wells County jumped out to an early 35-15 and looked like they were well on their way to victory. The score at half was 42-25 in favor of the Hornets.

By Jared Marshall for the Devils Lake Journal Harvey Wells County survives scare from St. John In the opening game of the Region IV girls basketball tournament, the Harvey-Wells County Hornets, 13-9, took on the St. John Woodchucks, 11-10. Harvey-Wells County jumped out to an early 35-15 and looked like they were well on their way to victory. The score at half was 42-25 in favor of the Hornets. The Woodchucks however, would not go quietly and used the break to regroup. St. John came out firing in the second half. They used a barrage of threes and points off HWC turnovers to cut into the lead. With under four minutes to go, the Hornets lead had shrunk to six. That was as close as the Woodchucks got though, as a well-timed three from senior guard Rylee Heil proved to be the dagger. The final was Harvey-Wells County Hornets 66, St. John 54. Harvey Wells County was led in scoring by junior Center McKayla Jones with 17 points and junior guard Jaye Fike who had 13 points. St. John was led in scoring by a pair of freshman, Kendra Prouty 18 points, and Raycee Reed 13 points. Harvey Wells Countywill take on North Star. North Star uses late run to pull away from Benson County In the second quarterfinal game of the Region IV girls basketball tournament the North Star Bearcats, 13-9, matched up against the Benson County Wildcats, 11-11 on the year. The first quarter proved that this was going to be a wild game until the very end. Both teams traded shots early and the score after one was 13-12 in favor of Benson County. The Wildcats started the second quarter on a 6-0 run forcing a North Star timeout. It was then the Bearcats turn to make a run of their own. Aided by senior Stephanie Miller scoring six of the next 10 points for North Star, they took the lead heading into the half, North Star 22, Benson County 21. The defensive intensity picked up out of half time. Both teams only scored one bucket each for the first four minutes of the half. Danielle Hagler, an eighth grader from North Star, opened it up for the Bearcats. She convert a three-point play off an offensive rebound and then scored on a hard cut to the hoop. This gave North Star a 33-27 lead heading into the fourth quarter. With under a minute to go in the game the Bearcats held onto a 41-37 lead over the Wildcats. Stephanie Miller knocked down four of four free throws down the stretch to ice the game for North Star. The final North Star 45, Benson County 38. Senior guard Danielle Schwanke and sophomore Center Brandi Tuenge led Benson County with eight points each. For North Star, eighth grader Danielle Hagler had 13 points, and Senior Stephanie Miller scored 11 points. “This week we talked about coming in and playing with a chip on our shoulder,” North Star head coach Jill Vote said after her win. “We did that tonight. There were a few times Benson County made runs and we did a good job weathering the storm. Danielle Hagler gave us some great minutes off the bench—she really gave us a spark.” “I am proud of the team,” said Benson County head coach Dustin Paulson said. “We worked hard tonight. We had our chances throughout but just could not convert the big ones when we needed it. We were right there all night, that’s all you can ask for.” North Star will take on Harvey-Wells County. Langon-Edmore-Munich cruises to win over Dakota Prairie In the third quarterfinal game for the Region IV girls basketball tournament Langdon0-Edmore-Munich Cardinals, 19-2, took on the Dakota Prairie Knights, 6-16. The game started out 4-4 but that didn’t last long. The Cardinals rattled off 23 straight points on the Knights to end the first quarter with a 27-4 lead. Langdon-Edmore-Munich kept its foot on the pedal and did not let off on the way to a 48-7 lead at half. The Cardinals continued to roll in the second half and never looked back. They won the game going away 93-16. Langdon-Edmore-Munich was led in scoring by senior guard Jordyn Worley with 23 points, and sophomore center Callie Ronningen with 22 points. Sophomore center Shaye Frederick scored six points for Dakota Prairie. With the win, Langdon-Edmore-Munich will take on Four Winds-Minnewaukan. Four Winds-Minnewaukan pressures their way to victory Quarterfinal game number four of the Region IV girls basketball tournament had Four Winds-Minnewaukan Indians, 15-6, taking on the Rolette-Wolford Comets, 9-13. The first quarter was scrappy, hard fought and it set the tone for the rest of the game. Four Winds took a time out with two minutes left in the first quarter, the score tied 9-9. They finished out the quarter on a 9-1 run to take an 18-10 lead after one. The Indians press began to wear on the Comets in the second quarter. Four Winds-Minnewaukan forced 15 first half turnovers and used a handful of offensive rebounds to aid in their 41-20 lead at the half. Rolette-Wolford tried to cut into the lead a handful of times in the third quarter, but everytime Four Winds-Minnewauken responded. The lead never got lower than 14 points as turnovers continued to plague the Comets. After three, the Indians led 51-35. Four Winds-Minnewaukan kept complete control in the fourth, continuing to turn Rolette-Wolford over at a frenzied pace. The Indians forced 22 Comet turnovers on the night leading to their 71-45 victory. Senior forward Kinze Martinson led the way with 14 points for Rolette-Wolford. For Four Winds it was sophomore guard Latasha Bellile with 14 points and eighth grader Myona Dauphinais with 12 points. After the game Four Winds-Minneawaukan Coach Sean Gourd said, “We were sloppy at times tonight. That just shows our inexperience, first time being here for many of our girls. It took us awhile to get going but once we did, we rolled. We settled for jumpers early in the game but I was happy with how we changed our mindset and just attacked the basket late.” With the win, Four Winds-Minneawaukanwill take on Langdon-Edmore-Munich. All semi-final games are at the sports center here in Devils Lake, tonight, Tuesday, Feb. 20.