Magic Storm rally clips Bearcats 50-41

Ray Maloney, Sports
rkweather-Munich’s Caitlyn McArthur drives through a pair of North Star defenders on her way to the basket during a quarterfinal round game of the District 8 tournament on Thursday in Cando. McArthur and her Magic Storm teammates defeated the Bearcats 50-41 to advance to Friday’s semifinal round.

CANDO, N.D. — After taking a 9-4 lead after the first quarter, it appeared North Star would emerge victorious in the opening round of the District 8 tournament in Cando.

Looks can be deceiving.

Starkweather-Munich put the clamps on the North Star offense and held the Bearcats scoreless for nearly six minutes in the second quarter and went on to post a 50-41 win in a quarterfinal round game.

“We’re normally a slow-starting team,” said S-M coach Kevin Heppner, whose team will face top-seeded Langdon in a semifinal game on Friday. “If we can hang around long enough, our defense usually will do a good job.”

After falling behind in the opening period, the Magic Storm rallied to outscore the Bearcats 16-5 in the second period to take a 20-14 halftime advantage.

North Star’s own rally over the final two periods came up just short.

Megan Gowan’s put back of a Melissa Langer missed 3-pointer with 3:58 left in the game pulled the Bearcats to within 38-36. That was as close as North Star would come to overtaking the Magic Storm.

S-M connected on 10 of 16 fouls shots down the stretch to secure the win.

NS    9     5     8     19     –     41

S-M    4    16   10    20    –     50

North Star (41): Megan Gowan 14, Brittney Held 6, Caitlin Holien 6, Kelsey Teubner 5, Melissa Langer 2, Kayla Haugen 2, Morgan Peters 2, Michelle Holien 2, Jessica Teubner 2.

Starkweather-Munich (50): Jocelyn Klein 10, Elise Dick 10, Cassie Logie 9, Caitlyn McArthur 7, Keely Heppner 6, Katrina Hall 5, Carly Werner 3.

Minnewaukan-Leeds 58,

St. John 28

Allison?Manley and Dorothia Santos combined to outscore St. John as Minnewaukan-Leeds ran away with a 54-28 quarterfinal win over St. John.

Manley poured in 16 points to lead the way for the Lions, while Santos finished the game with 14 points of her own.

Their 30 points were two better than the 28 points the Woodchucks managed through four quarters.

Minnewaukan-Leeds scored 10 points in each of the first two quarters, while holding St. John to just four points in each of the first two periods on its way to a 20-8 halftime advantage.

Brittany Omen and Meghan Jorgenson finished with nine and seven points, respectively, for the Lions, who will face Rolla-Rock Lake in one of Friday’s semifinal round games.

St. John’s Shelby Poitra was the lone Woodchuck to finish in double figures. She had 13 points on the night.

M-L    10     10     27     7     –    54

SJ     4       4       7      13    –    28

M-L (54): Allison Manley 16, Dorothia Santos 14, Brittany Omen 9, Meghan Jorgenson 7, Kylee Ralle 3, Kendra Liebfried 3, Ashley Manley 2.

St. John (28): Shelby Poitra 13, Savannah Bruce 6, Kayla Azure 4, Callie Sivertson 3, Kaylie Johnson 2.

Rolla-Rock Lake 59,

Rolette-Wolford 31

Rolla-Rock Lake jumped to a 19-2 lead after the first quarter and went on to post a big win over Rolette-Wolford 59-31 in the final game of the opening day of the tournament.

Led by Heather Carlson, who finished with a game-high 24 points, the Bulldogs cruised out to a 19-2 advantage after the first eight minutes to garner control of the contest. They led 33-9 at the intermission.

Amber Volanti added 16 points for R-RL, which got scoring from six different players.

Macy Martinson and Allison Slaubaugh both scored eight points to pace Rolette-Wolford.

R-RL    19     14     15     11     –   59

R-W     2       7       10     12     –   31

R-RL (59): Heather Carlson 24, Amber Volanti 16, Janie Rush 7, Jayde Guillbert 6, Britta Boe 4, Leslie Pederson 2.

R-W (31): Macy Martinson 8, Allison Slaubaugh 8, Alexa Martinson 4, Whitney Belgarde 4, Katie Henry 2, Delaney Selvig 2, Markelle Axtman 2, Kaylee Scott 1.