Hot-shooting Carrington advances to state

Ray Maloney, Sports

After splitting their two previous meetings this season, much was expected of the matchup between Carrington and Harvey as the two state powers battled for the Region 4 championship.

The Cardinals delivered what was not expected as Carrington advanced to the state tournament for the first time since 1990 with a 52-30 win over the Hornets before a large crowd Thursday at the Devils Lake Sports Center.

Kali Kurtz and Sierra Rosenau both hit 3-pointers in the the first quarter as Carrington set the tone for the game. Kurtz’s trey at 2:56 of the period put the Cardinals in front 14-7.

That tandem each added another three pointer in the second period, while Becca Scherr and Brittney Roundy each added one as Carrington finished the half with six 3-pointers to help the Cardinals build a 31-16 bulge at the intermission.

That hot shooting from long range helped Carrington to 44 percent shooting in the half as the Cardinals were good on 11 of 25 field goals attempts. Harvey, meanwhile, had its troubles. The Hornets were good on just five of 30 shots from the floor in the first 16 minutes.

“We just couldn’t get our offense going,” Harvey junior Sheyenne Schneider said.

Rosenau’s second 3-pointer gave the Cardinals their first double-digit lead of the game at 24-13 with 2:39 remaining in the first half, and Kurt’s second long-range tally gave that same 11-point cushion back to the Cardinals at 1:34 to go.

Schneider had answered Rosenau’s trey with a 3-pointer of her own.

Harvey would get no closer than 35-26 the rest of the way.

Caitlin Arnold’s 3-pointer for Harvey pulled the Hornets to within nine points with 1:34 left in the third period.

Carrington would go on a 17-4 run to close the game and end Harvey’s season at 20-3.

Scherr led the Cardinals with 13 points and was one of three players to finish in double figures.

Thompson, who was saddled with foul trouble in Carrington’s loss to the rival Hornets in the district championship game last week, added 12 points, while Kurtz finished the game with 11 points of her own.

“We gave (Thompson) some help,” Carrington coach Andy Braaten said of Thompson’s ability to stay on the floor for nearly 28 of the 32 minutes in Thurday’s game. “We kind of sandbagged (Harvey) and did not show that last week. But, we had our forward come in to help on defense.”

It worked wonders.

Carrington held Harvey’s Maggie Lorenz to just eight points in the game, while Schneider also finished with eight points to tie Lorenz for team-high honors.

Carrington (21-2) will play Stanley in the first round of the state tournament next week in Minot.

The winner of that game will play either Thompson or Beach in one semifinal game on Friday at the MSU Dome.

Beach, the top-ranked team in the state, defeated Carrington in the 1990 state championship game in the Cardinals’ last tournament appearance.

Harvey           9     7     10     4   —   30

Carrington    14   17     8     13  —   52

Harvey (30): Sheyenne Schneider 8, Maggie Lorenz 8, Amy Buxa 6, Rachael Nyhus 3, Caitlyn Arnold 3, Jaclyn Bachmeier 2.

Carrington (52): Becca Scherr 13, Emily Thompson 12, Kali Kurtz 11, Sierra Rosenau 8, Noelle Braaten 5, Brittney Roundy 3.