No. 1-ranked North Star has easy time with Bulldogs

Ray Maloney, Sports

ROLLA, N.D. — There is a reason North Star is the top-ranked team in North Dakota. And the Bearcats put all those reasons on display with an impressive 91-58 win road win at Rolla-Rock Lake.

Grant Lindahl had a huge night for the Bearcats, who improved to 10-0 on the season. He scored a game-high 39 points and continued to add to his career total, which climbed past the 1,000-point plateau last month at the Ramsey County Invitational in Devils Lake.

Lindahl connected on 13 field goals, including four from behind the arc, for North Star. He also added nine of 11 free throws in the game.

Lindahl and the Bearcats started out strong in the road contest against the Bulldogs. He connected on a pair of 3-pointers for six points in the first period, while teammate Jacob Hagler also netted six points as North Star built a 20-11 advantage after the first eight minutes of play.

But the second period belonged to North Star — and Lindahl in particular — and the rout was on.

Lindahl added 13 points in the second period and helped the Bearcats to a 24-9 run that the Bulldogs were never able to recover from.

North Star led 45-20 at the intermission.

Lindahl was one of four Bearcats in double figures. Joining him were Daniel Grande, who added 17 points, while Jacob Hagler and Matt Swanson each pumped in 14 points.

Cole Mitchell continued to lead R-RL. Mitchell, who also surpassed the 1,000-point plateau earlier this season, netted 19 points on Tuesday, while Nathan Joraanstad added 14 points.

North Star is scheduled to entertain Langdon on Friday, while Rolla-Rock Lake is slated to travel to Rolette-Wolford that same day.

North Star                20   25   22   24   —   91

Rolla-Rock Lake   11    9    19   19   —   58

North Star (91): Grant Lindahl 39, Daniel Grande 17, Jacob Hagler 14, Matt Swanson 14, Josh Haugen 2, Aaron Bergdahl 2, Colton Braun 2, Adam Held 1.

Rolla-Rock Lake (58): Cole Mitchell 19, Nathan Joraanstad 14, Dustin Hendrickson 9, Levi Joraanstad 7, Josh Thomas 5, Nick Cahill 2, Alex Jacobsen 2.