The B Beat with Harry Lipsiea: Bearcat, Panther showdown set for Thursday

Harry Lipsiea

Harry Lipsiea

There's no doubt about it. It's important to get off to a nice start during the basketball season. At the end of the day, however, it's the postseason that really matters.

In my opinion, the final two weeks or so is the most important time of a campaign. It's a time of year I like to call the home stretch.

Teams have more than 15 games under their belts and are really starting to get an idea of where they sit.

This is the time to really look at the region as a whole and get an idea of who is gaining steam going into the tournament season. Like I hinted at last week, hold on for the next couple weeks. It's going to be a fun ride.

We will now take a look at the North Dakota Class B girls basketball scene.

Bearcats not backing down to tough competition

With the team's dominant 63-32 victory over Cavalier on Thursday, North Star improved its record to 14-1 on the season.

The triumph gave the District 8 squad nine straight wins after a setback earlier in the season to Four Winds-Minnewaukan.

Despite this accomplishment, there was a feeling that North Star's biggest measuring sticks still awaited. In their next three games, the Bearcats were set to take on a salty Carrington squad followed with matchups against the state's no. 2 and 3 teams Park River/Fordville-Lankin and Rugby, respectively.

So far, North Star has passed its tests with flying colors.

After falling behind the Cardinals in the first, the Bearcats outscored its opponent 33-24 the rest of the way to lead the squad to a hard-fought 48-41 victory.

Junior post Macey Kvilvang had a gigantic night, finishing with a game-high 29 points on her home court.

On Monday, North Star traveled to Park River to face the No. 3 Aggies in a key non-conference match-up. Led by balance and an impressive backcourt, Park River/Fordville-Lankin posed a difficult challenge for the away team.

The Bearcats, however, answered the call bringing home a 45-36 victory while giving the Aggies its first loss of the season. Again it was the size and experience of North Star that made the difference.

Next up for the Region 4 squad is a road date with No. 2 Rugby Thursday evening. I will say it right now, hoops fans won't want to miss this one. You probably want to get there early to find a seat.

Comets shine with three straight wins

Rolette-Wolford went through a tough stretch midway through the season falling in five of seven games. There were, however, signs that the District 8 squad could play with anyone. On Jan. 19, the Comets made noise in falling just short to No. 2 Rugby 46-43 on the road.

The squad has got back to its winning ways in the past week. On Tuesday, Rolette-Wolford knocked off St. John 58-45.

The Comets edged Rolla 50-38 on Friday. It was Saturday when the team again turned some heads in a 54-53 victory over highly-touted Our Redeemer's.

It was a really nice trio of wins for the squad. I look for the team to keep moving forward after gaining momentum this past week. Rolette-Wolford is definitely a team to keep an eye out for come tournament time.

Warriors win nail-biter

Warwick has been flawless in conference play this season. On Saturday, the team improved its mark in District 7 play to 6-0 with a razor-thin victory over a tough Four Winds-Minnewaukan team.

The Warriors won 87-82 in overtime to knock off the Indians. With the victory, the squad will be going into the District 7 Tournament as the top seed.

It will be a fun event to watch as four squads will battle for four spots at the Region 4 Tournament.

I expect the Warriors and Indians to meet again and I have the feeling it's going to be quite the game again the second time around.