Region 4 girls basketball tournament recaps

Sam Herder

Comets knock off District 7 champs Lakota-Edmore

Rolette-Wolford started the Region 4 girls basketball tournament in Devils Lake with a bang Monday. The Comets took down the champions out of District 7, Lakota-Edmore, 47-42.

The momentum swung in Rolette-Wolford’s favor midway through the second quarter. After the Raiders went up 13-11, the Comets answered with an 11-0 run to take a 22-15 lead into halftime.

The Raiders, who scrapped out wins in the District 7 tournament, climbed back into the game and took a 29-28 lead after an Ashtyn Pesek 3-pointer with a minute and change left in the third quarter.

Pesek was more than half of Lakota-Edmore’s offensive production with 22 points.

The lead didn’t stay long, though. Rolette-Wolford closed the third quarter on a 5-0 run.

Lakota-Edmore hit shots in the fourth quarter, but Rolette-Wolford was able to counter.

A Taylor Anderson 3-pointer brought the Raiders to a 36-35 deficit with less than five minutes to play. But the Comets’ Madison Myhre answered with an and-1.

Karlie Zacha hit a jumper for Lakota-Edmore to make it 38-37 in favor of the Comets. Rolette-Wolford countered with an Aspen Selvig 3-pointer with three minutes left as part of her team-high 16 points.

The Comets led by as much as eight points with 90 seconds left, but a Pesek 3-pointer and an Anderson jumper brought it to 45-42 with 45 seconds to play.

Selvig was then left open for a layup which ultimately sealed the win for the Comets.

Rolette-Wolford faces Langdon-Munich in the semifinals at 6 p.m. today.

Top-seeded North Star avoids upset vs. Four Winds

A top seed on its side of the bracket and ranked No. 2 in the final Class B girls basketball poll, North Star is the target in the Region 4 Tournament. The Bearcats got Four Winds-Minnewaukan’s best shot in the opening round, but held on for a 57-43 win.

North Star’s lone loss this season was in Fort Totten in December. The Lady Indians were right there again, but didn’t have the juice to close the game.

The matchup was scrappy to start and saw just a 7-2 North Star lead after one quarter.

Four Winds-Minnewaukan tied it at 7-7 and again at 10-10 off a Skyla Cavanaugh 3-pointer in the second quarter. Sydney Robertson followed up with another 3-pointer and the Lady Indians led 13-10 midway through the quarter.

The Bearcats answered with a 6-0 run to take a lead they would hold the rest of the game. But it didn’t come easy.

Four Winds-Minnewaukan kept it a one or two possession game the rest of the first half. Another Robertson 3-pointer brought the deficit to 26-24 with 45 seconds left. North Star’s Stephanie Miller then sank three free throws before halftime.

The Bearcats began to pull away in the third quarter, at one point leading 43-31.

Macey Kvilvang began to put her stamp on the game with easy buckets in the paint to finish the game.

Miller and Peyton Halverson both scored 15 points for North Star and Kvilvang added 14.

Cavanaugh led Four Winds-Minnewaukan with 11 points.

The Bearcats take on Benson County out of District 7 in the semifinals. Tip will be 20 minutes after the 6 p.m. game.

Langdon-Munich takes care of Harvey-Wells County

Langdon-Munich, the No. 2 seed out of District 8, took care of business in the first round of the Region 4 Tournament. The Cardinals used a dominant second quarter to defeat Harvey-Wells County, the third seed out of District 7, 70-41.

With a 17-12 advantage after the first quarter, Langdon-Munich exploded and outscored the Hornets 20-5 in the second quarter. The Hornets didn’t score a point in the quarter until three minutes before halftime.

Meanwhile, the Cardinals used a variety of weapons on offense.

Langdon-Munich’s first four buckets in the second quarter were by four different players in an 11-0 run. The exclamation point came when Madison Hart sunk a 3-pointer with five seconds before the half to take a 37-17 lead.

The Cardinals added 15 more points in the third quarter and 18 in the fourth to extend its lead.

Hart and Jordyn Worley both scored 18 points to lead Langdon-Munich. Krystal Ratzlaff added 10 points from her center position.

Kari Wolfe had a standout game for the Hornets, finishing with 20 points. But no other player finished with more than six points.

The Cardinals advance to play fourth-seeded Rolette-Wolford out of their own district. Langdon-Munich beat the Comets 77-31 at home in January.

Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. in the Devils Lake Sports Center.

Benson County holds on for close win over Dunseith

District 7 avoided a sweep in the Region 4 girls basketball tournament thanks to Benson County. The second-seeded Wildcats defeated Dunseith, the three seed out of District 8, 49-45 in the first round Monday.

It looked to be District 8’s day when Dunseith held a 19-14 lead after one quarter

Benson County was able to lock down on defense in the second quarter, though. The Wildcats allowed just six points to retake the leading going into halftime.

The Dragons built a 34-30 lead in the third quarter, but the Wildcats were again able to respond. This time they went on an 11-0 run in the final minutes of the quarter.

The fourth quarter saw a close finish. A Journey Azure layup brought the Dunseith deficit to 44-43 with three minutes, 40 seconds left.

The Dragons brought it to one point again at 46-45 two minutes later.

Dani Schwanke sunk two free throws to extend Benson County’s lead to 48-45 with 31.4 seconds to play.

Dunseith took a timeout with 13.6 seconds left, but an over-and-back call gave the ball back to the Wildcats.

Schwanke made one more free throw to seal the game at 49-45.

The Wildcats had four players in double-digit points (Schwanke, Taylor Bisbee, Erin Jorgenson and Kaylee Lybeck.

Dunseith was led by Darian Gladue’s 16 points and Caitlyn Davis’ 12.

Benson County takes on top-seeded North Star out of District 8 in the semifinals today.

Tipoff is 20 minutes after the 6 p.m. game.