Region 4 Day 1 Recap: No. 2 Cardinals make mincemeat out of Rockets; No. 6 Indians also advance

Chris Harris, DLJ Sports
Langdon Area-Edmore Munich's Kaylee Lowery goes up for a shot attempt against New Rockford-Sheyenne during the first half of a NDHSAA girls basketball game, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020 in Devils Lake.

The final North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Class B girls poll was released Monday night and Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich, which has been solidly planted at the No. 2 spot all season, and No. 6 Four Winds-Minnewaukan opened the Region 4 tournament at the Sports Center in Devils Lake with wins but in very different fashions.

The Cardinals have been dominant during the duration of the season and in their tournament opener against New Rockford-Sheyenne, they ended the game before it could get started.

The Cardinals (22-0) opened the game with a 21-0 lead to go on to win 60-14 over the Rockets (11-10). The Cardinals led by 32 at halftime.

Callie Ronningen scored 13 of her team high 17 points in the first eight minutes and Jaya Henderson had 13 points for the Cardinals.

The Rockets, who were held to just five field goals for the game, was led by Dani Bjerke's six points. Ashlyn Benson and Cassie Longnecker each had three points.

No. 6 Indians 57, Bearcats 42

The Indians (19-3) struggled throughout their quarterfinal matchup with North Star, with baskets coming as a premium much of the first half. The score was tied at seven at the end of the first quarter and there was only 21 total points scored through the first six minutes of the second, with the Bearcats (10-14) scoring their first basket in the second period with 1:25 remaining off of a field goal from Madison Peters. 

The Indians went on an 11-3 run in the fourth quarter to finally put the game away. 

Sophomore Myona Dauphinais’ 3-pointer with 4:56 remaining in the game gave her 1,000 career points. She finished with 17 points and Riah Littleghost had 16 for the Indians.

The Bearcats were led by Danielle Hagler and Aubrey Griedl who each had 15 points.

Dunseith 45, Dakota Prairie 41

The Dragons (12-10) built an 11-2 lead and was able to hold on even after the Knights (11-12) clawed to within three with 11.2 seconds left after a Mahdison Borgen field goal. Rozalind Strong’s free throw with 2.4 remaining sealed the win.

The Dragons, who was led by Strong's 20 points, advanced to Tuesday’s semifinal to face Four Winds-Minnewaukan.

Shaye Frederick had 12 points and Carly Lippert scored nine for the Knights.

St. John 55, Harvey-Wells County 52

Three players scored in double figures for the Woodchucks, led by Megan Boe's 15 points as the Woodchucks (15-7), who led by 10 after three quarters, had to fight off the Hornets (14-9) late charge.

Raycee Reed scored 14 points and Kendra Prouty finished with 11 points.

The Woodchucks advanced to the semifinals of the region tournament for the first time since 1977 and will face Langdon-Edmore-Munich.

The Hornets got 23 points from Zoe McKinven.

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