No. 2 Cardinals whip Woodchucks to advance to Region 4 title game

Chris Harris, DLJ Sports
Langdon-Edmore-Munich's Jaya Henderson takes a shot attempt with St. John's Hannah Poitra (24) on the defense during a NDHSAA girls basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 in Devils Lake.

Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich head coach Rob Scherr admitted Tuesday, Feb. 25, that he has a difficult coaching job on his hands as tonight’s Region 4 championship approaches and it has nothing to do with X’s and O’s. It’s about the mental game.

“Yes it is,” said Scherr about how tough it is to keep his team focused when games get out of hand, such as when the No. 2 Cardinals took St. John behind the woodshed, beating them 83-21 in the second of the Region 4 tournament semifinal games. “That’s what makes it hard cause that’s my job stay focused and stay after it no matter what the score is because they can’t get lazy, complacent and have bad habits.”

Nine players scored for the Cardinals, led by Kaylee Lowery’s 14 points. Lowery scored 10 in the second quarter, a period in which the Cardinals (23-0) outscored the Woodchucks 26-4. Callie Ronningen also scored 14 points and Lexis Olson had 13 points. The Cardinals led 19-7 after one quarter but the lead had ballooned to 35 by halftime.

The Cardinals opened the region tournament with a 46 point victory over New Rockford-Sheyenne on Monday in the quarterfinals.

“I just wanted them to come out and move, not get complacent and stand around were they can get into a flow, play great defense and rebound, push the ball up the floor and if nothing is there we execute,” Scherr said. “We recognize and talk and do what we practice.

“I just needed to see that these first two games.”

Kaitlynn Scherr scored 11 points and Cora Badding added eight points for the Cardinals, who held the Woodchucks (15-8) to just eight made field goals for the game. Natalie Decoteau scored 10 points to lead St. John.

The Cardinals have won all of their games by double digits — except for two. One of those opponents was No. 6 Four Winds-Minnewaukan who they survived by six back on Feb. 3. It is those same Indians who they will face tonight for the region title.

“That’s the game. That’s the game you have to get to to move on. We’re there, so we have to take advantage of it because you don’t get there very often,” Scherr said. “For us to continue to get goals we have set, we need this game Thursday to continue our goal.”

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St. John vs. No. 2 Langdon-Edmore-Munich box score

St. John 7 4 7 3 — 21

Langdon-E-M 19 26 24 14 — 83

ST. JOHN (15-8)

Decoteau 10, Prouty 7, Reed 2, Machipiness 2, Lenior 0, Hajicek 0, Poitra 0, Keplin 0, Bassingthwaite 0. Totals 8 4-7 21.


Lowery 14, Ronningen 14, Olson 13, Scherr 11, Henderson 8, Badding 8, Swanson 6, Freijie 5, Pankratz 4, Christianson 0, Jabs 0, Hetletved 0. Totals 34 10-16 83.