Cardinal classic: Carrington wins Region 3 championship in second overtime

Michael Savaloja, The Jamestown Sun, N.D.
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Feb. 26—One scoreless overtime frame turned into a second four minutes of extra play Thursday at the Jamestown Civic Center.

Sooner or later, someone was gonna score the basketball to decide the Region 3 champion in girls hoops, and by then Carrington's Hannah Hagel had made up her mind as to who that person was gonna be.

"I wasn't finished," said the 5-foot-10 senior. "I didn't want to be done."

Hagel's two shots at the foul line in double overtime kicked off an 11-0 Carrington run that broke the camel's back facing sixth-ranked Linton/HMB. Hagel — one of three Carrington players to finish with a double-double — electrified the civic center for 28 points, 11 rebounds and three steals, scoring four at the line in the second OT and Carrington outlasted the Lions 62-51.

Carrington will be making its seventh appearance at the state Class B girls basketball tournament beginning next Thursday in Minot, and the first since placing sixth at state in 2016.

"That was crazy," said Hagel, after the score remained tied at 48-48 after the first overtime. "We just needed to keep playing our game. Just cause we didn't score doesn't mean this wasn't ours to take."

Carrington, albeit with 24 turnovers in the game, did just enough to break Linton/HMB's full-court defense while putting the Lions on a 19-for-71 night shooting from the field. Hagel's freebies were followed by two critical turnovers by the Lions — one being on offensive foul charged to senior Erica Umber — and clutch buckets by Carrington's Kenzie Edland, Emma Rindy and Syndie Grager on the other end. Carrington was in command, 56-48, with under two minutes to play.

Grager, a 5-11 junior, ended the night with 11 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks. Edland, a 5-9 senior, put up 12 points, 11 rebounds and three steals.

"The overtimes kinda led into more interior play. That was our strength," said Carrington coach Andy Braaten, the Region 3 coach of the year. "Shooting didn't go as well for the opposite side and then we hit the free-throw line."

Carrington closed 6-for-10 at the stripe, while the only points scored by the Lions in OT came on a JayCee Richter 3-pointer with 50 seconds remaining on the game clock and the Lions trailing 59-51. Linton/HMB went 1-for-12 from the field and 1-for-8 at the foul line in the two OTs, while turning the ball over six times.

Umber scored two free throws with 2:05 remaining in the fourth quarter to give the Lions a 48-45 lead. Thereafter, the Lions' scoring drought lasted 9 minutes, 15 seconds.

"Shots didn't fall tonight, and I know our girls. They worked their tails off," said Linton/HMB coach Beau Diegel, whose Lions entered on an 11-game winning streak. "Sometimes they go in, sometimes they don't. I'm still proud of my team and the way they fought out there. We took them all the way to the wire, it just didn't work out in the end.

"Credit Carrington, they played well."

Carrington led 24-23 at the half and trailed 40-39 after three quarters in a game that included 18 lead changes. The Cards had their backs against the wall down 48-45 in the final minute of regulation, until Grager scored and was fouled.

Grager missed the game-tying free throw, but the ball miraculously found the hands of Edland who was fouled and would tie the game at 48-48 with 26 seconds to play by converting 1 of 2 at the line.

The first OT, while ugly, was absolutely thrilling.

"I just knew our defense was there and we'd be able to stop them," Edland said. "Once we started scoring I had a feeling we would win. It feels awesome."

"We just needed to do our thing and play our game," Grager added. "I don't think any of us were any scared. That's what we were told, just to be fearless and do what we do."

The Lions, usually deadly from 3-point range, missed 25 of 30 shots attempted from beyond the arc. Richter scored 19 points and produced nine steals, while Precious Vetter scored 13 and Umber finished her career six points shy of 1,000 with nine points and 10 rebounds.

"We knew we couldn't get into a 3-point shootout with them, because they'll bring 10 of them," Braaten said. "We got some good looks down low with Syd and Hannah late and that kinda carried us through.

"We just hung around," Braaten continued. "That was an awesome game. If we would've been on the other end I woulda told the girls the same thing."

The top five seeds for next week's state tournament will be decided on and announced tomorrow with the release of the quarterfinal schedule. There were 11 Class B girls basketball teams either ranked inside the top 10 or receiving votes in the final statewide media poll vying for one of eight region championships Thursday night.

Carrington has appeared in five Region 3 title games and has now won two since migrating south from Region 4 in 2014-15. Braaten coached Carrington to a state championship in 2011.

"We've been knocking on the door," Braaten said. "The kids were playing hard ... I'll tell you what. Linton, Oakes, Kidder (County), they all could've represented Region 3, we're just the lucky ones."

(RV) Carrington 62, (6) Linton/Hazelton-Moffit-Braddock 51 (2OT)

CAR 13 11 15 9 0 14 — 62

LHMB 14 9 17 8 0 3 — 51

CAR — Hannah Hagel 28, Kenzie Edland 12, Sydnie Grager 11, Emma Rindy 7, Lexus Page 2, Allison Jarrett 2. Totals: 24-52 FG, 2-10 3-pointers (Rindy, Edland), 12-20 FT, 48 Rebounds (Hagel 11, Edland 11, Grager 11), 14 Fouls, 8 Assists (Page 4), 24 Turnovers, 4 Blocks (Grager 3), 12 Steals (Hagel 5, Edland 3).

LHMB — JayCee Richter 19, Precious Vetter 13, Erica Umber 9, Teegan Scherr 7, Erin Kelsch 3. Totals: 19-71 FG, 5-30 3-pointers (Scherr, Kelsch, Richter, Umber, Vetter), 8-12 FT, 32 Rebounds (Umber 10, Kelsch 8), 19 Fouls, 4 Assists (4 with 1), 14 Turnovers, 2 Blocks (Richter 2), 15 Steals (Richter 9).

Records: Carrington 19-5. Linton/HMB 20-3.

Region 3 Awards

Senior Athlete of the Year: Madelyn Schmidt, Kidder County.

Coach of the Year: Andy Braaten, Carrington.

Athletic Director of the Year: Adam Schlepp, Edgeley/Kulm/Montpelier

Region 3 Girls Basketball Tournament

At Jamestown Civic Center

(Tournament seeding in parentheses)

Feb. 22

G1: (D6-1) Linton/HMB 60 (D5-4) Edgeley/KM 31

G2: (D5-2) Oakes 69, (D6-3) Napoleon/GS 44

G3: (D5-1) Carrington 65, (D6-4) Medina/PB 42

G4: (D6-2) Kidder Co. 46, (D5-3) LaMoure/LM 33

Feb. 23

G5: Linton/HMB 67, Oakes 59

G6: Carrington 43, Kidder Co. 37

Feb. 25

G7: Carrington 62, Linton/HMB 51 (2OT)

Class B Region Championship Results

State ranking in parentheses

Region 1: (1) Central Cass 58, (2) Kindred 52 (OT)

Region 2: (3) Grafton 63, (5) Thompson 50

Region 3: (RV) Carrington 62, (6) Linton/HMB 51 (2OT)

Region 4: Langdon/EM 48, Four Winds/Minn. 42

Region 5: (8) Wilton-Wing 44, vs. Center-Stanton 30

Region 6: (7) Glenburn 47, Rugby 45

Region 7: (10) Hettinger/Scranton 40 Heart River 37

Region 8: (4) Kenmare 52, (RV) Trenton 50