Division B-District 5 Tournament gets started with a swish

Feb. 11—GLEN ULLIN-HEBRON — Following expectations, all the top-seeded teams in Division B/Region 3-District 5 advanced to the semifinals of the District Tournament here with wins on Saturday, Feb. 10, including top-ranked Bowman County's victory over South Heart, 60-21, #2 Flasher topping Richardton-Taylor, 62-45, third-ranked Grant County/Mott-Regent defeating New England, 62-44, and Hettinger-Scranton outlasting Belfield, 48-37. Moving forward, the Bulldogs will face the Nighthawks and Grant County/Mott-Regent squares off against Flasher on Monday, Feb. 12. Meanwhile, in the consolation games, the Tigers get to play the Raiders and the Bantams will try and beat the Eagles in the "battle of the birds, part-two."

The Bulldogs held the Eagles to single-digit scoring in every quarter and jumped out to a huge, 34-12 lead at the half as Raegen Honeyman followed up her 1,000th-point-game versus Richardton-Taylor on Feb. 6 by scoring 12 of her game-high 20 points in the first half. Junior forward Sophia Headley scored 6 in the first half and junior guard Adyson Gerbig drained a 3-pointer on her way to five points in the first 16 minutes of play.

BCHS's suffocating defense kept all Eagles from scoring more than two field goals in the outing, with Sage Lecoe leading all SHHS players with 5.

The 'Dawgs weren't done, though, as Headley notched 6 more points in the second half for a double-digit 12, while Gerbig and senior guard Jaci Fischer ended up with 8 apiece.

The other Bulldogs — from Flasher — employed similar tactics to their southwestern counterparts, with stifling defense that kept Richardton-Taylor out of double-figures in the final three quarters of the contest. Oddly enough, the win was a come-from-behind effort as the Raiders cruised to a 22-12 lead at the end of the first period and pressed the advantage to 31-23 at the half.

Junior forward Jenna Schutt was on fire for RTHS, scoring 13 points in the first 16 minutes, while AshLynn Christensen poured in 7 of her 13 points during the first two frames.

The Bulldogs kept the game close with senior forward Rylee Fleck's impressive trio of treys on the way to 15 first-half points and Sierra Keidel also connected from beyond the arc with a 3-pointer of her own.

The worm turned in the second half for Richardton-Taylor, as only two athletes managed to sink field goals in the third and fourth quarters — with Christensen's trey in the final eight minutes being the highlight — and Schutt managed a pair of free-throws for a team-high 15 points.

Meanwhile, Fleck continued to show her prowess with 12 more of her game-high 27 points, and Addison Vetter came alive with 11 points in the final 16 minutes to go along with senior center Olivia Erhardt's 10-point second-half production on her way to a double-digit 12 points.

Grant County/Mott-Regent might not have a mascot — per se — but they certainly have an eye for the free-throw line, where they converted 18-of-27 shots on the way to the win. GC/M-R benefited from 3-pointers dropped in by sophomore standout Jada Ottmar, senior guard Ameerah Rosin and junior forward Samatha Greff to take a 27-20 lead at the halftime break, while the Tigers responded with treys from Sophie and Emma Olsonawski as Emma broke out with 9 first-half points.

The third quarter remained close, as Sophie Olsonawski scored 4 of her double-digit 10 points and sophomore guard Carly Wolf scored 4 of her 7, but GC/M-R came back with another trey from Ottmar — on her way to 10 points on the night.

Sophomore sensation Summer Meyer had connected only on free-throws in the first half for GC/M-R, converting 6-of-8, but she broke out for 8 more points in the second half for a total of 14, while Greff poured in 8 of her game-high 15 in the final two quarters on the way to the win.

Emma Olsonawski came close to double-digits with 9, and sophomore forward Kallie Dinius went bananas in the second half with 10 of her team-high 14 points, but it wasn't enough to help NEHS advance.

The "battle of the birds, part-one" came out with a Hettinger-Scranton win in a game that was played on a razor's-edge throughout. After taking a commanding, 15-9 lead at the end of the first quarter the Bantams scratched their way to only 4 points in the second quarter as the Nighthawks soared back into contention and took a 20-19 advantage into the locker rooms at the break.

Junior guard Laela Jensen was on fire for HSHS with a trio of treys in the first half, while classmate Monica Morris also connected on a shot from behind the arc on her way to 8 points.

Belfield sophomore guard Sydney Froelich scored 6 of her team-high 13 in the first half and her sister, Sage, also connected on a 3-pointer in the opening 16 minutes.

Hettinger-Scranton saw a similar fate in the third, scoring only 4 points and Belfield notched 9 to take a tenuous, 28-24 lead into the final frame.

The Nighthawks took flight in the fourth quarter, scoring 24 points to outlast the Bantams, with Jensen dropping in 3-pointers from all over the place. Twelve of Jensen's game-high 29 points came off treys in the last eight minutes, which made for 7 total field goals from behind the arc.

The Tigers responded with a 3-pointer from Sydney Froelich — and 4 of Sage's 7 came in the fourth quarter — but the Bantams were unable to cage the Nighthawks at the end.

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