LaMoure/LM finds a way to win, Oakes proud of their season

Feb. 19—JAMESTOWN — Emotions were high in the Oakes locker room on Monday evening.

"There are so many tears being shed in that locker room right now," Oakes girls basketball head coach Judy Hansen said. "That makes me happy though because it shows me that they care. They didn't just go through the motions this season. They found a deep love for this game and love for their teammates and that is so important.

"Basketball comes and goes — someone's got to win, someone's got to lose but we really focused on building relationships this year and our seniors stepped up and helped with that," she said. "It was wonderful."

Oakes fell 48-30 to LaMoure/LM in the second quarterfinal of the Region 1 girls basketball tournament on Monday afternoon. LaMoure/LM will face Sargent County in the semifinals on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Jamestown Civic Center.

"They are a good team," LLM head coach Ben Holen said of Oakes. "They deserve credit and they battled. They just didn't make enough plays in that third quarter. We weren't anything pretty on the offensive end but the emphasis was defending and rebounding — keeping them to one shot.

"We got crushed in the rebounding battle so that number is disappointing and Sargent County is very, very tall and is a great rebounding team so if that number doesn't improve tomorrow it could be a different outcome," he said. "Aside from that though I thought our effort and our energy on defense was good. We were pretty darn good in rotational situations and understanding matchups."

The Loboes led the Tornadoes 27-16 after one half. Tessa Rasmusson led LaMoure/LM with 10 first-half points while Brianna Schmitz put up seven to lead Oakes.

Both teams toned down the scoring in the third quarter with LaMoure/LM notching eight and Oakes recording two total points.

Rasmusson hit a 3-pointer to kick off the Loboes' second-half scoring and extend the No. 2 ranked squad's lead to 14 points with 5 and change left in the third quarter.

Kassidy Jackson hit the deep field goal for the Tornadoes with 3:40 left on the clock to make it a 15-point game. LLM hit one more bucket to remain in front 35-18 after three-quarters of play.

A 17-point lead with 5:20 left in regulation proved too tough for the Tornadoes to come back from.

"We just couldn't put the ball in the basket," Hansen said. "We tried about everything we had. I told them at the beginning of the game that LaMoure was going to make them uncomfortable and they did. We just couldn't climb out of that.

"I am just proud of their effort," she said. "They didn't give up. It just wasn't in our future to win that game tonight."

Rasmusson wound up with a game-high of 16 points while Norah Delabarre pitched in nine and Addy Smith and Georgia Lettenmaier combined for 14 more.

While it was a win for the second-seeded Loboes, Holen said there is much to improve upon before the Loboes go up against Sargent County.

"It gets no easier," Holen said. "It's playoff basketball so that is how it should be. My hope for the rest of the tournament is that we continue to control what we can control. We want to continue to fight and compete and give ourselves a chance to be in it at the end. That's the expectation."

LaMoure/LM 48, Oakes 30

OAK 6 10 2 12 — 30

LLM 10 17 8 13 — 48

OAK — Brianna Schmitz 7, Lily Thorpe 6, Molly Sitzler 5, Kassidy Jackson 4, Elicia Cline 2, Isabella Friedt 2, Haylie Dethlefsen 2, Jocelyn Quandt 1, Savannah Sundby 1. Totals: 11 FG, 6-13 FT, 8 fouls. 3-pointers: Sitzler 1, Schmitz 1.

LLM — Tessa Rasmusson 16, Norah DelaBarre 9, Georgia Lettenmaier 7, Addy Smith 7, Addie Robbins 5, Julia DelaBarre 4. Totals: 21 FG, 2-3 FT, 16 fouls. 3-pointers: Rasmusson 2, N. DelaBarre 1.