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May-Port-C-G ends 23-year state tournament drought by dominating state's top-ranked Langdon-Edmore-Munich

Feb. 22—DEVILS LAKE — The May-Port-C-G girls basketball team didn't barely squeeze into the North Dakota state girls basketball tournament for the first time since 2001.

Instead, the Patriots dominated the No. 1 team in the state by 33 points to do it.

Rylee Satrom scored 27 points as the No. 2 Patriots beat No. 1 Langdon-Edmore-Munich 62-29 on Thursday night in the Division B Region 2 championship game.

"We started off fast right from the tip," Satrom said. "We knew they were a really good team, and we had to come out hard. We did that really well."

May-Port-C-G advances to next weekend's North Dakota Division B state tournament in Jamestown. The Cardinals, meanwhile, will play a state qualifier on Saturday in Mayville in an attempt to join the Patriots at state.

Satrom, a 5-foot-9 senior guard, scored 11 points in the first quarter as the Patriots ended the quarter on a 10-0 run to lead 18-6.

The Cardinals were never really able to make it close after that.

"Unreal, region senior athlete of the year can do a lot of things others can't," May-Port-C-G coach Keenan Konschak said of Satrom's torrid start. "Special athlete."

Satrom didn't score in the second quarter but the Patriots' defense never allowed Langdon-E-M standout post Cora Badding to get in a rhythm in the first half.

Badding, a 6-1 senior, had five first-half points and ended with nine.

The Patriots' tallest regular is 5-9.

May-Port-C-G senior Raegen Zerface drew the difficult assignment on Badding much of the game.

"She's a tough player," the 5-8 Zerface said. "I tried to play tough and physical. I tried to stay as big as I can with her height advantage."

The Patriots led 29-14 at halftime and pushed that lead to 21 points in the first two minutes of the second half.

In addition to Satrom's 27 points, Maysa Larson added nine and Danica Hanson had eight.

"The game was allowed to be played very physical, and they adjusted to it and we did not," Langdon-E-M coach Rob Scherr said. "We weren't used to that physicality.

"I'm going to remind them we're a great team. Tonight, they got us. When you get to this level, some fouls during the year aren't anymore. Mayville adjusted. We have to adjust right away. We have to come out Saturday and be who we are. This was a tough one, we really struggled and we have to learn from it quickly."

Benson County 69, St. John 56: Benson County sophomore guards Ella Fossen and Aubrey Kenner combined for 46 points to lead the Wildcats to a win over St. John in the third-place game.

Kenner finished with 26 points, while Fossen had 20, including 18 in the second half.

Freshman Kaitlyn Maddock added 14 points for the Wildcats.

Senior Alani Morin led St. John with 21 points.

After leading by seven at halftime, Benson County saw its lead trimmed to two in the third quarter.

The closest St. John came in the fourth quarter was five points.

Kaycee Desjarlais hit a pair of free throws with 5:42 left in the fourth quarter to bring the Woodchucks to within 54-49.

Fossen followed with a corner 3-pointer, while Kenner then connected on a three-point play to push the lead back out to 11 at 60-49 with 4:24 to go.

Benson County faces the runner-up finisher from Region 1 on Saturday in a state qualifier at 5 p.m. in Mayville.