May-Port-C-G stays confident against Kenmare/Bowbells, end up on top

Feb. 29—JAMESTOWN — Defeating No. 1 ranked Langdon Area/Edmore-Munich by 33 points in the Region 2 championship game instilled some confidence into the May-Port-C-G girls basketball club.

The Patriots carried that confidence into the Jamestown Civic Center Thursday evening.

May-Port-C-G lived up to its No. 1 seeding, defeating Kenmare/Bowbells 64-43 in the third quarterfinal of the 2024 Class B State Tournament. The Patriots will move on to face Sargent County in Friday's semifinal. The Patriots and Bulldogs are slated to tip off at 2:45 p.m. at the Jamestown Civic Center.

Kenmare/Bowbells will take on Our Redeemer's in the 8:15 p.m. consolation semifinal.

"Coming in, we were pretty confident," May-Port-C-G head coach Keenan Konschak said. "Obviously we have the No. 1 seed and the girls have been playing well but it's been a while since we've played and it's the Class B State Tournament so it's a pretty big venue.

"Some nerves were running out there but no excuses — we were ready to play," he said.

Raina Satrom's pair of 3-pointers helped the Patriots out to an early 8-0 start, but the Honkers were not to be counted out. In the final four minutes of the quarter, the Honkers mounted a comeback to make it 11-8 Patriots. Kenmare's Mashae Miller tied things up with a huge 3-point shot to end the first quarter.

"It was 11-11 right?" Konschak said. "There have been times when we got down on ourselves and times where we got down on ourselves a little bit. We could have started scrambling, we could have started complaining but tonight they got after it. It's a testament to those seniors and those leaders."

May-Port-C-G jumped on the Honkers right away in the second, drilling a pair of treys to make it a 17-11 ball game. The Honkers got within two of the game leaders but a 14-1 run by the Pats made it 31-16 May-Port-C-G at the end of the half.

Raina and Rylee Satrom combined to score 16 in the first half while Danica Hanson chipped in another seven for the Patriots.

Miller led the Honkers at the half with seven points.

The Patriots poured it on in the third quarter, outscoring the Honkers 22-9 to take a 53-25 lead. In the fourth, Kenmare came alive, scoring on four straight possessions to end the quarter with 18 points.

Miller was the Honkers' leading scorer with 15 points. Miller was responsible for scoring three of the team's four 3-pointers.

Maysa Larson scored 14 points to lead May-Port-C-G but really, it was a total team effort by the Patriots — much like the entire season has been.

"It's been 23 years since the May-Port girls have been here," Konschak said. "It was special for these girls. They've been going after this type of thing for many years now. It was a great effort through the regular season and it's just continued to roll. Hopefully, that continues for tomorrow."

May-Port-C-G 64, Kenmare/Bowbells 43

K/B 11 5 9 18 — 43

MPCG 11 20 22 11 — 64

K/B — Mashae Miller 15, Taya Aufforth 12, Lilibeth Santizo 6, McKenna Mau 5, Brea Chrest 3, Anna Peterson 2. Totals: 19-37 FG, 1-3 FT, 21 rebounds, 14 fouls, 7 assists, 19 turnovers, 2 blocks, 7 steals. 3-pointers: Miller 3, Mau 1.

MPCG — Maysa Larson 14, Danica Hanson 12, Raegan Zerface 11, Rylee Satrom 10, Raina Satrom 10, Kiaza Carlson 5, Hudson Zerface 2. Totals: 24-49 FG, 8-12 FT, 22 rebounds, 8 fouls, 15 assists, 11 turnovers, 1 block, 10 steals. 3-pointers: Larson 2, Raina Satrom 2, Hanson 2, Rylee Satrom 2.