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Preps Plus: Kindred takes perfect record into girls basketball postseason

Mikayla Reinke is a senior for the Kindred girls basketball team that has a 20-0 record. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor1 / 3
Kyra Braaten is a senior for the Kindred girls basketball team that has a 20-0 record. Dave Wallis / The Forum2 / 3
Logan Nelson of Northern Cass scored 42 points in a loss to Fargo Oak Grove last week. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor3 / 3

Kindred takes perfect record into postseason

Only two girls basketball teams in the state of North Dakota are undefeated this season. North Star-Starkweather is 21-0 and Kindred is 20-0.

That's not changing the way the Vikings are thinking.

"I don't know if it's any different for us," said Kindred coach Perry Piatz, whose team is the top seed for the Class B Region 1 tournament that continues Monday at North Dakota State. "Two years ago we had the same thing, so I don't know if that's helped us with this deal. We just look at it like playing one game at a time. It doesn't matter what you did in the other 20 games. It's a new season now. That's how we're approaching it now."

Piatz doesn't buy into the idea a team learns more from the losses than the wins.

"I don't know if it affects us or puts extra pressure on us because we haven't lost yet," Piatz said. "I think we learn from every game that we play. There's times where we're not playing well and we've learned from that stuff. I'd rather win every game than lose any game. We're not going to lose one just to say it takes the pressure off."

Piatz said Kindred learned from games against Thompson and Barnesville the most this season.

"The Thompson game we learned a lot," Piatz said. "We didn't shoot the ball very well. We shot 22 percent and we still found a way to win. Barnesville was a really good game because they're very good. That told us where we were at and told us we could have a pretty good team."

Kindred has had six different girls lead the team in scoring and no one is averaging more than 12 points a game. The biggest surprise is seventh-grader Abigail Duchscherer, who has led the team in scoring five different times.

"That's the nice thing about our team. We don't rely on any one person," Piatz said. "We're very balanced. (Duchscherer) has played fantastic for us. We almost didn't call her up to varsity, but we talked about it a long time, decided to move her up, and she's played very, very well off the bench."

Top seed Kindred will take on No. 8 seed Hankinson on Monday in the Class B, Region 1 quarterfinals at Scheels Center at the Sanford Health Athletic Complex.

Forum area basketball rankings

(The Forum ranks area basketball teams based on what team has the best chance to win a state title in its respective class)


1. Fargo Davies

2. West Fargo

3. Hillsboro-Central Valley

4. Fargo Oak Grove

5. West Fargo Sheyenne


1. Carrington

2. Kindred

3. Wahpeton

4. Fargo Davies

5. Fargo Shanley

Nelson has big night for Northern Cass

Although Northern Cass lost to Fargo Oak Grove last Friday, Logan Nelson had a night to remember for the Jaguars, scoring 42 points and hauling in 15 rebounds. He scored 36 points in the second half.

According to The Hoopster Basketball Preview's unofficial list, only one other player in school history has scored more points in a game for the Jaguars. Brooks Burgum had a 47-point game and a 45-point game in 2000, to go along with a 44-point game in 1999.

Chris Murphy

Chris Murphy is a sports reporter for the Forum. He's covered high school and college sports in Chicago, North Dakota and Minnesota since 2009 and, for some reason, has been given awards for doing so.

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