FARGO-The defensive focus for Richland on Monday night was the Lisbon inside game and with 6-foot Elizabeth Lyons and 5-10 Kaitlin Geyer, there was plenty to be concerned about. The fact a pair of Broncos guards started hitting 3-point field goals like they were layups just added a stinging salt in the wound.
The Colts had no chance.
Jamie Reinke came off the bench and drilled six 3-pointers while starting guard Karly Schultz added three treys and Lisbon showed the rest of North Dakota Region 1 girls basketball it has an inside-outside combination to deal with. The 76-28 win at Scheels Center at Sanford Health Athletic Complex moves the Broncos into Tuesday night's semifinal game against Central Cass.
Reinke and Schultz had seven of their 3-pointers in the first half alone, a two-quarter binge that saw Lisbon take a 45-13 halftime lead.
"Basically just shoot," Reinke said of her role. "You just hope they kick it out and I can put some up along with our other shooters."
The Broncos, 17-4, reached the semifinals for the first time in head coach Barb Sweet's nine years, a feat that started in the offseason to put some balance in the Lisbon offensive game. Seniors Lyons and Geyer were the known commodities-"our bread and butter for a long time," Sweet said.
"We spent a lot of time this summer getting the outside shots and having the confidence to shoot them," she said.
These teams played just last week-a 68-39 Lisbon win. This one got away quick.
Reinke had a pair of treys in a 16-2 to end the first quarter.
"She has the potential to light it up," Sweet said. "She's a role player, we have a lot of seniors this year. When she starts hitting, they're going in."
Lyons still had 19 points and Geyer had 18 despite the packed-in zone. The Broncos finished with 10 3-pointers.
Richland, which was led by eighth grader Megan Roob's 14 points, finished 7-15.
Richland 8 13 25 28
Lisbon 23 45 65 76
RICHLAND: Breden 5, Wagner 2, Haverland 2, Roob 14, Hendrickson 1, Smith 2, Johnson 2.
LISBON: Schultz 12, Geyer 18, Lyons 19, Nielsen 3, Elijah 2, Reinke 18, Ercink 2, Odegard 4.
Central Cass 55, Milnor-North Sargent 45
It took until the last three minutes of the game, but Central Cass outlasted the Bulldogs to move into Tuesday night's semifinals.
It was the way the Squirrels like to play.
"We're a defensively strong team," said Central Cass head coach Jay Bachman. "We don't score 60. We want our games to be 50-40. We got in some foul trouble early but we came through."
The Squirrels got some timely 3-pointers from a pair of eighth graders in Jaylin Cotton and Kailey McKinnon. It was senior Halie Holzer, however, who put the dagger into the Bulldogs.
Her two field goals late in the fourth quarter that finally created some separation between the teams for the first time all game. The second one, a 3-pointer, came with 2:10 remaining to give the Squirrels a 52-45 lead.
"She came through," Bachman said, "and she's like that. She'll go quiet but when we need a big bucket she'll come through."
Holzer followed with a steal moments later and Central Cass' Rylie Holzer made it hurt with two free throws and a nine-point advantage.
Cotton led the Squirrels with 13 points off the bench, including three 3-pointers. McKinnon had eight.
Central Cass now gets Lisbon, which dealt the Squirrels a 70-52 loss two weeks ago.
"We have to play a full four quarters," said Bachman, who called Lyons the best player in the region. "We have to hold her to her 15 or 16 and try to contain her."
M-NS 13 20 36 45
Central Cass 7 21 34 55
M-NS: C. Mathias 9, Greenmyer 6, Sandness 10, Frederick 14, Sherlock 7.
CENTRAL CASS: R. Holzer 8, Kieffer 5, Sweep 9, Buhr 2, H. Holzer 8, Cotton 13, McKinnon 8, Linnard 2.