N.D. Class B Region 1 girls basketball preview capsules
N.D. Class B Region 1 girls basketball tournament Today's first round at the Fargo Civic Center 3 p.m. - Central Cass vs. Lidgerwood-Wyndmere: Central Cass Squirrels Head coach: Barb Kraft Record: 21-1 Key players: Taylor Kraft, Sr., 6-0, F, 13.9...
N.D. Class B Region 1 girls basketball tournament
Today's first round at the Fargo Civic Center
3 p.m. - Central Cass vs. Lidgerwood-Wyndmere:
Central Cass Squirrels
Head coach: Barb Kraft
Key players: Taylor Kraft, Sr., 6-0, F, 13.9 ppg, 8.3 reb.; Courtney Dixon, Jr., 5-10, F, 12.5 ppg, 6.3 reb.; Hannah Breske, So., 5-11, F, 12.3 ppg, 3.3 reb.; Bethany Voss, Jr., 5-8, G, 7 ppg, 4.8 assists.
Notes: The Squirrels earned the Region 1 title last year, and finished second at state. ... Defense has been the key for Central Cass, according to Kraft. "We like to work really hard on the defensive end, and that really helps the offensive flow," Kraft said. ... The Squirrels' only loss was a 69-68 double-overtime defeat to Grafton on Feb. 5.
Head coach: Michael Kern
Key players: Haley Oster, Sr., 5-6,G, 13 ppg, 26 3-pointers;
Jenni Wettstein, Sr., 5-6, F, 10 ppg, 8 reb.
Notes: In his first year as the Warbirds' coach, Kern instituted an entirely new system. "We spent the first couple of weeks learning," he said. ... The Warbirds may be without starting forward Chelsie Aker at the region tournament due to a concussion. ... Central Cass defeated Lidgerwood-Wyndmere 66-29 early in the regular season. ... The Warbirds have won four of their last eight games.
4:45 p.m. - Fairmount-Campbell-Tintah vs. Kindred:
Head coach: Brenda Dahlgren
Key players: Kenzie Church, Sr., 5-10, F, 20.2 ppg, 8.5 reb.; Katelyn Campbell, Sr., 5-7, G, 15.9 ppg, 4.1 assists.
Notes: Church has almost 1,800 career points, and should end the year as the program's all-time leading scorer. Campbell has more than 1,300 career points, and should finish third in school history. "The seniors are the ones that take the tough shots, get the rebounds make the pass to keep us in the game," Dahlgren said. "They set the tone." ... Kindred defeated F-C-T 50-42 on Jan. 25.
Head coach: Shane Piatz
Key players: Braidy Dahl, Jr., 5-10, F, 18 ppg, 8 reb.; Kellie Schmit, So., 5-10, F, 11 ppg, 7 reb.; Harlee Glasow, Jr., 5-7, G, 5 ppg, 5 assists, 4 reb.
Notes: Piatz said the team likes to play three girls around 5-foot-10 at the same time to create mismatches. ... All but one of the girls on the team competed with the Kindred volleyball team that finished second in the region. "We have a great bunch of girls who work hard," Piatz said. "Winning is contagious. They expect to win." ... Kindred is allowing 31 points a game.
6:30 p.m. - Milnor vs. Fargo Oak Grove:
Head coach: Katie Kilichowski
Key players: Paige Tompkins, Sr., 6-2, C, 15 ppg, 13.5 reb., 2.8 blks.; Kasie Weber, Sr., 5-5, G, 2.8 stls, 6.7 ppg, 15 3-pointers; Michaela Halvorson, Jr., 5-10, F, 7.8 ppg, 7.8 rebs.
Notes: The Bison work the ball into posts Tompkins and Halvorson early and often. "We've been successful at getting it in there," Kilichowski said. "The inside game has opened up some 3-point opportunities for us." ... Tompkins and Weber have played with the varsity since 8th grade. ... The seniors went 0-20 as sophomores.
Oak Grove Grovers
Head coach: Jared Bledsoe
Key players: Logan Selisker, Sr., 6-0, F, 15.4 ppg, 8 reb., 3.1 blocks; Tatum Holt, Fr., 5-8, G, 12.1 ppg, 4.4 reb., 5.3 assists; Rachel Osmundson, Fr., 5-7, G, 10 ppg, 3.2 assists.
Notes: Oak Grove allowed 42 points a game during the region tournament. Bledsoe said the team's defensive intensity has helped them to a second-consecutive region tournament. "The girls came out with a lot of energy," he said. "If the energy and effort is there, I love our chances." ... The Grovers' trip to the region tourney last year was their first since 2004.
8:15 p.m. - Enderlin vs. Oakes:
Head coach: Randy Bilden
Key players: Megan Trautman, Sr., 5-8, G, 13.6 ppg, 7 rebs., 73 perc FT.; Mackenzie Hamre, Sr., 5-7, F, 8 ppg, 4.3 rebs.; Courtney Lautt, Sr., 5-9, F, 7.2 ppg, 5 reb.; Alexa Dixson, Sr., 5-7, F, 6 ppg, 6.1 reb.; Krista Thielges, So., 5-4, G, 9 ppg, 3.8 reb.
Notes: Trautman is a four-year starter, Hamre, Lautt and Dixson have started for three years. "I think that experience really helps us this year," Bilden said. ... The Eagles have allowed 38.1 points a game. ... The Eagles were knocked off by Hankinson in the first round of last year's region tourney.
Head coach: Mark Quenette
Key players: Coley Warren, So., 5-7, G, 16.2 ppg, 5.1 steals, 5.9 reb., 5.5 assists; Mak Sell, Sr., 5-7, P, 12.1 ppg, 9.6 reb.; Josie Bopp, Sr., 5-8, F, 8.1 ppg, 10 reb.; Bri Schmit, Sr., 5-7, F, 7.5 ppg.
Notes: With largely the same lineup, Oakes increased its win total from six last year to 18 this year. ... The Tornadoes have 100 more offensive rebounds than their opponents. ... "We just play good defense and we rebound well as a team," Quenette said. ... The five seniors have played varsity together since their freshmen years.