Posted 2/16/16 (Tue)
By Jody Michael
Sophomore Alli McCoy finished with 20 points, but the Divide County girls’ basketball season finished with a 48-38 loss vs. Powers Lake in a region-qualifier game in the District 16 tournament.
The Maroons end with a 9-12 overall record.
Brianna Honrud finished with 19 points. Grace Hove rounded out the double-digit scorers with 12 points.
“They out-toughed us, basically,” Divide County head coach Kent Harding said. “They got some of those big rebounds. They hit big shots when they were there for them. They just got some of the things that we needed to get.”
DC shot 15 of 63 from the field and 8 of 15 from the line.
“We needed some shots to fall for us at the end,” Harding said. “We had some real nice open looks again.”
The scoring began with an 8-0 Powers Lake run, with Honrud beginning the stretch with two 3-pointers, until McCoy buried two free throws to stop the Rancher rush with 5:03 left in the first quarter.
DC chipped away at the gap and ultimately took the lead at 22-21 following two more McCoy free throws with 2:59 left in the second stanza.
Powers Lake finished the first half with five consecutive points to hold a 26-22 lead going into the break.
The third frame began with a free throw from Powers Lake’s Sydney Titus. McCoy and Lauryn Heide responded with buckets to nearly knot it all up, 27-26.
Powers Lake’s lead went up to seven and back down to three with 3:52 left until the Ranchers hit the final seven points to seal the deal.
Divide County lost in the quarterfinal Thursday to Ray, 36-35. McCoy netted a game-high 21 points. Maari Dolan scored 12 points for the Jays.
McCoy and Heide received all-district honors after the tournament.
Powers Lake 48, Divide County 38
1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Divide County 9 13 8 8
Powers Lake 12 14 9 13
Divide County: Alli McCoy 20, Lauryn Heide 9, Emilee Johnson 5, McKenzie Hallgren 4.
Powers Lake: Brianna Honrud 19, Grace Hove 12, Kinzi Grubb 8, Sydney Titus 8, Sadie Maruskie 1.
Ray 36, Divide County 35
1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Ray 10 8 11 7
Divide County 2 11 8 14
Ray: Maari Dolan 12, Allison Ziebarth 7, Marissa Veach 6, Kelsey Perdue 6, Hayden Slikker 4.
Divide County: Alli McCoy 21, Lauryn Heide 8, McKenzie Hallgren 6.
District 16 tournament
Thursday, Feb. 11
G1: (5) Ray 36, (4) Divide Co. 35
G2: (2) Powers Lake 50, (7) Tioga 25
G3: (3) Kenmare 57, (6) Burke Co. 26
Friday, Feb. 12
G4: (6) Burke Co. 47, (7) Tioga 34
G5: (1) Stanley 60, (5) Ray 48
G6: (3) Kenmare 52, (2) Powers Lake 42
Saturday, Feb. 13
G7: (2) Powers Lake 48, (4) Divide Co. 38
G8: (5) Ray 47, (6) Burke Co. 18
G9: (1) Stanley 59, (3) Kenmare 34
District 16 Awards
Regular-season champion: Stanley
Coach of the year: Kelly Roemmich, Stanley
Senior athlete of the year: Maddie Meiers, Stanley
Spirit Award: Stanley
Alli McCoy, Divide County
Kathryn Handeland, Kenmare
McKayla Neubauer, Kenmare
Brianna Honrud, Powers Lake
Sydney Titus, Powers Lake
Mariisa Veach, Ray
Allison Ziebarth, Ray
Abby Iverson, Stanley
Lacey Meiers, Stanley
Maddie Meiers, Stanley