Tioga Sports

Jays fly above BC, advance to region

Posted 2/16/16 (Tue)

Jays fly above BC, advance to region

By Jody Michael
The Ray girls’ basketball program soared to a 47-18 victory over sixth-seeded Burke County on Saturday to advance to the Region 8 tournament, which will take place in Ray.
The fifth-seeded Jays (11-11) led by 24 points at halftime and break open the game even further in the second half.
Junior Marissa Veach, an all-district and team selection, led the team with 14 points. Kelsey Perdue posted eight points, while Maari Dolan and Lindsey Beech each notched seven.
Ray scored the game’s first 19 points, led 28-4 at the break and took its biggest lead of the game, 47-16, when Beech put in a free throw with 1:57 left.
Up next, the Jays will take on District 15’s top-seeded Watford City on Monday next week at 3 p.m. in a region quarterfinal.
“We’ve got a big challenge ahead of us, but we’ll see what happens,” Jays head coach Matt Ray said. “We know we have to get back, we know we have to beat a press, so we’ll work on those types of things.”
In the district semifinals Friday, Ray pulled to a late tie with Stanley but could not hold on, falling 60-48 to the Blue Jays. 
Veach led Ray with 15 points, while Dolan and Slikker also finished in double figures with 13 and 11 points, respectively. Ziebarth scored nine points.
“Unfortunately, we’re not 100 percent,” Ray said. “We’ve got Z who’s sick, Marissa’s sick -- it’s not a good time to be sick, but they played hard and never gave up.”
Stanley increased its two-point halftime lead to six early in the second half, but Ray kept up its strong shooting and took its first lead of the game with 2:47 remaining in the third.
The lead switched hands twice more before Stanley took it for good, closing the game on a 16-4 run.
Stanley went on to defeat Kenmare for the championship.
“They’re just consistent,” Ray said. “They don’t get panicky, no matter what. They’re very well-organized, they play well and they’re very confident.”
Ray pulled out a 36-35 quarterfinal victory over Divide County on Thursday.
Tioga falls to BC
Tioga (3-18) fell to Burke County in a loser-out game, 47-34, on Friday despite a game-high 12 points from junior forward Tayla Dean.
Heidi Knutson scored 11 points for the Titans, who rallied late to pull away.
“They put the ball in the hole toward the end, and we kind of struggled,” Tioga head coach Trent Roemmich said. “That was kind of the difference.”
Tioga senior Jayden Hodges finished with nine points and fouled out with 3:39 left.
BC led by five at halftime. Tioga tied the game in the third, but 10 consecutive points from BC put the game out of reach.
“We were looking to get the ball inside,” Roemmich said. “They played some tougher defense down the stretch, but I think we just didn’t look to attack enough.”
BC’s defense held Tioga to five field goals in the first half but got into foul trouble, allowing Tioga to keep it close.
The Pirates fell to Powers Lake on Thursday evening, 50-25, to move into the loser-out game. Schmidt scored a team-high seven points.
Saturday
Ray 47, Burke County 18
    1st    2nd    3rd    4th
Burke County    0    4    7    7
Ray    19    9    10    9
Scoring
Burke County: Sara Nelson 6, Heidi Knutson 6, Aleta Gamble 3, Morgan Heinrich 1, Disa Koppelsloen 1, Reese Heinrich 1.
Ray: Marissa Veach 14, Kelsey Perdue 8, Maari Dolan 7, Lindsey Beech 7, Allison Ziebarth 4, Emily Ketelsen 4, Elizabeth Fish 2, Courtney Townsend 1.
Friday
Stanley 60, Ray 48
    1st    2nd    3rd    4th
Ray    11    14    17    6
Stanley    12    15    17    16
Scoring
Ray: Marissa Veach 15, Maari Dolan 13, Hayden Slikker 11, Allison Ziebarth 9.
Stanley: Abby Iverson 22, Megan Mills 14, Maddie Meiers 11, Caitlyn Enger 9, Lacey Meiers 4.
Burke County 47, Tioga 34
    1st    2nd    3rd    4th
Tioga    7    12    10    5
Burke County    10    14    9    14
Scoring
Tioga: Tayla Dean 12, Jayden Hodges 9, Leah Schmidt 7, Becca Fuson 3, Peyton Skabo 2, Leah Aadnes 1.
Burke County: Heidi Knutson 11, Sara Nelson 8, Disa Koppelsloen 6, Aleta Gamble 6, Kiah Nelson 5, Brynlee Ganskop 3, Lexi Mahlum 2, Mia Blom 2, Morgan Heinrich 2, Kayleen Kihle 2.
Thursday
Powers Lake 50, Tioga 25
    1st    2nd    3rd    4th
Tioga    5    4    10    6
Powers Lake    10    7    16    17
Scoring
Tioga: Leah Schmidt 7, Tayla Dean 5, Jayden Hodges 3, Abby Larson 3, Leah Aadnes 2, Rachel Urie 2, Peyton Skabo 2, Becca Fuson 1.
Powers Lake: Brianna Honrud 17, Sydney Titus 11, Grace Hove 9, Jessica Rosencrans 6, Kinzi Grubb 4, Allison Grote 3.
Ray 36, Divide County 35
    1st    2nd    3rd    4th
Ray    10    8    11    7
Divide County    2    11    8    14
Scoring
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.
Region 8 tournament
at Ray
Monday, Feb. 22
Watford City (19-2, District 15 #1) vs. Ray (11-11, District 16 #4), 3 p.m.
Kenmare (8-12, District 16 #2) vs. Trenton (18-3, District 15 #3), 4:30 p.m.
Stanley (16-5, District 16 #1) vs. New Town (10-11, District 15 #4), 6 p.m.
Parshall (12-10, District 15 #2) vs. Powers Lake (11-10, District 16 #3), 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 23
Game 5: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 6 p.m.
Game 6: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 25
Third-place: Game 5 loser vs. Game 6 loser, 6 p.m.
Championship: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 7:30 p.m.