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No. 1 Bismarck vs. Minot High girls basketball state semifinal pregame

March 14, 2014 - Staff Blog
By RYAN HOLMGREN
Sports Editor
rholmgren@minotdailynews.com

Clichés are clichés because they are true. Here’s one that you’re bound to hear every year come tournament time: It’s really hard to beat a team three times in a season.

Top-ranked Bismarck enters today’s Class A girls basketball state tournament semifinal against Minot High owning a 2-0 record versus the Majettes. The third meeting, scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Minot State Dome, could be a doozy.

In their last showdown, on Feb. 6, Minot (15-8) erased nearly all of a 16-point, second-half deficit. The Majettes, trailing by one in the final minute, had a chance to take the lead with a bucket, then had an opportunity in the closing seconds to tie it with a 3-pointer. Neither shot attempt threatened to score, and Bismarck (21-2) held on for a 71-66 victory at Magic City Campus.

The first time around, Minot held an eight-point lead in the early stages of the second half before the Demons breezed to a 77-63 victory in their season opener. The Majettes were outscored 22-2 in points off turnovers in that contest.

On Thursday, Bismarck pulled away from Valley City in a 60-50 state quarterfinal win and Minot upset No. 2 West Fargo 62-59, which improved its record in games decided by five points or less to 1-4.

The Majettes are in the state semifinals for the first time since 2001, when they placed second.

Follow Ryan Holmgren, Mike KraftJoe Mellenbruch and The Minot Daily News sports account on Twitter for the latest Class A state tournament coverage.

 
 

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