On the schedule, the Des Lacs-Burlington girls basketball team was slated to play Surrey in the opening game of District 12 Super Saturday at the Minot Municipal Auditorium.
But in the back of the Lakers' minds, they were just as concerned with Bishop Ryan which was watching from the upper level of the Auditorium and the potential first-round district tournament matchup looming if they lost to the Mustangs.
That worry no longer exists after DL-B's 60-25 victory over Surrey. The victory assures the Lakers (6-9 overall, 2-4 district) at least a No. 6 seed in the eight-team district tournament and a first-round opponent othan than the top-ranked Lions.
Des Lacs-Burlington’s Courtney Vogel drives to the basket on Surrey’s Mandy Dyke during Saturday’s game at the Minot Municipal Auditorium as part of District 12 Super Saturday.
"I've thought about it a little bit," DL-B coach Shawn Kuhnhenn said. "I've been looking at the seedings, but I guess we would have taken whatever we were given."
The Mustangs (3-14, 1-5) took an early 5-4 lead on Marissa Dyke's 3-pointer before the Lakers' defense brought Surrey's offense to a standstill. DL-B never allowed the Mustangs to score more than nine points in a quarter and limited Surrey to four in the second frame.
"I was really happy with the effort," Kuhnhenn said. "In both halves, we came out and we played really good defense. We actually slowed down our offense as well and ran it and converted off it."
DL-B's full-court pressure forced Surrey into a number of turnovers in the backcourt, leading to layups for the Lakers. The defensive effort helped lead a 24-4 run stretching from the latter stages of the first quarter into the opening minutes of the third.
"Our press is what helped us," DL-B junior guard Courtney Vogel said. "We mix it up a lot. We go from 2-3 (zone) to man-to-man and that's what worked."
Vogel was the main beneficiary of the defensive effort, forcing turnovers off aggressive play on Surrey's ballhandlers. Vogel finished with a game-high 22 points and sat out most of the fourth quarter with the game's outcome decided.
"We finally came out and beat a team by what we've been beaten by and it felt really good," Vogel said.
Regardless of what defense the Mustangs threw at the Lakers, they weren't able to limit DL-B's open looks. The Lakers hit just two 3s both in the first half but their motion offense allowed better looks at the basket, especially in the paint where junior forwards Miky Hynson (11 points) and Courtney Mitchell (9 points) did most of their damage. DL-B finished with 24 field goals.
"We got really good looks for the most part," Kuhnhenn said. "Some of them didn't fall, but that's the breaks of the game. We'll expect them to fall the next game."
DL-B's victory snapped a four-game district losing streak. The Lakers last district win came in a one-point game against Glenburn on Jan. 17.
"We really needed this win so that we could get a good seed in the district tournament so we can make it to regionals," Mitchell said.
Skylar Bertsch led the Mustangs with six points.
Both teams play their final district games on Tuesday. DL-B is at Berthold and Surrey hosts Our Redeemer's.
ORCS clinches No. 2 seed
The Our Redeemer's Christian School girls basketball team recorded its largest offensive output of the season in an 83-56 victory over Berthold on Saturday at the Minot Municipal Auditorium.
The Knights (12-4 overall, 5-1 district) clinched the No. 2 seed in the district tournament.
Morgan Olson was one of four Knights in double figures with a game-high 25 points. Emily VanLith (15), Jenny Skees (14) and Ashley Koppinger (11) also finished in double figures.
ORCS jumped out to an early 10-0 lead en route to a 29-point halftime lead.
Madison Erickson led the Bombers (3-11, 0-6) with 15 points.
Both teams close out district play Tuesday. ORCS travels to Surrey and Berthold hosts Des Lacs-Burlington.
Bishop Ryan rips Kenmare
The Bishop Ryan girls basketball team ran Kenmare up and down the court in a 77-21 victory Saturday at the Minot Municipal Auditorium.
The top-ranked Lions (15-0, 6-0) shot 62 percent from the field, with most of their attempts coming from the paint. Hannah Stewart scored a game-high 18 points on 8-of-9 shooting and her counterpart Gabbie Bohl finished with 17. Stewart and Bohl each finished with more made field goals than the Honkers, who had seven.
Defensively, Ryan limited Kenmare (8-8, 3-3) to 19 percent shooting and no one outside Lexie Munson recorded more than three points. Munson registered 17 points and attempted 22 shots - more than three times more than her closest teammate.
The Honkers finished with 26 turnovers compared to Ryan's 12.
The Lions travel to Parshall on Monday, while Kenmare visits Glenburn.
Glenburn edges M-L-S
In a back-and-forth affair, Glenburn pulled out a 41-37 victory over Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood on Saturday at the Minot Municipal Auditorium, creating a ripple effect throughout the district.
The Panthers (6-7, 3-3) led by seven at the end of the first quarter, but found themselves trailing by two after both the second and third frames.
Parker Bush and Sam Koetter led Glenburn with 11 and 10 points, respectively, helping the Panthers outscore the Mavericks (7-6, 4-2) 11-5 in the fourth quarter.
Shelbi Bahl finished with a game-high 13 points for M-L-S.
Glenburn's victory clinches the regular-season district championship for Bishop Ryan and pulls the Panthers into a fourth-place tie with Kenmare, which gtravels to Glenburn on Tuesday. The Panthers could grab the No. 3 seed with a win and an M-L-S loss to the top-ranked Lions.