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Lady Cards finish second at District 8 Tourney in Cando

The Langdon-Munich Cardinals participated in the 2015 District 8 Girls Basketball Tournament held in Cando Feb. 13-16.

Republican

Posted on 2/21/15

By Jake Kulland

The Lady Cards played very well, beating Dunseith in the opening round 72-30, coming back to defeat Rolette-Wolford 57-32 in the semifinals Feb. 14, then losing a wild, intense, crowd pleasing championship game to North 58-56 on Feb. 16.  After the tourney the Cardinals record is at 15-7, and they now will advance to the Region 4 Tournament held in Devils Lake Feb. 23-26.  They play Harvey-Wells County in the opening round at 7:30pm on Feb. 23.  The Hornets have the same 15-7 record as the Lady Cards.  You can find a full Region 4 bracket in this weeks Republican.  Senior Kaylee Anderson and sophomore Madi Hart made the All-District 8 team, while Alli Vandal from Rolla was District 8 Senior Athlete of the Year, and Sherri Miller from North Star won District 8 Coach of the Year honors.  Here is a recap of the Lady Cards games at the district tourney:

Langdon-Munich 72, Dunseith 30

The Cards played the young, inexperienced Dragons in their first game of tournament.  They had the same balanced scoring full court attack that they have been using all season.  They rolled to a 35-16 halftime lead, then outscored Dunseith 18-2 in the third to turn the contest into a blowout.

Leading the Cardinals in scoring was Madi Hart with 14, followed by Julia Kartes, who had a career high 11 points.  Ashley Fetsch and Kaylee Anderson followed with eight points each, with Fetsch nailing two 3-pointers.

Langdon-Munich also forced 26 Dragons turnovers.  Eighth grader Caitlyn Davis led Dunseith with 12 points.

Langdon-Munich 57, Rolette-Wolford 32

In the semifinals the Cards met second seeded Rolette-Wolford. The Comets were without the services of their leading scorer in Lexy Wittmayer, who was lost for the tournament due to a case of mononucleosis.

The Comets still with a lot of heart in the game, actually leading at halftime 25-24.  But Cardinals coach Ethen Askvig must have said some magical words in the halftime locker room, as the Lady Cards came out in the third quarter a totally different team, going on a 25-1 run in the second half.  Rolette-Wolford did not score they first second half basket until three minutes into the fourth quarter.

Sparking this run was for the most part the whole Lady Cards team, but standing out was junior Brynn Crockett, who missed much of the latter part of the regular season due to illness, but she used those fresh legs to create a number of Comet third quarter turnovers, while also getting a crucial at the time three point play.

Kaylee Anderson paced the Cards with 14 points, while Madi Hart had 12 and Jordyn Worley 8 and Crockett 7.  Lynnsey Slaubaugh had 11 for the Comets.

North Star 58, Langdon-Munich 56

We could probably fill three pages of the Republican talking up the championship game of the tourney, and while we don’t have enough space for that let’s just say it was a very memorable contest.

The two teams played very hard and battled each other from start to finish.  The Lady Cards had issues against the Bearcats pressure early, falling behind 6-0.  But they got their feet under themselves with the help of a Jenny Weekes 3-pointer and took a 15-12 lead late in the quarter, before Sara Hagler hit a three at the buzzer to tie it up for the Bearcats.

The second quarter was more of the same, with Brynn Crockett hitting a 3-pointer and Maddie Hetletved, Kaylee Anderson and Julia Kartes also hitting big shots to make it 27-26 Bearcats at halftime.

The lead see-sawed back and forth in the third, with Jordyn Worley scoring six points, and Crockett five including another three and the score was tied at 43 after three quarters.

The fourth quarter was raucous and very loud as both teams fans were very much into the game.  Six different Lady Cards scored in the fourth to keep them right in it, but the difference at the end was 6 foot 4 inch sophomore center Macy Kvilvang for the Bearcats. She came up with miraculous rebound and put back to give North Star the lead with eight seconds left, after Madi Hart had tied the game with a trey, with her only points of the game..  And she also blocked a Worley last second shot to preserve the victory.

Kvilvang had a game high 23 points, while Hagler had 18. Langdon-Munich was led by Crockett with 12, and Anderson and Worley with 10 each.