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Lady Cards win Region 4 Tournament for second year in a row

L-E-M takes a 20 game winning streak into the State B Tourney

The Langdon-Edmore-Munich Cardinals girls basketball team went into the Region 4 Girls Basketball Tournament, held in Devils Lake Feb. 18-21, as the prohibitive favorite to win the tourney.

By JAKE KULLAND
Republican Sports Writer

And for the most part they played like it, beating Dakota Prairie 55-31 in the opening round, Harvey-Wells County 73-34 in the semifinals, and Four Winds-Minnewaukan 59-46 in the championship game to win the Region 4 title for the second straight year. The Lady Cards, now winners of 20 games in a row, played Kindred in the first round of the 2019 State Class B Girls Basketball Tournament in Grand Forks, going on Feb. 28-March 2. Callie Ronningen and Katelynn Scherr of the Cardinals were both named to the All-Region 4 team while Caitlyn Davis won Senior Athlete of the Year and Sean Gourd of Four Winds-Minnewaukan was Region 4 Coach of the Year. Here’s a recap of the Lady Cards’ path to the championship:

Langdon-Edmore-Munich 55, Dakota Prairie 31

Defense has been the name of the game for the Cardinals all season and was certainly the case in the opening round win over the Knights. The Cards forced 38 Dakota Prairie turnovers in the game and held them to just 24 percent shooting from the field while allowing only seven baskets.

The Lady Cards have had better offensive days than they showed in this game, but the defense helped cover those issues up. They led by 13 points at halftime, and a 6-0 run to start the third quarter pushed the lead to 32-13.

Morgan Freije led the team with 14 points and four assists, while Callie Ronningen and Kaylee Lowery got to double figures with 12 and 10 points. Lowery also had eight steals and seven rebounds in the contest. Carly Lippert led the Knights with 11 points.

BOXSCORE

LANGDON-EDMORE-MUNICH 55,

DAKOTA PRAIRIE 31

DP — 8 5 5 13 — 31

LEM — 16 10 10 17 — 55

Langdon-Edmore-Munich — Morgan Freije 14, Callie Ronningen 12, Kaylee Lowery 10, Kaitlynn Scherr 7, Lexi Olson 6, Jaya Henderson 4, Marlee Hetletved 2

Dakota Prairie — Carly Lippert 11, Erica McPherson 7, Paige Haakanson 7, Shaye Frederick 6

Rebounds — LEM: 39 (Olson 8, Lowery 7); DP: 25

Assists — LEM: 11 (Freije 4, Olson 3); DP: 5

Steals — LEM: 21 (Lowery 8); DP: 10

Turnovers — LEM: 21; DP: 38

Field goal percentage — LEM: 25/64 (39%); 7/29 (24%)

Free throw percentage — LEM: 7/10 (70%); DP: 13/16 (81%)

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Langdon-Edmore-Munich 73, Harvey-Wells County 34

The Cardinals best game of the tournament game against the Hornets. They raced up and down the floor the whole game. The contest was decided early as the Lady Cards exploded to a 19-2 lead and stretched that lead out even more as the game went on.

The Cards simply could not miss most of the game, shooting a white hot 53 percent. Lexi Olson, Kaylee Lowery and Morgan Freije led the charge, all getting into double figures in the first half. Olson finished with a game high 20 points followed by Freije with 14 and Lowery 11. The Cardinals defense forced 26 Hornets turnovers. Kalyn Keller had 10 points for H-WC.

BOXSCORE

LANGDON-EDMORE-MUNICH 73,

HARVEY-WC 34

HWC — 8 8 7 11 — 34

LEM — 25 22 16 20 — 73

Langdon-Edmore-Munich — Lexi Olson 20, Morgan Freije 14, Kaylee Lowery, 11, Callie Ronningen 9, Kaitlynn Scherr 7, Jaya Henderson 4, Olivia Christianson 2, Cora Badding 2, Whitney Pankratz 2, Taylor Lorenz 2

Harvey-Wells County — Kalyn Keller 10, Jaye Fike 8, McKayla Jones 8, Jasmine Ripplinger 4, MacKenna Arnold 3, Zoe McKinven 1

Rebounds — LEM: 33 (Olson 6, Freije, Lowery 5); HWC: 25

Assists — LEM: 21 (Ronningen 5); HWC: 6

Steals — LEM: 17 (Ronningen, Scherr 4); HWC: 8

Turnovers — LEM: 9; HWC: 26

Field goal percentage — LEM: 30/57 (53%); HWC: 10/36 (28%)

Free throw percentage — LEM: 11/17 (65%); HWC: 13/18 (72%)

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Langdon-Edmore-Munich 59, Four Winds-Minnewaukan 46

The most entertaining game of the tournament was the one that meant the most – the title match up. A huge crowd was on hand and was very loud the entire game.

The Lady Cards got the best of the Indians out of the gate, going out to an 18-7 lead with the help of six points each from Kaitlynn Scherr and Morgan Freije. But FW-M would take advantage of some Cardinals’ miscues in the second quarter, going on a 19-4 run to take a four point advantage. But after the Lady Cards got to within two points late in the second, Scherr made a critical play in the game, getting a steal and a basket at the halftime buzzer to tie the game at 26.

Langdon-Edmore-Munich worked hard to grab a six point lead after three quarters, 41-35. The fourth quarter would see big plays and baskets from Freije, Lexi Olson, Kaylee Lowery, Callie Ronningen and Jaya Henderson down the stretch to insure the win. The Lady Cards went 8 of 13 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter. They push the lead to double digits with just over four minutes left, and that’s where it would stay.

Ronnigen had 10 crucial points in the third quarter and 18 for the game, followed by 14 from Scherr, 13 from Olson and 10 for Freije. Latasha Belisle had 13 for the Indians.

BOXSCORE

LANGDON-EDMORE-MUNICH 59,

FOUR WINDS-M 46

FWM — 7 19 8 11 — 46

LEM — 18 8 15 18 — 59

Langdon-Edmore-Munich — Callie Ronnigen 18, Kaitlynn Scherr 14, Lexi Olson 13, Morgan Freije 10, Kaylee Lowery 6, Jaya Henderson 2

Four Winds-Minnewaukan — Latasha Belisle 13, Myona Dauphainais 11, Riah Littleghost 10, Jasmine Lohnes 5, Ezura Rainbow 4, Hailey Keo 2, Louelle Deng 1

Rebounds — LEM: 30 (Lowery 11); FWM: 34

Assists — LEM: 7; FWM: 9

Steals — LEM: 16 (Ronningen 5, Lowery 4); FWM: 7

Blocks — LEM: 5 (Ronnigen 4); FWM: 2

Turnovers — LEM: 15; FWM: 27

Field goal percentage — LEM: 19/50 (38%); FWM: 16/44 (36%)

Free throw percentage — LEM: 20/28 971%); FWM: 8/13 (62%)