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Berthold girls launch season with 2nd place trophy at Sawyer Invitational

The Lewis & Clark-Berthold girls basketball team launched their season with a second place finish at the Sawyer Invitational Tournament over the weekend.

12/22/10 (Wed)

 

The Lewis & Clark-Berthold girls basketball team launched their season with a second place finish at the Sawyer Invitational Tournament over the weekend.

 

The Bombers faced Velva for the championship Saturday night, losing 57-36.

 

Berthold held a 9-8 lead after the first quarter, but dropped back 20-29 by halftime after the Aggies added 21 points in the second quarter. The Bombers trailed 26-39 after three periods of play.

 

Logyn Bloms paced her teammates with 16 points. Haley Neshem added 7, Heidi Deaver 6, Emily Engelhard 3, Clancy Hennessy 2 and McKenzi Njos 2.

 

Sarah Weidler led all players with 19 points for Velva.

 

In Saturday’s other action, Our Redeemer’s defeated North Shore-Plaza 53-42 for third place, Rolette-Wolford topped DLB 37-28 for fifth, and Surrey pounded Sawyer 48-15 for seventh.

 

Bombers top Wildcats

in semi-finals

On Friday, the Bombers rallied in the fourth quarter to overcome a persistent North Shore-Plaza squad 54-44 in semi-finals play. Berthold led 17-15 in the first quarter and 27-25 at the half, but dropped back 36-41 after the third quarter. In the final period, however, the Bombers outscored the Wildcats 18-5 for the win.

 

Bloms led all players with 21 points in the game, and Neshem scored in double figures with 12. Deaver added 9 points, Megan Limke 6, Hennessy 4 and Njos 2.

 

Amanda Hauf had 13 points for NS-P, while Hadlie Hansen scored 10.

 

Friday’s other semi-finals game saw Velva beating Our Redeemer’s 69-34. In consolation play, Rolette-Wolford downed Sawyer 64-23.

 

In consolation play on Thursday, DLB defeated Surrey 53-42. In first round games, Velva ran over Sawyer 96-16 and Our Redeemer’s beat Rolette-Wolford 55-48.

 

Berthold over Surrey

In opening round action on December 21st, the Bombers topped Surrey 45-35. Berthold dominated the court in the first half, leading 15-3 after the first quarter and 29-9 by halftime, then kept a 35-26 margin after three periods.

 

Three Bombers scored in double digits, with Bloms at 17 points, Limke at 15 and Neshem 11. Deaver added 2 points.

 

Limke and Neshem led in rebounds with 7 apiece, including 6 offensive rebounds finding their way to Limke’s hands. Bloms grabbed 5 and Deaver 4.

 

Deaver finished with 5 steals and 3 assists. Bloms had 3 steals and 1 assist.

 

The Bombers shot 26.8 percent from the field and 73.7 percent from the free throw line. Bloms sank 4 of 9 field goal attempts and 9 of 12 free throws. Limke was 5 of 14 from the field and 5 for 5 at the charity stripe. Neshem sank 5 of her 12 field goal attempts and 1 of four 3-point shots.

 

In the only other game played that Tuesday, North Shore-Plaza beat Des Lacs-Burlington 57-44.

 

New coach

and six seniors

Lewis & Clark-Berthold head coach Jennifer Miller likes the experience she sees on her roster with the six seniors. “They’ve been playing together four years now,” she said. “We’re quick, and there are a few girls on the team who are looking to score all the time, ready to go to the basket. We’re all on the same page.”

 

Miller wants to see her players work on their rebounding skills and their court awareness as the season progresses. “We need to slow it down a little bit,” she said, “and make the smart decisions out there.”

 

Fans should see plenty of action on the court from the girls. According to Miller, the girls will play an aggressive style of basketball, using their press. “We’re going to push the ball up and down the floor, and create some things on offense,” she said. “We’re pretty short, so we have to use our quickness to our advantage.”

 

Miller said her team is especially looking forward to playing Kenmare, Our Redeemer’s and Bishop Ryan this season, with another contest against Surrey on the calendar, too. “Our district is pretty strong,” she added.

 

As the coach, she’s looking for the players to develop some chemistry together on the court as the team makes its way through the district schedule. “We want to be a major contender in the district and regional tournaments,” she said.

 

The six seniors will be a major factor in achieving that goal, and Miller rotates them as captains, two for each game. “I want them to show the younger girls how it’s done,” she said, “and they really have taken over that leadership role.”

 

Miller herself grew up in Velva, playing basketball for the Aggies before continuing at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, where she was also an assistant coach for the Cobbers. She taught and coached at a high school in Washington state before returning to North Dakota as a teacher and coach at St. Mary’s in Bismarck.

 

She started with the Lewis & Clark school district in August, accepting the position of technology coordinator after working as a business teacher in Sawyer. “I was looking for something a little different,” she said. This is her first season with the Bombers girls basketball team.

 

Roster and schedule

Seniors leading the Bombers include Jasmin Peterson, Clancy Hennessy, Haley Neshem, Heidi Deaver, Logyn Bloms and Megan Limke.

 

Juniors suiting up in the purple and gold are Emily Engelhard and McKenzi Njos.

 

Sophomores flying high with the squad include Jordyn Hornberger and Elizabeth Nelson.

 

Freshmen joining the Bombers’ ranks this season are Rachel Birdsall, Shelby Hennessy, Bethany Limke and Jessi Johnson.

 

Miller is assisted by Stephanie Pusc. Hayley Deaver is the team’s student assistant this season, and Lexi Erickson, Christa Myers and Emilee Gregory are handling stats for the team.

 

The Bombers hosted Parshall last night, with results unavailable at press time.

 

Other games on the schedule include:

Jan. 7, Sawyer at home

Jan. 10, Lewis & Clark-North Shore away

Jan. 13, DLB at home

Jan. 15, Westhope-Newburg at home

Jan. 18, Glenburn away

Jan. 21, Kenmare away

Jan. 22, TGU away

Jan. 27, Bishop Ryan at home

Feb. 1, Surrey at home

Feb. 4, MLS at Sherwood

Feb. 5, Divide County at home

Feb. 15, Max away

Feb. 18, Burke County at Bowbells

Feb. 19, Ray at home

 

The District 12 tournament will be played at the Minot Municipal Auditorium February 25, 26 and 28. The Region 6 tournament followed March 7th, 8th and 10th.

 

The Class B girls state basketball tournament will be held March 17-19 at Bismarck.