March 4, 2017 10:00 pm
By Tom Mix
NDHSAA Media Specialist
GRAND FORKS – Kindred defeated North Star 49-42 to complete its perfect season Saturday night in the North Dakota High School Activities Association Class B girls basketball state championship game at the Alerus Center.
Kindred and North Star both entered the championship game undefeated.
The Vikings finish the year 26-0.
“With both teams being undefeated we knew it was going to be a battle throughout and we just pushed through,” senior guard Mikayla Reinke said. “We play so well as a team. We trust each other and that’s what put us over the top.”
Kindred led 22-16 at halftime. North Star (26-1) opened the second half on a 6-0 run to tie the game 22-22, but Kindred senior guard Brooke Hiatt connected for a 3-pointer putting the Vikings back in the lead.
The Vikings’ advantage was 32-26 heading into the fourth quarter. Kindred kept control maintaining its lead the final eight minutes.
“When we were up seven points in the fourth quarter they started to press us we were able to get a couple easy baskets,” Kindred head coach Perry Piatz said. “In a game like this one you have to finish and we were able to get some big baskets down the stretch."
Hiatt led the Vikings with 15 points and was 4-for-6 from beyond the arc. Kindred seventh grader Abby Duchscherer added 13 points for the Vikings. Reinke dished out seven assists in the game.
North Star senior Macey Kvilvang finished with a game-high 22 points. Stephanie Miller added 12 points for the Bearcats.
Kindred started five seniors – Hiatt, Reinke, Madison Erickson, Kyra Braaten and Jensen Odegaard. What this group may accomplish kept Piatz on Kindred’s bench the last two seasons.
Saturday, all the hard work paid off.
“I thought about retiring two years ago when my daughter Lexi graduated and then I looked at this group of seniors and I couldn’t do it,” Piatz said. “They are just a special group and have been a joy to coach.”
In other action Saturday at the Alerus Center, Edgeley/Kulm/Montpelier defeated Glen Ullin/Hebron 46-35 in the seventh place game. Park River/Fordville-Lankin defeated Watford City 45-39 in the fifth-place game. Minot Our Redeemer’s topped Grant County 56-46 in the third-place game.
Minot Our Redeemer’s senior standout Morgan Olson eclipsed 2,500 career points in the third-place game on Saturday. Olson also broke the tournament record for 3-pointers made in a tournament with 16. The previous record was 12.
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