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‘9- cv’ The Star Page 1 1 ‘ SPORTS ~ ..—d-—. . Dunseith's Rozalind Strong dishes the ball to a teammate after getting during last week’s district showdown. Learning to share v keg napi tracked down by Rolla’s Jaina [Ca Loaded Dragons squad trying to find balance By John Rosinski Of The Star A four-minute flourish was enough to propel the Dunseith Dragons to a 67—59 win over Rolla last week. The final score wasn’t en— tirely indicative of how clOse, or not close depending on each team’s perspective, the game was actually played. Rolla spent the first quarter getting several good’looks at 'A the basket but had a hard time cashing in the shots. Dunseith junior Rozalind Strong got it going early with eight first quarter points to help lead her team to a 13—10 lead after the first quarter. ROlla kept things close early in the second quarter and only trailed by four, 28—24 with four minutes left in the half. The Dragons then firmly took control of the game, ex- ploding for 1.7 unanswered points. Rolla opted to not take any timeouts during the run while Dunseith’s Kendra Prouty, Strong, Saige Longie, Jorja Short, Brailyn Davis and Avery LaFountain all con- tributed to the scoring barrage. When the half ended, Dun- seith was in control with a 45- 26 lead. To Rolla’s credit, the Bull— dogs came out of halftime and Share (Continued on Page 12) “We’re doingwell but we could be doing a little better just because we have such _a good team this yearwith so many talented players,. We need to learn to work together more because when we Work together we play so well.” Brailyn Davis, Dunseith Lady Dragons WM week. ‘ KeonLaducerdominated his Jamestown opponent Saturday in Belcourt, winning by pin in the first period. t'i Jorja Short (21) snags a loose ball during the Lady Dragons’ win over Rolla last Braves grapplers host Blue Jays By Jason Nordmark Of The Star The Turtle Mountain Braves hosted the Jamestown Blue Jays in a dual on Satur- day. Two Braves picked up win by pins as i the focus begins to shift toward the 2021 state tournament (coming up later this month. ‘ With jUSt seven Belcourt wrestlers on the roster, the visitors easily won the team score. Stephan Leonard earned a pin at 132 pounds, making quick work of his Jamestown opponent. The hammer fell at Wrestling (Continued on Page 12) ‘ second half powered the Bel- and Kenyon LaFountaine with a end traveling to the state capitol. By John Rosinski .Of The Star It took four years but the Belcourt Bravettes fi- nally cranked out a WDA win last week. Belcourt has played in some close games over the years but haven't been able to capture a win. That ended last Tuesday as the Bravettes downed Williston 68-49 win. It was Belcourt's first win in the always tough western conference since Feb- ruary of 2017. Amya Gourneau paced Belcourt with 19 points. She added six assists and fivesteals. Kobi Keplin dropped in 16 points for the winners while , Bravettes get first WDA win in four years Jaxsyn Delorme grabbed seven rebounds in the Wln. The Bravettes nearly snapped the streak earlier this year before falling to Dickinson 80-71 . The’Bravettes stayed on the road over the weekend and played Bismarck Legacy and Man— dan. Belcourt fell to Legacy 87—46 and got tripped up by Mandan. The girls will take on Minot on the road this Tuesday before playing Century and Jamestown over the weekend. Those games will also all be played on th road. Braves earn a win at home, fall on road By Jason Nordmark . Of The Star A 52-point outburst in the court Braves to an 89-70 win over the visiting Williston Coy— otoes Tilesday night. Houston Davis led the home team with 21 points, which in- cluded four three pointers mid- way through the second half that extended the Braves’ lead to 20 points. Riley McCloud piled up 20 points, nine of which came on three successive three—pointers early in the second half that took the air out of the Coyotes chances after four-point spread at the half. 1 James Keplin also piled up 19 points with a mixture of drives to the basket and adept outside shooting. Williston had no answers on either side of the court. The Coyotes hit just five three—point- ers on the night and didn't have an answer for the Braves quick- ness on offense. Tristin Davis and Wyatt Enno each had night points. Both had the opportunity to pile up some points but seemed con— tent to feed the ball to their teammates throughout the sec- ond half. Also scoring for the Braves were Blue Kellogg with four, Tanner Monette withlrfive bucket. The Braves spent the week- On Friday night against Bis- marck Legacy, Turtle Mountain fell 78-67. Saturday night's contest was against Mandan. In a battle of the Braves, Turtle Mountain fell 97-68. This week will mark three more away games for the Bel- court squad. On Tuesday, the Braves will head to the Magic Braves (Continued on Page 18) Rolla’s win over the Comets. Rolette’s Blake Mattson battles Mitchell Leas for the ball during the first half of m“ \. Riley McCloud snares a rebound in the Braves’ win over Williston last week. " Bulldogs pick up two wins after falling to Bearcats By John Rosinski Of The Star After struggling to find a rhythm in the first half, the Rolla Bulldogs roared back in the second to pick up a hard-fought 55—41 district win in Ro— lette Thursday night. Both teams limped out of the gate with Rolla’s Nicholas Mears showing the only burst of offense, scoring six in the first frame. The district’s leading scorer, Mitchell Leas, had a Comet in his pocket at every turn limiting his opportunities. That and some overall out—of— sync play allowed Rolette to climb back into the contest in the second quarter. Ben Kraft and Josh 'Belgarde led the charge, combining for 10 points. Meanwhile Rolla’s shooters went silent. A couple of key buckets from Logan Elick limited the harm however as the Bulldogs (Continued on Page 18)