The state class "B" girls basketball tournament tips off tomorrow in Fargo. For the Bishop Ryan Lady Lions, it's a chance to repeat their title from a year ago, and in the process, move into record territory. Mike Elm has more on the defending state champions pace towards the record books.
Mike Elm, Reporting:Entering the state class "B" girls basketball tournament, the Lady Lions are ready to show why they are the team to watch. The team has put up even more impressive numbers than last year. Over their first 25 games, the Lady Lions are averaging over 80 points a game. 7 time the team has gone over the 90 point mark with 6 of those 90 plus point efforts coming in a row. And in nearly 90% of their wins the team has scored over 70 points. What that translates to is the team that went 27-0 last year winning by an average of just over 38 points a game has further distanced itself from opponents this year winning by an average of nearly 50 points a game.
Julie Stewart, Lady Lions Basketball Coach:They understand why they're winning basketball games and they never forget it. It takes a lot of hard work, it takes a lot of compassion, it takes a lot of you know respect. Respect for me, myself and our coaches and respect for each other. We want to win three games and that is our goal but we just can't forget what's got them there and if we remember all those things we can walk away, we gave it our best shot.
Elm:The Lady Lions are also zeroing in on the state record for wins in a row in class "B" girls basketball trailing Larimore's record by just 3 games. That means if the team can win out again it would have back to back state titles and a share of the record. The team shows no sign of slowing down with 4 of its 5 starters returning next year.
Stewart:We've only lost 2 seniors in the last two years so just to see the group grow and mold and every year I'm able to go to take them another step farther and you know like their basketball I.Q. this year and last year has just grown so much. In the beginning it was more just effort, effort, effort, energy, give everything you've got, play hard and I think they understand what it takes to be a complete player and that's you know they've accomplished some great things.
Elm:So come Saturday night, the Lady Lions have a chance to make their own history but first they'll have to battle three opponents who all will be looking to play the role of spoiler in the tournament. Mike Elm KX Sports.