(KXNET) — The 2023 Class B Girls Basketball State Tournament is officially underway! Who will run the table and come out as State Champions? We’ll have full game recaps, highlights, exclusive interviews, and everything you’ll need to keep up with the week’s action!

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Finals: #2 Central Cass defeats #1 Thompson: 58-55/OT

Central Cass’ Delaney Cotton discusses winning the Class B Girls Championship

2nd Half Recap: Central Cass takes down top-seeded Thompson in an overtime thriller to win their first-ever Class B Girls Championship.

A buzzer-beating three-pointer from Thompson’s Olivia Dick tied the game at 49 to send it to overtime. Despite the shift in momentum, Central Cass kept their cool and held off Thompson in overtime to win the game.

Decontee Smith led the Squirrels in scoring with 25 points on the night. She also grabbed a game-high 17 rebounds.

On the other end, Thompson’s Addison Sage finished the night as the team’s leading scorer with 19 points. While Kya Hurst finished with a double-double, 17 points and 10 rebounds.

1st Half Recap: Thompson leads Central Cass at halftime, 25-23, in what has been a very defensive Class B Championship.

Both teams have had trouble finding consistency on offense, with Thompson currently shooting 37% from the field and Central Cass shooting 29%.

Thompson’s Addison Sage leads the team currently with 8 points while Kya Hurst and Olivia Dick have each scored 6 and 5 points this half.

Central Cass has only had three players score for them thus far, Decontee Smith leads all scorers with 14 points and has grabbed 7 rebounds.

We’ll see which team can get into a rhythm offensively heading into the second half to pull away for the Class B Girls Championship.

Semifinal Matchups

#2 Central Cass (22-3) defeats #3 Rugby (21-3):53-52

2nd Half Recap: The Panther and Squirrels battled it out all the way overtime after Decontee Smith scored two free-throws.

Central Cass took the game in overtime, winning 53-52. Decontee Smith led the way with 31 points.

1st Half Recap: Rugby trimmed a second-quarter deficit to two headed to halftime despite losing the rebound battle 18-10.

Mykell Heidlebaugh leads the Panthers in scoring with 9 points.

#1 Thompson (23-2) defeats #5 Garrison (22-3): 55-50

2nd Half Recap: Thompson moves on to the state title game with a 55-50 win over Garrison.

The Tommies controlled the glass 34-20 advantage in rebounds. Kya Hurst put in a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds in the win.

Karli Klein and Kaitlyn Zook scored 14 points each for the Troopers.

1st Half Recap: The Troopers trailed the top seed in the tournament by just 1 point at the half.

Cara Schlehr led the team with 8 points, but her and Emily Schlehr each picked up 3 fouls headed to the third quarter.

Quarterfinal Matchups

#2 Central Cass defeats Bowman County: 61-28

2nd Half Recap: The Squirrels roll to a 61-28 win.

Klaire Cotton and Decontee Smith combined to score 40 in the win.

Central Cass forced 26 Bulldog turnovers for the game.

1st Half Recap: Central Cass heads into halftime with a big lead over Bowman County, 37-14.

Central Cass jumped ahead with a 15-0 run to start the game, thanks in large part to Decontee Smith and Klaire Cotton, who lead the game with 16 and 14 points.

The Squirrel’s defense was also very much on display, forcing 18 Bowman County first half turnovers.

Bowman County will be looking to find some consistency on offense after shooting 5-20 from the field in the first half.

#3 Rugby defeats Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich: 67-48

2nd Half Recap: Big third quarter put Rugby back ahead by double digits as the three-seed Panthers secure a 67-48 win over the Cardinals.

Three Panthers scored in double figures with 16 each for Mykell Heidlebaugh and Joey Wolf, who was a perfect 7-7 from the field. Kendyl Hager also scored 10 points.

1st Half Recap: Rugby led most of the first half, but a second-quarter surge by the Cardinals made it 27-26 Panthers at the half.

Eight players scored for the Panthers with Joey Wolf leading the way with eight points.

Meredith Romfo helped lead the Cardinals back making two of the LEM’s three first-half triples.

#1 Thompson defeats Edgeley/Kulm/Montpelier: 66-43

2nd Half Recap: #1 Thompson cruised passed EKM thanks in part to 4 scorers in double figures with Addison Sage leading the way with 20 points.

Mataeya Mathern led the Rebels with 15 points.

Thompson held a 33-22 advantage in rebounding, shooting 52.1% from the field.

1st Half Recap: E-K-M made it close in the first quarter but the top-seed Tommies built a 13-point halftime lead thanks to 12 points from Addison Sage and shooting 50% from the field.

#5 Garrison defeats #4 Kenmare/Bowbells: 45-33

2nd Half Recap: Garrison continued the momentum going with 3 three’s helping the Troopers outscore Kenmare/Bowbells by 17 in the third quarter.

Three players scored in double figures with 10 points a piece for Cara Schlehr and Karli Klein, with Mia Gehring leading all scorers with 16 points.

1st Half Recap: Kenmare/Bowbells scored the first 11 points including 8 from Kate Zimmer, but the Troopers responded to tie the game at 20 at half time by a 3 by Mia Gehring, who led Garrison with 10 first half points.

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