Jan 26, 2011
N.D. H.S. Coach Carr Wins No. 600

Linton-Hazelton-Moffit-Braddock boys’ basketball coach Dan Carr isn’t one to point the spotlight on himself.

So the explanation he gave after reaching his latest career coaching milestone of 600 wins was one those around him have grown to expect.

“It means I’ve had an awful lot of good basketball players, Carr said. You have to have a lot of good athletes and parents to support you, and I’ve been very fortunate to be in Linton, North Dakota for the past 29 years.”

The No. 3-ranked Lions shrugged off a sluggish first half in Jamestown on Tuesday night, and rode the sweet shooting stroke of senior guard Kelsey Larson in the third period to upend the Central Cass Squirrels 72-57 during the annual Jamestown Civic Center Jamboree.

Linton-HMB turned the ball over 13 times in the first half, but trailed the Squirrels by just two points (29-27) at the break.

The Squirrels probably would have liked to have those two quarters of play back, as they converted just 12 of 32 shots from the floor for 38 percent.

Sophomore point guard Ellery Bresnahan was the catalyst for the Squirrels’ offense, as he converted a pair of three-point plays and drilled a big trey to give Central Cass the lead at 25-22 with 3:20 left before the half. Bresnahan led his team with 19 points on the evening.

“They came out and put a little bit more pressure on us than we anticipated, Carr said, of the now 9-7 Squirrels. They had good intensity and were ready to play, and we weren’t executing very well.”

But Larson made sure the Lions wouldn’t have to wait to give his coach win No. 600.

The senior drained four three-pointers in the crucial third period, the first giving his team the lead at 37-36 with 4:53 left before the fourth, and the Lions never trailed from there on out.

Larson ended the night with 24 points, as the Lions took a 57-46 lead into the final period of play. Larson only scored two points in the first half.

“(Larson) shoots 20, 000 shots a summer and puts in his time, Carr said. He’s a good kid and works hard. It’s nice to see a kid like that succeed.”

The Lions extended their advantage to 15 points (61-46) by scoring six straight points to open the fourth. A pair of those buckets were scored in transition by junior guard Tanner Purintun, who also posted 24 points in the game. Purintun helped the Lions hang around in the first half, scoring 10 of his 24.

Another seven points by Bresnahan kept Central Cass around in the final period of play, but it just wasn’t enough as the Lions improved to 16-0 by hitting 9 of 11 foul shots down the stretch.

Carr has guided the Lions to three state Class B championships to go along with his 600 wins during his tenure, the most recently coming in 2009. But the veteran coach said his team has still got some things to iron out if they want to take a crack at title No. 4 later this winter.

Linton-HMB has just three regular season games left against Central Prairie, Napoleon and Carrington.

“We still have got a lot of room to improve. We need to cut down on those first-half turnovers and execute better, Carr said. There’s not much season left, but there’s a lot of season left. There’s enough time to improve on the things we need to.”

Central Cass 52, Linton-HMB 45

Hannah Breske’s block, steal and score with 4:53 left to play in the game all but sewed up Central Cass’s 11th straight win of the season.

The 5-foot-11 sophomore stuffed Linton-HMB’s Lindsey Hulm on the left wing, swiped the ball and took it the distance where she was fouled. Breske converted the three-point play to put the Squirrels up 46-39 and held on from there.

“That’s what we’ve been waiting for her to do. She’s got long arms, deceiving arms, Central Cass coach Barb Kraft said. We were glad to see her end the game that way. She kind of struggled the rest of the game.”

The Lions of Linton-HMB played the No. 2-ranked team in the state tough from the opening tip-off, outscoring the Squirrels’ potent offense 12-10 in the first period. But eight first-half points by Central Cass’s Taylor Kraft helped the Squirrels to a 24-17 lead at the half.

Kraft finished the game with 10 points.

“I have to say (Linton-HMB) probably had the scrappiest shell defense we’ve seen all season, coach Kraft said. They did a lot of different things against us and we didn’t shoot that well, but I’d have to credit their defense for a lot of that as well.”

The Squirrels’ shooting struggles continued in the third, as they hit just six field goals in the period, but they were executing just enough to maintain a 39-30 lead at the break. The third ended with back-to-back treys by the Lions’ McKenna Flyberg and the Squirrels’ Courtney Dixon.

Dixon led all scoring with 15 points in the game, while Breske ended with nine.

“It was one of those things where we got right off the bus and into the locker room, Kraft said. But that is the reason why we play games like this. You want to throw as many situations at the girls as you can all season.”

The Lions’ Whitney Gerving drilled a trey with 6:28 left to play to get the Lions back to within six points (41-35), but another bucket by Dixon and Breske’s game-changer were to follow.

The Lions were led in scoring by Kayln Schneider with 14 points.

Central Cass has been sitting behind Beach (11-0) all season long in the polls, as the No. 1-ranked Beach Buccaneers defeated the Squirrels in last year’s state Class B championship game in Minot.

As far as making another run to state to try and avenge last season’s bitter loss, the coach Kraft isn’t ready to make any predictions.

“We really just focus game by game. It wouldn’t be a good decision for us to look to far ahead, Kraft said. There are a lot of good teams out there and we have to take things one game at a time.”

N.D. H.S. Coach Carr Wins No. 600

Jamestown Sun (N.D.)

Linton-Hazelton-Moffit-Braddock boys’ basketball coach Dan Carr isn’t one to point the spotlight on himself.

So the explanation he gave after reaching his latest career coaching milestone of 600 wins was one those around him have grown to expect.

“It means I’ve had an awful lot of good basketball players, Carr said. You have to have a lot of good athletes and parents to support you, and I’ve been very fortunate to be in Linton, North Dakota for the past 29 years.”

The No. 3-ranked Lions shrugged off a sluggish first half in Jamestown on Tuesday night, and rode the sweet shooting stroke of senior guard Kelsey Larson in the third period to upend the Central Cass Squirrels 72-57 during the annual Jamestown Civic Center Jamboree.

Linton-HMB turned the ball over 13 times in the first half, but trailed the Squirrels by just two points (29-27) at the break.

The Squirrels probably would have liked to have those two quarters of play back, as they converted just 12 of 32 shots from the floor for 38 percent.

Sophomore point guard Ellery Bresnahan was the catalyst for the Squirrels’ offense, as he converted a pair of three-point plays and drilled a big trey to give Central Cass the lead at 25-22 with 3:20 left before the half. Bresnahan led his team with 19 points on the evening.

“They came out and put a little bit more pressure on us than we anticipated, Carr said, of the now 9-7 Squirrels. They had good intensity and were ready to play, and we weren’t executing very well.”

But Larson made sure the Lions wouldn’t have to wait to give his coach win No. 600.

The senior drained four three-pointers in the crucial third period, the first giving his team the lead at 37-36 with 4:53 left before the fourth, and the Lions never trailed from there on out.

Larson ended the night with 24 points, as the Lions took a 57-46 lead into the final period of play. Larson only scored two points in the first half.

“(Larson) shoots 20, 000 shots a summer and puts in his time, Carr said. He’s a good kid and works hard. It’s nice to see a kid like that succeed.”

The Lions extended their advantage to 15 points (61-46) by scoring six straight points to open the fourth. A pair of those buckets were scored in transition by junior guard Tanner Purintun, who also posted 24 points in the game. Purintun helped the Lions hang around in the first half, scoring 10 of his 24.

Another seven points by Bresnahan kept Central Cass around in the final period of play, but it just wasn’t enough as the Lions improved to 16-0 by hitting 9 of 11 foul shots down the stretch.

Carr has guided the Lions to three state Class B championships to go along with his 600 wins during his tenure, the most recently coming in 2009. But the veteran coach said his team has still got some things to iron out if they want to take a crack at title No. 4 later this winter.

Linton-HMB has just three regular season games left against Central Prairie, Napoleon and Carrington.

“We still have got a lot of room to improve. We need to cut down on those first-half turnovers and execute better, Carr said. There’s not much season left, but there’s a lot of season left. There’s enough time to improve on the things we need to.”

Central Cass 52, Linton-HMB 45

Hannah Breske’s block, steal and score with 4:53 left to play in the game all but sewed up Central Cass’s 11th straight win of the season.

The 5-foot-11 sophomore stuffed Linton-HMB’s Lindsey Hulm on the left wing, swiped the ball and took it the distance where she was fouled. Breske converted the three-point play to put the Squirrels up 46-39 and held on from there.

“That’s what we’ve been waiting for her to do. She’s got long arms, deceiving arms, Central Cass coach Barb Kraft said. We were glad to see her end the game that way. She kind of struggled the rest of the game.”

The Lions of Linton-HMB played the No. 2-ranked team in the state tough from the opening tip-off, outscoring the Squirrels’ potent offense 12-10 in the first period. But eight first-half points by Central Cass’s Taylor Kraft helped the Squirrels to a 24-17 lead at the half.

Kraft finished the game with 10 points.

“I have to say (Linton-HMB) probably had the scrappiest shell defense we’ve seen all season, coach Kraft said. They did a lot of different things against us and we didn’t shoot that well, but I’d have to credit their defense for a lot of that as well.”

The Squirrels’ shooting struggles continued in the third, as they hit just six field goals in the period, but they were executing just enough to maintain a 39-30 lead at the break. The third ended with back-to-back treys by the Lions’ McKenna Flyberg and the Squirrels’ Courtney Dixon.

Dixon led all scoring with 15 points in the game, while Breske ended with nine.

“It was one of those things where we got right off the bus and into the locker room, Kraft said. But that is the reason why we play games like this. You want to throw as many situations at the girls as you can all season.”

The Lions’ Whitney Gerving drilled a trey with 6:28 left to play to get the Lions back to within six points (41-35), but another bucket by Dixon and Breske’s game-changer were to follow.

The Lions were led in scoring by Kayln Schneider with 14 points.

Central Cass has been sitting behind Beach (11-0) all season long in the polls, as the No. 1-ranked Beach Buccaneers defeated the Squirrels in last year’s state Class B championship game in Minot.

As far as making another run to state to try and avenge last season’s bitter loss, the coach Kraft isn’t ready to make any predictions.

“We really just focus game by game. It wouldn’t be a good decision for us to look to far ahead, Kraft said. There are a lot of good teams out there and we have to take things one game at a time.”






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