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GBB: Region 6 Tournament Preview

By Pace Maier, 02/17/19, 3:50PM CST

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When: Feb. 18 - 21

Where: Minot Auditorium

Seedings

(D12) Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood (20-2)

(D11) TGU (12-9)

(D11) Rugby (17-4)

(D12) Bishop Ryan (9-12)

(D11) Velva (20-2)

(D12) Lewis & Clark - Berthold (13-9)

(D12) Des Lacs-Burlington (16-5)

(D11) Westhope-Newburg (7-15)

Who is the favorite?

This may shock some Class B fans but the favorite to win the Region 6 tournament is Rugby. The Panthers were three plays away from their record being 20-1 instead of 17-4. It’s that simple. However, the Region 6 tournament is going to be electric all across the board. When you look at Rugby they have the depth to overwhelm teams. And even though Velva dethroned the four-time defending District 11 champions, the Panthers are going to use that as motivation and that’s a scary scene for other teams. Seniors Anni Stier and Karsyn Hager are eager to get back to the state tournament where the Panthers finished 1-2 last season. Stier was named District 11 Senior Athlete and the Year and I think she’ll guide Rugby to a Region 6 title appearance with her playmaking ability.

Who else?

Velva: The Aggies suffered a 50-49 losse to TGU in the middle of the season but responded by winning 10 of their final 11 games. Velva’s second loss of the season came to Rugby in January but got payback in the District 11 title contest. The Aggies have a strong core of players with seniors Hope Brewer and Rachel Mack along with junior Emma Passa. Don’t count out the Aggies as they are most likely to meet Rugby in the region title game.

Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood: The Mavericks haven’t received a lot of love this season. And coming into the Region 6 tournament with a 20-2 record that’s kind of surprising. The Mavericks only two losses have been to Rugby (35-28) and Velva (55-54). Wayne Brackenbury’s squad isn’t very deep as they only have eight players on the roster but they have some quality wins over Kenmare (16-6), Des Lacs-Burlington (16-5) and Divide County (14-8). I wouldn’t consider the Mavericks the favorite in this region but they have the tools to win the tournament.

Dark Horse Team

Des Lacs-Burlington: If the Lakers want to be one of the last few teams standing in Region 6, sophomore Shelby Ruden needs to play well. Des Lacs-Burlington is paced by a trio of sophomores that includes Ruden along with Ava Wille and Brooklyn Benno. All three of them played solid in the Lakers opening district contest. Tracy Bonn’s crew suffered losses to Rugby, Velva and M-L-S this season and they’ll have to beat most likely two of those three teams to punch their ticket to state.

Predictions

Quarterfinals

Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood over TGU

Rugby over Bishop Ryan

Velva over Lewis & Clark - Berthold

Des Lacs-Burlington over Westhope-Newburg

Semifinals

Rugby over Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood

Velva over Des Lacs-Burlington

Championship

Velva over Rugby