When: Feb. 18 - 21
Where: Dickinson Trinity High School
No. 1 Hettinger-Scranton (20-1)
No. 2 Bowman County (17-3)
No. 3 Dickinson Trinity (14-7)
No. 4 New England (10-11)
No. 5 Glen Ullin-Hebron (12-10)
No. 6 Heart River (13-9)
No. 8 Mott-Regent (13-9)
No. 10 Beulah (7-15)
Who is the favorite?
Hettinger-Scranton had its way with most Region 7 teams including the tournament’s No. 2-seed Bowman County. The Night Hawks are 2-0 against the Bulldogs with wins by 16 and 14 points. H-S defeated the 11 Region 7 teams by an average of 26.7 points and have won 19 games in a row. The Night Hawks have a big three in senior Abigail Kludt, junior Alyssa Andress and sophomore Sam Oase. Kelly Pierce also gets key contributions from junior Quinn Mellmer and freshman Bailee Pierce who once hit six 3-pointers in a Night Hawks 78-41 win over Glen Ullin-Hebron in January. H-S is solid at every position on the floor that’s why this team is going to be tough to beat within the next few days.
Bowman County: The Bulldogs have been rolling right along this season and then they hit a speed bump when they play H-S. It helps Bowman County that they are on the bottom half of the bracket so if they can get to the championship game who knows what will happen. The Bulldogs have to take it one game at a time and need to make sure they don’t shift their focus to a possible game three against the Night Hawks. Jaden Schoch's squad can get to the that title game if they continue to bring the intensity on defense. The Bulldogs have allowed the fewest points (35.8) in Region 7 this season.
Dickinson Trinity: A team always has a better feeling when they can play close to home and Dickinson Trinity will be playing in its own backyard. The Titans need all the confidence they can get as they lost their regular season finale to Glen Ullin-Hebron on Feb. 12.
Dark Horse Team
Beulah: The Miners come into this tournament with a 7-15 record but also have the least amount of pressure on their back because they aren’t supposed to be here. When you look at Beulah’s schedule you’ll notice three losses have been in overtime and they’ve lost three other games by five points or less. In a perfect world you turn those games into wins and now we are talking about a 13-9 team. The Miners have something none of these other seven teams have in this tournament — a close round-one victory. This is a hard working group of student-athletes and no Region 7 team can overlook them.
No. 1 Hettinger-Scranton over No. 8 Mott-Regent
No. 5 Glen Ullin-Hebron over No. 4 New England
No. 2 Bowman County over No. 10 Beulah
No. 3 Dickinson Trinity over No. 6 Heart River
No. 1 Hettinger-Scranton over No. 5 Glen Ullin-Hebron
No. 3 Dickinson Trinity over No. 2 Bowman County
No. 1 Hettinger-Scranton over No. 3 Dickinson Trinity