Curry, Watseka take third at Blue Devil Classic

BISMARCK — Outstanding teams don’t have a monopoly on outstanding players. Athletes competing in Bismarck-Henning’s Blue Devil Girls’ Classic reinforced that point.

A player whose team didn’t advance to the championship game — Watseka junior Devin Curry — was selected as the event’s most valuable player.

Only one team outside of tournament winner North Vermillion (Ind.) had more than one representative on the seven-player all-tournament squad. Fifth-place Shiloh placed Lauren Moses and Morgan Wood on the all-star team.

Third-place game
Curry was the catalyst for the Warriors, who dispatched Villa Grove 65-45. She had a game-high 29 points.

“She runs the show and handles everything,” Watseka coach Rebecca Swigert said. “She keeps us under control. We have a lot of people who can pick up the scoring and her growth is in making the passes and getting a lot of people the points.”

Watseka (14-4) had 22 points on breakaways after turnovers. The Warriors took advantage of 29 turnovers while committing only 11.

Mariah Carroll and Taylor Bauer also had three-pointers for Watseka.

Lizzy Smith had 16 points for Villa Grove. Courtney Helm had 10 points and a game-high nine rebounds.

Fifth-place game
Shiloh (13-4) connected on three-pointers for six of its 11 field goals and upended Unity 39-32. Shelby Smith had a team-high 14 points and Wood had 12, all coming from three-point range.

Raiders coach Dave Tingley said his team received the kind of competition it needed to prepare for play in the Little Okaw Valley Conference.

“This was one of the most physical games we’ve played all year,” Tingley said. “We had two losses in this tournament, but they were to tremendous teams (the eventual champion and third-place finishers). We needed to be tested now.”

Kennedy Hartman led Unity with 15 points.

Seventh-place game
The keys for Bismarck-Henning in its 36-24 victory against Fisher was a defensive effort that held the Bunnies without a fourth-quarter basket and multiple contributors from the free throw line.

B-H made 9 of 16 fourth-quarter free throws. Lexi Ballard, Brooke Walsh and Maddie Winkler all hit at least two late free throws and Lindsey Andrews and Addie Voyles were 1 for 2 down the stretch.

“We did several things well, some in areas we’d been struggling with,” B-H coach Mike Stephens said. “Fisher pretty much pressures you full-court the entire game and we did an excellent job handling the ball without many turnovers.”

Ballard, Voyles and Winkler are the primary ball handlers for a 5-12 team that has no active seniors.

“A real key for us is the freshman (Andrews),” Stephens said. “She gives us a spark as far as intensity, and she can score.”
Voyles led B-H with 11 points. Caitlin Cole scored 10 points for Fisher.

Ninth-place game
Freshman Morgan Gallion, elevated to a starting role due to an injury to Jodee Ottino, scored 10 points early in the second half and Westville never trailed again en route to a 42-31 win against Salt Fork.

Gallion had 15 points as the Tigers avenged a previous 10-point loss to the Storm. Ashley Hoffman had 10. Carson Richardson had 11 rebounds.

Salt Fork’s Toria Plotner had 17 points.

“A big difference in us from last year is that we’re making free throws throughout the game,” Westville coach Mike Chandler said. “Morgan has really grown up in this tournament. She gave us a big lift.”

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