Second-half surge sparks Burros

Henningsgard’s 28 leads H-CV past Ellendale in state tourney semifinals

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Posted: Friday, March 24, 2017 7:03 am

MINOT, N.D. – It wasn’t fool’s gold or the luck of the Irish on St. Patrick’s Day that helped send the Hillsboro-Central Valley boys basketball team to the 2017 North Dakota Class B state championship game.

It was Kyle Henningsgard’s five 3-pointers.

“Honestly, I hadn’t been shooting well (recently),” the senior guard said. “I didn’t shoot well Thursday (March 16) and I didn’t shoot well at the shoot around this morning but something clicked and I kept letting (it) fly and I guess they just kept going down.”

Henningsgard finished 5 of 10 from beyond the arc and scored a game-high 28 points to lead the Burros over Ellendale 66-41 after holding the Cardinals to 15 second-half points.

“Crazy night,” Henningsgard said about his performance from the perimeter. His five made 3-pointers were the most anyone made during the Friday session.

Two of Henningsgard’s biggest 3-pointers came late in the second quarter after Ellendale held a 21-18 lead.

Henningsgard sank back-to-back 3-pointers before the 3:00 media timeout that gave the Burros a 24-21 edge.

However, the Cardinals closed out the first half on a 5-1 run and held a 26-25 advantage at the break.

“We talked a lot about our defense,” H-CV head coach Elliot Rotvold said about his halftime speech. “You have to give Ellendale credit on what they did in the first half.”

The Cardinals held the Burros to just 23.1 percent from the 3-point line and 31 percent from the field.

Tanner Linnell finished 1 of 5 from the 3-point line but his lone triple started a 17-4 run for the Burros as H-CV outscored Ellendale 19-6 in the third quarter to take a 44-32 lead into the final frame.

“It was pretty big,” Linnell said about his 3-pointer. “We just played team defense and that’s what started the run and it just helps our offense when our defense is good.”

The Burros’ dominant second-half play continued and they outscored the Cardinals 22-9 in the final quarter to hold on for their 23rd victory of the season.

“Coach was just preaching just lock it up on the defensive end,” Henningsgard said after the game. “Our defense led to easy looks on offense and we just kept rolling from there.”

GAME NOTES: The Burros made 14 of 17 free-throw attempts and shot 41.8 percent from the field.

The Burros held the Cardinals to 40 percent from the floor and 9.1 percent from the 3-point line and forced 13 Ellendale turnovers.

Jack Camrud scored 16 points and hauled down 18 rebounds including seven offensive boards.

Austin Reed added nine on 4 of 14 shooting and collected six rebounds.

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