No. 6 Lakota-Edmore No. 4 Benson County to play in District 7 title game tonight

Sam Herder
Taylor Anderson of Lakota-Edmore splits defenders for a layup. The Raiders beat second-seeded Harvey-Wells County 47-43 and will face Benson County in the District 7 championship game..

By Sam Herder

Journal Sports Editor

Seeds don’t really matter in this year’s District 7 girls basketball tournament at Four Winds High School. Sixth-seeded Lakota-Edmore will face fourth-seeded Benson County in the championship game tonight at 7.

Benson County got there by defeating top-seeded Warwick 51-50 Saturday. Warwick’s shot at the buzzer rimmed out as the Wildcats held on for the win.

Dani Schwanke led Benson County with 30 points, 18 of which came off 3-pointers. Taylor Bisbee added 10 points.

The Wildcats defeated No. 5 New Rockford-Sheyenne 59-32 in the first round.

In the other semifinal game, Lakota-Edmore added its second upset of the tournament. After beating No. 3 Four Winds-Minnewaukan 63-62 in overtime in the first round, the Raiders topped No. 2 Harvey-Wells County 47-43 in the semifinals.

Callie Ronningen put the Raiders up 44-43 with two minutes, 25 seconds left. Taylor Anderson then added a 3-pointer a minute later as Lakota-Edmore’s 47-43 lead would hold.

Ronningen led the Raiders with 24 points and Anderson added eight.

Both the Wildcats and Raiders have earned the right to advance to the Region 4 tournament next week in Devils Lake.

In the two Region 4 qualifier games, Warwick plays Four Winds-Minnewaukan at 4 p.m. Harvey-Wells County and New Rockford-Sheyenne follow at 5:30 p.m. All games are played at Four Winds High School.