It'll be déjà vu for the Minot girls basketball team when it begins its state tournament Thursday against West Fargo.
On December 27, the two teams played at the Packers' home gym, with Minot losing 57-52. The Majettes fell behind early, but stormed back before they dropped the matchup. Coming back from big halftime deficits is nothing new for Minot this year. In fact, adversity in general, has been the theme. Various injuries and slumps, coach Magnuson sitting out two weeks after a heart scare, these girls have seen a lot, so how did they persevere?
"We just had to shake everything off and just take each game one at a time to see where that got us," says guard McKale Duttenheffer.
Minot is 13 to eight this year, but back to that West Fargo game. They made one key switch there that could bode well for them on Thursday.
"We went back to doing what we do well, which is playing man to man. We changed to our man to man defense. We didn't do a very good job with our zone against them. We didn't cover people like we needed to. Our man to man really changed things for us the second half so, we're going to go down and put pressure on the girls. They have some girls who are susceptible to some pressure. We're going to try and put pressure on them and take some things away from them," says head coach Todd Magnuson.
Minot plays West Fargon on Thursday at 3 p.m.