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The Bismarck Girls won the West Region regular season "and" tournament titles and they play in the Super-"A" tomorrow. One unique thing that sets the Demons apart is there starting five.

You could say they have spent some time together.

"We've been playing together since 4th grade," says McKenzie Kiefer of the Demons.

"Yeah, I've been playing with them since 4th grade," says Courtney Trolliey of the Demons.

"I actually started playing with them in 5th grade," says Keisha Engelhardt of the Demons.

"We have been on the same team since 4th grade," says Ashlee Hilzendeger of the Demons.

"We all started playing when we were in 4th grade," says guard Kylee Leingang. "We created a traveling basketball team from a bunch of random elementary schools, and we have been playing together ever since."

Like most teams there are the pre-game jitters that come before the game, but something that sets the Demons apart from the others is their starting five. They're all seniors.
 
"It is rare," says head coach Dallas Hinderer. "Especially in our program. It's been a benefit to our program just because of the leadership that we have seven seniors on our roster and all of them see significant minutes, and it's been a blessing for me as a coach, because it's that 'been there, done that' attitude."

"It's nice to be playing with the girls that I've played with since 4th grade. Knowing what we all do on the court all the time. It's the confidence we have in each other and the team work we have built up over the past eight years. It's comfortable," says Kiefer.

"They push me, I push them. We work together well as a team," says Trolliey.

These seniors know what it's like to be the younger player on the team.

"It's nice to finally be seniors and have the younger kids look up to us because we have always been in that situation where we look up to the older people, and it's nice to be able to set an example with your best friends," says Hilzendeger.

"They are all competitive girls, so being with them everyday you are obviously going to get better," says Englehardt.

But nothing lasts forever.

 "Well, there is seven of them. They are all going to be successful at whatever they want. The reason I say that is a reflection of us as a basketball team because we are such a hard working basketball team. I can see each one of my seniors going on to do whatever they want," says Hinderer.

A game played as kids can stick with you for a lifetime.

 

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