Region 3 Championship

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CARRINGTON, N.D. - Region 3 is almost like a mini-state tournament. With four ranked teams, and a fifth getting votes this season, just winning the region is a major undertaking. Thursday night, second ranked Medina-PB pays fourth ranked Carrington for the title.

The Cardinals beat Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier on Tuesday, and it was a one-point victory, as head coach for Carrington, Andy Braaten said, "we made the free throws at the end to ice it and I told the girls to stay away because they didn't have any timeouts left, so they were able to come down and get an open look and get it to a one point game, but we had the cushion to take care of it."

Braaten says they’ve split with Medina-PB this year, and he expects another tight contest. You have to be solid in the middle against the Thunder.

"It starts with their inside. You got to take care of the boards and they have two or three good shooters out there too, so they're a real balanced team and they're really solid on defense, so we're really going to have to bring it. It's tough to teach them something new right now. We got to go with what we can do well and just go out and use our muscle memory to take care of business," said Braaten.

The Cardinals face the Thunder tonight in Jamestown. The winner moves on to the state tournament.