Tigers draw Region 3 champs LaMoure-Litchville/Marion

The Tigers drew the Region 3 champions LaMoure-Litchville/Marion in the opening round of the North Dakota State Class B Tournament.

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By COLE BENZ | Herald Editor | cbenz@countrymedia.net

The Tigers drew the Region 3 champions LaMoure-Litchville/Marion in the opening round of the North Dakota State Class B Tournament.

The top four teams were first seeded. Four Winds/Minnewaukan was No. 1, Rugby High School was No. 2. No. 3 was Oak Grove out of Fargo, and New England was No. 4.

The remaining teams, Shiloh Christian High School, Parshall High School, May-Port CG High School and LaMoure-Litchville/Marion, were placed in a bowl and drawn at random.

Shiloh was drawn first (matched with Four Winds/Minnewaukan), Parshall second (matched with Rugby), May-Port CG third (matched with Oak Grove), and finally LaMoure-Litchville/Marion (matched with New England).

“I think they’re tough,” New England Head Coach Luke Powers said, referring to LaMoure-Litchville/Marion. “When you get to the state tournament there’s only eight teams left so every team that’s there is going to be a good team.”

Finishing the season with a 13-6 overall record, LaMoure-Litchville/Marion (LLM) beat Oaks High School 45-43 in the Region 3 Championship to earn their berth in the state tournament, and they have the size to compete.

The Loboes have five guys over the six foot mark.

According to Powers, LLM has been changing their defense since the beginning of the season. Originally playing a man-to-man system, they have started morphing into a zone defense.

The Tigers will get time in the film room to prepare for their first opponents, but Powers said they need to get themselves prepared first and foremost.

Powers added that the best way to prepare his squad is to keep them in their routine. He said they won’t do anything special or different, just keeping them in a rhythm will be the best option for the team to succeed.

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