Blue Jays hold off Maroons, claim District 16 Championship

Article by Ian Grande

Stanley – The Stanley Blue Jays were able to fight off a late charge from the Divide County Maroons to win the District 16 Championship 43-38.

Both teams were steady in the first half with momentum shifting back and forth multiple times.

Taylor Dean got the Blue Jay offense rolling early with a pair of first quarter three pointers to give the Blue Jays an early lead.

“Taylor made some excellent plays tonight, she contributed all over the floor tonight, said Stanley coach Kelly Roemmich.”

That lead would quickly disappear thanks to some hot shooting from Divide County freshman Faith Johnson. Eight of Johnson’s thirteen points came in the first quarter.

The game remained tight until the third quarter when the Blue Jays were able to go on an 11-2 run.

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The Blue Jays were able to extend their lead that lead to 15 points with 3 minutes left in the game before Divide County went on a run to make things interesting.

Lauryn Heidi, McKenzie Hallgren, and Faith Johnson led the charge for the Maroons. The trio combined for 17 fourth quarter points, cutting the lead by 10 points in the final three minutes.

Despite the late surge from Divide County, the Blue Jays would hang on to claim their fifth district championship in the last six years.

2017-2018 Stanley Blue Jays Girls Basketball Team (Photo by Ian Grande)
2017-2018 Stanley Blue Jays Girls Basketball Team (Photo by Ian Grande)

“All of the girls played extremely hard,” said Roemmich “The whole team went out and played excellent defense both nights.”

With the win the Blue Jay’s will be on the opposite side of the bracket from Watford City and New Town in the upcoming Region 8 tournament, two teams that have been a thorn in Stanley’s side for the better part of the last decade.

“I think we have some favorable matchups in Regionals, we are hoping to carry this momentum into that tournament,” said Roemmich.

Senior Abby Iverson capped off an excellent tournament by being named District 16 Senior Athlete of the Year.

Roemmich claimed District 16 Coach of the Year honors.

Stanley Athletic Director Brooks Stafslien made it a clean sweep by collecting the Athletic Director of the Year award.

#2 Divide County 14 5 2 17 (38)

#1 Stanley 15 9 11 8 (43)

DC: Hallgren 14, Johnson 13, Heidi 9, Erickson 2

Stanley: Dean 16, Iverson 9, Lapica 8, Sorenson 4, Schmidt 4, Enander 2

*Ian Grande is the Editor of the Stanley Gazette. If you have any comments or concerns please email

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