Central Cass Squirrels make their second straight trip to stateCasselton, ND (WDAY Sports) - One of the favorites at this year’s Class B girls state basketball tournament is Central Cass. The Squirrels go into the tourney with the second best record and, perhaps, the most motivation of any team there after finishing 2nd last year.
By: JR Havens, WDAY
There are plenty of reasons why Central Cass is one of if not the best Class B girls basketball teams in the state. They have the Region 1 Senior Player in Taylor Kraft, plenty of weapons on offense, and a near perfect record. But the one thing separating them from the pack is defense. They gave up just about 35 points per game.
Taylor Kraft - Region 1 Player of the Year: “We always talk about if our offense if they are not falling, we're not meshing together, anything like that, you can still win a game with your defense and so that is why if our defense is good, then that kind of gets us going.”
Near or at the top of the poll all season long, the Squirrels knew they'd have a target on their back, but they handled the pressure well.
Bethany Voss - Squirrels Jr. Guard: “Once we made it to state, that pressure is kind of off especially now we can kind of play, if we play our game we'll be fine.”
The Squirrels were expected to be in this spot, making their second straight trip to state. Last year the team lost in the state championship game to Beach.
Courtney Dixon - Squirrels Jr. Forward: “We definitely want to get back there. We had a lot of fun, met a lot of good teams there. That is gonna happen again this year, hopefully we can get there again, and we’d definitely like to bring it all back this year.”
If the Squirrels do win the state title this year in Bismarck, it will be their first ever in school history. The Squirrels play Watford City Thursday at 8:15 in the first round.