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Published February 17, 2013, 10:24 PM

Two small towns in North Dakota share the ball with high hopes for the season

Hillsboro, ND (WDAY TV) -- Small town athletics in North Dakota are no stranger to co-ops, and the Hillsboro-Central Valley girls basketball team is hoping theirs results in a trip to next month's state tournament.

By: Eric Manlove, WDAY

Hillsboro, ND (WDAY TV) -- Small town athletics in North Dakota are no stranger to co-ops, and the Hillsboro-Central Valley girls basketball team is hoping theirs results in a trip to next month's state tournament.

Kadie Doeden (SR-F): "It's really different to be playing against someone and then go oh now we are teammates."

That's the exact situation that Hillsboro and Central Valley found themselves in last March when the State Board approved a Co-Op between the two schools.

Rick Sondrol (Co-Head Coach): "There was a little bit in the first week of practice where the kids where fighting, maybe for positions, but know they are fighting with one another for the betterment of the team."

Taylor Henningsgard (SR-G): "We came in this year and we kind of knew each other and we knew what each program had to offer. We have been meshing together as the season goes on."

Both schools have had successful team's in the past, the Valiant's just missed the state tournament a year ago and made it in 2011, while the Burros had struggled finding wins with a young squad forced to play varsity minutes. But now after combining forces Hillsboro Central Valley has climbed as high as fourth in the State polls and become a serious threat to represent Region 2 in the State Tournament.

Kyle Morehart (Co-Head Coach): "Apparently Christmas comes in March, when we started working with this coop last year, it is very exciting... With the co-op we really thought it allowed us to get better maybe a year earlier (we thought that next year would be our year from this group from Hillsboro alone)."

Taylor Henningsgard: "Hopefully the co-op can really help us out there and get us where we need to be and want to be in the end."

If the Burros win a State Title they'd be the just the second girls basketball co-op to do it in their first year playing together.

It's been 26 years since Esmond-Maddock won state in their first year together in 1987. The Burros are at Thompson on Tuesday.

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