RANDOLPH — The Randolph girls and boys basketball teams were effective from behind-the-line Saturday evening.

That includes the 3-point line and the free-throw line, and the success from both distances led to a sweep of the championships in the Randolph Holiday Tournament, with both teams defeating Humphrey.

The girls made six 3-point shots in a 46-42 win, while the boys hit seven in their 50-40 victory — and each team clinched its championship by making 16 of 22 free throws.

The Randolph girls (6-2) last won the tournament in 2014, with the Bulldogs (9-2) winning the past three, but the Cardinals earned the 2017 title behind a 20-point outing by junior Carlie Nordhues--including four 3-pointers and 6 of 6 success from the free-throw line — and 14 points from senior Carlee Thies, which included 7 of 8 free throws.

“Last night (win over Winside) we shot 3 of 10 from the free-throw line,” Anderson said. “So we got together this morning and really worked on our free throws; we talked about going to the line relaxed, shooting with some confidence, and knocking them down. I think the girls used that as incentive and used it to their advantage.”

Although Nordhues opened the game with a 3, Humphrey answered with a 10-0 run and established a 12-7 after the first quarter which continued into the second until two 3s by Nordhues and another by Thies helped Randolph to an 18-16 halftime advantage.

However, Humphrey outscored the Cardinals 14-8 during the third period to take a 34-26 lead into the final eight minutes of play, and the Bulldogs still led by two midway through the quarter when a pair of game-changing steals by Emma Bermel returned Randolph to the lead.

The first of Bermel’s takeaways resulted in a Nordhues 3, while the second ended with a Bermel 3--her only field goal of the game — and a 38-34 Cardinals advantage.

“Emma is a tough cookie; she really anticipates well, has a good head on her shoulder, and really uses her quickness to her advantage,” Anderson said. “She’s one of those quiet leaders on the floor, and it seems like when we need something big out of her she really steps up to that challenge.”

Randolph then made 8 of 12 free throws during the game’s final minute to close out its 46-42 championship win, a win that Anderson hopes can be “a momentum builder” as the season continues.

The Bulldogs were led in scoring by Brittney Veik and Taya Beller, who finished with 16 and 13 points, respectively.

The boys game was a back-and-forth contest featuring 16 lead changes, and the largest lead by either team a 22-16 advantage by Humphrey following a 7-0 run late in the opening quarter that was reduced to 22-19 by Merrix Denn’s 3 as the first half ended — following a low-scoring second period, with each team adding just four points to its total, before both returned to exchanging the lead in the second half.

“They lined up like a 2-3 (zone) but played man, and just switched everything, which kind of frustrated us at times,” Randolph coach Mark Anderson said. “We couldn’t get the ball reversed. they did a good job, and it was hard to get in a rhythm with our passing.”

A basket inside by Mason Nordhues and three consecutive 3s by Denn provided Randolph a 40-35 cushion minutes into the final quarter, but a 3 by the Bulldogs’ Ashton Dohmen and a basket from the corner by Brock Wiese quickly knotted the score one final time at 40-40 with three minutes remaining in the game.

The Cardinals then converted 10-of-12 free throw chances during the final minute-and-a-half of the contest to secure a 50-40 championship win.

Denn finished with a game-high 28 points for Randolph (5-3), including five 3s in nine tries and 6 of 6 free throws, while teammate Keaton Backhaus added 10 points.

“Merrix made some good plays, did some good things, knocked down some big shots for us once again,” Anderson said. “I thought as the game went on our defense got better and kind of shut off what they did; we kept them on the perimeter, and they weren’t making them, plus we did a good job of matching up with their big team on the boards. Then we made free throws down the stretch to distance it out.”

Dohmen and Bret Hanis finished in double-figures for the 7-3 Bulldogs with 13 and 12 points, respectively.

Humphrey girls (9-2)........12 4 14 12 — 42

Randolph (6-2)........... 7 11 8 20 -- 46

H: Brittney Veik 5-14 6-6 16, Allanah Beller 0-4 0-0 0, Brooklynn Magsamen 1-3 0-0 2, Allie Schneider 3-8 1-2 8, Danie Brandl 1-3 1-2 3, Taya Beller 4-8 5-7 13. Totals: 14-42 13-17 42.

R: Carlie Nordhues 5-13 6-6 20, Charlie Winkelbauer 0-2 0-0 0, Emma Bermel 1-4 2-2 5, Cindy Haselhorst 3-13 7-8 14, Sophia Harder 1-3 0-0 2, Jaiden Taylor 1-3 0-0 2. Totals: 12-43 16-22 46.

Humphrey boys (7-3)............22 4 7 7 — 40

Randolph (5-3).................... 19 4 6 21  — 50

H: Ashton Dohmen 5-16 1-2 13, Bret Hanis 5-13 0-0 12, Dylan Hanzel 1-3 2-3 4, Brock Wiese 2-5 0-0 5, Matthew Wegener 2-3 0-0 4, Cody Luedtke 0-1 0-0 0, Ethan Hanzel 1-5- 0-2 2. Totals :16-46 3-7 40.

R: Carter Schnoor 2-10 3-4 7, Merrix Denn 7-14 6-6 28, Keaton Backhaus 4-13 2-2 10, Mason Nordhues 1-4 2-2 4, Judson Hixson 0-4 1-2 1. Totals: 14-45 16-22 50.

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