BISMARCK — Junior guard Katie Gettinger netted 23 points Monday night on an efficient 10-of-13 shooting, and Small-School champion West County cruised past Kingston 61-21 in the first round of the MAAA Tournament.
Paige Forshee added 12 points and Courtney Richards made five steals for the fifth-seeded Lady Bulldogs (15-3), who generated a 31-0 run after Kingston junior Misty Jo Guenther split two free throws.
Gettinger buried a sudden 16-footer and converted her own steal into a 3-point play midway through the opening quarter. Two second-chance baskets from Lauren Callahan completed the lengthy scoring outburst.
Guenther was a glaring bright spot for the Lady Cougars (0-13) with 10 points and 13 rebounds overall. Her 3-pointer began the third quarter after Kingston entered the intermission trailing 39-7.
Freshman forward Tiffany Jones tallied six late points as West County amassed an 11-0 margin in bench scoring.
The Lady Bulldogs hope to avenge a December loss against North County when they battle in today’s 5:30 p.m. quarterfinal.
Kingston 1 6 11 3 – 21
West County 25 14 11 11 – 61
Kingston – Misty Jo Guenther 10, Summer Holmes 5, Brittany Reid 4, Sami Deaton 2. 3-point FG – Guenther, Holmes.
West County – Katie Gettinger 23, Paige Forshee 12, Lauren Callahan 8, Tiffany Jones 6, Courtney Richards 5, Sidney Wells 2, Miranda Lashley 2, Jordan Mull 2, Micki Perkins 1. 3-point FG – None.