LaMoure-Litchville/Marion has been one of the most dominate Class B teams in the past five seasons. Since 2015-16 the Loboes have racked up 95 wins, however, they haven’t made it to a state tournament before this season.
L-L/M (20-5) is led by a trio of student-athletes that average double-figures and can all knock down 3-point shots. Making the No. 5-seeded Loboes one of the most dangerous teams beyond the arc out of the Great Eight. Sophomore Molly Musland averages a team-high 14.4 points per game and has made 39 percent of her 3-pointers (41 of 105). Musland is a do-it-all type of player and also averages 4.4 rebounds per game and 3.1 steals per game. While seniors Ellie Holen and Kaylynn Siedschlag average 13.8 and 12 points per game, respectively. Siedschlag has taken a team-high 156 3-point shots and converted on 32.1 percent of them while Holen has made 32 of 104 (30.8 percent) from beyond the arc. The Loboes have a very talented 1-2-3 punch with Musland, Holen and Siedschlag and may not get a ton of offensive production out of their bench but eight student-athletes play six minutes or more each contest.
Mitch Carlson, however, does get offensive contributions out of senior Allie Hebl and sophomore Mollie Robbins as the two average around five points per game. The Loboes are a very efficient shooting team especially from inside the 3-point arc. Of the five L-L/M players that have attempted 60 shots or more this season all of them are shooting 40 percent or higher from the field.
Interesting note: The Loboes have reached 20 wins in each of their last three seasons. Carlson has done nice job of getting underclassmen to work with upperclassmen in a way that produces victories for the Loboes. In the last five seasons L-L/M has only suffered 29 losses. This will be just the second time in school history L-L/M’s has made it to the state tournament.
State tournament prediction: There’s nothing more I love than teams that can drain 3-pointers. Siedschlad, Musland and Holen have attempted a combined 365 3-point shots this season. The Loboes can get hot quickly from beyond the arc. Those three players can also fill up a stat sheet quickly. L-L/M is currently riding a 10-game winning streak and I believe they have enough depth to bring energy to the court every single minute. I also like that they start three seniors. My prediction for the Loboes is a third-place finish or higher. I won’t drop my full state tournament predictions until an hour before Thursday’s first game but I believe L-L/M has the pieces to get to the semifinals and possible win a state championship this season.
Molly Musland | So. | G/F | 5-foot-9
Mollie Robbins | So. | F/G | 5-foot-7
Allie Hebl | Sr. | F/G | 5-foot-5
Ellie Holen | Sr. | G | 5-foot-4
Kaylynn Siedschlag | Sr. | F/G | 5-foot-9