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State Tournament roundup

Posted: Monday, Mar 20th, 2017

Girls AA Tournament

Harrisburg 64, Pierre 39

RAPID CITY — The top-seeded and once defeated Harrisburg Tigers raced away from the Pierre Lady Govs Thursday afternoon, taking a 64-39 win in the opening round of the Class “AA” State Girls’ basketball tournament.

Senior post player Sami Slaughter scored 16 points, hauled down 11 rebounds and handed out six assists to lead the Tigers, now 22-1 into a berth in the championship semifinals this afternoon at the Civic Center. Jeniah Ugofsky added 15 points and Sydney Halling chipped in 11 for Harrisburg.

Pierre, now 10-14, was led by Emily Mikkelsen and Maddie Reinke, as each player had eight points, while Mack Rath had six rebounds.

Pierre will face Rapid City Stevens in a consolation semifinal game at noon, while Harrisburg will take on Rapid City Central in a championship semifinal.

R.C. Central 60,

R.C. Stevens 49

The Rapid City Central Cobblers dug themselves a 17-8 hole after one quarter and had to fight their way back to take a 60-49 win from cross-town rival Rapid City Stevens in the Class “AA” State girls’ basketball tournament Thursday evening.

Central battled back to trail by three after three quarters and then hit the gas in the final period as the Raiders wilted down the stretch.

Mya Jones scored 16 points and Abby Johnson added 13 for the Cobblers, which moved into the championship round, where they will play Harrisburg, with a record of 17-7 on the season.

RCS was led by Julia Haefs’ 10 points and Elizabeth Schaefer grabbed six rebounds. The Raiders fall to 15-7 and will face Pierre in the consolation round this afternoon.

S.F. O’Gorman 37,

S.F. Roosevelt 33

The seventh-seeded Sioux Falls O’Gorman Knights pulled the first upset of the Class “AA” State girls’ basketball tournament, slipping past the No. 2 seeded Sioux Falls Roosevelt Rough Riders 37-33 Thursday afternoon.

After a nearly even first quarter, the Knights opened up a six-point lead at the half, only to see Roosevelt make up the difference - and then some - to take a 24-23 lead heading to the fourth quarter.

But down the stretch, OG hit their free throws, ending the game 10-12 from the stripe, to earn the berth in the championship semifinals tonight against Aberdeen Central, upset winners over Brandon Valley.

Emma Ronsiek scored 10 points and Kendyl Kreber had seven rebounds to lead the winners, now 12-11, while the Rough Riders were led by Peyton Stolle’s 10 point, seven board effort. Taylor Bonestroo also had seven rebounds for S.F.R., which falls to 17-7.

Roosevelt will play Brandon Valley in the consolation round this afternoon.

Aberdeen Central 51, Brandon Valley 43

The Aberdeen Central Golden Eagles took a 51-43 win against the Brandon Valley Lynx in the Class "AA" State girls basketball tournament Thursday evening.

Paiton Burckhard scored 38 points and 10 rebounds for the Golden Eagles, now 18-5. Emma Yeske also had 10 rebounds and Melia Mounga scored eight points. Aberdeen Central will play S.F. O'Gorman in the championship semifinals tonight.

Krista Bickley of the Brandon Valley Lynx, now 19-5, scored 10 points and five rebounds, and Trinity Law scored 10 points and had four rebounds. Brandon Valley will be playing against S.F. Roosevelt in the consolation round this afternoon.

Boys A Tournament

Madison 56, Dakota Valley 47

SIOUX FALLS — The top-seeded Madison Bulldogs began their quest for a Class “A” State basketball title Thursday, with a dominant 56-47 win over the Dakota Valley Panthers in a first-round game at the Denny Sanford Premiere Center.

Jaxon Janke led a balanced scoring effort for the Bulldogs with 13 points, while Riley Janke and Aaron Fiegen chipped in 11 points each and Marcus VandenBosch added 10 and eight rebounds.

Dakota Valley, which falls to 12-11 on the season, got 11 points each from Luke Schmitt and Jack McCabe. Teammate John Prochello added a game-high nine boards.

Madison, now 19-4, will play Sioux Falls Christian in a championship semifinal tonight, while the Panthers will tangle in the consolation round with Mount Vernon-Plankinton.

Sioux Falls Christian 72, Mt. Vernon-Plankinton 44

The Sioux Falls Christian Chargers took their first step toward a repeat Class “A” State title Thursday afternoon, opening up an early lead and pulling away for a 72-44 win over the Mt. Vernon-Plankinton Titans.

Koln Oppold led a trio of Chargers, 19-5, in scoring with 17 points, while Gavin Schipper added 12 and Dejay Fykstra chipped in 11. Lee VandeKamp led SFC on the boards with 10 caroms.

MVP got 14 points and 11 rebounds from Devin Rihanek, for a double-double on the day.

The Titans, now 19-4, will play Dakota Valley in a consolation semifinal this afternoon, while Sioux Falls Christian will play top-seeded Madison tonight in the first championship semifinal game.

Tri-Valley 59, Chamberlain 47

The Tri-Valley Mustangs became the fourth No. 7 seed to post an upset win during the first day of the State Basketball Tournaments, as they posted a 59-47 win over the No. 2 seeded Chamberlain Cubs Thursday evening.

The high-scoring Cubs jumped to an early lead, but Tri-Valley fought its way back into the game and pulled away in the second half for the win and a ticket to tonight’s championship semifinal against Tea Area, who upset St. Thomas More in the other half of the bottom bracket.

Jayden Burggraff scored 22 points for the Mustangs, Will Steineke added 15 points, 10 boards and six assists while Noah Jewett chipped in 14 points. Tri-Valley moves to 18-6 with the win.

For Chamberlain, which falls to 19-4 with the loss, Seth Friesz showed the way with 21 points and 10 rebounds. The Cubs will face St. Thomas More in the consolation round this afternoon.

Tea Area 60, St. Thomas More 43

SIOUX FALLS – The Tea Area Titans took a 60-43 upset win against the St. Thomas More Cavaliers, wrapping up the first day in the Class “A” State boys’ basketball tournament.

Noah Freidel scored 24 points and had eight rebounds for the Titans, now 19-4. Ethan Freidel scored 21 points and three rebounds. Tea Area will play against Tri-Valley in the championship semifinal tonight.

St. Thomas More, now 17-6, got 16 points from Tayton Maher, while Isaac Kortemeyer scored 10 points and had seven rebounds. St. Thomas More will play against Chamberlain in the consolation round this afternoon.

For the complete article see the 03-17-2017 issue.

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