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Warbirds advance at Class B; will play Parker tonight: Wolsey-Wessington closes game strong to move to championshp round

Posted: Monday, Mar 20th, 2017

Wolsey-Wessington's Bennett White, left, goes after a rebound with Harding County's Jake George, center, as Darin Tschetter, of the Warbirds, right, looks on during Thursday's opening round game at the South Dakota Class B boys basketball tournament. PHOTO BY JOHN DAVIS COURTESY OF ABERDEEN AMERICAN NEWS

Wolsey-Wessington closes game strong to move to championshp round

ABERDEEN — The first-round game in the State Boys' Class B Basketball Tourney between the third-seeded Wolsey-Wessington Warbirds and the Harding County Ranchers was a lot closer than the Warbirds' 56-35 win might imply.

But the Warbirds pulled it off and move to 21-2 for the season and into tonight's semifinal against Parker, while the Ranchers go to the consolation round against Langford Area with an 18-4 season.

The Warbirds were led by Darian Ogunjemilusi with 16 points, while Bennett White and Riley Gohn were both in double digits with 10 points each. White was the Warbirds' top rebounder with eight.

Jarret Jenson led the Ranchers with 16, tying for scoring honors with Ogunjemilusi.

Trig Olson owned the boards with a game-high 11 rebounds for the Ranchers.

The first quarter showed what both teams' defense was like. It was a slow-starting quarter, but then Wolsey-Wessington went on a 7-0 run in the last two minutes to end the first period with the Warbirds on top, 12-7.

In the second quarter, both defenses were again tight as multiple minutes went by with no scores.

The Warbirds kept managing to get a hand into the Ranchers' attacks to disrupt their plays, and the half ended with the Warbirds ahead 21-14.

In the second half the Ranchers came out strong; at the five-minute mark in the third quarter the Warbids led by a narrow 25-23. Then the Warbirds turned the heat up, getting Harding County to make mistakes, and the third quarter ended with the Warbirds leading 33-27.

Wolsey-Wessington kept the momentum into the final period, blasting out a huge 18-0 run that lasted to 1:41.

While the Ranchers did get a few more points, the Warbirds had it in the bag with their 23-8 quarter. At the buzzer Wolsey/Wessington advanced to the next round on a 56-35 win.

Score by quarters

Harding County 7 7 13 8 — 35

Wol-Wessington 12 9 12 23 — 56

Harding County (18-4): Zack Anders 1-2 0-0 2, Chase Stugelmeyer 2-10 4-4 8, Garret Rolph 0-0 0-0 0, Jarret Jenson 6-19 1-1 16, Sam Podzimek 0-6 0-1 0, Jake George 1-3 0-0 2, Trig Olson 2-4 3-6 7. Totals 12-44 8-12 35

Wolsey-Wessington (21-2): Brevan Hooks 0-0 0-0 0, Skylar Zomer 0-0 0-0 0, Bennett White 4-4 1-3 10, Lynden Williams 1-1 0-2 2, Austin Kemnitz 2-7 0-0 6, Darin Tschetter 2-7 4-4 8, Riley Gohn 4-9 0-0 10, Mark Hamilton 0-0 0-0 0, Darian Ogunjemilusi 7-15 2-4 16, Carter Mehling 0-1 0-0 0, Tanner Zemlicka 0-2 0-0 0, Tyler Babcock 1-2 2-6 4, Jaron Waters 0-0 0-0 0, James Cutshaw 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-48 9-19 56

FG%: Harding County .273, Wolsey-Wessington .438. 3-pt FG:Harding County 3-18 (Stugelmeyer 0-6, Jenson 3-11, Podzimek 0-1), Wolsey-Wessington 5-15 (White 1-1, Kemnitz 2-5, Gohn 2-6, Ogunjemilusi 0-1, Zemlicka 0-2). Rebounds: Harding County 28 (Olson 11), Wolsey-Wessington 35 (White 8). Fouls Harding County 14, Wolsey-Wessington 18. Fouled out: none. Technical: none. Assists: Harding County 6 (Podzimek 3), Wolsey-Wessington 10 (Kemnitz 7). Steals: Harding County 5 (Jenson 2), Wolsey-Wessington 7 (Tschetter 2, Ogunjemilusi 2). Blocked shots: Harding County 0, Wolsey-Wessington 3 (Ogunjemilusi 2). Turnovers: Harding County 17, Wolsey-Wessington 12.

Bridgewater-Emery 67, Platte-Geddes 39

ABERDEEN — The top-seeded, undefeated Bridgewater-Emery Huskies opened play at the Class “B” State Boys’ basketball tournament, coming away with a 67-39 win over the Platte-Geddes Black Panthers.

Sawyer Schultz led the Huskies with 15 points, while Sam Arend added 14 points and seven rebounds, and Carter Dye added 10 points.

Platte-Geddes, now 13-10, ended the first quarter with a two-point lead at 18-16, but were held scoreless in the second quarter while the Huskies posted 15 and were never threatened.

The Black Panthers were led in scoring by Malachi Girton with 12 points, while Riley Hoffman had six rebounds.

Bridgewater-Emery improves to 24-0 with their win, and will play Sully Buttes in a semifinal game tonight, while Platte-Geddes will square off against White River in a consolation game this afternoon.

Sully Buttes 65, White River 52

Thursday’s opening day of the State Boys’ Basketball Class B Tournament saw the fourth seeded Sully Buttes Chargers, now 19-5, move on to the championship semifinals tonight with their solid 65-52 victory over the White River Tigers. The fifth-seed Tigers, now also 19-5, will play in today’s consolation semifinal round against number eight Platte-Geddes.

The Chargers had four men in double digits; Clay Feller scored 16 points, Jacob Howard dropped in 15, Lincoln Jorde contributed 14, and Devan Kleven had a 12-point game. Howard also ruled the boards with a game-best 11 rebounds.

The Tigers were led by Justice Morrison and his game-best 17 points, while Jadice Morrison put 13 on the scoreboard and Donnie Yacklie added 11. Justice Morrison was White River’s best rebounder with four.

Sully Buttes took an early lead, ending the first quarter ahead 17-10, and continued strong to end the half up by 28-18. White River kept taking three-point shots and not making them, ending the game at 9-31 on three pointers. The Tigers faced a real task in the second half, but the Chargers kept going strong, outscoring the Tigers in the third quarter and increased it through the end of the game.

Sully Buttes will play top-seeded and undefeated Bridgewater-Emery in a championship semifinal tonight

Parker 48,

Langford Area 39

Thursday was the first round of the State Class B Boys’ Basketball Tourney and it saw the number seven Parker Pheasants take a 48-39 victory over the second-seed Langford Lions. The Pheasants, now 16-7, go on to play tonight in the semifinals for the championship, while the Lions go to the consolation round with a 21-3 record.

Parker started strong with a 9-0 run to take an early lead. The Lions weren’t napping, though, and came back strong to end the half with Parker holding on to a narrow 23-20 lead, after Langford had been down by as much as 12 points during the first half. In the third quarter the Pheasants dropped in a quick bucket, and then after a brief pause both teams started shooting and hitting. Parker kept trying to push the score up but the Lions caught fire, and with less than 10 seconds left tied it up at 32-32. Langford led briefly by three ponits in the final period, but then the Pheasants upped the pressure by the defense and started finding the hoop, and the Parker Pheasants took the game 48-39.

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

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