Girls open play in 2021 281 conference tourney


The girls’ portion of the 281 Conference Basketball tournament kicked off on Friday, at four sites in the Heartland area.

Highmore-Harrold 58, Sunshine Bible Academy 17

HIGHMORE — The Highmore-Harrold Pirates, seeded No. 1 in the conference tourney, raced to a 19-4 lead after one quarter and coasted home with a 58-17 win over the Sunshine Bible Academy Crusaders Friday night.

Letha Jessen was the lone double figure scorer for the Pirates, who stay perfect at 8-0 on the season, but both Kassie Hale and Grace Knox added nine points and Reghan Westcott chipped in eight. Jessen also had five rebounds in the game.

Sunshine Bible got 10 points and five rebounds from Taylor Nelson as they fall to 0-8 on the season.

The Pirates will play Hitchcock-Tulare on Monday in Highmore, while SBA will travel to JVC.

Wolsey-Wessington 58, Wessington Springs 42

WOLSEY — The Wolsey-Wessington Lady Warbirds held up their No. 2 seed in the opening round of the 281 Conference Tournament, downing the seventh-seeded Wessington Springs Spartans 58-42, and earning a trip to the championship semifinal round.

Wessington Springs led after the first quarter, but W-W rallied to take a four-point lead at the half and pulled away in the final two quarters

Mya Boomsma paced the Wolsey-Wessington effort with 19 points, while Leah Williams added 16.

The Spartans got 16 points from Avery Orth and 14 from Kirstie Monsen.

The Lady Warbirds, now 6-2, will host Sanborn Central/Woonsocket on Monday night, while 1-9 Wessington Springs will travel to Iroquois to take on sixth-seeded Iroquois/Doland.

No stats or further information was available from the Wolsey-Wessington/Wessington Springs game.

Sanborn Central/Woonsocket 57, Iroquois/Doland 39

FORESTBURG — The No. 3 seeded Sanborn Central/Woonsocket Blackhawks held serve Friday night, sprinting away early and cruising home with a 57-39 win over the Iroquois/Doland Lady Chiefs in the opening round of the 281 Conference girls’ basketball tournament.

Trista White scored 21 points, while Brooke Doering added 15 and had five rebounds to lead the Blackhawks, now 4-6, to the win and a trip to the championship round.

Katie Dubro scored 15 points and had a game-high seven rebounds for the Lady Chiefs, who fall to 3-5 on the season.

SC/W will travel to Wolsey on Monday in a championship round semifinal game against the Lady Warbirds, while Iroquois/Doland will host Wessington Springs, also on Monday, in the consolation round.

Hitchcock-Tulare 37, James Valley Christian 23

TULARE — The fourth-seeded Hitchcock-Tulare Lady Patriots controlled the score from the outset and moved into the championship round of the 281 Conference girls’ basketball tournament, with a 37-23 win over the James Valley Lady Vikings Friday night.

Dannyn Peterson led a balanced scoring effort for the Lady Pats, who improve to 4-3 with the win. Ashley Masat added 10 points and 10 boards for H-T, and Peterson grabbed six boards and also had four steals. Kenidee Enander had seven points and four assists for the Lady Pats.

For JVC, which falls to 6-6 with the loss, Kaitlyn Wieting had nine points and Kerstyn Fast chipped in eight. Brenna Held had eight boards for the Lady Vikes and Wieting claimed six.

Hitchcock-Tulare will travel to Highmore-Harrold on Monday in the championship semifinals, while JVC will host Sunshine Bible in a consolation round game Monday night.

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