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Hanson sophomore Kynedi Cheeseman (20) goes up for the shot against Lyman senior Bailey Almond, right, in the Class B state tournament Thursday in Huron. Also pictured is Hanson’s Katlyn Schroeder (40). (Sean Ryan/Republic)

Cheeseman scores 22 as Hanson tops Lyman in Class B

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HURON — The Lyman Raiders stayed close for a quarter but were worn down by the Hanson pressure defense in the first game of the night session at the Class B state girls’ basketball tournament.

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The Beavers went on to claim a 69-36 win over No. 7 Lyman Thursday to advance to the semifinals, where Hanson will face No. 3 Sanborn Central/Woonsocket at 7:45 p.m. today.

Lyman guard Brooklyn Halverson’s six first-quarter points came from underneath as Lyman stayed within 15-11 at the end of the first quarter. But the Beavers began to take control on both ends of the court.

Sophomore Kynedi Cheeseman, who said her team normally has a slow start, had 16 of her game-high 22 in the first half and with the Beavers outscored Lyman 18-5 in the second to lead 33-16 at intermission.

“We don’t just get the 20-point lead that we want in the first quarter,” Cheeseman said. “We have to work up to it and sometimes it doesn’t even come in the second quarter. It might come at the beginning of the fourth when the dam breaks.

“I knew they were getting tired and that’s our game plan every game, and that’s to run the ball and keep the pressure up on the other team.”

Senior Sydney Dodd, who finished with 13 points, also added to a solid first half of play for Hanson with two 3-pointers.

“I felt I was in the zone,” Dodd said of her first-half play. “So when I was open and my teammates got me the ball, I wanted to make the most of it and put it in the hoop.”

Hanson continued to build on its lead and received three-point baskets from Dodd and Hailey Doyle, putting the contest away with a 50-27 lead heading into the final quarter.

“I think we wore them out and our girls played well,” Hanson coach Jim Bridge said. “Sydney shot well and Kynedi was tough inside. Now we might be able to avenge one of our losses.”

Hanson was also led by senior Leah Marsh with 14 points, seven assists and three steals.

The Beavers (22-2) were 26-of-50 for 52 percent from the floor and 13-of-18 for 72 percent from the free-throw line. Hanson held a 33-25 rebounding edge over Lyman and turned the ball over eight times.

“Hanson is an outstanding team and they’ll compete for the title, and they’re one of the best teams in the state,” Lyman coach Cooper Garnos said. “I give them credit. They began to wear us down and they have a lot of length. There are a lot of good players on that team, they don’t skip a beat and they’re a very, very smart team.”

Halverson, a freshman, scored 14 points to lead the Raiders (15-9), who were 15-of-43 for 35 percent from the field and 4-of-9 for 44 percent from the line.

The Raiders turned the ball over 15 times.

NOTES: Former Governor Mike Rounds was in attendance at the Class B state tournament. … After Thursday’s games, Cheeseman was second in scoring for the tournament with 22 points. Warner’s Ashley Rozell scored a tournament-high 23 points.

HANSON 69, LYMAN 36

LYMAN (15-9): Jandreau 0-6 0-0 0, B.Halverson 6-15 2-2 14, Flitner 2-3 2-4 6, Garnos 3-6 0-0 7, Almond 1-6 0-2 3, H.Halverson 1-2 0-1 2, Mortenson 1-3 0-0 2, Anderson 1-2 0-0 2. Totals: 15-43 4-9 36.

HANSON (22-2): Dodd 5-8 0-0 13, Nelson 0-0 1-2 1, Moe 0-1 0-0 0, Cheeseman 7-10 8-9 22, Doyle 3-12 2-2 9, Marsh 6-9 2-5 14, Kayser 0-1 0-0 0, Schroeder 4-8 0-0 8. Totals: 26-50 13-28 69.

L 11 16 27 36

H 15 33 50 69

3-pointers: Lyman 2-6 (Garnos 1-2, Almond 1-4), Hanson 4-11 (Dodd 3-4, Cheeseman 0-1, Doyle 1-5, Marsh 0-1). Rebounds: Lyman 25 (Jandreau 5), Hanson 33 (Cheeseman 9). Assists: Lyman 6 (Garnos 3, Almond 3), Hanson 11 (Marsh 7). Total fouls: Lyman 18, Hanson 9.

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