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North beats South 62-57 in girls' all-star game

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North beats South 62-57 in girls' all-star game
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ABERDEEN -- The North used free throws and defense to slip past the South 62-57 in the 27th annual South Dakota All-Star girls' basketball game for recently graduated high school athletes from across the state. After collecting four steals to earn a 50-42 lead early in the fourth quarter Tuesday in Aberdeen, the North then made eight of 10 free throws in the final four minutes to secure the win.

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"These 12 girls on my team were great and our team chemistry was really good," said North and Clark-Willow Lake standout Chynna Stevens, who is excited to be continuing her career at South Dakota State this fall.

Stevens lead the North with 17 points and nine rebounds.

"We wore them down a little in the end," said North coach Wade Stobbs, of Clark/Willow Lake, who was assisted by Summit coach Mark Amdahl. "We had 12 players and they had nine and that was one of our goals to pressure them all the way through. In the second half, their shots became a little short and we were able to get some turnovers which we turned into easy baskets in transition. We frustrated them a little bit, and that was one of the big keys to the game."

Stobbs also liked his team's 76 percent (22 of 29) performance at the free throw line. "With the high level of players we had in this all-star game, you expect things like that out of your players. They did a great job, and I am proud of them."

The South players also made their free throws (11 of 15) and got high praise from their coaches as well.

"Our players played hard, played as a team and had some fun," said South coach Kent Kolsrud, of Sioux Falls O'Gorman, who was assisted by Flandreau coach Brian Relf. "That is what an all-star game is all about. I couldn't be more proud of our girls and their effort.

Kristen Sabers, of Mitchell, led the South with 14 points, six rebounds and two assists. Teammate Kieran O'Malley, of Centerville, added 13 points while Kendra Cheeseman, of Hanson, had five steals.

SOUTH: Rachelle Moore (Sanborn Central) 2-6 3-4 8, Kieran O'Malley (Centerville) 4-17 3-3 13, Alyson Johnsen (Beresford) 2-7 1-2 5, Erica Herrold (Parkston) 2-10 2-4 7, Allison Cross (Tri-Valley) 2-6 2-2 6, Kristen Sabers (Mitchell) 6-11 0-0 14, Kelsey Fitzgerald (Yankton) 1-4 0-0 2, Dina Soulek (Freeman) 1-5 0-0 2, Kendra Cheeseman (Hanson) 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 20-69 11-15 57.

NORTH: Sami Knecht (Aberdeen Central) 3-6 2-2 8, Brynn Flakus (Aberdeen Central) 4-10 2-4 11, Chelsey Carmichael (Rapid City Central) 0-3 0-0 0, Chynna Stevens (Clark-Willow Lake) 4-8 8-11 17, Mollee Karst (Aberdeen Roncalli) 0-3 2-2 2, Bethany Crosswait (Spearfish) 1-4 2-2 4, Taylor Trohkimoinen (Newell) 1-3 4-4 6, Logan O'Farrell (Summit) 0-5 2-2 2, Presley O'Farrell (Summit) 2-4 0-0 4, Kristie Mettler (Timber Lake) 3-10 0-2 6, Haley Froelich (Lemmon) 1-5 0-0 2, Morgan Gunderson (Aberdeen Roncalli) 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 19-62 22-29 62.

South: 15 29 39 57

North: 12 26 45 62

3-point field goals -- South 6-31 (Moore 1-2, O'Malley 2-10, Cheeseman 0-3, Sabers 2-6, Soulek 0-2, Johnson 0-2, Herrold 1-6); North 2-16 (Mettler 0-4, Froelich 0-1, Flakus 1-1, Carmichael 0-1, L. O'Farrell 0-2, Crosswait 0-2, Trohkimoinen 0-1, Stevens 1-4). Fouled out -- South, Fitzgerald, Johnsen. Total fouls -- South 18; North 11. Rebounds -- South 44 (Sabers 6, Johnsen 6, Cross 6); North 52 (Knecht 9, Stevens 6). Turnovers -- South 19; North 20. Assists -- South 8 (Moore 2, Cheeseman 2, Sabers 2); North 4 (Mettler 1, Flakus 1, Crosswait 1, Stevens 1). Blocks -- South 0; North 6 (L. O'Farrell 2). Steals -- South 13 (Cheeseman 5); North 10 (Mettler 3, L. O'Farrell 3). Officials -- Jeff Schneider (Armour), Brad McGirr (Huron), Kris Frerichs (Aberdeen).

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