South wins girls' high school all-star gameABERDEEN — The South All-Stars elected to push the pace of the game and the end result was 90 points, 74 field-goal attempts and one win.
By: Deb Smith, Aberdeen American News
ABERDEEN — The South All-Stars elected to push the pace of the game and the end result was 90 points, 74 field-goal attempts and one win.
The South All-Stars led at every quarter break on the way to a 90-67 win over the North All-Stars on Tuesday at Wachs Arena on the Northern State campus in Aberdeen in the annual South Dakota Girls’ Basketball All-Star game.
“We thought we were athletic and we could run up and down the floor,” said South head coach Jamie Parish of Centerville. “In those practices and talking to the kids, we told them that we really want to force tempo and try to put some points on the board. We had a great group of kids. That doesn’t work if they’re not unselfish. The way they passed the ball and the way they shared the ball made all those things look really good.”
North scored the opening points of the game on a field goal by Cassidy Gebhart of Elkton and a free throw by Kelsey Little of Castlewood. The game was tied at 3 and 5 before South took a 14-7 lead.
North rattled off eight straight points for a 15-14 lead. The game was tied once again at 18 before Raquel Sutera, of Bon Homme High School, hit a field goal for a 20-18 South lead after one quarter.
In the second quarter, the game was tied for the last time at 27. South outscored the North 11-5 to build a 38-32 halftime lead.
“We tried to get back on defense and keep up with them,” said North head coach Leslie Tvedt of Castlewood.
“They have a great squad — not that we didn’t. We just didn’t have the speed across the board. All these girls are good players. Their shots fell. Every shot on the outside seemed to fall in and ours kind of rimmed out.”
South continued to push the ball quickly up the court and outscored North 21-13 in the third quarter. Anna Leloux of Parker opened the second half with two field goals for South. Ashley Robinson, of Hanson High School, closed out the stanza with back-to-back field goals to boost the South lead to 59-45 at the end of three quarters.
North rallied in the early going in the fourth quarter and trimmed the lead down to 10 points.
“They’re all-stars as well,” said Parish about the North squad. “You can’t forget that fact. They are good kids and they are on good teams and they are competitors. They kept coming at us. We had a lot of good looks that didn’t quite roll in for us.”
Leading 73-63 with three minutes left in the game, South scored 11 unanswered points to put the game out of reach. Heidi Hoff of Brandon Valley keyed the run with two free throws and an old-fashioned three-point play with a field goal and one free throw. The Class AA player of the year, Hoff will attend the University of South Dakota and play basketball.
“It’s kind of fun,” said Hoff, about the all-star game. “You get together with people that you have been competing against your whole life and you get to end on a good note. We’re all competitors and we’re all on the same team. We had just a good team all around.”
Hoff finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds for South. Robinson paced all scorers with 16 for South and Sydney Rome of Sioux Falls Roosevelt added 14 points. All of the South players except one scored a point.
North’s fourth quarter rally fell short, as South shot 45 percent from the field and 52 percent from the three-point area in the game.
“They answered (in the fourth quarter) and we couldn’t convert on a couple of inside shots and a couple of outside shots,” said Tvedt
“These girls worked hard. They had a couple of long, hot days. They worked hard and they were fun to coach.”
North, which shot 34 percent from the field and 32 percent from the three-point arc, was led by Little with 14 points, Bailey Milne of Madison with 12 and Alexis Watts of Miller with 11 points. Megan Taylor of Estelline grabbed up 11 rebounds.
South leads the overall series with 16 wins to 10 for North.
The boys’ game was not reported to The Daily Republic before Tuesday’s deadline.