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Nighthawks upset Longhorns in Class B opener

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Tripp-Delmont/Armour's Mattilynn Reiner puts up a shot against Faith on Thursday at Wachs Arena during the Class B state girls basketball tournament. (Ryan Deal / Republic)2 / 2

ABERDEEN -- Mattilynn Reiner saved her best for the first.

Playing in their first state tournament, Reiner and Tripp-Delmont/Armour stunned previously undefeated Faith 48-39 in the opening round of the Class B state girls basketball tourney on Thursday.

Reiner sparked the upset with a season-high 32 points and 12 rebounds. TDA (21-3) will play Castlewood (21-2) in Friday’s first semifinal game at 6 p.m. at Wachs Arena.

“Matti played very, very special for us today,” TDA coach Kristi Allen said. “Whenever we needed a shot or rebound, she seemed to have the ball in her hands.”

Reiner finished 14-for-24 from the field and nailed two 3-pointers. Reiner’s 32-point game was 11 points shy of the Class B girls tournament record for most points in a first-round game. Waverly/South Shore’s Sara Jensen scored 43 in the 2001 opening round.

“It’s amazing,” Reiner said. “Coming here the first day, getting a win, getting in the night session, it can’t get any better.”

The Nighthawks led throughout the entire game and Reiner sealed it in the fourth quarter. After Faith cut the deficit to 32-31 with under 7 minutes left, Reiner converted a 3-point play, blocked Mikenzy Miller’s breakaway layup attempt and scored another field goal to make it 37-31. She later made three free throws.

“She really stepped up,” Allen said. “She was focused and I know I have other girls who feel they didn’t play as well as they could, but everyone stepped up when they needed to, to get a good quality win for us.”

Kianna Payer added nine points and six rebounds for TDA, which jumped ahead 22-16 at halftime. The Nighthawks held Faith to a season-low for points and controlled the boards, 42-35, while forcing the Longhorns into 18 turnovers on 11 steals.

“Defense was a big key because if we get good defensive stops, we can turn it into transition and get some layups and some easy shots,” Reiner said. “I think that was big for us.”

Faith’s Kailyn Groves scored 18 points and 10 rebounds. Sydnie Schauer added 11 points for the Longhorns (23-1). Allen said the defensive game plan was keying on Groves, who came in averaging 17 points a game. She finished 8-for-16 from the field.

“We knew that their best player was No. 4 (Groves) and we were able to get some fouls on her by attacking the basket,” Allen said.

Faith’s second-leading scorer, Jayden Shoemaker, finished with three points on 1-for-10 shooting from the field. She averaged 12 points a game this season.

TDA’s upset set the tone for the afternoon session. No. 5 Castlewood dominated No. 4 Warner 54-28 in the other afternoon game to set-up the Warriors vs. Nighthawks semifinal.

“We will try to keep it as regular as possible,” Allen said about preparing for today’s game. “We will have film and our scout. (We are) playing in the night, so we will have a little extra time to rest.”

Tripp-Delmont/Armour 48, Faith 39

Tripp-Delmont/Armour (21-3): Erica Koster 0-5 2-3 2, Brooklyn Brouwer 1-10 1-4 3, Kianna Payer 3-16 2-4 9, Brianna Stoebner 0-1 0-0 0, Mattilynn Reiner 14-24 2-4 32, Paige Neugebauer 0-0 0-0 0, Ashlee Gerber 0-2 2-2 2. Totals 18-58 17-18 48.

Faith (23-1): Jayden Shoemaker 1-10 0-0 3, Sydnie Schauer 3-11 2-2 11, Kailyn Groves 8-16 2-2 18, Mikenzy Miller 2-3 0-0 4, Brooke Lemmel 0-4 0-0 0, Kaycee Groves 0-1 1-2 1, Triston Delbridge 0-0 0-0 0, Shianne Price 1-1 0-1 2. Totals 15-46 7-8 39.

TDA 10 22 30 48

F 7 16 25 39

3-point field goals: TDA 3-17 (Koster 0-3, Payer 1-9, Reiner 2-5); F 4-18 (Shoemaker 1-8, Schauer 3-8, Miller 0-1, Groves 0-1). Rebounds: TDA 42 (Reiner 12); F 35 (Groves 10). Steals: TDA 11 (Brouwer 5); F 4 (Miller 2). Assists: TDA 5 (Reiner 2); F 8 (Lemmel 4). Blocked shots: TDA 2 (Stoebner 1, Reiner 1); F 4 (Groves 3). Turnovers: TDA 10; F 18. Total fouls: TDA 6; F 19.