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SCW readies for state tourney run

Huron Arena has become something like a home away from home for the Sanborn Central/Woonsocket girls’ basketball team.

The Blackhawks have played in the arena five times this season and SCW co-head coach Tim McCain estimated over the last three years, the Blackhawks have played 20 games in the venue. McCain and his SCW squad hope that this familiarity with the arena will help propel them to a Class B state title this weekend in Huron.

The No. 3 Blackhawks open against No. 6 Kimball/White Lake in the quarterfinals at 7:45 p.m. today.

“It is most definitely a familiar place that we know our way around,” McCain said. “We have had some great crowds every time we play there, and we hope that atmosphere will get our girls fired up and ready to play.”

SCW has reached the state tournament every year since the first year of the co-op in the 2011-12 school year. The Blackhawks finished fifth in 2013 and fourth in 2012. With perhaps one of its deepest and most talented squads, SCW hopes to change its fortunes and go deep in the tournament.

“I know the girls are looking forward to the tournament,” McCain said. “Every year brings different challenges and we are looking forward to having a great tournament. The first round always brings some pre-tournament jitters, but now that we have been in it for a few years, we know what we have to do to get past that. There is some great competition in the tournament this year and we are going to have to play well if we want to keep winning.”

SCW (22-1) has amassed its record with strong post-play and good offensive production. The Blackhawks have shot 51 percent from the field this year and 33 percent from behind the three-point line.

Augustana commit Shelby Selland leads SCW with 18.3 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Freshman guard Myah Selland is second on the team in scoring with 13 points per game and averages 6.6 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game.

Seniors Marissa Weber, who averages 8.7 points, and Rachel Selland, who average 7.1 points per game, play a vital role in the Blackhawks lineup. Junior Morgan Selland rounds out the SCW lineup with 9.1 points per game.

“We have a mix of good shooters and inside play,” McCain said. “We have had some great senior leadership this season. They have worked hard to get where they are at and they have been great leaders for some of these younger girls.”

The Blackhawks won the first meeting this season against Kimball/White Lake 66-33.

“Kimball/White Lake has been playing well toward the end of the year,” McCain said. “They have good quickness and they rely on their press defense. (Jazmyn) Hinker is the catalyst for their team and they have other players around her who complement her well, like Mary Kroupa, Kelli Steffen and Ivy Haines.”