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Winner slips past MVP in overtime

Winner’s Sara Husher, center, protects the ball as she is defended by Mount Vernon/Plankinton’s Megan Bultsma, right, and Payleen O’Day, left, during the Class A state girls’ basketball tournament Thursday in Spearfish. (Aaron Saunders/Republic)

SPEARFISH — Prior to his team’s quarterfinal matchup with Mount Vernon/Plankinton, Winner coach Larry Aaker said he had confidence in his team’s ability to finish out games.

His girls’ basketball team backed up his words as the Warriors pulled out a 52-46 overtime victory over the Titans Thursday at the Class A state tournament at the Young Center in Spearfish.

“We thought there were a couple of things we could attack them at,” said Aaker, whose team plays No. 2 Elk Point-Jefferson at 8:45 p.m. CDT today in the semifinals. “They haven’t been through many games like this. ... I am super proud of their resilience down the stretch.”

The Warriors outscored the Titans 8-2 in overtime to earn the win. Winner got its first two buckets of overtime from Cassidy Hanson and Kennede Mathis, making up for the loss of Kelsey Bertram, who fouled out with two minutes to go in the fourth quarter. Mathis finished with a team-high 14 points for the Warriors, who were 18-of-48 from the field.

MVP had its chances to stay in the game, but missed four free throws early in the period, which allowed Winner to create separation.

“We had them in a good spot,” MVP coach Bill Marquardt said. “Their switching defenses gave us a hard time all game. I give them a lot of credit for what they did defensively in overtime.”

Winner jumped out to a 7-0 lead on the Titans after forcing two turnovers. MVP got on the board with just under six minutes with a bucket from guard Payleen O’Day.

The Warriors opened up in a press defensive, which the Titans had a tough time cracking.

MVP scored 21 in the half — 14 of which came from Becca Glanzer, who drilled four 3-pointers in the first two quarters. Glanzer finished with 19 points, while O’Day had 11 points and three assists.

“Becca in the first half was absolutely huge,” Marquardt said.

The Warrior defense was led by Hanson and did everything it could to keep MVP center Megan Bultsma from having an impact down low. Hanson had seven blocks and altered many MVP shot attempts.

Winner (22-1) had success early by double-teaming Bultsma. The Warriors held MVP scoreless in the first quarter Bultsma scored her first points of the game with four minutes to go in the second quarter. She picked things up in the second half and finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds for the double-double.

“I just told Cassidy she has to be aggressive with Bultsma,” Aaker said. “We talked about it before the game, that Bultsma was going to get 12 or 14 points, but couldn’t let her get more than that. A good player that size is going to do that, but I am happy with the way we defended the inside.”

Mount Vernon/Plankinton (17-6) plays Webster Area at 2:45 CDT today in a consolation semifinal.


MV-P (18-6): Glanzer 5-7 4-4 19, O’Day 4-10 1-2 11, Denning 0-1 1-2 1, Karst 1-6 0-4 2, Bultsma 6-10 1-5 13. Totals: 16-34 7-17 46.

WINNER (22-1): Volmer 1-1 0-0 3, Ke.Mathis 6-12 0-0 14, Calhoon 1-2 1-2 3, Bertram 3-12 3-3 10, Ka.Mathis 2-8 3-3 7, Husher 2-5 4-5 8, Sherman 1-1 0-1 3, Hanson 2-7 0-0 4. Totals: 18-48 12-15 52.

MVP 8 21 33 44

W 15 27 33 44

3-pointers: MVP 7-12 (Glanzer 5-7, O’Day 2-4, Denning 0-1), Winner 4-15 (Volmer 1-1, Ke.Mathis 1-3, Bertram 1-5, Ka.Mathis 0-1, Husher 0-2, Sherman 1-1, Hanson 0-2). Rebounds: MVP 30 (Bultsma 10), Winner 32 (Hanson 9). Assists: MVP 11 (Karst 4), Winner 9 (Husher 3, Sherman 3) Total fouls: MVP 13, Winner 17. Fouled out: Bertram.