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Glanzer uses Class B state tourney experience as guard for MVP

SPEARFISH — Like the rest of the Mount Vernon/Plankinton girls’ basketball team, guard Becca Glanzer is experiencing her first Class A state basketball tournament as a player.

However, unlike the rest of her team, she has played in the state tournament on two different levels. The senior played in the Class B state tournament as a freshman with Mitchell Christian in 2011.

Glanzer played for the MCS varsity squad for four years before transferring to Mount Vernon High School this year.

“Class A is definitely a level up,” said Glanzer, who averaged 11 points per game this year for the Titans. “The programs are pretty tough, but having some experience under my belt from the other state tournament appearance really helps. It gives me a little bit of an edge to not have jitters because I have done this before.”

Glanzer’s Class B appearance came at Huron Arena. She said playing Huron was a good experience, but the atmosphere and noise level in Spearfish have been bigger and louder.

Glanzer has scored in double figures in both of the Titans’ games at the Class A state tournament. In Thursday’s opening game against Winner, she scored 19 points, going 5-of-7 from behind the three-point line.

In the Titans’ consolation win over Webster Area Friday, Glanzer scored 12 points, grabbed seven rebounds and had four steals. She hit two 3-pointers.

“As a freshman going into the state tournament, you are just happy to be there,” Glanzer said. “You don’t know what you are getting yourself into. Making it to the state tournament as a senior really is one of the most gratifying experiences.”

Glanzer has had many memories this season, like playing against her former team, scoring her 1,000th point against Burke/South Central and qualifying for the state tournament. But today her defining moment as a high school basketball player will come as she plays in her last game against Pine Ridge. The fifth-place contest begins at 7 p.m. CDT today.

“Our road to get here was not easy,” she said. “It took everyone to get here. The past four or five games I have played I had to worry whether or not this was my final game, but now it is here. It is really nice knowing that this will be the final one and I can really go out there and give it my all.”