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Hanson girls defeated by Sully Buttes, take fourth

Hanson junior Hailey Doyle looks to pass the ball in the third-place game against Sully Buttes during the Class B state girls' basketball tournament Saturday at Huron Arena. (Brooke Cersosimo/Republic)

HURON – No. 1 seed Sully Buttes held off No. 2 seed Hanson 48-41 to take third place at the Class B state girls’ basketball tournament Saturday.

Last year the teams met in the third-place game with Hanson winning that matchup.

“We know the feeling of being fourth and that fueled the fire a little bit,” Sully Buttes coach Mark Senftner said. “It’s good to beat a good program like Hanson because they’re one of the top teams every year.”

Sully Buttes’ Chloe Lamb scored the team’s first nine points for the Chargers, before Hanson got rolling. The Beavers put together a 7-2 run to trail the Chargers 11-8 at the end of the opening quarter.

Hanson’s Kynedi Cheeseman, who made the all-tournament team, made a bucket to tie the game at 15 and give the Beavers some momentum. But Sully Buttes had other ideas, responding with a 6-1 run and taking a 21-16 lead into intermission.

The Chargers got into some foul trouble in the first half, forcing Senftner to make adjustments.

“It seemed like no matter what we did we were getting the fouls,” Senftner said. “Part of it was we were reaching and we adjusted in the second half.”

A second period basket but Hanson’s Kynedi Cheeseman with 3:47 left pulled the Beavers to a 15 all tie. But the Chargers responded with a 6-1 run and took a 21-16 lead into intermission.

The third quarter saw Sully Buttes slowly build on the lead, taking its largest lead of the game of 10 points after a basket from Racquel Wientjes.

But a basket from Cheeseman and a three-point shot from Sydney Dodd brought the Beavers (22-4) back to within 30-25.

The Chargers (23-2) pulled away with free throws from Remi Wientjes and Karlea Stahl.

Hanson tried to get close and trailed by five at 43-38 with 1:33 to play. But two free throws from three free throws from Remi Wientjes and two from Karlea Stahl put the game away.

“We forced things a bit maybe and tried too hard,” Hanson coach Jim Bridge said. “But you can’t fault our kids for trying. You have to give them credit. They played good defense and made us rush a little bit. They kind of had some foul problems early in the game but we didn’t get the ball inside enough to take advantage of that. It seemed we were playing catch up all the whole second half.”

Stahl paced the Chargers with 19 points followed by Lamb with 11 points. Sully Buttes was 17-of-34 for 50 percent from the floor and 14-of-19 for 74 percent from the free-throw line. The Chargers had 19 rebounds and 14 turnovers.

Dodd and Leah Marsh each finished with 10 points, while Cheeseman had nine. Marsh and Cheeseman were named to the all-tournament team.

The final three points for Hanson came on a shot from Erica Brown, a senior who has a cognitive disability.

“That showed the character of our kids,” an emotional Bridge said. “To have her do that was worth any state championship. She has been an inspiration to our kids for four years.”