Daily Republic Sports
PLANKINTON — A strong shooting night helped the Sanborn Central/Woonsocket girls basketball team pick up a Custer Battlefield Highway Conference victory at Mount Vernon/Plankinton 53-29 on Tuesday in Plankinton. Myah Selland had 14 points and five rebounds, while Abby Doering scored 12 points. Tristan Ziebart scored nine points and Kayla Olson had seven assists for the No. 3-ranked Blackhawks. SCW shot 23-of-46 from the field and made 4-of-10 free throws, pulling down 17 rebounds and committing nine turnovers.
HONOLULU — It went to the wire but the Dakota Wesleyan University’s women’s basketball team pulled out a close victory Tuesday at the Hoop N Surf Classic in Hawaii. The No. 8-ranked Tigers took the lead with just more than three minutes to go on a Kristin Sabers 3-pointer and defeated No. 17 Indiana Tech 58-57 at St. Francis High School in Honolulu.
For the first time this season, Dakota Wesleyan University junior Jason Spicer has been honored as the Great Plains Athletic Conference's men's basketball player of the week. The 6-foot-6 Spicer, a Sioux Falls native, just missed a triple double as he tallied a career-high 30 points, along with 10 assists and eight rebounds in a win over Jamestown Dec. 14 at the Corn Palace.
Prep basketball This week's South Dakota Sportswriters Association high school basketball polls are below. Polls are updated every Tuesday. Teams are listed with record through Monday's action, followed by points received and previous ranking. First place votes in parentheses. Boys Class AA 1. SF O'Gorman (3) 3-0 27 2 2. RC Stevens (3) 1-0 26 1 3. SF Washington 2-1 16 4 T4. SF Lincoln 1-1 9 3 T4. Brandon Valley 2-1 9 5 Others receiving votes: SF Roosevelt 2, Sturgis 1. Class A 1. SF Christian(5) 2-0 27 1
Hanson earned a 58-49 win over No. 4 Avon in prep girls basketball action on Monday at the Corn Palace. Megan Guericke and Brooke Weber each scored a game-high 14 points, while Heather Kayser added 12 points. The Beavers went 20-of-47 for 43 percent shooting in the win and made 14 of 24 free throws. Lauren Sees led Avon with nine points, while Livi Jurrens, Kacie Mudder and Courtney Buchholz each contributed eight points. The Pirates made 18 of 39 field goals for 46 percent shooting and went 11-of-16 from the line in the loss.
Today, at the Corn Palace, Menno hosts Iroquois in a boys and girls doubleheader followed by Hanson vs. Avon in girls basketball. Times: Menno girls (1-2) vs. Iroquois girls (0-1) 5 p.m.; Menno boys (1-1) vs. Iroquois boys (0-2) 6:30 p.m.; Hanson girls (2-1) vs. Avon girls (3-0), 8 p.m. Next: Both Mitchell High School basketball teams will host Yankton in an Eastern South Dakota Conference doubleheader starting with the girls at 6 p.m. and the boys at 8 p.m.
The Mitchell Marlins dropped a pair of girls hockey contests to Aberdeen on Saturday and Sunday at the Mitchell Activities Center in Mitchell. Aberdeen topped Mitchell 7-0 on Saturday and 8-0 on Sunday. On Saturday, the Marlins were outshot 33-9 by the Cougars, who scored five goals in the second period. Katelyn Uithoven recorded 26 saves in the net for Mitchell. On Sunday, Aberdeen outshot Mitchell 33-14, with Uithoven recording 25 saves in the loss. Mitchell (4-4) plays Aberdeen on Jan. 8 in Aberdeen.
PORTLAND, Ore.—The University of South Dakota men's basketball team had six players score in double figures but still fell short 85-82 to the University of Portland on Friday in Portland, Oregon. Portland's Alec Wintering scored a game-high 24 points, while Gabe Taylor added 21 points and Jazz Johnson chipped in 21 points in the win. Taylor hit the game-winning 3-pointer with two seconds left in the game. The Pilots went 29-of-58 from the field for 50 percent shooting.
SALEM — The 28th annual Salem Classic youth boys basketball is Feb. 25, 2017 in Salem. Registration is now open for the tournament. The tournament is for boys grades three-through-six. The entry fee is $95 and three games are guaranteed for each team. All-star teams or combined teams are not allowed. For more, contact Trent Sabers at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 605-212-4446.
VERMILLION — Six Coyotes scored in double figures to lead South Dakota to a 100-57 rout of Northwestern College (Iowa) Thursday evening in the Sanford Coyote Sports Center. South Dakota (9-2) extends its winning streak over Northwestern (9-5, 3-5 GPAC) to 19 straight. This marks the second time the programs have met since USD's transition to Div. I.