Daily Republic Sports
SCOTLAND—Eighth-grader Kennedy Bietz made a layup with eight-tenths of a second remaining in the Highlanders' game Thursday night to lift Scotland to a girls basketball victory over Bridgewater-Emery 49-48. Taylor Bietz had 11 points and six assists for Scotland, which led by 13 points at halftime. Taylor Gall added nine points and 11 rebounds. The game was memorable contest for Kadra Kayser, who scored a game-high 19 points for the Huskies and crossed the 1,000-point mark for her career. Abbi Arend had 11 points and eight rebounds for B-E.
GAYVILLE—Gayville-Volin held Mitchell Christian scoreless in the first quarter and went to earn a 48-33 victory in girls basketball on Thursday in Gayville. Megan Hirsch and Traia Hubbard each had a double-double to lead the Raiders. Hirsch recorded a game-high 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Hubbard had 10 points and 11 rebounds. Gayville-Volin led 31-9 at halftime and made eight field goals, four 3-pointers and 19 of 25 free throws in the win.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa—Morningside College blanked the Dakota Wesleyan University wrestling team 55-0 Thursday in a Great Plains Athletic Conference wrestling dual. The Tigers had six forfeits in the 10-match dual. Trevor Peter wrestled to a 7-3 loss to Caleb Deemer at 197 pounds and Alex Osborne lost a major decision at 157 pounds. Morningside's Nick Madsen (165) and Derik Bailey (174) each pinned DWU's Tanner Wernsman and Zechariah Westergaard, respectively. The Tigers (1-14 duals, 0-7 GPAC) are at the GPAC regional qualifier in Crete, Nebraska on Feb. 18.
ALEXANDRIA — A third-quarter run flipped Mitchell Christian's fate on Thursday night in boys basketball action. The Golden Eagles outscored the Beavers 21-5 in the third quarter and picked up a 53-42 win at Hanson in Alexandria. Mitchell Christian coach Jesse Tolsma said the team made adjustments at halftime down 27-19 and executed in the second half. "Our guys completely sold out and bought in and we got our big run in the second half," Tolsma said. "We brought the defense and the intensity and we did the job of rebounding and limiting them to just one shot."
SIOUX CITY, Iowa—The race for the Great Plains Athletic Conference championship just got tighter. No. 7 Dakota Wesleyan dropped a 106-80 men's basketball game against streaking Briar Cliff on Wednesday. It's the Tigers second straight loss and their recent two-game lead in the conference is gone. The Tigers (21-7, 12-4 GPAC) are now tied with Northwestern College for the No. 1 spot in the GPAC standings. Northwestern defeated Mount Marty 97-62 on Wednesday.
BROOKINGS — Seniors Kerri Young and Clarissa Ober each scored 18 points to lead the South Dakota State University women's basketball team to an 82-35 win over Oral Roberts Wednesday night in Summit League action. Junior forward Ellie Thompson and sophomore guard Madison Guebert added 15 and 11 points, respectively, for the Jackrabbits, who improved to 19-5 overall and 10-2 in league play. Oral Roberts (13-12, 5-7 Summit) was led by Maria Martianez's 18 points.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Statistically speaking, the Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team is one of the best rebounding teams in all of NAIA women's basketball. The No. 12 Tigers showed those skills off Wednesday night in a 83-65 Great Plains Athletic Conference win over Briar Cliff University. DWU doubled up Briar Cliff on the glass, 48-24 and pulled down 14 offensive rebounds in the win.
HURON—Mitchell Christian had no answer for Eric Hasart on Monday. The James Valley Christian senior forward erupted for 32 points and 22 rebounds to power the Vikings to a 66-51 boys basketball victory over the Golden Eagles. "We didn't do a very good job finding him on the glass and keeping him off the block," Mitchell Christian coach Jesse Tolsma said. "He is a very nice player and solid inside. We let him catch it where he wanted to and gave him some easy ones off offensive rebounds."
FREEMAN—A balanced scoring attack propelled Hanson to a 60-44 girls basketball win over Freeman on Tuesday. Ashley Moe, Megan Guericke, Hannah Marquardt and Heather Kayser all netted 10 points in the victory for the Beavers. Moe and Marquardt both grabbed three rebounds apiece, while Kayser dished out three assists. Hanson shot 21-for-34 from the field and 4-for-13 from the 3-point line. Hanson was outrebounded (22-20), but committed just six turnovers. Freeman turned the ball over 14 times.
HURON—The Mitchell Christian girls basketball team picked up its third win of the season, edging James Valley Christian 32-30 on Tuesday in Huron. Alyson Vander Pol led the Golden Eagles with nine points, while Adaya Plastow chipped in eight points and Erica Thompson had six points. Colette Haag had five points, Taylor Kepke finished with three points and Anna Cooper added a point in the win. "The girls did a good job playing aggressive and attacking the basket," MCS head coach Jackie Van Laecken said. "It was a good win for them."