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With most of southern South Dakota under a Blizzard Watch, some of Thursday's area basketball games have been changed. Here are the list of games that have been altered. • A boys basketball game between Mitchell High School and Rapid City Central scheduled for 5 p.m. has been canceled and won't be rescheduled. • The District 6B girls title game between Sanborn Central/Woonsocket and Wolsey-Wessington will be played at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Huron Arena.
The Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball team picked a good time to score a season-high 94 points. In the first round of the Great Plains Athletic Conference tournament, the second-seeded Tigers dominated No. 7 Briar Cliff 94-60 in front of 2,761 fans on Wednesday at the Corn Palace. The Tigers, ranked No. 9 in the nation, shot 60 percent from the field and never trailed the Chargers in the contest.
Former Dakota Wesleyan University quarterback Jon Bane has signed a deal with the Bismarck Bucks of the Championships Indoor Football League. After finishing his career with the Tigers, Bane also played professionally for Richmond Raiders and the Tampa Bay Storm. Bane was a three-time all-conference quarterback for the Tigers and a 2011 All-American. He finished his career as DWU's all-time leading passer with 9,224 yards. The Bucks are an expansion team of the Champions Indoor Football League. They will begin their season on March 4 at the Sioux City Bandits.
Behind a two-headed offensive monster, the Howard girls basketball team blew their District 8B opening-round game wide open in the second half and took down Mitchell Christian 63-17 at the Corn Palace Tuesday. After taking a 34-16 lead into halftime, the third-seeded Tigers (16-5) outscored Mitchell Christian 29-1 in the final two quarters for the blowout win.
YANKTON — The defense held for Yankton as a 9-0 fourth quarter run propelled the Gazelles to a 29-27 victory over Mitchell in Eastern South Dakota Conference girls' basketball action on Tuesday in Yankton. Yankton trailed by five before Lindsey Hale kicked the run off with a 3-pointer. Bailey Kortan dropped in a layup and a two-point jumper and Jessica Reinhardt scored her only two points on a pair of free throws to give Yankton a 29-25 lead that would hold.
YANKTON — There was a visible sigh of relief from the Yankton boys' basketball team. After six consecutive losses, the Bucks bounced back in a big way. And at the right time. In what was their regular season finale, they got started fast and never slowed down on the way to a 66-40 victory over winless Mitchell at the Yankton gym. Yankton started the game on a 16-2 run (thanks to a handful of wide open 3-pointers) and saw its lead reach 20-plus late in the second quarter.
Canistota had just enough to get away from Bridgewater-Emery on Tuesday night and to earn an opening-round win in District 8B girls basketball tournament play, as the Hawks won 37-31 at the Corn Palace. Kalli Ortman and Jordan Engbrecht each had 13 points, as Engbrecht had nine rebounds and Ortman had eight boards, helping the Hawks to a 35-24 advantage on the glass. Engbrecht added four steals. Canistota was 15-for-45 shooting, 8-of-14 on free throws and had 19 turnovers.
With postseason play looming, the Dakota Wesleyan University basketball teams remained in the top-15 in their respective NAIA Division II polls. The Tiger women moved up from No. 12 to No. 9 in the latest poll. The DWU men fell from No. 7 to No. 14 in the latest ranking. Both DWU teams will open Great Plains Athletic Conference tournament play Wednesday at the Corn Palace. The DWU women (24-5) will host Briar Cliff at 6 p.m. today in the opening round of the tournament. The DWU men (22-8) will host Concordia University at 8 p.m. today in the GPAC tourney.
<h5><span style="font-weight: 400;">The South Dakota Sportswriters Association high school basketball polls for the week of Feb. 20 are below. The girls basketball poll is the final edition of the season. Teams are listed with first-place votes in parentheses, record (through Feb. 18 games), vote points and last week’s ranking.</span></h5><h3><span style="font-weight: 400;">BOYS BASKETBALL</span></h3><h4><strong>Class AA</strong></h4><h5><span style="font-weight: 400;">1.
CORSICA — Kimball/White Lake outscored Corsica-Stickney 17-3 in the first quarter and cruised to an opening-round victory in the District 11B girls basketball tournament Monday 51-17 in Corsica. Brooklyn Donald scored 14 points and had 13 rebounds and Nikki Reuland had 11 points to pace KWL. Whitney Hinker added eight points for the WiLdKats, who were 16-for-41 shooting in the game and made 15-of-19 free throws.