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Seven Mitchell High School seniors capped their prep basketball careers after a District 3AA elimination game loss to Aberdeen Central 75-52 on March 3 in Aberdeen. The loss marked the end of a difficult 0-21 season for the Kernels and sparked head coach Erik Skoglund to resign after four seasons in charge of MHS basketball. Skoglund's resignation was approved the Mitchell Board of Education on Monday.
It's hard to call a season that ends at the NAIA Division II national tournament a disappointment, but that ended up being the case for the Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team. The Tigers' season ended with a 83-75 loss to Eastern Oregon in the second round of the national tournament on Friday in Sioux City, Iowa. DWU finished the season at 27-7.
HURON—For the second straight season, the Sully Buttes girls basketball game can call itself Class B state champions. Despite a valiant effort from Spirit of Su winner Myah Selland, Sanborn Central/Woonsocket couldn't find an answer to Sully Buttes' one-two punch of Chole Lamb and Racquel Wientjes. The Lamb/Wientjes duo combined for 44 points and pushed the Chargers past the Blackhawks 63-48 in front a large championship game crowd at the Huron Arena in Huron.
HURON—Six Ethan girls basketball players closed out their prep careers in familiar fashion on Saturday—with a victory. One day removed from a heartbreaking 37-35 semifinal loss to Sully Buttes, Ethan responded by claiming third place at the Class B state tournament with a 60-42 win over Warner at the Huron Arena in Huron. It's the third year in a row Ethan placed at the state tournament as the Rustlers placed second in 2016 and first in 2015. In that three-year span, the Rustlers have compiled a record of 71-7.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa -- For the first time this season, the Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball team lost to a non-Great Plains Athletic Conference opponent. But Eastern Oregon, out of the Cascade Conference, proved to be a rare team that could match DWU’s size and athleticism on the court and brought the Tigers’ national title run to an end.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa—Milligan College (Tenn.) head coach Rich Aubrey said his team hasn't faced many teams with as much size and athleticism as the Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team. Aubrey witnessed how the size difference hurt his team in DWU's 66-54 win over the Buffaloes in the first round of the NAIA Division II national tournament on Wednesday at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa. The No. 8 Tigers outrebounded Milligan 32-21 in the first half and ended the game with a 53-42 rebounding advantage.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa—In its opening game of the NAIA Division II national tournament, it took a few minutes for the Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball to get rolling. The slow start was the only thing that ended up holding back the No. 8 Tigers Wednesday. Fueled by a 25-0 first-half run, DWU flipped an early 12-6 deficit into a commanding 31-12 lead and cruised past Milligan College (Tenn.) 66-54 at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa.
ETHAN—The Ethan girls basketball is out to prove defense wins championships. Heading into their third straight Class B state tournament, the Rustlers have their eyes on the school's second state championship and they'll look to shut down opponents with their hard-nosed man-to-man defense. On the season, Ethan is allowing an average of 25.2 points per game. That's more than eight points better than the second-best defense in the tournament from Sully Buttes, which is holding teams to an average of 33.7 points per game.
Heading into the NAIA Division II national tournament, the Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team is focused on doing what it does best: playing strong defense and rebounding. The No. 8-ranked Tigers lead the nation in defensive rebounding (28.7), while they rank No. 23 for scoring defense (60.4), No. 17 in field goal defense (36 percent) and No. 14 in defending behind the arc (27 perecent).
WINNER—With its season on the line, the Mount Vernon/Plankinton boys basketball team didn't blink when it entered the fourth quarter trailing Pine Ridge by five points. The ninth-seeded Titans rose to the occasion. MVP exploded for 30 points in the game's final frame, fended off a late Pine Ridge rally and booked a third-straight trip the Class A state tournament by topping the Thorpes 81-77 in a Sweet 16 state qualifier in Winner. Trailing Pine Ridge 56-51 heading into the fourth quarter, MVP head coach Eric Denning said he never doubted his team's chances.