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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.
The Great Plains Athletic Conference has claimed 12 NAIA Division II women's basketball national championships since its inception in 2000. Dakota Wesleyan University would like to be the 13th GPAC team to win a national championship. The No. 8 Tigers are entering the national tournament for the second consecutive season and their chase for a title begins against Milligan (Tenn.) at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Sioux City, Iowa.
After his team fell in the quarterfinals of the NAIA Division II national tournament last year, Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball head coach Jason Christensen said he was confident about his team's chances at not only returning to Sioux City, Iowa for the tournament, but making an even deeper run. Christensen knew the Tigers weren't graduating a single senior last year and the kicker for him was his incoming freshman class that featured South Dakota standouts Sarah Carr and Kynedi Cheeseman.
SIOUX FALLS—A third-quarter surge erased a sluggish first-half performance by the South Dakota State University women's basketball team on Sunday afternoon. The strong third quarter was boosted by 10-straight Kerri Young points in the fourth quarter that pushed the No. 4-seeded Jackrabbits past No. 5 Oral Roberts 65-50 in the first round of the Summit League tournament at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls.
The Mitchell High School boys basketball team will be searching for a new head coach. Erik Skoglund, who has coached the Kernels the past four seasons, resigned from the position after Mitchell’s 75-52 District 3AA elimination game loss against Aberdeen Central on Friday. The Kernels went 0-21 this season and the team has yet to qualify for the Class AA state tournament since legendary head coach Gary Munson retired in 2012.
CHAMBERLAIN — Nash Hutmacher, a high school freshman, brought an entire community together. The standout wrestler, who took the Class A heavyweight class by storm, is celebrated as a model student and athlete in Chamberlain. His journey to the 285-pound championship at the state tournament last week in Sioux Falls was followed by hundreds.
SIOUX FALLS -- Offensive struggles arrived at the worst possible time Friday night for the McCook Central/Montrose girls basketball team.
After top-seeded Colome took its first lead of the night in the fourth quarter and sent its green-clad crowd into a frenzy, the Gregory Gorillas didn't waver. They responded. Gregory (11-11) answered by scoring the next five points to re-establish the lead at 39-35 and the Gorillas never relinquished their lead again as they grinded out a 49-43 win in the District 12B boys basketball championship game on Friday at the Corn Palace.
South Dakota's lone unbeaten boys basketball team is now one game away from the state tournament. Bridgewater-Emery claimed its first district championship in eight years by fending off Canistota 62-51 in the District 8B title game on Friday at the Corn Palace. The Huskies (22-0) advance to face Chester Area in the Region 4B title game on Tuesday in Madison. Early in the contest, Bridgewater-Emery raced out to a 9-3 lead and built an early 10-point lead at 17-7. The strong start continued for the top-ranked Huskies, who closed out the first quarter with a 21-9 advantage.