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SIOUX FALLS -- It was a simple case of poor shooting for the Chamberlain Cubs on Thursday. Plagued by plenty of missed shots, the second-seeded Cubs fell to seventh-seeded Tri-Valley 59-47 in the opening round of the Class A state boys basketball tournament at the Premier Center in Sioux Falls. Chamberlain went 18-of-57 from the field for 32 percent shooting, 3-of-19 from behind the arc (15 percent) and 8-of-10 from the free-throw line (80 percent).
In the first round of the Class A state tournament, the Mount Vernon/Plankinton boys basketball team will have to overcome a familiar issue—their lack of size. The fifth-seeded Titans will take on fourth-seeded Sioux Falls Christian, the defending state champions, at 1:45 p.m. today at the Premier Center in Sioux Falls.
The Chamberlain boys basketball team is out to make history. After finishing fourth at the last year's Class A state tournament, the Cubs knew they could compete for the school's first state championship. The second-seeded Cubs' chase for a state title begins against seventh-seeded Tri-Valley at 6 p.m. today at the Premier Center in Sioux Falls.
For the second straight season, the Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team's season ended in Sioux City, Iowa. That's where the team always wants its season to end. However, this year, the team's stint in Iowa was cut shorter than the team would have liked. Eastern Oregon weathered DWU's early second-half run and made enough plays down the stretch to fend off any comeback threat for a 83-75 win on Friday. The Mountaineers advanced to Saturday's quarterfinals, where they fell to top-seeded St. Francis 51-48.
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.