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HURON—The first 2 minutes and 20 seconds of their Class B consolation semifinal went smoothly for the Avon girls basketball team. However, the following 29-plus minutes of game time was all Parker Pheasants. Seventh-seeded Parker answered a 5-0 Avon start with a 14-0 run of their own and the Pirates never saw the lead again as the Pheasants earned a 56-36 victory at the Huron Arena. Avon (21-4) will take on Timber Lake in the seventh-place contest at noon Saturday, while Parker meets New Underwood for fifth place on Saturday afternoon.
HURON—In the words of Avon coach Brad Poppe, the Ethan girls basketball team always has five players on the court that can score at any time. And while the Pirates were stronger defensively Thursday night than they were in the teams' first meeting, top-ranked and No. 3 seed Ethan still shot 50 percent, had four double-figure scorers and knocked off sixth-seeded Avon 56-43 in the Class B state quarterfinals at the Huron Arena.
HURON—A big second quarter helped the Sanborn Central/Woonsocket girls basketball team build a lead Thursday afternoon in the opening round of the Class B state tournament. Myah Selland's efforts and solid free-throw shooting made sure the Blackhawks kept that lead. Fifth-seeded SCW improved to 23-1 on the season with a 66-59 win over fourth-seeded and pesky New Underwood at the Huron Arena. Selland, who will play college basketball at South Dakota State next year, scored 30 points on 11-of-23 shooting and added eight rebounds, seven assists and five steals.
Almost everything about Sanborn Central/Woonsocket's return appearance to the Class B state basketball tournament will feel familiar. Many of the team's players have been in the state tournament before and they've played countless games at the Huron Arena in conference, district, region and state play. From there, SCW will try to deliver a different finish.
AVON — The Avon Pirates girls basketball team is headed back to the Class B state tournament for a second straight year. But this version of the Pirates is a bit different from a year ago, which finished in fourth place at the state tournament, with an emphasis on defense and strong perimeter play. "We just seem like we can get a lot of offense out of our guards and we're a more perimeter oriented team," Avon coach Brad Poppe said. "These girls, they've been playing together for a lot of years. All year we've stressed defense and it's made a big difference."
In a battle of small school surprises this playoff season, Platte-Geddes was not about to be denied Tuesday night. The Black Panthers never trailed in the Region 6B championship game at the Corn Palace and defeated Gregory 49-35 to return to the state tournament. It will be the third time in the last five years that P-G has made the state tournament.
SIOUX FALLS—There will be not be a third straight Summit League Tournament championship for the South Dakota State University women's basketball team. And for the first time in the nine-year history of the tournament in Sioux Falls, a school other than SDSU or the University of South Dakota will win the championship as Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis knocked off the Jackrabbits 65-61 in overtime in the tournament semifinals Monday at the Premier Center in Sioux Falls.
SIOUX FALLS—Offensive struggles arrived at the worst possible time Friday night for the McCook Central/Montrose girls basketball team. The Fighting Cougars couldn't string together any fourth-quarter field goals and Madison outscored MCM by nine in the final eight minutes to knock off MCM 52-49 in the inaugural Class A Sweet 16 state-qualifying round at Sioux Falls Christian High School. The season ends for the fifth-seeded Fighting Cougars at 18-4, while 12th-seeded Madison (15-8) advances to next week's Class A state tournament in Brookings.
More summer nights of baseball and beer may be in order for Mitchell. The Northwoods League, the wood-bat summer league for collegiate players with dreams of playing in the majors, is in the process of pursuing an affiliate franchise in Mitchell, Northwoods League Chairman Dick Radatz Jr. told The Daily Republic on Friday.
HURON—Mandy Schmidt probably won't shoot a better air ball in her life. With the Kernels down 62-61 with less than a minute left in overtime, Schmidt took a long 3-pointer from the right wing which overshot the hoop but landed in the waiting hands of Chelsea Brewster, who laid the ball in. The shot gave Mitchell a 63-62 lead and the Kernels (4-18) didn't turn back, picking up a 66-62 win in the District 3AA third-place game to advance to a state-qualifying Region 2AA contest on Monday at Rapid City Central.