HURON -- Defense was the name of the game. No. 2 Ethan held No. 6 Summit scoreless for more than a 12-minute span and held the Eagles to 13 percent shooting from the floor in the first half for 25 percent in the game. The stellar performance led the Rustlers (25-0) to a 41-26 victory on Friday in the Class B state girls basketball tournament at Huron Arena. With the win, Ethan advances to play No. 1 Sully Buttes in the championship game at 8 p.m.
MADISON -- Jordan Marquardt became Hanson's all-time leading scorer Tuesday, as he finished the game with 21 points to make his total 1,517. But the senior was more excited about making the Class B state tournament. "This is amazing," said Marquardt, who passed Craig Cheeseman's career scoring record.
Kimball/White Lake overcame a slow start to defeat top-seeded Avon 45-34 to claim its second straight Region 6B crown on Saturday at the Corn Palace. "I'm speechless right now," senior Kelli Steffen said. "Being a senior it makes it so much better. We showed a lot of heart out there and I love our little team. We're not very tall and all of our wins are played with our heart." K/WL coach Tacey Nielsen had nothing but praise for Steffen. "She does a good job of leading," Nielsen said. "When the shots don't fall for her, she steps it up on defense.
MADISON -- It took 34 years. But, the Ethan girls basketball team is headed back to the Class B state tournament. "This is huge for the town," Ethan senior Darbi Gustafson said. "We have a great community and we've had so much support throughout the year, and this tops the cake." The Rustlers (23-0) put together a convincing 53-27 win over Chester Area in the Region 4B championship on Thursday in Madison. "I'm just happy for the girls," Ethan first-year coach Tom Young said. "This has been a dream of theirs since they were in grade school.
The Ethan girls basketball team defense had a big third quarter, holding Hanson to just two free throws. The Rustlers (22-0) went on to defeat the Beavers 49-31 on Saturday evening to claim the District 8B crown at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. "All year long, our defense is what made us go, and they were really prepared for our 1-3-1 defense.
For 38 minutes, the Dakota Wesleyan Tigers were either tied or in the lead. But with 8 seconds remaining, Mount Marty's Cassidy Gebhart hit a layup on a "borrowed play" to give the Lancers a come-from-behind 69-67 win in a Great Plains Athletic Conference matchup at the Corn Palace "We saved that one for the end," Mount Marty coach Tom Schlimgen said of the winning play. "Coaches steal stuff, and we had William Penn run that against us that tied the game and put it into overtime." It was a tale of two halves for the Tigers.
The Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team was on the cusp of upsetting No. 15 Hastings College. But a turnover with less than 5 seconds left in the contest allowed the Broncos to escape with a 71-70 Great Plains Athletic Conference win on Sunday afternoon at the Corn Palace. With the game tied at 70 with 22.6 seconds left, Hastings ran the clock down, and senior Jamie Van Kirk was fouled attempting a short shot. Van Kirk missed the second of two free throws and the Tigers rebounded.
Brayden McNeary scored 25 points and dished out five assists to lead Aberdeen Roncalli, top- rated in Class A, to a 73-61 over Dell Rapids at the Culver's Dakota Wesleyan Classic on Saturday at the Corn Palace. The Cavaliers lost Friday to Clark/Willow Lake and Roncalli coach Todd Neuedorf thought his team didn't give that game their full attention. "I think we kind of got looking ahead a little bit," Neuedorf said. "We shot 31 percent for the game (Friday) and I'm not making excuses I just feel we are a better team than what we showed.
The Dakota Wesleyan women's basketball team struggled in the opening half in its game against Doane. The Tigers trailed 34-31 at the break, committed 12 turnovers and shot 34 percent from the field. The second half of the game was a different story for DWU. The Tigers outscored Doane 49-30, shot 52 percent from the floor and turned the ball over only five times to claim a 80-64 win over Doane in a Great Plains Athletic Conference battle. "We just talked about protecting our home court," DWU head coach Jason Christensen said.
It'd been a long week for the Sanborn Central/Woonsocket boys' basketball team. The Blackhawks began the week 7-1 and ranked fifth in Class B, then lost a pair of games in the 281 Conference tournament. The frustration ended Saturday night as the Blackhawks upset top-ranked White River 68-65 in double overtime at the Hanson Boys Corn Palace Classic in Mitchell. "We had a rough last week," SC/W coach Troy Olson said. "The 281 Conference tournament has some great teams, and we didn't shoot the ball well up there.