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.
The Ethan Rustlers proved why it is the top-ranked team in Class B with a 51-33 win over Castlewood at the Hanson Girls Corn Palace Classic on Saturday. The Rustlers (10-0) opened the game with a nearly flawless performance and led 18-2 at the end of the opening period. "We've had times this year where we've started slow and it has taken us awhile to get going," Ethan coach Tom Young said. "I think our girls were ready.
The Sully Buttes Chargers, ranked fourth in Class B, held on to edge the No. 5 Hanson Beavers 38-34 at the 32nd annual Hanson Girls Corn Palace Classic on Saturday. Both teams played stout defense from the start, as both teams struggled to put up points early in the contest. Hanson's Hailey Doyle opened the scoring with a three-point basket, but the Beavers could only manage 4 points the rest of the quarter as the Chargers took a 10-7 lead into the second quarter. "At the beginning of the year, we weren't there defensively," Sully Buttes head coach Mark Senftner said.
PARKSTON -- The Ethan Rustlers jumped out to an early lead and never looked back Saturday. The No. 4 Ruster girls basketball team upset No. 3 Sully Buttes 48-42 on...
Dakota Wesleyan survived a horrendous first half and defeated Midland 72-67 in overtime in a Great Plains Athletic Conference battle Saturday at the Corn Palace. The Tigers fell behind by 19 points at 27-8 and ended the half trailing the Warriors 39-24. DWU committed 20 turnovers in the first half and shot 38 percent from the field. "We didn't come out ready to play," Tiger coach Jason Christensen said of his team's first half performance. "They (Midland) threw a goofy press at us that I thought we'd be ready for but we weren't. You can't come out flat.