Class AA state basketball roundup: Top-seeded Sioux Falls Jefferson shakes off slow start to down Harrisburg
Friday night's semifinalists are the top four seeds: No. 1 Jefferson, No. 2 Sioux Falls Lincoln, No. 3 Mitchell and No. 4 Yankton.
RAPID CITY — No. 1 Sioux Falls Jefferson overcame a slow offensive start, outscoring ninth-seeded Harrisburg 32-17 over the middle two quarters to notch a 53-41 win in a Class AA quarterfinal on Thursday afternoon at the Summit Arena.
Harrisburg led 10-4 after eight minutes, the Tigers’ largest advantage of the game, before the Cavaliers charged back and controlled the final three quarters, building a lead as large as 17 points in the fourth.
Jefferson was led by 18 points and eight rebounds from Griffin Wilde, and got 13 points and four assists from Taylen Ashley. Kaden Year also notched a 10-point, 11-rebound double-double with two blocks. All three had two steals.
For Harrisburg, Jacoby Mehrman posted 17 points, four rebounds and two steals as the lone Tiger to reach double figures in scoring. Camden Phipps chipped in eight points and two steals off the bench, and Maxwell Knutson had seven points and six rebounds.
Jefferson (20-2) meets No. 4 Yankton in the first state semifinal at 7 p.m. Central on Friday. Harrisburg (14-8) will play No. 5 Sioux Falls Washington in the consolation bracket at 1 p.m. Friday.
No. 4 Yankton 58, No. 5 Sioux Falls Washington 51
RAPID CITY — Behind a second-quarter surge, fourth-seeded Yankton wrestled away control and held off a second-half push from No. 5 Sioux Falls Washington for a Class AA quarterfinal win on Thursday afternoon at the Summit Arena.
The Warriors led by seven in the first quarter, but a 17-0 run by the Bucks swung the contest as Yankton built a 12-point edge in the second. Washington pulled within four points at three different junctures in the second half, but Yankton never yielded the lead.
Mac Ryken poured in 29 points with five rebounds and two steals, and Drew Ryken added 13 points, three rebounds and three steals for the Bucks. Rugby Ryken had four points, five rebounds and five assists, while Isaiah Schelhaas came off the bench to contribute eight points.
Gage Gasca led the Warriors with 17 points to go with five rebounds, as AJ Akot put up 15 points, 11 rebounds and two steals. Zharic Sheppard and Mandalla Mohamed each scored seven points.
Yankton (17-5) faces No. 1 Sioux Falls Jefferson in the semifinals at 7 p.m. Central on Friday. Washington (15-7) will play No. 9 Harrisburg in a consolation matchup at 1 p.m. Friday.
No. 2 Sioux Falls Lincoln 56, No. 7 Sioux Falls Roosevelt 48
RAPID CITY — Seventh-seeded Roosevelt hung around in hopes of reaching the semifinals for a third-straight season, but the Rough Riders couldn't find the firepower to knock off No. 2 Lincoln, who claimed a Class AA quarterfinal win on Thursday night at the Summit Arena.
The Patriots fell behind early but recovered and eventually surged late in the first half to carry a 27-18 lead into halftime. From there, Lincoln expanded the lead and maintained a double-digit advantage for much of the second half.
Individual stats were unavailable at the time of publication due to an error with the stat reporting software.
Lincoln (19-3) is set to battle No. 3 Mitchell in the semifinals at 8:45 p.m. Central on Friday. Roosevelt (13-9) will play No. 6 Pierre in the consolation bracket at 2:45 p.m. Central on Friday.