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Sully Buttes star signs with Tigers

A day after the biggest victory of his coaching career, Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball coach Aaron Kahl signed his first big commitment for his 2009-10 recruiting class Thursday afternoon.

A day after the biggest victory of his coaching career, Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball coach Aaron Kahl signed his first big commitment for his 2009-10 recruiting class Thursday afternoon.

Sully Buttes High School standout Elizabeth Lamb signed her letter of intent to play for the Tigers the afternoon after DWU stunned No. 3 Northwestern at the Corn Palace.

"I hope this says good things about us," Kahl said of signing a player of Lamb's caliber. "She knows some of our current players and they helped recruit her and I think that was a big part of her decision."

The 5-foot-7 guard from Onida is averaging 18 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals per game for the Chargers, who are ranked No. 5 in this week's Class B poll. She is also shooting 79 percent from the line for Sully Buttes (17-2).

"She's a very good shooter, and I think that's what people notice," Kahl said. "She's also a tough competitor. She doesn't like to lose, and she hasn't lost much in high school. We're excited for her to bring that winning attitude to our program."

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Lamb's competitive edge has helped Sully Buttes to back-to-back Class B state titles in 2007 and 2008. She was a second team all-state selection last year, an all-state tournament team pick in 2007 and has been named to all-conference teams five times. This season marks Lamb's sixth year as a varsity starter.

"We have a lot of players right now that had winning experience in high school, and it's not automatic that it will translate into college, because college basketball is a different game," Kahl said. "But being able to be successful and being used to winning games and winning championships helps the mental side of the game."

Dakota Wesleyan (13-14, 6-9 GPAC) play Briar Cliff Saturday at 2 p.m. in Sioux City, Iowa.

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