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OUR VIEW: Classic basketball never gets old

If you were looking for some outstanding coverage of the Hanson Classic girls basketball event from the weekend, The Daily Republic's Sports section on Monday is where it's at.

If you were looking for some outstanding coverage of the Hanson Classic girls basketball event from the weekend, The Daily Republic's Sports section on Monday is where it's at.

Undoubtedly one of the biggest events of the winter sports season in South Dakota, the Hanson Classic always draws large crowds, features barn-burner games and highlights some of the state's top players.

For back-to-back weekends in January, it's a huge draw for the Corn Palace and Mitchell. Saturday, the boys classic features eight games starting at 10 a.m. with the final contest scheduled for 8:30 p.m.

As was the case last weekend, we expect Saturday to have local businesses benefitting from the out-of-town traffic, which is another reason we love the Hanson Classic so much. Local pubs, restaurants and retail shops certainly recognize the boost these classics bring to Mitchell.

But this past weekend's games showed how competitive the classics typically are.

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Of the eight girls games played Saturday at the Corn Palace, five were decided by seven points or fewer. There were two overtime games, and two games decided in regulation by two points.

Sanborn Central/Woonsocket hit a buzzer-beater at the end of regulation to tie its game against Crofton, Nebraska, which has won five consecutive state titles. Oh, and Sanborn Central/Woonsocket's top player, Myah Selland, a future South Dakota State University player, dropped 40 points.

In the featured game, St. Thomas More - which some consider to be South Dakota's best girl's basketball team in the state - edged Ethan in a battle of Class A's No. 1 against Class B's top-ranked squad. The final score? 53-51.

Also great about the classic is its affordable cost. To watch any one or all eight games in the day is $10 for adults and $5 for students.

Halfway through two great weekends of basketball, we're looking forward to Saturday's Hanson Classic boys games. Each of the final three games pits two ranked opponents.

And if you miss any of the games Saturday, our Sports staff will have the classic covered.

These weekends of basketball never get old.

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