Area high school basketball roundup: MCM girls move to 3-0

SALEM--A double-double from the Fighting Cougars' Morgan Koepsell pushed the McCook Central/Montrose girls basketball team to a 63-35 home win Friday night over Howard.

McCook Central/Montrose's Rachael Laetsch, left, drives to the basket as Howard's Josie Erickson, right, tries to defend her during a high school girls basketball game on Friday in Salem. (Eric Mayer/Republic)
McCook Central/Montrose's Rachael Laetsch, left, drives to the basket as Howard's Josie Erickson, right, tries to defend her during a high school girls basketball game on Friday in Salem. (Eric Mayer/Republic)

SALEM-A double-double from the Fighting Cougars' Morgan Koepsell pushed the McCook Central/Montrose girls basketball team to a 63-35 home win Friday night over Howard.

Koepsell had 21 points and 10 rebounds - both game highs - in the effort. Rachael Laetsch had 15 points and Dani Hansen had 10 points. Natalie Gottlob had 13 points and eight rebounds for the Fighting Cougars.

For the Tigers, Macy Erickson had 13 points, while Cayla Koepsell and Hilary Albrecht each had seven points.

MCM shot 24-of-53 from the field during the game and were 4-of-9 on three-point tries. They were 11-of-15 on free throws. Howard shot 13-of-47 for the game and were 4-of-16 on three-pointers. The Tigers shot 5-for-10 on free throws.

MCM had 22 turnovers but was plus-15 in rebounding advantage, holding a 40-25 advantage in rebounds.


The victory was the 100th win in MCM coach Doug Durfee's career.

The Fighting Cougars are 3-0 and play at Tea Area on Monday. Howard (1-2) is off until after the holidays, playing Arlington on Jan. 4 in Howard.

H 12 14 23 35

MCM 18 36 47 63

West Central 47, Wagner 44

WAGNER-Visiting West Central broke a halftime tie and edged out a victory at Wagner on Friday night 47-44 in a girls basketball contest.

West Central got 18 points from McKenzie Stone and 17 points from Alexa From. Bailey Meadors had nine rebounds and nine blocked shots for the Trojans, who blocked 12 shots as a team.

For the Red Raiders, Jaslynn Bruguier had 12 points and Ali Kuca and Emily Brunsing had 11 points each. Brunsing had a team-high nine rebounds and Kuca had eight boards for Wagner.


Both teams shot 15-for-51 from the field, good for 29 percent. West Central made 16-of-22 free throws and Wagner was 10-of-19 from the free throw line. Wagner had a 32-30 advantage in rebounds but turned the ball over 15 times, to West Central's 13 turnovers.

Wagner (0-2) will play at noon on Dec. 28 against Tri-Valley in the Parkston Classic, while West Central (3-1) hosts Dakota Valley on Tuesday night.

WC 8 23 34 47

W 9 23 29 44

Freeman 85, Marion 32

FREEMAN-The Freeman Flyers defeated the Marion Bears 85-32 in high school girls basketball action on Friday in Freeman.

Erika Sage scored 20 points, Josie Fuhrmann added 16 points and Hannah Eberts contributed 13 points and seven rebounds for Freeman in the win. The Flyers went 35-of-59 for 59 percent shooting from the field.

Liz Davis led Marion with six points.


Freeman (3-0) plays at Platte-Geddes today in Platte. Marion (0-3) plays Bridgewater-Emery on Monday in Marion.

M 7 20 30 32

F 33 55 75 85

Platte-Geddes 44, Gregory 27

GREGORY-Hallie Hallock scored a game-high 19 points to lead Platte-Geddes over Gregory in a high school girls basketball game on Friday in Gregory.

Platte-Geddes made 22 of 39 field goals for 56 percent shooting in the win. Alexis Peterson led the team with 13 rebounds.

Hannah Juracek led Gregory with 11 points.

P-G (2-0) won the JV game 33-19 and plays Freeman today in Platte. Gregory (0-3) plays Lyman on Jan. 2 in Gregory.

P-G 6 17 28 44

G 9 11 19 27

Lyman 70, Rapid City Christian 38

PRESHO-Shelby Schindler had 21 points and Hannah Thiry added 19 points as the Lyman Raiders blew out Rapid City Christian 70-38 in prep girls basketball on Friday night.

Schindler's effort ended with a double-double, paring the 21 points with 11 rebounds. The Raiders had 33 rebounds in all, including seven boards from Ashton Smith. Lyman shot 29-of-59 for 49 percent and shot 7-of-11 on free throws.

The Comets' Rae Mayforth had 19 points and Rachel Batie had 17.

Lyman (2-1) plays Bennett County today at Martin.

RCC 13 22 35 38

L 19 36 58 70

Chamberlain 49, Parkston 47

CHAMBERLAIN-Dawson Munger led the Chamberlain Cubs to a 49-47 victory over Parkston with a 20-point effort on Friday in Chamberlain.

In addition, Sierra Kenobbie tallied 13 points for the Cubs.

Chamberlain grabbed 22 rebounds, dished out eight assists, shot 12-of-35 from the floor, 6-of-13 from three-point range and 15-of-21 from the free throw line.

For Parkston, Paige Semmler had 18 points and Halli Heisinger had 13 points and six assists.

The Trojans grabbed 33 rebounds, shot 17-of-47 from the floor and 11-of-22 from the free throw line.

Chamberlain (1-2) takes on Douglas on Dec. 29 in Chamberlain as part of the East West Classic, while Parkston (1-3) faces Tripp-Delmont/Armour on Monday in Armour.

P 9 24 32 47

C 13 29 37 49

Canistota 45, Iroquois 21

IROQUOIS- Kalli Ortman led Canistota to a 45-21 victory over Iroquois on Friday in Iroquois with a double-double, recording 11 points and 10 boards.

No other stats were available.

Canistota (2-0) takes on Bridgewater-Emery today in Canistota, while Iroquois (0-2) faces Menno on Monday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell.

Boys basketball

Bon Homme 64, Scotland 49

TYNDALL-Chase Kortan scored a game-high 26 points as Bon Homme topped Scotland 64-49 in a high school boys basketball game on Friday in Tyndall.

Bryce Scieszinski added 16 points, while Colin Adams chipped in 15 points for the Cavaliers. Kortan dished out five assists in the win.

Travis Skorepa and each had double-doubles for Scotland in the loss. Travis led Scotland with 23 points and 12 rebounds, while Tanner Skorepa added 19 points and 10 rebounds.

Bon Homme (1-0) plays Winner on Dec. 29 in Winner. Scotland (0-1) plays Andes Central/Dakota Christian on Tuesday in Scotland.

S 13 26 41 49

BH 11 40 50 64

McCook Central/Montrose 53, Howard 34

SALEM-Three Fighting Cougars scored in double figures as McCook Central/Montrose earned a 53-34 win over Howard in a high school boys basketball game on Friday in Salem.

Jesse Muth scored 16 points, Noah Edwards added 11 points and Kylar Hansen chipped in 10 points for MCM, which went 20-of-53 from the field for 37 percent shooting.

Howard made 10 of 47 field goals for 21 percent shooting in the loss. Tate Schwader scored 14 points to lead the Tigers.

MCM (2-1) plays Chester Area on Tuesday in Chester. Howard (0-3) plays Arlington on Jan. 4 in Howard.

H 7 18 23 34

MCM 12 27 43 53

Winner 57, Miller 47

WINNER-Devon Leiferman led Winner to a 57-47 victory over Miller with 27 points on Friday in Winner.

Leiferman grabbed eight rebounds, while Krockett Krolikowski chipped in 13 points and Drew DeMers had five assists and five steals.

The Warriors were 22-of-56 from the floor, and 9-of-16 from the free throw line.

Miller was led by Jason Manning, who had 15 points and seven rebounds.

The Rustlers shot 17-of-39 from the floor and 7-of-7 from the free throw line.

Winner (2-0) faces Sully Buttes today in Onida, while Miller (0-2) is in the Huron Holiday tournament on Dec. 30 in Huron.

M 11 20 30 47

W 20 32 45 57

Bridgewater-Emery 73, Avon 34

AVON-Bridgewater-Emery forced 23 Avon turnovers en route to a 73-34 win in high school boys basketball action on Friday in Avon.

The Huskies were led by Lucas Miller's 18 points, while Sawyer Schultz added 15 points and Jamin Arend chipped in 13 points. Sam Arend had four steals and three assists.

Dylan Raysby scored eight points to lead Avon. Jimmy Schuurmans led the team with seven rebounds.

Bridgewater-Emery (2-0) plays Canistota on Tuesday in Emery. Avon (0-1) plays Hanson today in Alexandria.

B-E 23 38 56 73

A 7 14 27 34

West Central 77, Wagner 67

WAGNER-West Central downed Wagner 77-67 in high school boys basketball action on Friday in Wagner.

Jubal Grant led Wagner with 23 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double, while Chase Zephier added 17 points and Alex Sully chipped in nine points. The Raiders went 24-of-46 from the field and 13-of-22 from the free throw line in the loss.

Noah Vettrus scored a game-high 33 points, while Nick Nagel added 15 points for West Central, which made 30 of 60 field goals for 50 percent shooting in the win.

Wagner (0-3) plays Burke/South Central on Jan. 5 in Wagner. West Central (1-2) plays Dakota Valley on Tuesday in Hartford.

WC 21 38 55 77

W 16 36 46 67

Chamberlain 59, Parkston 54

CHAMBERLAIN-Fueled by 37 second-half points, the Chamberlain Cubs improved to 3-0 by defeated Parkston 59-54 on Friday in Chamberlain.

The Cubs made 20 of 49 field goals for 44 percent shooting in the win. Tiegen Priebe led the team with 18 points, while Seth Friesz added 13 points and Davis Blackbull chipped in 12 points for Chamberlain.

Parkston went 17-of-51 from the field for 42 percent shooting with Wes Genant scoring 22 points and Dillan Thuringer adding 21 points and nine rebounds. Jake DeLange finished with 10 points and three assists for the Trojans.

Chamberlain (3-0) plays Redfield/Doland on Monday in Redfield. Parkston (1-1) plays Avon on Tuesday in Avon.

P 15 23 38 54

C 20 22 41 59

Rapid City Christian 57, Lyman 50

PRESHO-The Lyman boys basketball team fell to Rapid City Christian 57-50 on Friday in Presho.

No stats were reported.

Lyman (0-2) plays Bennett County today in Martin. Rapid City Christian (2-0) plays Canby, Minn. on Dec. 30 in Brookings.

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