Huskies hold down Tigers
Bridgewater-Emery held high-scoring White River to a season-low 52 points and claimed the Class B showdown on Saturday at the Corn Palace.
The No. 1 Huskies topped the No. 4 Tigers 65-52 during the finale of the Dakota Wesleyan University/Culver’s Classic.
“They are great offensively and they have great athletes. So we had our hands full,” BE coach Scott Schultz said. “Defensively, I thought we did a nice job. Our rotations were pretty nice in the second quarter. The boys locked in.”
The Huskies (14-3) locked in defensively in the second quarter. After a fast-paced first quarter, Bridgewater-Emery pulled ahead for a 28-12 lead in the second frame.
“Defensively, we locked them down,” BE junior forward Carter Dye said. “That’s what we wanted to do right away. That’s what we were going to win that game with, was defense.”
It worked. The Tigers (15-2) went scoreless for the first 5 1/2 minutes of the second quarter and trailed 33-21 at halftime.
“We were turning the ball over and we had some foul trouble and Nick (Sayler) plays big for us and he had to go out of the game and that hurt us,” White River coach Eldon Marshall. “Defensively, he was the one guarding on Sawyer (Schultz). It takes us out of what we want to do defensively.”
But the Tigers had a run in the third quarter. They scored the first eight points after halftime and later got within 33-31 on a Sayler field goal with under four minutes left.
“They always have a couple runs in them during the game where they get up and down,” coach Schultz said. “They get good shots. They get rolling. We talked a lot about just trying to limit that run to two or three buckets instead of five or six like they usually get on.”
After Sayler’s basket, Schultz hit a runner in the lane and the lead never dipped below four points the rest of the way. The Tigers, however, had chances at the free-throw line to cut into the deficit.
“We were at the free-throw line and we missed two free throws,” Marshall said. “I think that was a big turnaround during the game.”
The Huskies used a 7-0 surge in the third quarter to fuel a 46-36 lead going into the fourth quarter. They controlled things from there.
Bridgewater-Emery also controlled the glass and collected 41 rebounds, compared to 23 by the Tigers. Dye had 17 points and a game-high 13 boards.
“He is solid and I think he is one of the guys that makes them really go,” Marshall said. “He rebounds. He scores. He plays good defense. He is just all-around a solid player for them.”
Schultz had another all-around solid game. The junior finished with 22 points, seven steals, six rebounds and four assists. Cole Gassman added 10 points, while Duot VanSickle had four points, nine rebounds and five blocked shots.
Teron Sazue and Jadice Morrison had 14 points apiece for the Tigers, who play at New Underwood on Friday.
The Huskies play at Irene-Wakonda on Tuesday.