The Huskies are headed back to the State B's.
Bridgewater-Emery secured another trip to the State B boys basketball tournament on Tuesday with a 58-45 win over Colome in the SoDak 16 state-qualifying game at the Corn Palace. It is Bridgewater-Emery's third straight trip to the state tournament.
"It feels great to get there," B-E coach Scott Schultz said. "People don't realize exactly how hard it really is to get there even one time."
The Huskies (19-4) punched their ticket to state with a sound performance against Colome, which was searching for its first state-tournament berth in school history.
Bridgewater-Emery placed four players in double figures, led by Sawyer Schultz's 20 points, 17 rebounds and five assists. Carter Dye added 14 points and eight boards, while Chase Arend and Jamin Arend scored 11 and 10 points, respectively.
After a low-scoring first half, the Huskies pulled away from the Cowboys in the third quarter and sealed the game in the fourth quarter for the victory.
"I think the difference was kind of our intensity on both ends of the court," Sawyer Schultz said. "First half, offensively both teams struggled. It was a low-scoring first half and a struggle, but the second half we kept our good defense and it helped us get buckets and easy layups."
The Huskies led 19-14 at halftime, but built a 34-25 advantage entering the final frame. Jamin Arend hit a big 3-pointer after Colome cut the deficit to five points, while Schultz converted an offensive putback late to cap off the run.
"We had a little more patience," coach Schultz said. "We were pretty amped up. We were just a little too excited. We talked at halftime just kind of relaxing and trying to share the ball and trying to run and have a little patience."
Bridgewater-Emery later went ahead by 17 and fended off a late by the Cowboys. While the third quarter was key for the Huskies, Colome coach Drew Weber pointed to the second quarter as another key stretch.
"We had an opportunity in the second quarter to probably get a lead and sustain it," Weber said. "It didn't happen. The third quarter kept it right around there. We kept it at five a bunch times and we just couldn't get a thing to fall."
Jackson Kinzer led Colome with 23 points. The Cowboys finish the season 17-5 and fell just one game short of their ultimate goal.
"It would have been nice to get them an opportunity as a team and individually and just for our community to earn that state tournament bid-the first time in school history," Weber said. "We came up short, but nothing to hang our heads for."
The Huskies, meanwhile, will return to Aberdeen. They took third place last season, won the state championship in 2017 and are looking forward to another trip this year.
"We very blessed," Sawyer Schultz said. "Not a lot of teams get to do this."
The state tournament pairings will officially be released on Thursday.
Bridgewater-Emery 58, Colome 45
Colome (17-5): Layton Thieman 8, Calvin Ringing Shield 2, Jackson Kinzer 23, Chase Dufek 2, Wyatt Cahoy 4, Beau Bertram 6.
Bridgewater-Emery (19-4): Jamin Arend 10, Sawyer Schultz 20, Chase Arend 11, Bodie Burnham 3, Carter Dye 14.
C 9 14 25 45
BE 10 19 34 58