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MVP girls cap season with seventh-place finish

Mount Vernon/Plankinton's Katlyn Briggs, left, and Aberdeen Roncalli's Mariah Winegar, center, battle for a rebound during the seventh-place game at the State A girls basketball tournament on Saturday at the Sioux Falls Arena. MVP's Emilee Fox is at the right. (SDPB Photo)

SIOUX FALLS—Mount Vernon/Plankinton rallied past Aberdeen Roncalli for a seventh-place finish at the State A girls basketball tournament on Saturday at the Sioux Falls Arena.

The Titans trailed by 10 points early in the game, but used a 10-6 fourth-quarter rally for a 53-50 win over the Cavaliers.

MVP trailed 20-13 after the first quarter and 33-26 at halftime. However, the Titans used strong performances from Mikaela Cassidy, Emilee Fox and Katlyn Briggs to complete the comeback. MVP outscored Roncalli 27-17 in the second half, including a 10-6 run in the fourth quarter to eke out the victory.

Cassidy tossed in 15 points for the Titans, who finish the season with an 18-8 record. Fox chipped in with 14 pinots. Briggs added nine points and 10 boards.

For Aberdeen Roncalli, Jami Ewart finished with 16 points. Mariah Winegar and Megan Streier both scored 15 points apiece.

Mount Vernon/Plankinton 53, Aberdeen Roncalli 50

Aberdeen Roncalli (17-7): Mariah Winegar 4-7 7-9 15, Allison Dix 1-1 0-0 2, Jori Ewart 1-6 0-0 2, Abby Hanson 0-1 0-0 0, Kelsey Peterson 0-0 0-0 0, Hannah Kuck 0-0 0-0 0, Megan Streier 5-12 0-2 15, Jami Ewart 5-15 6-7 16. Totals 16-42 13-18 50

Mt. Vernon/Plankinton (18-8): Katlyn Briggs 2-9 5-9 9, Emilee Fox 5-14 0-0 14, Dacey Rihanek 1-7 1-2 3, Mikaela Cassidy 7-10 0-0 15, Maria Baker 0-1 0-0 0, Hallie Schmidt 1-3 1-2 4, Hailey Walz 0-2 3-4 3, Reagan Klooz 1-2 3-6 5. Totals 17-48 13-23 53

AR 20 33 44 50

MVP 13 26 43 53

FG%: Aberdeen Roncalli .381, Mt. Vernon/Plankinton .354. 3-pt FG:Aberdeen Roncalli 5-12 (Ewart 0-4, Streier 5-8), Mt. Vernon/Plankinton 6-13 (Fox 4-9, Cassidy 1-1, Schmidt 1-2, Walz 0-1). Rebounds: Aberdeen Roncalli 29 (Winegar 8), Mt. Vernon/Plankinton 33 (Briggs 10). Fouls Aberdeen Roncalli 15, Mt. Vernon/Plankinton 15. Fouled out: Cassidy . Technical: none. Assists: Aberdeen Roncalli 12 (Ewart 6), Mt. Vernon/Plankinton 9 (Rihanek 3, Klooz 3). Steals: Aberdeen Roncalli 8 (Ewart 3), Mt. Vernon/Plankinton 11 (Fox 4, Rihanek 4). Blocked shots: Aberdeen Roncalli 2 (Streier 1, Ewart 1), Mt. Vernon/Plankinton 3 (Briggs 1, Fox 1, Klooz 1). Turnovers: Aberdeen Roncalli 14, Mt. Vernon/Plankinton 11.

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