SALEM-One week after state basketball tournaments concluded, many of the top seniors in South Dakota convened on Saturday at McCook Central High School in Salem to take part in the Three-Class Shootout.
In the first game of the day, the Class AA girls topped Class A, 71-56, thanks to a team-high 13 points and five rebounds from Mitchell's Tess Limberg to advance to play the Class B girls in the finals.
Taking advantage of Class AA playing in a prior game, Class B built a 15-point lead in the second half, only for Class AA to rally on a 14-0 run to slice the lead to one in the fourth quarter, but a 3-pointer from Avon's Lauren Sees dispelled any chance for a comeback in a 71-67 win.
Sees scored a game-high 18 points, while grabbing five rebounds to earn MVP honors for her squad. She followed former Pirate teammate Cheylee Nagel, who won the Class B MVP award last season.
Tripp-Delmont/Armour standout Mattilynn Reiner also added 13 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three blocks for the Class B team. Warner's Laurie Rogers-who joined Sees and Reiner on the Class B all-state team earlier in the week-added 13 points and seven boards.
Harrisburg's Jeniah Ugofsky was named MVP for Class AA after scoring 16 points and and snatching 12 rebounds against Class B and adding 11 points and 16 caroms against Class A. Mitchell's Mackenzie Mitchell had seven points and nine rebounds against the Class B squad.
Parker's Raelin Jurgens was named MVP for Class A after scoring 13 points and grabbing seven rebounds.
NOTES: Class A was coached by Dakota Wesleyan University women's assistant Celeste Beck, while Class B was guided by Dakota State's David Moe and Class AA was coached by Mount Marty's Logan Wagner.
Class A boys reign supreme
Tea Area's Noah Freidel scorched the nets in two games, leading Class A-coached by DWU men's head coach Matt Wilber-to wins, including a 123-121 double-overtime victory over Class AA in the finals.
Freidel-a Wright State signee-had a game-high 29 points, eight rebounds and four assists in the win to capture the Class A MVP award, while Tea Area classmate Justin Hohn added 25 points. Miller scoring machine Karst Miller added 22 points, while Sioux Falls Christian's Mitch Goodbary pitched in 18 points, 10 boards and four assists.
Harrisburg's Nick Hoyt was named MVP for Class AA after leading the team with 26 points, four rebounds and four assists. Watertown's Solomon Bach had 24 points, while DWU Commits Dylan Pourier (Rapid City Stevens) and Drew Cole (Brookings) had 23 and 10, respectively.
Freidel also had a huge outing in the first game, pouring in 42 points to lead Class A to a 124-118 win over Class B, despite the best efforts of Bridgewater-Emery's Sawyer Schultz and Irene-Wakonda's Trey King.
Class A held a double-digit lead during the second half, but Clark/Willow Lake's Jacob Prouty trimmed the lead to two with less than 2 minutes to play, but could never get any closer.
Schultz was named Class B's MVP after posting a near triple-double with 23 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. King scored a team-high 29 points, while De Smet's Trevin Holland added 18 points.
Hohn had 23 points, eight assists and six rebounds, while Hunter added 12 points and 11 boards and McCook Central/Montrose's Trey Anderson chipped in eight points and seven rebounds for Class A.
Full scoring statistics can be found on the scoreboard page.
NOTES: Freidel won the dunk contest, topping Bach in the finals. Class B was coached by Mount Marty's Dan Tharp and Class A was coached by Presentation's Jeremy Reigle.