It's one of the state's most exciting nights of basketball, with 16 games being played to send small-town girls basketball teams to the state tournament. It's SoDak 16 night for Class A and B girls basketball.
With Thursday's games complete, here's what the state tournament fields will look like next week:
Class A state pairings
At Watertown — March 11-13
No. 1 St. Thomas More (19-1) vs. No. 8 McCook Central/Montrose (17-5), noon
No. 4 Aberdeen Roncalli (19-2) vs. No. 5 Sioux Falls Christian (18-3), 2 p.m.
No. 2 Winner (19-2) vs. No. 7 Dakota Valley (16-5), 5 p.m.
No. 3 Hamlin (19-2) vs. No. 6 Belle Fourche (18-4), 7 p.m.
Class B state pairings
At Huron — March 11-13
No. 1 Castlewood (20-0) vs. No. 8 Waverly-South Shore (16-4), noon.
No. 4 Hanson (19-3) vs. No. 5 Ethan (20-3), 2 p.m.
No. 2 White River (21-1) vs. No. 7 Viborg-Hurley (18-4), 5 p.m.
No. 3 Corsica-Stickney (21-2) vs. No. 6 Herreid/Selby Area (20-3), 7 p.m.
How it all unfolded
Here's a brief rundown of all 16 games Thursday:
No. 1 Castlewood 65, No. 16 De Smet 37
Castlewood will be the No. 1 seed at the Class B state tournament next week in Huron after a convincing win at the Watertown Civic Arena against its Region 3B rival.
Alayna Benike had 27 points for the Warriors, while Darah DeKam had 18 points. Castlewood shot 44% in the win.
Kennadi Buchholz had 13 points for the Bulldogs, who also got eight points from Alyssa Asleson.
The Warriors are 20-0, while De Smet's campaign ends at 11-12.
No. 2 White River 49, No. 15 Aberdeen Christian 37
White River will be the No. 2 seed at the Class B state tournament next week in Huron after topping Aberdeen Christian at the Corn Palace.
Aberdeen Christian held an early 9-3 lead but White River (21-1) rallied and never handed back control of the game, leading 25-19 at halftime and by a 42-31 margin after three quarters of play.
The Tigers are back in the Class B field after last making it in 2019. Caelyn Valandra-Prue had 22 points and 10 rebounds, including 13 points in the first half for the Tigers. Karlie Cameron hit back-to-back 3-pointers to end the third quarter to push the lead to 11 and finished with nine points. Nicole Yackley also had nine points on three 3-pointers.
Grace Kaiser scored a team-high 12 points, while Mallory Miller and Joy Rohrbach chipped in eight points apiece for the Knights (12-9), who were playing in the SoDak 16 for the first time. Aberdeen Christian scored just six points in the fourth quarter.
No. 3 Corsica-Stickney 48, No. 14 Timber Lake 33
The Jaguars led most of the way in the opener at the Huron Arena, clinching a trip to the Class B state tournament for a third-straight year.
Corsica-Stickney (21-2) led 25-10 at halftime. Raven Barse had 15 points and eight rebounds to pace C-S, while Rachel Gerlach scored 11 points and Payton Delange had 10 points.
Timber Lake had 16 points from Shay Kraft, but was hurt by 26 turnovers. The Panthers finish 13-9 on the year.
No. 4 Hanson 60, No. 13 Faith 28
Hanson (19-3) returns to the state tournament for the first time since 2018 with a dominant performance at the Huron Arena.
The Beavers led 41-15 at halftime. Mekiah Campbell had a game-high 18 points for Hanson, while Annalyse Weber had 15 points and Alyssa Moschell had 10 points. Hanson made 15 of 26 field goal attempts in the first half and finished shooting 50% for the game.
Faith (13-10) got 10 points from Ariah Engel.
No. 5 Ethan 61, No. 12 Faulkton Area 45
Behind 26 points from Hannah Bartscher, Ethan clinched a trip to the Class B state tournament for the seventh year in a row after a convincing victory at the Corn Palace.
Maddy Bartscher had 15 points for Ethan.
The Rustlers (20-3) held a 29-22 halftime lead from the Corn Palace. Bartscher had a game-high 11 points at halftime, as Ethan extended its 12-10 first-quarter lead.
Faulkton Area's season ends at 15-8.
No. 6 Herreid/Selby Area 49, No. 11 Menno 47
Two free throws from Rachel Fiedler with 2.3 seconds left helped the Herreid/Selby Area girls basketball team hold off a hard-charging Menno squad at the wire Thursday at James Valley Christian in Huron.
The Wolverines (20-3) were up 14-3 early in the game but Menno rallied as the first half ended, cutting the advantage to just two points. Herreid/Selby Area then stretched the lead back to 26-20 at intermission.
Trailing by nine points after the third quarter, Morgan Edelman and Menno marched back and Menno momentarily took the lead at 45-44 with 1:40 remaining. Rylee Rossow scored the next three points to put HSA up 47-45. Moments later, Menno's Jesse Munkvold hit a layup to tie the game at 47.
On the next possession, out of a timeout, Fiedler got to the basket and was fouled and then calmly hit two free throws. Menno (15-7) threw away in the ensuing inbounds pass and didn't get a shot at the rim before the final horn.
No. 7 Viborg-Hurley 55, No. 10 Andes Central/Dakota Christian 46
Viborg-Hurley held on late to return to the Class B state tournament, picking up a SoDak 16 win in Centerville.
The Cougars (18-4) held a 31-22 lead at halftime over the Thunder, who were making their first SoDak 16 appearance. The Cougars' Sydney Voss had 19 points, including 14 points in the first half.
ACDC (17-6) cut the lead down as the second half wore on, getting to within three points in the third quarter and five points late in the fourth quarter until Voss hit a critical 3-pointer with less than 2 minutes left, putting V-H back up 47-39 with 1:23 left.
Mackenzie Muckey had 14 points for the Thunder, while Hannah Muckey scored 13 points and Josie Brouwer scored nine points. Nevaeh Ronke added 12 points for the Cougars.
No. 9 Waverly-South Shore 46, No. 8 New Underwood 27
Waverly-South Shore never left much doubt in its Class B contest at the Chamberlain Armory, leading convincingly through the final three quarters.
Lydia Schroeder scored 20 points for the Coyotes (16-4) to lead the way, as WSS held a 29-17 lead at halftime. New Underwood (16-5) scored just 20 points after trailing 9-7 at the end of the first quarter and was held to 10 points in the second half.
No. 1 St. Thomas More 61, No. 16 Miller 27
Qualifiers to the last seven Class A girls basketball tournaments and winners of five championships in that time, St. Thomas More had no problem getting a SoDak 16 victory on Thursday in Wall.
STM improves to 20-1, while Miller ends the year at 12-10.
No. 2 Winner 50, No. 15 Tri-Valley 35
Winner (20-2) will make the Class A state tournament field for a third straight year after holding Tri-Valley in check in Wagner.
Bella Swedlund scored a game-high 24 points, while Kalla Bertram scored 15 points for the Warriors.
The Warriors started to pull away in the second quarter to hold a 28-19 lead at halftime and were up 37-26 after three quarters. The teams were tied at 9 after the first quarter.
Tri-Valley (13-10) got every basketball fan's attention after upsetting West Central last week 57-52 in the Region 3A tournament, after the Trojans were the state's No. 2 overall seed.
No. 3 Hamlin 62, No. 14 Mobridge-Pollock 22
The Chargers (20-2) got the victory at the Watertown Civic Arena and will return next week for the Class A state tournament.
Hamlin has its defense to credit for the big margin of victory, holding Mobridge-Pollock (14-8) to just eight points at halftime and 11 points through three quarters.
No. 4 Aberdeen Roncalli 50, No. 13 Redfield 15
Paced by a 13-1 start to the game after the first quarter, Aberdeen Roncalli controlled its Region 1A rival in a SoDak 16 game in Ipswich.
Three Cavaliers (20-2) were in double-figure scoring, with Olivia Hanson scoring 13 points, Madelyn Bragg scoring 12 points and 10 points for Elissa Hammrich. The Cavaliers led 24-7 at halftime and 37-10 after three quarters.
Redfield was shut down by the Roncalli defense, held to 5 of 34 shooting (15%). Faith Jandel had six points and Chelsea Smith had four points for the Pheasants (16-7).
No. 5 Sioux Falls Christian 52, No. 12 Flandreau 51 (OT)
Kylah VanDonkersgoed had the game-tying shot in regulation and the game-winning basket in overtime to help Sioux Falls Christian stave off Flandreau in Harrisburg.
Flandreau and Sioux Falls Christian were tied at 47 heading to overtime. VanDonkersgoed's basket with under 30 seconds left tied it for the Chargers. Flandreau had the lead momentarily when Bella Pavlis hit a 3-pointer with 1:20 left to put the Fliers up 51-50 before VanDonkersgoed sealed it.
Sioux Falls Christian led 25-24 at halftime.
No. 6 Belle Fourche 50, No. 11 Parkston 46
Belle Fourche got 25 points from Kaylin Garza to send the Broncs to the Class A state tournament for the first time since 2018. Garza hit three late free throws to lift the Broncs (18-4) past a tough Parkston squad in Kadoka.
A 3-point play from Faith Oakley with 1:56 remaining got Parkston within two points, 47-45, but the Trojans (15-7) couldn't get closer late. Belle Fourche drew a key offensive foul with less than 10 seconds left as Parkston tried to tie the game and Garza helped salt the game away.
In the closest game of the night so far, Belle Fourche leads Parkston 35-34 after three quarters. The two teams were tied at 23 at halftime.
Tiah Holzbauer's 3-pointer at the end of the first half brought the two teams even at intermission. Allison Ziebart had 18 points for Parkston, while Holzbauer had 12 points.
No. 10 McCook Central/Montrose 41, No. 7 Hill City 39
McCook Central closed its SoDak 16 battle with Hill City on an 8-0 run to upend the Rangers in Kadoka.
Down 39-33 with under 2:30 left, MCM's Ashtyn Wobig drove to the basket, drew a foul and converted a three-point play to cut the lead to three. After a steal, Madisen Koepsell scored an interior basket to cut the lead to one point with 1:30 remaining.
Later, with less than 30 seconds left, Wobig stole the ball on the sideline and got it to Maggie Miles for the go-ahead basket with 14 seconds left at 40-39. Hill City (16-5) drew a foul with 8 seconds left but missed both free throws and the ensuing rebound went out of bounds. After a foul, Wobig hit one of two free throws for a 41-39 lead.
Hill City's Whitney Edwards was able to put up a contested 3-pointer to potentially win the game at the buzzer but it rimmed off.
MCM (17-5) led 16-12 at halftime but the Rangers came out of intermission strong to turn the game around, opening the second half on a 13-3 run. Hailey Wathen had 15 points for the Rangers.
No. 8 Dakota Valley 68, No. 9 Tea Area 59
In control throughout the night Thursday, Dakota Valley (16-5) advanced to the Class A state tournament for the first time since 2010.
Rylee Rosenquist had a big game for the Panthers, scoring 35 points. She helped Dakota Valley to a 31-24 lead at halftime. The teams, both in Region 4A, played on Dec. 11, with Tea Area winning 59-51.
Tea Area (16-7) got 26 points from Katie Vasecka and 18 points from Ellie Ritter.
Mitchell Republic reporters following the action