Eight area teams to play in SoDak 16 contests
The winners secure spots at state
State tournament tickets will be punched today as Class B and A SoDak 16 girls basketball contests are scattered throughout the state.
The winners of today’s contests will play at state girls basketball tournaments in Huron (Class B) and Watertown (Class A) on March 11-13.
Here’s a look at games featuring area teams:
Corsica-Stickney vs. Timber Lake
No. 3 seed Corsica-Stickney has found a groove to end the season as it eyes a third consecutive trip to the state tournament. The Jaguars take on No. 14 Timber Lake (13-8) at 5:30 p.m. at the Huron Arena.
The Jaguars (20-2) lost all-stater Avery Broughton earlier in the season, but rattled off 12 straight wins since back-to-back losses to Class A powers Winner and St. Thomas More. Raven Barse paces the Jaguars with 13.6 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game. Rachel Gerlach chips in 11.8 points and Morgan DeLange adds 8.1 points per game. Morgan Clites chips in with 7 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.
Timber Lake upset Region 8B’s top-seeded Newell, 47-41, to advance to the SoDak 16. The Panthers won four of their last five games. They last made the state tournament in 2017.
Ethan vs. Faulkton Area
Ethan finds itself in a familiar spot -- a game away from the state tournament. The fifth-seeded Rustlers (19-3) take on No. 12 Faulkton Area (15-7) at 7:45 p.m. at the Corn Palace, as Ethan goes for a seventh straight state tournament bid. The Trojans qualified for their first state tournament last season.
This season, Ethan only has one loss to a Class B squad, which came to Corsica-Stickney. Its won 10 of its final 11 games to reach the SoDak 16, capped by a 48-43 win over Colman-Egan in Region 4B action.
Faulkton Area hasn’t lost since starting the season 4-7. It knocked off Highmore-Harrold, 52-45, in Region 2B play.
Hanson vs. Faith
Hanson is looking for its second trip in four seasons. Standing in the way are the Longhorns, who have qualified three times since 2016.
The Beavers (18-3) and Longhorns (13-9) will lock horns at 7:15 p.m. at the Huron Arena.
Annalyse Weber paces the Beavers with 15 points and 4.4 rebounds per game, while adding 71 assists and 62 steals. Mekiah Campbell averages 12 points and a team-high 8.2 rebounds per game. Alyssa Moschell averages 7.3 points and 3.7 rebounds, while Shelby Hernandez chips in 6.1 points and 3 rebounds.
Hanson is in the midst of a seven-game winning streak, including Region 4B wins over Elkton-Lake Benton (61-35) and Dell Rapids St. Mary (51-38).
Faith picked up Region 8B wins over Bison (61-30) and Lemmon (59-53) to secure a spot in the SoDak 16.
Menno vs. Herreid/Selby Area
Menno can secure a spot at state for the first time in 21 years today.
The Wolves (15-6) will need to get past Herreid/Selby Area (19-3) at 6:30 p.m. at James Valley Christian High School to do it.
Dakota Wesleyan University signee Morgan Edelman powers Menno with 21.6 points per game and scored her 2,000th career point earlier this season. The 5-foot-7 guard averages 6.5 rebounds per game. Jesse Munkvold averages 11.4 points and 4.7 rebounds per game, while Paityn Huber scores 6.9 points per game.
The Wolves defeated Centerville (46-42) and Scotland (48-37) in Region 5B action to earn a spot in the SoDak 16.
Herreid/Selby Area knocked off Potter County (62-42) and Lower Brule (65-42) in Region 2B postseason play. The Wolverines have not qualified as a co-op. Herreid and Pollock qualified as Campbell County in 2005. Selby Area last qualified in 2004.
ACDC vs. Viborg-Hurley
Andes Central/Dakota Christian enters the SoDak 16 with a trio of double-digit scorers leading the way. The No. 10 Thunder (17-5) will need that offense to upset seventh-seeded Viborg-Hurley (17-4) at 7 p.m. in Centerville.
Mackenzie Muckey (14.4 ppg), Allison Muckey (13.5) and Josie Brouwer (10.6) all are double-figure scorers for ACDC. Mackenzie Muckey also adds 8.8 rebounds and 3.7 steals per contest, while Allison Muckey pulls down 5.6 boards per game. They helped the Thunder finish the season on a strong note, winning nine of their last 10 games heading into the SoDak 16. ACDC has never made state as a co-op, though Dakota Christian qualified in 2004.
Meanwhile, Viborg-Hurley took down Freeman and Bridgewater-Emery in Region 5B action. Its only state tournament as a co-op came in 2015.
Winner vs. Tri-Valley
Tri-Valley’s upset of West Central in Region 3A action set up a contest with No. 2 Winner at 6:30 p.m. in Wagner.
The Warriors’ only losses this season came to West Central and St. Thomas More. They have a 20-point scorer in all-state guard Bella Swedlund, who averages 22.4 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists. Kalla Bertram, who will play at Black Hills State University next year, also adds 19.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.4 steals. They’ve been the backbone of Winner’s 19-2 season.
Tri-Valley (13-9) has won a season-high four straight games. It defeated Lennox and Beresford to close the regular season, and then topped Baltic and West Central in region play.
MCM vs. Hill City
Seventh-seeded Hill City seeks its first back-to-back trips to the state tournament in program history, while No. 10 McCook Central/Montrose hopes to qualify for the second time in co-op history. They meet at 7:15 p.m. Central in Kadoka.
MCM is led by Madisen Koepsell (19 ppg, 11.5 rpg, 2.8 spg) and Ashtyn Wobig (17.9 ppg, 4.9 rpg). Michaela McCormick also scores 7.3 points per contest for the Fighting Cougars. MCM survived a 62-60 win over Wagner in Region 5A play and, like many SoDak 16 teams, have played its best basketball to end the year. It won nine of its final 10 contests.
Hill City narrowly took down Lakota Tech, 50-45, in the Region 7A/8A tournament.
Parkston vs. Belle Fourche
No. 11 Parkston will look to return to the Class A state tournament for the first time since 2012, but sixth-seeded Belle Fourche (17-4) stands in its way at 5:30 p.m. Central in Kadoka.
Parkston (15-6) turned its season around after a 4-4 start. The Trojans score 54 points and allow 47 points per game this season. They’re led by double-double machine Emma Yost, who gives them 15.7 points, 12.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists per contest. Allison Ziebart also added 15 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.8 steals, while Faith Oakley averaged 6.9 boards.
Belle Fourche ended its nearly two-decade state tournament drought in 2018. The only Class A team it lost to this season was No. 1 St. Thomas More (twice).