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Fourth-quarter run helps MCM past Parkston

SALEM -- McCook Central/Montrose used a 13-0 run to start the fourth quarter to get away from a pesky Parkston girls basketball team, as the Fighting Cougars booked a spot in the Sweet 16 round of the Class A tournament Friday with a 52-35 win in...

McCook Central/Montrose's Morgan Koepsell (45) pulls down a rebound between Parkston's Molly Schoenfelder, left, and Sydney Wickersham, right, during the first half of a Region 5A girls basketball semifinal game Friday in Salem. (Marcus Traxler / Republic)
McCook Central/Montrose's Morgan Koepsell (45) pulls down a rebound between Parkston's Molly Schoenfelder, left, and Sydney Wickersham, right, during the first half of a Region 5A girls basketball semifinal game Friday in Salem. (Marcus Traxler / Republic)

SALEM - McCook Central/Montrose used a 13-0 run to start the fourth quarter to get away from a pesky Parkston girls basketball team, as the Fighting Cougars booked a spot in the Sweet 16 round of the Class A tournament Friday with a 52-35 win in the Region 5A semifinals.

MCM was helped by a 24-point, 15-rebound performance from 6-foot-2 junior forward Morgan Koepsell. Koepsell was 10-for-18 shooting in the game and had three blocks in the contest, as well.  

Rachael Laetsch had 12 assists in the win and Danielle Hansen added eight points, with McKenna Kranz scoring seven points for MCM. The Fighting Cougars were 19-for-52 shooting in the game and made 11-of-15 free throws, while holding a 37-32 rebounding edge in the contest.

Parkston, which was coming off a four-overtime win on Tuesday in the opening round over Mount Vernon/Plankinton, trailed by five points at halftime and was down 34-26 after three quarters before MCM broke the game open. Paige Semmler had 19 points and five rebounds for the Trojans (10-12) and Izzy Hohn added six points.

The Trojans were 14-for-46 shooting in the game for 30 percent and made 3-of-8 free throws. MCM committed 10 turnovers, while Parkston had 14 giveaways. The game was supposed to be played Thursday before weather forced the game to move to Friday.

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MCM (18-3) will play in the inaugural Class A Sweet 16 round next week at a site to be determined. Those contests are scheduled for March 3, with the matchups expected to be known following Monday’s games.

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