Girls basketball: Washington, Pierre, O'Gorman, Jefferson take top seeds into Class AA postseason

Washington is the top seed; O'Gorman, Jefferson, Brandon and Harrisburg all at home for state qualifier

Jefferson girls basketball coach Shaunteva Pruett leads the fourth-seeded Cavaliers, who will host Aberdeen Central on Friday in the SoDak 16.
Matt Zimmer/Forum News Service

SIOUX FALLS — The SoDak 16 is set, and on Friday night, the field for the Class AA girls basketball state tournament will be set.

Sioux Falls Washington is the No. 1 seed at 17-3, while Pierre, also 17-3, earned the No. 2 seed.

The eight winners of Friday night's games advance to the Class AA state tournament, which will be held in Sioux Falls at the Sanford Pentagon March 9-11. The 16-team bracket will not be re-seeded in Class AA after the SoDak 16, with the winners slotting directly into the state quarterfinal bracket.

Class A and Class B SoDak 16 matchups are set for Thursday night. This year's Class A tournament is in Watertown, while Class B is in Huron, also on March 9-11.

Here are the Class AA pairings for Friday night.


Class AA girls SoDak 16

All games on Friday, March 3. All times Central.

Upper bracket

No. 16 Sioux Falls Roosevelt (1-19) at No. 1 Sioux Falls Washington (17-3), 6 p.m.

No. 9 Sioux Falls Lincoln (8-12) at No. 8 Watertown (11-9), 7 p.m.

No. 13 Aberdeen Central (7-11) at No. 4 Sioux Falls Jefferson (16-4), 6 p.m.

No. 12 Mitchell (8-12) at No. 5 Brandon Valley (15-5), 6 p.m.

Lower bracket


No. 15 Brookings (5-15) at No. 2 Pierre (17-3), 6 p.m.

No. 10 Huron (9-11) at No. 7 Rapid City Stevens (13-7) 7 p.m.

No. 14 Rapid City Central (6-14) at No. 3 Sioux Falls O’Gorman (16-4), 5 p.m.

No. 11 Spearfish (10-9) at No. 6 Harrisburg (15-5), 6 p.m.

Class AA state tournament quarterfinals

March 9 at the Sanford Pentagon

Upper bracket

Washington/Roosevelt winner vs. Watertown/Lincoln winner, 11 a.m.


Jefferson/Aberdeen Central winner vs. Brandon Valley/Mitchell winner, 1:45 p.m.

Lower bracket

Pierre/Brookings winner vs. Huron/Rapid City Stevens winner, 5 p.m.

O'Gorman/Rapid City Central winner vs. Spearfish/Harrisburg winner, 7:45 p.m.

Matt Zimmer is a Sioux Falls native and longtime sports writer. He graduated from Washington High School where he played football, legion baseball and developed his lifelong love of the Minnesota Twins and Vikings. After graduating from St. Cloud State University, he returned to Sioux Falls, began a long career in amateur baseball and started working as a sports freelancer. Zimmer was hired as a sport reporter at the Argus Leader in 2004, where he covered Sioux Falls high schools and colleges before moving to the South Dakota State University beat in 2014.
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