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Hoop City Classic roundup for Dec. 30: Viborg-Hurley climbs back from 16-point deficit to beat Gregory

Day 3 action takes place in Sioux Falls

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Gregory's Jessy VanDerWerff (23) looks for a passing lane between three Viborg-Hurley defenders during a Hoop City Classic contest on Dec. 30, 2021, at the Sanford Pentagon, in Sioux Falls. Landon Dierks / Republic

SIOUX FALLS – Viborg-Hurley climbed back from a 23-7 deficit in the first half and notched 24 points in the fourth quarter to win 48-44 over Gregory during a high school girls basketball game Thursday at the Sanford Pentagon. Despite being outscored 26 to 8 in the paint, Viborg-Hurley held Gregory to 5-for-21 shooting in the second half.

Viborg-Hurley (5-1): Denae Mach paced the Cougars with 15 points while Charley Nelson made three 3-pointers to reach 12 points and tallied three steals. Viborg-Hurley made five 3-pointers in the second half, along with making 15 of its 20 free throw attempts. Shelby Lyons also scored eight points for the Cougars and Delana Mach snatched 11 rebounds. Viborg-Hurley hosts Hanson on Jan. 6.

Gregory (0-3): Jessy VanDerWerff led all scorers with 18 points, shooting 8-for-16 from the field, along with six rebounds and two steals. As a team, Gregory shot 52 percent from the field in the first half, but missed 10 free throws and only made five shot attempts in the second half. Cassidy Keiser and Gracie Kenzy each had seven points and five rebounds while Mya Determan added seven points and Brooklynn Kenzy added 11 rebounds and three steals. Gregory travels to Andes Central/Dakota Christian on Jan. 4.

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Gregory's Cassidy Keiser (11) shoots a floating jump shot over Viborg-Hurley's Delana Mach (30) during a Hoop City Classic contest on Dec. 30, 2021, at the Sanford Pentagon, in Sioux Falls. Landon Dierks / Republic

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Brandon Valley 67, Thunder Basin (Wyo.) 66

SIOUX FALLS – Brandon Valley’s Hilary Behrens scored four points in overtime to help the Lynx remain undefeated and earn a win Thursday afternoon at the Sanford Pentagon. After ending the third quarter with a seven point lead, Thunder Basin managed to string together an 11-2 run at the beginning of the fourth quarter to tie the game at 47. With seven seconds left in regulation, Sidney Thue knocked down two clutch free throws to tie the game at 56 and force overtime. Brandon Valley was able to gain a three-point lead in overtime on Behrens two-point basket. She followed that up by making 1-of-2 free throws to make it a two-possession game with 23 seconds left and hold on to the win. Five players finished in double-digit scoring for the Lynx while four players scored 11 points or more for Thunder Basin.

Brandon Valley (5-0): Hilary Behrens led the Lynx with 18 points, along with four rebounds and two steals. Tessa Bower and Kylie Foss had 12 points each while Kennedi Deckert went 3-of-5 from 3-point range to end with 11 points. Sidney Thue chipped in with 10 points, five rebounds and five assists. The Lynx travel to Watertown on Jan. 4.

Thunder Basin (6-3): Laney McCarty had 20 points and made three 3-pointers in the loss. McCarty also had five rebounds while Joelie Spelts had 14 points, 14 rebounds and three assists for the Bolts. Gabby Mendoza had 12 points and four rebounds while Kinley Solem scored 11 points and grabbed four rebounds. Attie Westbrook chipped in with five assists as well. Thunder Basin hosts Green River on Jan. 14.

Boys basketball

Hamlin 69, Twin Cities Academy/Great River 53

SIOUX FALLS – Hamlin held Twin Cities Academy/Great River to nine points in the third quarter and followed that up with its own 24-point fourth quarter to earn a win on Thursday at the Sanford Pentagon. Hamlin shot 15-for-23 in the second half and had three players in double-digit scoring.

Hamlin (2-1): Tyson Stevenson shot 4-for-7 from the 3-point line to score a game-high 22 points and five rebounds. Brennan Keszler shot 8-of-9 from the field and scored 19 points, along with six rebounds and three assists. Evan Stormo had 15 points, seven rebounds and three assists while Easton Neuendorf passed out a game-high seven assists and Dawson Noem added six points. The Chargers play Dell Rapids in the Entringer Classic at Brookings High School on Dec. 31.

Twin Cities Academy/Great River (Minn.) (4-4): Carrington McNeal had 17 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals in the loss. Carmelo McNeal also had 17 points, along with five rebounds and four steals. Princeton Normil chipped in with seven points and four rebounds, and Giovanni Alonso chipped in with six points and four rebounds.

Enderlin (N.D.) 71, Canton 46

SIOUX FALLS – Enderlin, North Dakota held Canton to two points in the second quarter and scored 50 points in the second half to cruise to a victory Thursday afternoon at the Sanford Pentagon.

Enderlin (4-2): Joe Hurlburt shot 12-for-23 to score a game-high 25 points, along with nine rebounds, four steals and two blocks. Gus Hurlburt had 18 points and snatched 10 rebounds while Alijah Dixson had 13 points and nine rebounds. Carson Bartholomay added nine points, seven rebounds and five assists.

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Canton (2-5): Jacob Vande Weerd had 18 points and 12 rebounds in the loss for the Hawks. Derek Tieszen had seven points and seven rebounds while Payton Eben added six points. Canton hosts Dell Rapids in a doubleheader on Jan. 6.

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Enderlin (N.D.) forward Joe Hurlburt shoots a 3-point jump shot over Canton's Matt Anderson during the first half of a Hoop City Classic contest on Dec. 30, 2021, at the Sanford Pentagon, in Sioux Falls. Landon Dierks / Mitchell Republic

First Assembly Christian (Tenn.) 56, Aberdeen Christian 40

SIOUX FALLS – First Assembly Christian outscores Aberdeen Christian 31-16 in the first half to ultimately win its 10th game of the season during the HCC at the Sanford Pentagon on Thursday.

First Assembly Christian (10-1): TJ Thomas had 14 points and three steals in the win for the Crusaders while Daniel Egbuniwe had 11 points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals. Alex Harris scored 10 points and had seven rebounds and two steals while Rashaun Wise had eight points and four rebounds. First Assembly Christian hosts Harding Academy on Jan. 3.

Aberdeen Christian (3-2): Ethan Russell and Malek Wieker scored 11 points each while Wieker also added five rebounds and four assists. Jackson Isakson chipped in with seven points. The Knights travel to Oakes in North Dakota on Jan. 8.

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First Assembly Christian's Daniel Egbuniwe caps off a fast break with a dunk during the second half of a Hoop City Classic contest on Dec. 30, 2021, at the Sanford Pentagon, in Sioux Falls. Landon Dierks / Mitchell Republic

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Thunder Basin (Wyo.) 54, Brandon Valley 53 (OT)

SIOUX FALLS – Thunder Basin made 14 of its 37 3-point attempts to win an overtime thriller over Brandon Valley on Thursday at the Sanford Pentagon. 37 of Thunder Basin’s 48 shot attempts were from 3-point range and the Bolts didn’t make their first 2-point field goal until 53 seconds left in the third quarter. Deegan Williams made the lone 2-point field goal for the Bolts and sinked the last one with 11 seconds left in the fourth. Thunder Basin made two 3-pointers in overtime to seal the win.

Thunder Basin (7-1): Deegan Williams scored 19 points, grabbed seven rebounds, passed out four assists and had three steals. Ryan Baker had 15 points and Ethan Cox had eight points. The Bolts host Green River on Jan. 14.

Brandon Valley (0-4): Josh Olthoff had a game-high 20 points and six rebounds for the Lynx. Nate Vanderberg scored 11 points and eight rebounds while Max VanWesten had six points and four rebounds. Riley Miller added six points and two assists, and Lukas Morgan added five rebounds and three assists. Brandon Valley hosts Watertown on Jan. 4.

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Thunder Basin's Deegan Williams (1) and Kayden LaFramboise (5) attempt to trap Brandon Valley's Max VanWesten (10) in the backcourt during the second half of a Hoop City Classic contest on Dec. 30, 2021, at the Sanford Pentagon, in Sioux Falls. Landon Dierks / Mitchell Republic

St. Thomas More 43, Houston (Tenn.) 35

SIOUX FALLS – St. Thomas More held Houston to six points in the second quarter to help propel the Cavaliers to a victory on Thursday at the Sanford Pentagon.

St. Thomas More (6-0): Caleb Hollenbeck scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the win for the Cavaliers. Cade Kandolin had 14 points, four rebounds and three assists while Ian Clewley had 12 points and five rebounds. St. Thomas More hosts Belle Fourche on Jan. 4.

Houston (8-9): Kameron Clark had 11 points and seven rebounds while Brock Vice had eight points and snatched a game-high 21 rebounds. Kylan Clark also had eight points, along with four rebounds and two blocks. Anthony McKinley also chipped in with six points. Houston hosts Bartlett on Jan. 4.

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St. Thomas More's Ian Clewley (21) shoots a layup over a Houston (Tenn.) defender during the first half of a Hoop City Classic contest on Dec. 30, 2021, at the Sanford Pentagon, in Sioux Falls. Landon Dierks / Mitchell Republic

Branden is a sports reporter that graduated from Purdue University Northwest with a bachelor's degree in communications and a focus in journalism. He joined the Mitchell Republic in June 2021 and covers prep and collegiate athletics. He was also the lead on the Mitchell Republic Full-Court Press, providing a weekly web-exclusive look at high school basketball throughout all of South Dakota. Branden can be reached at bhull@mitchellrepublic.com and found on Twitter at @bhullreports.
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