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MCM's Koepsell to play for BHSU

SALEM--McCook Central/Montrose standout Morgan Koepsell will be playing basketball after her senior season next year. The two-time Class A first team all-state player verbally committed to Black Hills State University on Thursday. "It was a reall...

McCook Central/Montrose's Morgan Koepsell takes a shot during the Fighting Cougars' Class A Sweet 16 qualifying game March 3 at Sioux Falls Christian. (Republic file photo)
McCook Central/Montrose's Morgan Koepsell takes a shot during the Fighting Cougars' Class A Sweet 16 qualifying game March 3 at Sioux Falls Christian. (Republic file photo)

SALEM-McCook Central/Montrose standout Morgan Koepsell will be playing basketball after her senior season next year.

The two-time Class A first team all-state player verbally committed to Black Hills State University on Thursday.

"It was a really hard decision for me, but I could just see myself being the most happy at Black Hills State," said Koepsell, who named Dakota Wesleyan University and Northern State University as other schools she considered. "DWU is where my mom played, but I felt I'd be better off at Black Hills State. It's a really good school and it fits who I am."

As a junior, the 6-foot-2 center averaged a double-double per game. She averaged 21.5 points, shooting 62 percent from the field, and 11.1 rebounds a game. She also had 48 assists, 31 steals and 59 blocks.

"A girl like her doesn't come through your program very often so you appreciated everything that happens while they are around," MCM head coach Doug Durfee said. "She's a tremendous player. I'm extremely happy for her and excited for her journey after high school."

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Koepsell is the daughter of former Mitchell Kernel and Dakota Wesleyan University standout Ronda (Morgan) Koepsell and former Howard Tiger standout Heath Koepsell.

She was Class A second team all-state as a freshman and has been playing varsity basketball for the Fighting Cougars since seventh grade. MCM went 18-4 last year, falling to Madison in the Sweet 16.

The Fighting Cougars lost five seniors, but return a strong core for next season. Koepsell said she's happy her college decision is behind her and that she can focus on her senior season.

"I don't have to worry about it anymore and now I can just play my game," Koepsell said. "I'm looking forward to playing with all my teammates one more time. My sister (Madisen) will be a freshman, and maybe I'll get to play with her. That'll be pretty special."

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