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No. 1 Rustlers ready for No. 2 Blackhawks

There are only two unbeaten girls basketball teams left in Class B and the No. 1 Ethan Rustlers will face them both this week. Ethan (13-1) has already been tested by No. 3 Sully Buttes, the Class B defending state champions, and Class A No. 1 St...

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There are only two unbeaten girls basketball teams left in Class B and the No. 1 Ethan Rustlers will face them both this week.

Ethan (13-1) has already been tested by No. 3 Sully Buttes, the Class B defending state champions, and Class A No. 1 St. Thomas More this season. The Rustlers are getting set for two more tough tests against No. 2 Sanborn Central/Woonsocket and Tripp-Delmont/Armour.

It starts tonight with a rare midseason No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown as the Blackhawks host the Rustlers at 6:30 p.m. in Forestburg.

"We have back-to-back big games," Ethan head coach Tom Young said. "We are going up against two unbeaten teams in a row, which is pretty unusual this time of the year. Our kids are looking forward to it."

After watching the Blackhawks play at the Parkston Classic and at the Hanson Classic this year, Young said SCW is the team to beat in Class B.

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"They looked like to me, the best team in the state," Young said. "I've been really impressed with not just Myah (Selland). Myah is an unbelievable player, but their other girls have been playing really well too. They present a lot of problems for us. We have to play a total game."

This year, the Blackhawks have started the season 12-0 with South Dakota State signee Myah Selland averaging averaging 21.7 points, eight assists, five assists and four steals per game

Young said his team's defense, which has been holding opponents to just 24.4 points per game, will be key.

"We have to try and control Myah. If Myah goes off for 40 points, we are going to be in trouble," Young said. "We have to guard the other girls, too. It's just going to be tough to stop them."

On the other side of the ball, Young said avoiding turnovers and being patient on offense will be crucial.

"We need to get defensive stops and take care of the ball," Young said. "We are going to play our normal offense. We have to keep our turnovers low and get good looks at the basket."

And after dealing with a "high-intensity" game today, the Rustlers will have a quick turnaround to take on TDA at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday in Armour. The Nighthawks (11-0) play Burke/South Central today in Bonesteel.

*An earlier version of this article incorrectly summarized the 2015-16 season series between Ethan and Sanborn Central/Woonsocket. The two teams split their meetings a year ago, with SCW winning at Ethan in the regular season and Ethan picking up a win at the Class B state tournament. 

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