Class B state girls basketball roundup: Wall stops Chargers late to advance in Class B

Wolsey-Wessington, Wall advance in Thursday daytime session in Huron

Wall's Rhea Tucker (11) goes up for a layup attempt while being guarded by Sully Buttes' Allyson Wittler (22) during a Class B state girls basketball quarterfinal on Thursday, March 9, 2023, at the Huron Arena.
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HURON — Fifth-seeded Wall used a 21-11 fourth-quarter to seal a victory over No. 4 Sully Buttes in the Class B state girls basketball quarterfinals in a 58-50 final at the Huron Arena.

The Chargers led 39-37 going to the fourth quarter but Wall put together a decisive run to put away the game in the final period. Paige Kjerstad scored 25 points on 9-for-12 shooting for the Eagles, and Nora Dinger had 17 points. Rhea Tucker had nine points and 10 rebounds for Wall, which also enjoyed a healthy edge at the free throw line, hitting 17 of 22, while Sully Buttes was 7-for-12 at the free-throw stripe. The teams were a combined 2-for-24 from 3-point territory.

Lydia Hill had 18 points on 8 for 10 shooting for the Chargers, plus added 10 rebounds. Stevie Wittler had 13 points and Addison Chicoine had 12 points from off the bench.

The Eagles (19-5) matchup with Wolsey-Wessington at 6 p.m. Friday in the semifinal round. Sully Buttes (20-4) faces Jones County in the consolation bracket on Friday.

Wolsey-Wessington 53, Jones County 42

HURON — No. 1 seed Wolsey-Wessington survived an upset bid from eighth-seeded Jones County by pulling away in the fourth quarter for a 53-42 victory at the Huron Arena in the Class B quarterfinal round.


Leah Williams scored 15 points and Mya Boomsma scored 14 points, plus added six rebounds. Mallory Miller scored eight points and had nine rebounds for the Warbirds, who overcame 20 turnovers. The Warbirds were 12-for-13 on free throws and shot 44% from the field.

Jones County had a double-double from Mallory Valburg, posting 14 points and 14 rebounds, while Jolie Dugan had eight points for the Coyotes, who were kept to 26.6% shooting from the field and only attempted two free throws in the game.

Wolsey-Wessington (22-2) will take on Wall in the 6 p.m. Friday semifinal at the Huron Arena, while Jones County (18-5) will take on Sully Buttes in the consolation bracket.

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