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Girls state basketball tournament roundup from March 10: Viborg-Hurley upends top-seeded Roncalli in Class B

Three classes of state tournament quarterfinal action from Thursday, March 10, 2022, where two No. 1 seeds went down.

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WATERTOWN — An 18-9 third-quarter spurt pushed eighth-seeded Viborg-Hurley in front, where it withstood a late push from defending Class A champion and top-seeded Aberdeen Roncalli to notch a 69-58 upset in the Class B girls basketball quarterfinals on Thursday afternoon at Watertown Civic Arena.

Viborg-Hurley (20-4): Denae Mach posted a team-high 22 points, six rebounds and one steal, with Coral Mason adding 19 points and five rebounds and Estelle Lee notching 17 points and two steals. Shelby Lyons scored nine points and Delana Mach had two points, four rebounds and two steals for the Cougars, who were 30 of 36 (83.3%) at the free-throw line in the contest. Viborg-Hurley will meet No. 4 Corsica-Stickney in the Class B semifinals on Friday night.

Roncalli (22-2): Madelyn Bragg recorded a pair of game-bests by dropping in 24 points and grabbing seven rebounds to go with an assist and two blocks. Morgan Fiedler contributed 13 points and five rebounds, while Jeci Ewart had 10 points and six rebounds for the Cavaliers. Roncalli will play defending Class B champion and fifth-seeded White River in Friday’s consolation semifinals.

De Smet 52, Aberdeen Christian 44

WATERTOWN — After scoring 18 points in the first half, second-seeded De Smet got rolling in the second half, outsourcing seventh-seeded Aberdeen Christian 34-23 across the final 16 minutes to advance through the Class B girls basketball quarterfinals on Thursday night at Watertown Civic Arena.

De Smet (23-1): Kennadi Buchholz powered the Bulldogs offense with 28 points and 11 rebounds, while Jada Burke added 13 points and four rebounds. Camryn Schmidt and Hazel Luethmers contributed six and four points, respectively. De Smet clashes with No. 6 Faith in the Class B semifinals on Friday night.

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Aberdeen Christian (20-4): Mallory Miller and Hanna Miller each recorded double-doubles for the Knights, as Mallory put up 19 points and 12 rebounds and Hanna followed with 12 points and 14 rebounds. Grace Kaiser and Joy Rohrbach contributed six and four points, respectively, for Aberdeen Christian, which will match up with No. 3 Wall in the consolation semifinals on Friday.

Faith 54, Wall 34

WATERTOWN — Sixth-seeded Faith raced out to a 31-16 halftime lead on third-seeded Wall and never looked back on its way to a Class B girls basketball quarterfinal victory on Thursday night at Watertown Civic Arena.

Faith (19-5): Kaycee Groves and Cassidy Schuelke paced the Longhorns offense, tallying 15 points and three rebounds apiece. TyAnn Mortensen notched a 14-point, 10-rebound double-double alongside eight points from Kambelle Schauer. Faith moves on to a matchup with No. 2 De Smet in a Friday night semifinal.

Wall (21-3): Paige Kjerstad put up 11 points and 11 rebounds, as Ava Dinger and Nora Dinger each added eight points with seven and five rebounds, respectively, for the Eagles, who were limited to 9 of 48 (18.8%) shooting. Wall will play No. 7 Aberdeen Christian in Friday’s consolation semifinals.

Class A

St. Thomas More 37, Lakota Tech 35

BROOKINGS — A defensive battle saw fifth-seeded St. Thomas More outscore fourth-seeded Lakota Tech 14-12 after halftime, providing the two-point final margin in a Class A girls basketball quarterfinal on Thursday afternoon at Frost Arena.

St. Thomas More (20-3): Reese Ross put up 20 points and 12 rebounds for a double-double, while Mairin Duffy added 10 points, two rebounds and two assists. Jada Mollman pulled down nine rebounds with two assists and two steals for the Cavaliers, who overcame 13 of 46 (28.3%) shooting from the field. St. Thomas More advances to play No. 1 Wagner (22-1) in Friday night’s Class A semifinals.

Lakota Tech (20-2): Moriah Morisette led the Tatanka with 13 points, eight rebounds and two steals, as Shayla Bravo wasn’t far behind with 10 points and six rebounds. Tobi Carlow chipped in six points, three rebounds and three assists for Lakota Tech, which will face No. 8 Red Cloud (20-3) for a third time this season in Friday’s consolation semifinals after splitting the two previous meetings. Red Cloud won 72-65 on Dec. 18, while Lakota Tech won 79-60 on Jan. 10.

West Central 65, Dakota Valley 52

BROOKINGS — Second-seeded West Central pulled out to a 12-point halftime lead and maintained that advantage for much of the second half, earning a Class A girls basketball quarterfinal victory over seventh-seeded Dakota Valley on Thursday night at Frost Arena.

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West Central (22-2): Tabor Teel and Addy Kramer each tossed in 18 points, combining for six of the Trojans’ 10 3-point makes in the contest, with Teel also tallying seven rebounds, two assists and four blocks and Kramer notching five rebounds and three assists. Rylee Haldeman posted 17 points, eight rebounds three assists and two steals, as Cambell Fischer contributed six points and four rebounds. West Central takes on No. 3 Hamlin in the Class A semifinals on Friday.

Dakota Valley (19-5): Rylee Rosenquist stuffed the box score with 16 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists, four steals and one block, with Grace Bass adding 16 points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals. Peyton Tritz and Brooke Carlson scored nine and seven points, respectively, for the Panthers, who will play No. 6 Sioux Falls Christian in the consolation semifinals on Friday.

Hamlin 47, Sioux Falls Christian 34

BROOKINGS — Behind a strong first half, third-seeded Hamlin muscled its way past sixth-seeded Sioux Falls Christian in a Class A girls basketball quarterfinal on Thursday night at Frost Arena.

Hamlin (22-2): Kami Wadsworth racked up a game-high 21 points with nine rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block, while Ally Abraham posted 16 points and eight rebounds. Brooklyn Brandriet and Zoie Fraser each chipped in five points to round out the scoring, combining for seven rebounds and three steals. Hamlin goes head-to-head with No. 2 West Central in a Class A semifinal on Friday night.

SF Christian (20-4): Ellie Lems and Kylah vanDonkersgoed scored 13 and 12 points, respectively, as Lems grabbed five rebounds and vanDonkersgoed added nine rebounds, two blocks and two steals. Moriah Harrison chipped in five points and five rebounds for Sioux Falls Christian, which will face No. 7 Dakota Valley in Friday’s consolation semifinals.

Class AA

Sioux Falls Jefferson 47, Sioux Falls Washington 43

RAPID CITY — After dropping both regular-season meetings, eighth-seeded Sioux Falls Jefferson handed defending champion and top-seeded Sioux Falls Washington its second loss of the year, outpacing the Warriors 13-6 across the final eight minutes in a Class AA girls basketball quarterfinal Thursday afternoon inside the Ice Arena at the Monument.

Jefferson (12-10): Cierra Watkins tossed in a team-best 16 points with three rebounds and three assists, while Aliyah McGovern-Harrington knocked in four 3-pointers to finish with 12 points. Jaidyn Dunn also had 12 points alongside 11 rebounds to record a double-double for the Cavaliers, who advanced to the Class AA semifinals where they’ll play Rapid City Stevens.

Washington (20-2): Ndjakalenga Mwenentanda was the only Warrior in double figures, posting a game-high 19 points with six rebounds. Alexus Motley added nine points and four rebounds, with Taylor Thompson contributing three points and a team-high eight rebounds. Washington will play Rapid City Central in Friday’s consolation semifinals.

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Rapid City Stevens 40, Rapid City Central 34

RAPID CITY — In a crosstown rivalry to decide a state semifinalist in both programs’ home city, fourth-seeded Rapid City Stevens used an 18-11 fourth quarter to knock off fifth-seeded Rapid City Central in a Class AA girls basketball quarterfinal on Thursday afternoon inside the Ice Arena at the Monument.

Stevens (18-4): Macey Wathen tossed in a game-high 17 points, powered by five 3-pointers, while Bailee Sobczak finished just shy of a double-double with eight points, nine rebounds and two assists. Taaliyah Porter notched six points and two assists, with Jaden Matkins chipping in four rebounds and seven rebounds. Stevens will clash with Sioux Falls Jefferson in the Class AA semifinals on Friday night.

Central (16-6): Sadie Glade paced the Cobblers with 11 points and five rebounds, as Josie Hill added eight points and seven rebounds. Amarae Rinto contributed six points for Central, which matches up with No. 1 Sioux Falls Washington in Friday’s consolation semifinals.

O’Gorman 55, Sioux Falls Lincoln 35

RAPID CITY — Second-seeded O’Gorman outpaced seventh-seeded Sioux Falls Lincoln all night, winning the scoring battle in every quarter on the way to a Class AA girls basketball quarterfinal victory on Thursday night inside the Ice Arena at the Monument.

O’Gorman (19-3): Hannah Ronsiek tallied 18 points and eight steals, as Kira Mentele notched 10 points, three rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block. Hannah Friedman and Mahli Abdouch scored eight points apiece for the Knights, who will face off with No. 3 Brandon Valley in the Class AA semifinals on Friday night.

Lincoln (10-12): Mariah Siem had team-highs with nine points and five rebounds, with Kierra Lubovich and Alaina Sorensen each chipping in eight points. The Patriots will play No. 11 Harrisburg in Friday’s consolation semifinals.

Brandon Valley 43, Harrisburg 39

RAPID CITY — Third-seeded Brandon Valley built an eight-point lead through three quarters and held on to down 11th-seeded Harrisburg in a Class AA girls basketball quarterfinal on Thursday night inside the Ice Arena at the Monument.

Brandon Valley (18-4): Kylie Foss notched 16 points, six rebounds and two steals, while Hilary Behrens dropped in 15 points with eight rebounds and one steal. Tessa Bowar and Sidney Thue had six and four points, respectively, for the Lynx, who with square up with No. 2 O’Gorman in a Class AA semifinal on Friday night.

Harrisburg (9-13): Emilee Boyer led the Tigers with 16 points, 15 rebounds, one steal and one block, with Sydney Hybertson chipping in nine points and Kayleigh Hybertson grabbing eight rebounds with three points. Harrisburg will play No. 6 Sioux Falls Lincoln in the consolation semifinals on Friday.

Dierks covers prep and collegiate athletics across the Mitchell Republic's coverage region area, focusing on Mitchell High School football and boys basketball and area high school football, volleyball and basketball, as well as Dakota Wesleyan women's basketball. He was also the lead on the Mitchell Republic Gridiron Spotlight, producing video and providing live play-by-play for the traveling weekly prep football broadcast during its first season in the fall of 2021. Dierks is a Mitchell native who graduated from South Dakota State University with his bachelor's degree in journalism in May 2020. He joined the Mitchell Republic sports staff in August 2021. He can be reached at ldierks@mitchellrepublic.com and found on Twitter at @LDierksy.
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