State girls basketball roundup: Aberdeen Roncalli, White River close with wins at Class B tourney
Final day of games in Watertown, Brookings and Rapid City
Below is a roundup of the early action on Saturday, March 12 at the South Dakota State Girls Basketball tournaments:
Aberdeen Roncalli 44, Aberdeen Christian 34
WATERTOWN — Top-seeded Aberdeen Roncalli powered past seventh-seeded Aberdeen Christian behind a 19-8 third-quarter spurt to claim a fifth-place finish at the state Class B girls basketball tournament on Saturday afternoon at Watertown Civic Arena.
Aberdeen Roncalli (24-2): Morgan Fiedler tossed in a game-high 16 points, while Madelyn Bragg and Olivia Hanson each added 10 points. Bragg also grabbed eight rebounds and swiped three steals, while Hanson had seven rebounds and five steals.
Aberdeen Christian (21-5): Joy Rohrbach put up 11 points, five rebounds and five steals, as Grace Kaiser matched Rohrbach’s 11 points. Mallory Miller and Hanna Miller had seven and four points, respectively, with Hanna also collecting eight rebounds.
White River 54, Wall 52
WATERTOWN — Fifth-seeded White River from a six-point halftime deficit, outscoring third-seeded Wall 32-24 in the second half to earn a victory in the Class B seventh-place consolation game on Saturday afternoon at Watertown Civic Arena.
White River (19-5): Maleighya Estes poured in a game-high 27 points, giving the senior guard 74 for the tournament and 2,214 for her prep career — the third-most in South Dakota girls basketball history. Estes also pulled down five rebounds, while Karlie Cameron chipped in 11 points for the Tigers.
Wall (21-5): A trio of Eagles reached double figures, led by 18 points and seven rebounds from Paige Kjerstad. Nora Dinger scored 14 points and Ava Dinger posted 13 points and seven rebounds.
Red Cloud 63, Dakota Valley 43
BROOKINGS — Eighth-seeded Red Cloud ran out to a 37-20 halftime lead on seventh-seeded Dakota Valley and never looked back, notching a victory in the Class A fifth-place game on Saturday afternoon at Frost Arena
Red Cloud (22-3): Stevi Fallis racked up 24 points powered by three 3-pointers — giving the senior guard 74 points and 12 triples across three tournament games — alongside four rebounds, four assists and one steal. Sharissa Haas posted 12 points and four rebounds, while Jordan Derby chipped in eight points and six rebounds. Allison Richards notched seven points, five rebounds and five assists for the Crusaders.
Dakota Valley (20-6): Rylee Rosenquist recorded a 20-point, 12 rebound double-double with four assists, one steal and one block. Peyton Tritz added 13 points and six rebounds, while Grace Bass and Ella Reifenrath had four points each for the Panthers.
Sioux Falls Christian 62, Lakota Tech 58
BROOKINGS — Sixth-seeded Sioux Falls Christian turned a four-point deficit after three quarters into a four-point victory, taking down fourth-seeded Lakota Tech in the Class A seventh-place consolation game on Saturday afternoon at Frost Arena.
Sioux Falls Christian (21-5): Kylah vanDonkersgoed posted 22 points, six rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block. Ellie Lems added 15 points and four rebounds, as Maya Nelson chipped in 11 points and four rebounds for the Chargers.
Lakota Tech (20-4): Shayla Bravo led the Tatanka with 16 points, four rebounds and a pair of assists, with Tobi Carlow following closely with 14 points, four rebounds and six steals. Moriah Morisette had seven points, five rebounds and three steals, as Tawny Rodriguez and Melina Shangreaux each scored six points.
Sioux Falls Washington 49, Harrisburg 37
RAPID CITY — Top-seeded Sioux Falls Washington held Harrisburg in check through three quarters, leaning on a 44-25 advantage after 24 minutes to pick up a Class AA fifth-place game victory on Saturday afternoon inside the Ice Arena at the Monument.
Washington (22-2): Ndjakalenga Mwenentanda capped her prep career with a double-double, posting 15 points, 12 rebounds and one block. Taylor Thompson and Hannah Harpe each scored seven points for the Warriors.
Harrisburg (10-14): Emilee Boyer was the only Tiger to reach double figures in scoring, finishing with 10 points, eight rebounds, four steals and two blocks. Eight other Harrisburg players scored in the contest, with Abigail Flanagan and Jaylee Hofer each scoring five points.
Rapid City Central 48, Sioux Falls Lincoln 39
RAPID CITY — Fifth-seeded Rapid City Central led 40-21 after three quarters, as an 18-8 fourth-quarter surge by seventh-seeded Sioux Falls Lincoln could only bring the Class AA seventh-place consolation game within single digits on Saturday afternoon inside the Ice Arena at the Monument.
Central (17-7): Josie Hill recorded a double-double to pace the Cobblers at 15 points and 11 rebounds, with two assists, one steal and one block, while Sadie Glade chipped in 12 points, four rebounds and two steals. Six other Cobblers made at least one field goal, led by Mari Richards, who had five points.
Lincoln (10-14): Alaina Sorensen scored a game-high 17 points with two rebounds and three steals to lead the Patriots. Alicen Honner and Kierra Lubovich had seven and five points, respectively, and combined for eight rebounds.