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Selland doing it all for Blackhawks

FORESTBURG--There may not be a single player more important to her team in South Dakota Class B girls basketball than Sanborn Central/Woonsocket's Myah Selland.

Sanborn Central/Woonsocket's Myah Selland rises up for a shot during a District 6B semifinal girls basketball game in Huron on Tuesday. (Garrick Hodge/Republic)
Sanborn Central/Woonsocket's Myah Selland rises up for a shot during a District 6B semifinal girls basketball game in Huron on Tuesday. (Garrick Hodge/Republic)

FORESTBURG-There may not be a single player more important to her team in South Dakota Class B girls basketball than Sanborn Central/Woonsocket's Myah Selland.

In the regular season, the 6-foot-2 junior led the No. 3-ranked Blackhawks in points (22.4 per game), rebounds (7.6), steals (3.5), assists (3.9) and blocks (2.4).

But doing it all is just another day at the office for SCW's post player that can also play point guard when needed.

"I just think playing basketball is fun," she said. "I don't know if there's a specific thing I like to do above the others. It's just fun to get out there."

If the Blackhawks are going to make a run at a state tournament appearance, they will need Selland to bring the same energy she did in SCW's 65-28 win over Wessington Springs Tuesday. Selland tallied 19 points, seven rebounds, six assists and five steals in the Blackhawks' District 6B semifinals. The top-seeded Blackhawks play No. 2 James Valley Christian today in the District 6B championship game at the Huron Arena in Huron.

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"She's just a great player and gets everyone involved," Sanborn Central/Woonsocket co-head coach Tim McCain said. "On Tuesday, she scored 17 points in the first half and then distributed the ball well in the second half. Other players get easy hoops because of all the attention she draws. Defensively, she's a force around the basket and and people always wonder where she's at."

While SCW will rely on Selland's point production in big games, co-head coach Rob Baruth said her distribution of the basketball is equally as important to her game.

"She's just so unselfish," Baruth said. "She makes her teammates better and she's not afraid to get them the ball and get them going in a game. Sometimes coach (McCain) and I have to get after her to take a few extra shots in a game because she's so unselfish and a great kid to coach."

Dishing the ball to her teammates comes naturally for Selland, as she has been playing with most of her teammates all her life.

"I think it's really fun to play with your best friends on and off the court," Selland said. "We get along really well. It's really cheesy, but we're best friends on and off the court. So when we get ready to play, things go really smoothly when we pass the ball to each other."

As her junior season comes to a close, Selland will face a difficult decision in the coming year: where to play college basketball.

She's been linked to local Division I programs such as South Dakota State University and the University of South Dakota - Coyote coach Amy Williams has been seen at multiple Blackhawk games this season - and she raised her profile in 2015 as a prospect on the summer basketball circuit. The recruiting pitches still keep coming in for Selland, but a decision has yet to be made.

"It can be overwhelming sometimes," she said. "But looking at it in other ways, it's a pretty neat opportunity. Not a lot of people have this kind of chance so I'm trying to soak it up a bit. On the other side, it's a big decision, but everything will play out the way it's supposed to."

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It's the most important choice she'll have to make, so Selland said she's taking her time with the selection.

"I don't know if I have a timetable," Selland said. "Hopefully sooner rather than later. I haven't come to a decision yet."

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