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Sully Buttes stays perfect in opener

HURON -- Despite falling in a 8-0 hole, top-seeded Sully Buttes turned it on and had little problem in the first round of the Class B state tournament Thursday, defeating Leola/Frederick 56-27 at the Huron Arena.

HURON - Despite falling in a 8-0 hole, top-seeded Sully Buttes turned it on and had little problem in the first round of the Class B state tournament Thursday, defeating Leola/Frederick 56-27 at the Huron Arena.

The Chargers (24-0) got 18 points from Deidre Lamb to lead the way. They also picked up 16 points from Racquel Wientjes and 14 points from Chloe Lamb in the win. Sully Buttes hit 56 percent of its shots in the second half to pull away, scoring 35 points in the process over the final 16 minutes.

The Titans evenly spread around the scoring, with eight players in the scoring column. Michaela Podoll had six points for L/F to lead the Titans, who had 25 turnovers.

Sully Buttes was 22-of-43 on field goal attempts and made 9-of-13 free throws. They held a 26-22 rebounding advantage at game's end. The Titans shot 9-of-29 on field goals and made 9-of-19 free throws.

Sully Buttes will take on Avon at 6 p.m. today in the semifinals. Leola/Frederick (14-10) will take on Faith in the consolation semifinals at noon today.

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SB 15 21 36 56

Class A

St. Thomas More 55, Dell Rapids 24

WATERTOWN - Ciara Duffy's 23-point performance paced St. Thomas More in the Class A state girls basketball tournament, defeating Dell Rapids 55-24 on Thursday in the Watertown Civic Center.

Shannon Duffy added 10 points for St. Thomas More. The Cavaliers shot 20-of-46 from the field and 13-of-17 from the line.

For Dell Rapids, Mikaela Stofferahn and Emma Paul had six points apiece in the loss. The Quarriers shot 7-of-29 from the field and 7-of-13 from the line.

STM turned the ball over 13 times compared to 24 turnovers from Dell Rapids.

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No. 1-seeded St. Thomas More (21-2) takes on No. 5 Hamlin at 6 p.m. Friday in Watertown. Dell Rapids (14-9) will battle with Elk Point-Jefferson in the consolation semifinals at noon today.

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DR 6 15 17 24

Hamlin 53, Elk Point-Jefferson 43

WATERTOWN - The No. 5 Hamlin girls basketball team hung on for victory, defeating No. 4 Elk Point-Jefferson 53-43 in the Class A state girls basketball tournament Thursday in the Watertown Civic Center.

Lexi Wadsworth recorded a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Molly Koisti added 14 points. Hamlin shot 19-of-38 from the field and 13-of-21 from the line.

For EPJ, McKenzie Mennenga tallied 16 points and four rebounds in the loss. EPJ shot 15-of-47 from the field and 8-of-11 from the line.

Hamlin (19-4) will battle with No. 1-seeded St. Thomas More at 6 p.m. Friday in Watertown. Elk Point-Jefferson (17-6) will play Dell Rapids in the consolation semifinals at noon today.

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EPJ 10 20 26 43

Webster 66, McLaughlin 63 (OT)

WATERTOWN - No. 2 Webster outlasted No. 7 McLaughlin's upset bid and held on for a 66-63 overtime win in the Class A state girls basketball tournament Thursday at the Watertown Civic Center.

McLaughlin's Jayda Bad Horse sunk a 3-pointer with 3 seconds left to force overtime, but Webster outscored McLaughlin 9-6 in the extra period to pull out the win.

Haley Rithmiller led the Bearcats with 25 points and 13 rebounds for a double-double, while McKenzie Volesky added 17 points and Olivia Breske chipped in 15 points. Webster went 22-of-57 from the field for 38 percent, 3-of-10 from behind the arc for 30 percent and 19-of-30 from the line for 63 percent in the win.

Shania Jamerson finished with a team-high 18 points, while Tariq Brownotter had 16 points and Tiara Flying Horse added 14 points. Bad Horse chipped 10 points for McLaughlin, which went 23-of-69 from the field for 33 percent in the loss.

Webster (21-2) plays No. 6 Winner at 7:45 p.m. today in the semifinals in Watertown. McLaughlin (16-7) plays No. 3 West Central at 1:45 p.m. today in Watertown.

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W 9 26 41 57 66

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