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2017-01-11 / Sports

Lady Raiders overpower Spearfish

Stevens pressure forces 31 turnovers
By James Giago Davies
Native Sun News Today Sports Editor


Hanna VanDerWerff (22) of Rapid City Stevens displays poise and maturity far beyond her years. First she fakes out Spearfish's Mady Gould, and then she fakes out Elaina Sparrow, and then she goes up for an uncontested bucket. South Dakota high school basketball at its best. Hanna VanDerWerff (22) of Rapid City Stevens displays poise and maturity far beyond her years. First she fakes out Spearfish's Mady Gould, and then she fakes out Elaina Sparrow, and then she goes up for an uncontested bucket. South Dakota high school basketball at its best. SPEARFISH –– “Every time you turn the ball over, it’s probably a lay-up on the other end,” Spearfish Head Coach Eric Lappe told his girls last Tuesday night, and the pressure defense of Stevens Head Coach Michael Brooks pretty much proved him right, as the Lady Raiders romped to a 71-43 victory over the Lady Spartans.

“We deny,” Brooks said after the game. “We have a lot of ball pressure.”

That is pretty obvious when the other team has 31 turnovers and you have 12. It’s also nice to have the kind of leadership on the floor you get with number 22, 5-10 senior playmaker, Hanna VanDerWerff, a ballplayer with exceptional poise and court presence.

“She’s a young lady that has a willingness to be coached,” Brooks said of VanDerWerff. “She has great basketball awareness.”

She also scored 21 points, had 4 boards and 4 steals, but numbers can’t tell the whole story of VanDerWerff; her game is deeply layered, richly textured for a high school teenager, and one play was a prime example of that. VanDerWerff raced into the paint and drew up abruptly, as Spearfish’s hustling defender Mady Gould went flying past out-of-bounds; then VanDerWerff feinted an up-and-in, and Elaina Sparrow went flying by out-of-bounds as well. After that it was an uncontested lay-up.

It was 41-29, Stevens, at the half, and then the Lady Raiders came back out and outscored Spearfish 18-7 in the third, to make it 59-36. Both teams sent in the reserves for much of the final quarter, and when that was done, Stevens had held Spearfish to just 14 second half points.

Emma Burns, a 5-9 junior, had 8 points, 4 boards, 3 assists and 4 steals for Stevens. Mya Hendry, an athletic, aggressive 6-1 junior forward, had 7 points and 6 rebounds, five of them offensive boards. Haley Molstad, a 5-9 senior, led the team with 8 rebounds. Ally Riddle, a 5-10 senior guard, had 6 points and 5 steals.

Kenni Easton, a 6-0 junior, was co-leader for Spearfish with 10 points. She led the team with 7 rebounds, and had zero turnovers. Mady Gould, her face protected by a plastic shield that probably threw her game off, also had 10 points, but offset that with 7 turnovers. Brooke Heairet, a 5-6 junior, had 9 points and 2 assists.

On Saturday the Lady Raiders crossed the state to Sioux Falls where they handed O’Gorman a 49- 35 defeat. Stevens is now 4-1, having lost only to Sioux Falls Washington, 69-67 in overtime, in the opening game of the season. They will now take a week off before hosting Sturgis. The Lady Scoopers are 3-3, and boast a hustling, play making guard in 5-9 sophomore, Loralee Stock.

(Contact James Giago Davies at skindiesel@msn.com)




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