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2017-03-15 / Sports

Girls Class B and Class A wrap up

BASKETBALL WEEK IN REVIEW Little Wound, Timber Lake lose opening games
By James Giago Davies
Native Sun News Today Correspondent


Katerri Weston dribbles around the Webster area defense, (top center) Faith Shoemaker and Mariah Volesky (12). Far right Miracle Spotted Bear. Katerri Weston dribbles around the Webster area defense, (top center) Faith Shoemaker and Mariah Volesky (12). Far right Miracle Spotted Bear. HURON, BROOKINGS –– It was a close, hotly contested ball game, but in the closing minutes Webster Area pulled away to defeat Little Wound, 57-50, on opening day at the Girls State A Basketball Tournament in Brookings.

After the game, Little Wound Head Coach Lyle Lebeaux stood outside his locker room shaking his head, and had no words for the defeat other than, “You seen it, you seen it.”

What the stat sheet shows is the same pattern every Lakota team faces when they come to State, an inordinate amount of fouls called against them by Wasicu referees. Little Wound lost by 7 points, but Webster Area was 25 for 40 from the line, Little Wound only 11 for 20. This is the same biased officiating pattern that cost McLaughlin in last year’s State A. Webster Area got 14 extra points and won by 7.


Timber Lake’s senior point guard Sydnee Mettler. 
Photos by James Giago Davies Timber Lake’s senior point guard Sydnee Mettler. Photos by James Giago Davies The same pattern held true over in Huron at the Girls State B. Warner, the #1 seed, defeated the #8 seed, Timber Lake, who has eleven Lakota ballplayers on their squad, 65-39. Even though Timber Lake was perfect from the line, 7-7, Warner went to the line 21 times and scored twice as many points, 14. Warner was much the better team and those foul points would not have altered outcome, but they indicate the same officiating bias.

Four players fouled out for Little Wound, their four best players. In a game that was 51-50, Webster area with a minute left to play. Lebeaux praised Paula Yellow Boy’s play, and the long range shooting of Jacynda Blacksmith: “She hits threes for us, in critical moments, she’ll hit ‘em.”

“We just got to team up,” Lebeaux said. “We got two more games to play strong.”

But the way they lost to Webster Area took too much from Little Wound emotionally. The Lady Mustangs lost to Madison in the next game, 55-38, and the lost the Seventh Place game to Dell Rapids, 59-54. It was a disappointing end to a great season.

Webster Area has a great player in Haley Rithmiller. She led all players with 24 points, and a whopping 14 rebounds, although Little Wound outrebounded Webster Area, 43-39. Teammate Olivia Breske added 18 points and 8 rebounds. Yellow Boy led Little Wound with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Miracle Spotted Bear had 10 points.

In the Class B game, point guard Sydnee Mettler had only 4 points, but she is the glue that holds Timber Lake together. Chyanne Ducheneaux led the Panthers with 11 points. Warner has two outstanding players in Laurie Rogers and Haylee Hanson. Rogers led all scorers with 16 points, and she had 12 rebounds. Hanson had 14 points and 5 rebounds.

After losing to Warner, Timber Lake lost their next match-up to New Underwood, 51-31. New Underwood would end up the tournament in fifth place, beating Parker, 43-32. Avon beat Timber Lake, 45-41 for seventh.

The eventual Girls State B champion was Sully Buttes, who capped a fine season with a 63-48 victory over Sanborn Central/Woonsocket. The eventual Girls State A champion was defending champion St. Thomas More. They had to work for it, though, defeating Lennox 47-36 in overtime. Congratulations to the Lady Cavaliers.

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

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