Bobcats hand No. 1 Lynx first loss

Sean Welsh/Register: Brookings’ Johanna Miller (50) drops in a bucket as she’s fouled by Brandon Valley’s Lexi Ellingston late in the third quarter of the Bobcats’ 54-48 Eastern South Dakota Conference victory over the No. 1 Lynx on Friday night at Bob Jostad Gymnasium.

BROOKINGS – The Bobcats handed No. 1 Brandon Valley its first loss of the season in a wild Eastern South Dakota Conference girls’ basketball matchup Friday night.

Brookings had the Lynx doubled up midway through the third quarter and then survived a few flurries down the stretch to record a 54-48 victory, much to the delight of the wound up Bob Jostad Gymnasium crowd.

“That’s a lot of fun. You know, we get a crowd here – the No. 1 team in the state comes to town and I thought our crowd gave us a lot of energy tonight,” said first-year BHS coach Mitch McLagan. “And then we have a bunch of really good players that are making big plays for us right now.”

Michaela Jewett and Johanna Miller both scored 17 points while posting double-doubles. Jewett, who fouled out with 53.7 seconds left, had 16 rebounds and Miller 13.

They did a majority of their damage in the paint.

“Everyone knows where Michaela Jewett is at. Johanna Miller was wonderful down low and our guards got her the ball,” McLagan added. “She worked hard down there; gets good position; she’s a strong kid – she played a great game for us tonight.”

A physical first half saw the Bobcats grab a 30-19 advantage. They limited the Lynx to 26.9 percent shooting.

The home team scored the first eight points out of the break.

Ava Burns converted an offensive rebound and later added another bucket; Miller scored down low; and Jewett had a putback of her own to push the margin to 38-19 at the 3:50 mark of the third quarter.

Brookings was ahead 43-27 heading to the fourth.

That’s when things got really wild as Brandon Valley took advantage of eight Brookings turnovers and continued inconsistent officiating to rally.

The Lynx pulled within four points – 48-44 – with 1:55 showing on the clock.

Burns and Carolyn Hieb both went 1-of-2 at the free throw line and Brandon Valley’s Trinity Law went 2-of-4, leaving the score at 50-46 with 44 seconds remaining.

Alli Gordon knocked down a pair of freebies on the Bobcats’ ensuing possession and, after Brookings got a stop defensively, Miller added a foul shot to make it 53-46 with 26 seconds to go and essentially seal the deal.

What does this win do moving forward for the ‘Cats?

“We talked about, in our room we know how good we are; I don’t think the rest of the state knew how good we were,” McLagan added. “Going forward, knowing we can get this win, I think that’s going to be big for our girls.”

Burns added seven points, Gordon and Hieb five apiece, and Regan Weisbeck three.

Brookings (6-1, 5-1) heads to Harrisburg for a game Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Tigers (6-0, 4-0) beat the Bobcats 45-34 on Dec. 11.

Brandon Valley dropped to 5-1 (2-1).

BROOKINGS 54, BRANDON VALLEY 48

Brandon Valley (5-1, 2-1 ESD)

Hannah Behrens 2-7 1-3 5, Lauren Wells 1-3 0-0 2, Danica Kocer 3-8 3-3 11, Ashley Wells 3-8 2-4 8, Trinity Law 5-16 4-6 16, Andrea Cain 0-1 0-0 0, Mara Schaap 2-5 0-0 6, Emma Jarovski 0-1 0-0 0, Lexi Ellingson 0-2 0-0 0, Jazmyn Larson 0-1 0-0 0, Hailey Pieper 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 16-53 10-16 48.

Brookings (6-1, 5-1 ESD)

Michaela Jewett 6-17 4-4 17, Johanna Miller 6-12 5-7 17, Alli Gordon 1-3 2-2 5, Carolyn Hieb 1-7 2-4 5, Ava Burns 3-6 1-2 7, Regan Weisbeck 1-2 0-0 3, Kailee Bartels 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-47 14-19 54.

Brandon Valley   7  12    8  21    48

Brookings 12  18  13  11    54

3-point goals – BV 6-25 (Schaap 2-3, Kocer 2-5, Law 2-9, Behrens 0-1, L. Wells 0-1, Cain 0-1, Jarovski 0-1, Ellingson 0-1, Larson 0-1, A. Wells 0-2), B 4-14 (Weisbeck 1-2, Gordon 1-3, Hieb 1-4, Jewett 1-5). Rebounds – BV 29 (Behrens, Law 6), B 43 (Jewett 16, Miller 13). Assists – BV 6 (L. Wells, A. Wells 2), B 7 (Hieb, Burns 3). Steals – BV 10 (A. Wells 3), B 3 (Jewett 2). Blocks – BV 1 (Behrens 1), B 6 (Miller 3). Turnovers – BV 7, B 15. Total fouls – BV 19, B 17. Fouled out – Behrens, Kocer, Jewett.

Junior varsity

BRANDON VALLEY 58, BROOKINGS 21

Points – Emily Rystrom 9, Kennedy Shafer 3, Meredith Kindvall 3.

Sophomore

BRANDON VALLEY 41, BROOKINGS 26

Points – Ainsley Shelsta 16, Haley Sampson 4.

Freshman

BROOKINGS 43, BRANDON VALLEY 39

Points – Claire Burns 10, Allie Clark 9, Bayleigh Morson 9.

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