Castlewood beats Sioux Valley, 60-43

Andrew Holtan/Register: Sioux Valley's Isabelle Bloker attempts to drive past Castlewood's Mackenzie Everson during the fourth quarter of a 60-44 loss to the Warriors on Tuesday at the Cossack Center in Volga.

VOLGA – It was tough sledding for the Sioux Valley girls’ basketball team Tuesday night. The Cossacks struggled shooting as they fell to the top team in Class B, Castlewood, 60-43.

The game was tied 8-8 when Castlewood finished the first quarter with a 11-0 run. The Warriors (16-0) used that momentum to stretch the lead to 39-18 heading into halftime.

“Going into the game we wanted to try to get to 50,” said Sioux Valley head coach Jamie Granum. “We know we’re not a very good shooting team and there’s nothing more frustrating then when the ball won’t go through the basket. We think we’re making in roads towards it, but we’re just not there yet. 

“… That’s the top team in Class B basketball. Full of length, full of gym rats, full of shot makers and they have one of the best players in the state on that team. We knew all that stuff coming in and it still doesn’t feel good and it still doesn’t give us an excuse. I loved our second half. I thought we competed in the second half and I thought we played a great first 6 minutes of the game and then they went on an 8-0 stretch to put us away in that first quarter.”

The Cossacks played the Warriors a lot more even in the second half. They were outscored 14-11 in the third quarter, but outscored Castlewood 14-7 in the final quarter.

Castlewood shot 37.9% from the field and the Warriors were 8-for-27 from deep. The Warriors won the rebounding battle 35-27.

“It’s hard to rebound out of a zone defense. We know that, we work on it everyday. But there’s a little bit of a fight there and a little bit of an aggressiveness that we don’t have there or I don’t coach it well enough. We lose a lot of 50-50 balls. Whether that’s an effort or an attitude issue or if it’s just a strength and athleticism issue, which I see more than effort and attitude thing. We’re just getting outmuscled inside,” Granum said.

Maddie Horn and Mackenzie Everson each scored 18 points to lead the Warriors. Alayna Benike had eight points, 13 rebounds and eight assists. Darah Dekam had 10 points.

Sioux Valley was led by Julia Schneider and Reagan Johnson, who both had nine points. The Cossacks shot 34% from the field and were 8-for-28 from three.

Sioux Valley has two games left in the regular season. The Cossacks play at Garretson on Thursday before traveling to Montrose on Saturday to take on McCook Central/Montrose to end the season.

“We have two tough ones against two of the top teams in Class A that could both be state tournament teams. So we’ve got on our board, how many challenges we’re going to face this week. We’re going to have an attitude challenge, a teammate challenge. We’re going to have all these challenges in front of us, let alone the game of basketball challenge. We’re still working on ourselves. We’re trying to win quarters and win the turnover battle. We’re trying to get so many offensive rebounds and trying to break these games up into small pieces where we can have some success,” Granum said.


Castlewood (16-0)

Maddie Horn 7-15 0-0 18, Mackenzie Everson 6-9 5-5 18, Darah Dekam 5-10 0-0 10, Alayna Benike 2-13 3-4 8, Lyndsey Archer 2-8 0-0 6, Kennedy Gallisath 0-1 0-0 0, Gracie Haug 0-1 0-0 0, Payton Carrol 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-58 8-9 60.

Sioux Valley (11-7)

Julia Schneider 3-14 0-0 9, Reagan Johnson 3-11 3-9 9, Abbie Schneider 2-3 0-0 6, Ashley Bjerke 3-8 0-0 6, Kaedyn Sapp 2-2 0-0 4, Isabelle Bloker 1-3 0-0 3, Sydney Hesby 1-2 0-0 3, Savannah Rawden 1-2 0-0 3, Jada Knutson 0-1 0-0 0, Laryn Stevens 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 16-47 3-9 43.

Castlewood  19 20 14   7 – 60

Sioux Valley   8 10 11 14 – 43

3-point field goals – C 8-27 (Everson 1-2, Archer 2-8, Horn 4-12, Benike 1-4, Haug 0-1), SV 8-28 (A. Schneider 2-3, Bloker 1-2, Hesby 1-2, Rawden 1-2, J. Schneider 3-12, Johnson 0-1, Stevens 0-1, Bjerke 0-5). Rebounds – C 35 (Benike 13), SV 27 (Bjerke 5). Assists – C 17 (Benike 8), SV  15 (J. Schneider 5). Steals – C 12 (Horn 3), SV 5 (Johnson 2). Blocks – C 0, SV 1 (A. Schneider). Turnovers – C 12, SV 12. Total fouls – C 7, SV 10. Fouled out – none. Technical fouls – none.


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