High school girls basketball: Sioux Falls Washington, Hamlin, Viborg-Hurley win state titles

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Sioux Falls Washington, Hamlin and Viborg-Hurley were all crowned state champions in girls basketball on Saturday night. The Warriors won Class AA, the Chargers won Class A and the Cougars were the champs in Class B.

Class AA

 No. 1 SF Washington 54, No. 2 Pierre 36

SIOUX FALLS – A strong second quarter propelled the Warriors to state title on Saturday night at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls.

The two teams were tied 11-11 after one quarter, but SFW then outscored Pierre 20-9 in the second quarter and went into halftime up 31-20. The Warriors would then outscore the Governors 14-9 in the third quarter and that allowed them to cruise to victory in the fourth.

SFW was led by Brooklyn Harpe who had 21 points, four rebounds and three assists. Grace Peterson had 13 points and six rebounds.

Ryann Barry led Pierre with 12 points and four rebounds. Remmington Price had eight points and Reese Terwilliger had seven points and seven rebounds.

The Warriors finished the season with a record of 21-3, while Pierre was 20-4. Sioux Falls Jefferson defeated Harrisburg in the third-place game, 55-34. O’Gorman beat Mitchell 70-33 in the consolation championship and Rapid City Stevens beat Watertown 53-51 in the seventh-place game.

Class A

 No. 1 Hamlin 58, No. 2 Wagner 55

WATERTOWN – A back-and-forth affair finished with the undefeated Chargers coming out on top at the Watertown Civic Arena on Saturday night.

Wagner jumped out to a 20-14 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Chargers then came back in the second, outscoring the Red Raiders 20-13, giving them a 34-33 lead at halftime. Hamlin would extend the lead to 46-43 going into the fourth. Wagner pulled to within 56-55 but two free throws from Kami Wadsworth and the Red Raiders not getting a shot off on their last possession led to the Chargers winning the championship.

Hamlin was led by Wadsworth who had 17 points and seven rebounds. Brooklyn Brandreit had 14 points and Addison Neuendrof had seven points. Ally Abraham had 12 points and six rebounds. Marissa Bawdon had eight points.

Wagner was led by Ashlyn Koupal who had 14 points. Emma Yost had 13 points and six rebounds. Shalayne Nagel had 10 points and Lydia Yost had nine points.

Hamlin went 25-0 this season and Wagner was 24-2. Sisseton beat Red Cloud 55-47 in the third-place game. Sioux Falls Christian defeated Flandreau 46-43 in overtime in the consolation championship. Rapid City Christian beat Lakota Tech 66-52 in the seventh-place game.

Class B

 No. 3 Viborg-Hurley 71, No. 5 Wall 61

HURON – The Cougars built a seven-point lead in the second quarter and that was enough to get the win as they hung on and were crowned champions at the Huron Arena on Saturday night.

The two teams went back-and-forth in the first quarter and it was 17-17 at the end of the quarter. That’s Viborg-Hurley distanced itself from Wall as the Cougars outscored the Lady Eagles 17-10 in the second quarter and led 34-27 at halftime.

V-H would then extend its lead to 44-29 midway through the third, but Wall then outscored the

Cougars 16-7 the rest of the quarter and cut the lead to 51-45 heading into the fourth. The Cougars then made their free throws down the stretch and put the game on ice.

V-H was led by Coral Mason who had 28 points and 16 rebounds. Denae Mach had 16 points and six rebounds. Charley Nelson had 14 points and Estelle Lee had eight points.

Wall was led by Paige Kjerstad who had 21 points and 10 rebounds. Nora Dinger had 13 points and four rebounds. Alexis Stpehan had 11 points. Rhea Tuckers had eight points and eight rebounds.

Viborg-Hurley had a record of 23-3, while the Lady Eagles were 20-6. No. 1 seeded Wolsey-Wessington beat No. 2 seeded Ethan 60-55 in the third-place game. Jones County defeated Castlewood 48-43 in the consolation championship and Howard took seventh-place after beating Sully Buttes 54-44.