TDA, Castlewood, Hanson, Ethan prevail on Day 1 of Class B tourney

ABERDEEN – Eighth-seeded Tripp-Delmont/Armour handed top-seeded Faith its first loss of the season and Castlewood, Hanson and Ethan also posted quarterfinal wins in the Class B State Girls’ Basketball Tournament on Thursday at the Barnett Center.

The semifinals are tonight as the Blackhawks (21-3) and Warriors (21-2) face off at 6 p.m. and the Beaverettes (21-3) take on the Rustlers (22-2) at 7:45 p.m.

In the consolation semifinals, the Longhorns (23-1) face Warner (20-4) at noon and Avon (20-4) matches up with Sully Buttes (22-2) at 1:45 p.m.

 Tripp-Delmont/Armour 48, Faith 39

Mattlynn Reiner poured in a game-high 32 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to complete the double-double as the Nighthawks beat the Longhorns.

TDA was up 10-7 after a quarter, 22-16 at halftime and 30-25 through three before outscoring Faith 18-14 in the final period.

Kianna Payer added nine points and six boards for the Nighthawks, who shot 31.03 percent (18-of-58) but forced 18 turnovers.

The Longhorns’ Kailyn Grove posted a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds. Sydnie Schauer contributed 11 markers.

 Castlewood 54, Warner 28

Alayna Benike led an efficient Warrior attack with a double-double as Castlewood advanced.

Benike finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds, while adding seven assists and five of her team’s 10 steals.

The Warriors shot 43.8 percent (21-of-48) from the field, including a 7-of-17 mark on 3-pointers, and committed just six turnovers.

Castlewood opened up a 16-6 lead after a quarter, pushed the margin to 31-12 at halftime and was ahead 47-20 heading to the fourth.

Darah DeKam contributed 14 points and Regan Benike had 13 to go with nine boards and three dimes.

Warner, which shot 25 percent (12-of-48), was led by Haylee Hanson’s 15 points.

 Hanson 53, Avon 42

Jada Campbell tallied a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds as three Beaverettes scored in double figures in the victory.

Hanson raced out to a 16-3 lead after a quarter and was up 31-12 at halftime. The score stood at 44-25 heading to the final stanza.

Megan Guericke scored 14 points and Heather Kayser added 10 and four assists. Brooke Slaba pitched in with eight markers.

The Beaverettes shot an even 50 percent (19-of-38) from the field and were 6-of-10 on 3-pointers.

Avon’s Lauren Sees scored a game-high 20 points and corralled eight boards. Avon finished at 34 percent (16-of-47).

 Ethan 37, Sully Buttes 36

Karly Gustafson’s bucket with 2:31 remaining lifted the Rustlers over the two-time defending-champion Chargers.

Ethan was up 7-6 after a quarter and 20-18 at halftime, and the score was tied at 32-all through three.

Sully Buttes’ Lauren Wittler dropped in a basket with 7:10 to go, before Gustafson quickly answered with a 3-pointer with 6:39 left.

Sully Buttes took its final lead at 36-35 on a Marinda Archer bucket with 5:22 showing on the clock.

Gustafson finished with a game-high 16 points and also grabbed 10 rebounds to round out the double-double.

Cameryn Logan had 11 points, as Jessica Bartscher and Maddie Miiller chipped in with five apiece.

Ethan shot 43.8 percent (14-of-32) and Sully Buttes finished at 45.7 percent (16-of-35). The Rustlers outscored the Chargers 12-6 on 3-pointers and 5-2 at the free-throw line.

For Sully Buttes, Wittler and Archer both finished with 14 points. Wittler also dished out four assists.

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