High school basketball: Hamlin wins top-five boys matchup while Sioux Valley girls beat Chargers


HAMLIN — The Sioux Valley Cossacks split a doubleheader against Hamlin on Monday night. While the Cossack girls basketball team earned a 42-37 win over the Chargers, Hamlin returned the favor in the nightcap, defeating the Cossacks 80-48 in a battle of top-five teams in Class A.


 Sioux Valley 42, Hamlin 37

The Cossacks jumped out to a 14-10 lead at the end of the first quarter and took a 26-20 lead into halftime. Hamlin cut into the lead with a 6-5 advantage in the third quarter and trailed 31-26 going into the fourth quarter but the Cossacks held on, playing to an 11-11 tie in the final eight minutes to secure the win.

Keyra Kruse led Sioux Valley with 15 points, nine rebounds and three blocks while Isabelle Bloker had 10 points, two rebounds, two steals and an assist. Kailey Cradduck had seven points, nine rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal and Liberty Trygstad finished with five points and five rebounds off the bench.

Addison Neuendorf had 13 points and six rebounds for the Chargers while Musonda Kanwe had 12 points, three rebounds and two steals. Marissa Bawdon also finished with eight points, eight rebounds, two assists and a steal.

Sioux Valley shot 31 percent in the game including 2-of-14 (14.3%) on 3-pointers. The Cossacks made 10-of-21 (47.6%) free throws and committed 10 turnovers.

The Cossacks improved to 11-5 with the win and will travel to Deuel on Tuesday night.


 Hamlin 80, Sioux Valley 48

The second-ranked Chargers were in control for most of the game against the fourth-ranked Cossacks, jumping out to a 21-14 lead at the end of the first quarter and a 45-21 lead at halftime.

Hamlin led 64-39 at the end of the third quarter before out-scoring Sioux Valley 16-15 in the fourth quarter to secure the win.

Easton Neuendorf finished with 20 points for the Chargers while Jackson Wadsworth and Evan Stormo had 19 points each. Tyson Stevenson also had 11 points in the win.

Maxwell Engebretson led the Cossacks with 17 points while Maverick Nelson had 13 points and Alec Squires had seven points.

Sioux Valley fell to 14-2 with the loss and will travel to Deuel on Tuesday night.