From the hardwood to the ice ... there were some eye-popping performances this week at all levels ... we take a look back at the top plays from the week that was ...
5. We start things off at No. 5 with some Squirt hockey ... and this is Dickinson's Jakobii Clevenger with the goal and the nice little celebration as the North Dakota squad took a 6-5 win over the Rushmore Thunder ... 4. At No. 4 it's the new captain for the Rapid City Rush Justin Faryna cleaning up Garrett Klotz's shot at the net ... the Utah Grizzlies didn't like it ... but that was a goal as the Rush have won three in a row .... 3. At No. 3 it's SoDak 16 action between Winner and Hot Springs and this is Winner sophomore Brady Fritz with the nice move and finish baseline ... but the Bison took the win and are headed to state ... 2. At No. 2 it's the man who did the heavy lifting for the Rush in their three-game win streak, goalie Adam Carlson with three nice saves against the Grizzlies ... Carlson had two shutouts and a win in a shootout as he stopped 97 shots and allowed two goals in three wins last week ... 1. And at No. 1 it's Makaleb McInnis of Black Hills State hitting two monster jump shots late in the shot clock and late in the game to keep Colorado Mesa at bay as the Yellow Jackets made a run to the RMAC championship game for the first time in program history ...>
SECOND SEEDED USD ENTERS WINNING 14 OF THEIR LAST 15... THEY DEFEATED SIXTH SEED UND BY 33 TO CLOSE OUT THE REGULAR SEASON and face the Fighting Hawks again with a trip to the Summit League title game on the line. FIRST QUARTER- ALLISON ARENS KEEPS IT AND FORCES HER WAY TO THE BUCKET... DRAWING THE FOUL ... she led the Coyotes with 17 points and 8 boards on the night ... Rapid City's CIARA DUFFY here the same day she was named an Academic All-American for the second straight season ... SHE CONNECTS ON THE nifty REVERSE LAY-UP... SHE FINISHES WITH 17-POINTS AND 6-REBOUNDS. More from Duffy as Taylor Frederick makes the nice pass and the St. Thomas More product shows off the touch again ... UND BRINGS IT WITHIN SEVEN IN THE SECOND... JILL MORTON TO MELISSA DAILEY IN THE THE CORNER.... BUT THE COYOTES PULL AWAY... Duffy on the break with the pump fake and layup ...
And then it's Onida's Chloe Lamb with the strong move and finish ... the Coyotes pulled away in the second half of this one and ADVANCE TO FACE THE JACKRABBITS IN THE SUMMIT LEAGUE TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP WITH THE 84-61 win.
Plitzuweit said, "It's a very special group of young ladies, I thought this was potentially a difficult game because you know you're trying not to look ahead to the next game, we weren't looking ahead to the next game because you know what's on the line is the opportunity to play for a championship and I'm just really excited for our young ladies because now they have an opportunity to do that." Duffy said, "You know there are going to be ups and downs, there are going to be runs, there will be runs tomorrow that we need to withstand but I think it always comes back to who we've been and doing the little things right."
The Jackrabbits and Coyotes will tip off tomorrow at noon Mountain Time. The game will be televised on ESPNU.
Summit League women's semifinals ... South Dakota State ON A 14-GAME WIN STREAK .... FIRST QUARTER- MYAH SELLAND TO MACY MILLER WHO POPS UP AT THE TOP OF THE KEY... SHE LED ALL scorers WITH 18. EIGHT THREES ON THE DAY FOR the Jacks ... here MILLER WITH THE CROSS COURT find of TYLEE IRWIN... JACKS UP 10. DEFENSE ALSO STEPPING UP... NINE POINTS OFF TURN-OVERS IN THE FIRST HALF... this is MADI GEUBERT picking off this floater of a pass and she goes COAST-TO-COAST... SHE FINISHED WITH NINE.. SDSU'S LEAD UP TO 18 IN THE SECOND QUARTER... AS SELLAND CONNECTS FROM LONG DISTANCE... THREE OF HER 13. JACKS KEPT THAT 18-POINT LEAD HEADING INTO HALF-TIME... IN TRANSITION... WHAT A FEED TO Tagyn LARSON ON THE BLOCK.... TWO OF HER 15. JACKS NEVER TRAILED IN THE GAME... THEY ADVANCE TO THE SUMMIT LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP WITH THE 86-55 FINAL...
The combined Class AA state basketball tournament hits Rapid City this week in what will be a busy three days at the civic center ... the Stevens Raiders will be well represented as both the boys and girls teams are still in the running for a state championship.
The Raider boys are back in the state tournament field for the seventh straight season after taking third place last year ... but they had to essentially completely reload this season as they lost all their starters but sharp-shooter Dawson Paulsen, who was then lost to a season-ending knee injury. The Raiders hope being at home in front of a supportive crowd will help them make a run this week.
Stoebner says, "I'd like to think we're going to have the biggest crowd, the best environment ... hopefully the fans get to come out Thursday night, which helps, you know, hopefully the fans pack the stands, give us support and we're going to try to represent Stevens the best we can." Pourier said, "It's something that I've been working for since like seventh grade, so it's exciting that it's finally here, I'm going to work super hard, I know my guys are going to work super hard and we're just going to come out and play the best basketball we can."
Stevens opens the tournament Thursday night at 7 o'clock in the Barnett Arena against Brandon Valley. The Raiders topped the Lynx 63 to 57 in the season-opening game at Carold Heier Gymnasium way back on December 7th.