The high school basketball season is over and it unsurprisingly makes up a big portion of this week's plays of the week ... but we do hit the ice for at least one highlight from the week that was ...
8. We start things off on the ice at No. 8 with the Rushmore Thunder's Scott Kendrick finding Blake DeVries for the goal ... unfortunately for the Thunder that was the end of the scoring as they fell to Sioux Falls 4-1 for the state championship ... 7. At No. 7 it's to the hardwood and it's Brandon Valley's Danica Kocer with the quick trigger for 3 off the inbounds ... the Lynx dropped Sioux Falls Lincoln to win the Class AA state championship ... 6. At No. 6 it's the boys title tilt and this is O'Gorman's Akoi Akoi with the strong move and nifty finish from behind the backboard ... but the Knights fell as the Lynx won both the boys and girls titles on the same night ... 5. At No. 5 it's St. Thomas More's Ryder Kirsch finding Michael Gylten on the backdoor cut against Lennox ... but it wasn't enough as the Cavaliers dropped the state opener to the Orioles before rallying to win the consolation championship ... 4. At No. 4 it's Stevens' Kyah Watson with the steal and she goes coast to coast with the beautiful spin and finish ... the University of South Dakota commit led the Raiders to a blowout win over Sioux Falls Washington in that one ... 3. At No. 3 it's Pine Ridge's Corey Brown, he of the majestic mohawk, from downtown against Tea Area ... the Thorpes fought the eventual Class A champs hard but fell in a close game in the semifinals in Sioux Falls .... 2. At No. 2 it's Stevens' Dylan Pourier to Joe Bennett and Bennett drains the water out of the tub for three ... but the Raiders fell in this opening round game to the eventual state champ Brandon Valley Lynx .. 1. And at No. 1 it's Huron junior Kobe Busch, who had arguably the half of the tournament with 18 points in the opening 16 minutes against Yankton ... here he hits from Steph Curry range ... but the Tigers fell to Yankton in their opener ..
The Rapid City Rush are in Utah tonight and Tyler Poulsen scored a couple of goals as Rapid City is tied with the Grizzlies at 3 apiece at last check ... The Rush conclude their six-game run against the Grizzlies tonight. The Rush are currently eight points out of the playoffs in the Western Conference wiht a 26-30-5-3 record. They will be back home at the Civic Center this weekend for a pair of games against the Idaho Steelheads on Friday and Saturday.
It was an historic day for women's basketball in the state of South Dakota today as both of its NCAA Division I teams earned berths in the NCAA Tournament today.
SDSU is a No. 6 seed, USD is a No. 8] The South Dakota State Jackrabbits were the Summit League regular-season and tournament champions and earned an automatic bid into the field. The Jackrabbits will be looking to send senior Macy Miller, the Summit League's two-time player of the year and all-time leading scorer, off in style. The Coyotes earned the first-ever at-large bid after a season where they went 28-5 and were ranked in the top-25 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and Associated Press Top 25 for the first time. USD also beat tournament teams Iowa State and Missouri, both teams were ranked No. 22 at the time, earlier this season which helped the Coyotes earn their at-large bid.
Both teams are in the Portland Region with the Jacks a six seed taking on Quinnipiac in Syracuse, New York. The winner of the Jacks-Bobcats game will get the winner of No. 3 seed Syracuse and No. 14 Fordham in the second round. The Coyotes are the region's No. 8 seed and will face No. 9 Clemson in Starkville, Mississippi. The winner of their game will take on the winner of No. 1 seeded Mississippi State and No. 16 Southern in the second round.
In men's tournament news, the No. 7 seeded South Dakota State men will open the National Invitational Tournament tomorrow night in Austin, Texas against the Texas Longhorns. The Jackrabbits made the NCAA tournament each of the past three seasons but were stunned in the Summit League tournament opener by Western Illinois. South Dakota State will be trying to make the final run of Mike Daum's college career a memorable one. Daum has won the Summit League's player of the year award each of the past three seasons and became just the 10th player in the history of Division I men's history to notch 3,000 career points. Daum averages over 25 points per game this season.