Looking to get back to the Class A State Basketball Tournament, the ninth seeded Fighting Cougars of McCook Central/Montrose battled eighth Aberdeen Roncalli at the Huron Arena last night. It was a defensive-minded first half, as Roncalli led 8-6 after the first quarter and MCM held a 16-15 advantage at the break. The Fighting Cougars came out and controlled most of the third quarter, building their lead to 30-22 with around one minute left. The momentum in the game took a huge swing in favor of the Lady Cavaliers.
After a free throw to pull within seven, Roncalli got the ball for the final shot of the quarter and got a runner to pull within five. They would then score the first six points of the fourth quarter to lead 31-30. With the score then being tied at 32, the Lady Cavs would dominate the rest of the way and went on to win 47-35. Both teams shot under thirty percent in the game and at times struggled from the free-throw line. Madisen Koepsell led MCM with 21 points and Abigail Van Ruler pulled down 13 rebounds. McCook Central/Montrose finished their season with a 17-5 record.
In other area SoDak-16 games from last night, #16 Tri-Valley lost to #1 St Thomas More 64-43 and #7 Flandreau defeated #10 West Central 60-55. The Flyers are making their first appearance at the State Tournament since 1997.
Girls Class A SoDak 16:
#1 St Thomas More 64 #16 Tri-Valley 43
#2 Winner 67 #15 Redfield 38
#14 Hill City 45 #3 Crow Creek 43
#4 Hamlin 46 #13 Mt Vernon/Plankinton 36
#5 Lennox 55 #12 Miller 20
#6 Red Cloud 60 #11 Tea Area 41
#7 Flandreau 60 #10 West Central 55
#8 Aberdeen Roncalli 47 #9 McCook Central/Montrose 35