Braves beat Lady Midgets in OT for 11A title

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By Jay Davis

Kaleb Shepherd of Cheyenne-Eagle Butte drives past Shayla Gayton of McLaughlin. The Braves beat the Lady Midgets 50-44 in overtime to win the District 11A title at Mobridge-Pollock High School Gymnasium on Thursday.

Kaleb Shepherd of Cheyenne-Eagle Butte drives past Shayla Gayton of McLaughlin. The Braves beat the Lady Midgets 50-44 in overtime to win the District 11A title at Mobridge-Pollock High School Gymnasium on Thursday.

It took an extra session to decide the champions. Cheyenne-Eagle Butte outscored McLaughlin 8-2 in overtime to win the District 11A championship game 50-42 at Mobridge-Pollock High School Gymnasium on Thursday.
Kaleb Shepherd put Cheyenne-Eagle Butte ahead 45-42 with a basket and foul shot to start the overtime and then stopped the Lady Midgets on their next possession by blocking a shot. The Braves used free throws to extend their lead. Nelly Dupris hit three of four charity shots, the third lifting the lead to 49-42 with 24 seconds left. McLaughlin did not score in overtime until Shaunte Brownotter sank two free throws with 12 seconds left.
The Braves looked to have the game won in regulation, leading 42-35 with 1:30 to play, but Jayda Bad Horse hit a two and Bobbi Jamerson a three to draw McLaughlin within two at 42-40. Shayla Gayton followed with a steal and layup with 1:01 to play. With the game tied, neither team could put the ball in the hoop during the last minute of the fourth quarter.
Kaleb Shepherd and Angela Ducheneaux led Cheyenne-Eagle Butte with 12 points each. Ducheneaux got the Braves off and scoring early with three three-pointers in the first quarter. Cassidy Hollow Horn scored five points and led rebounding with 12 caroms. Shepherd finished with three blocked shots.
Jamerson and Gayton led the Lady Midgets. Jamerson had an 11-point, 12-rebound double-double. Gayton scored a team-leading 12 points and grabbed nine boards. Bad Horse added seven points.
Cheyenne-Eagle Butte advances to take on Chamberlain in Gettysburg on Friday for the Region 6A championship and a trip to the State A Basketball Tournament. The 20-1 Lady Cubs beat the Braves 46-32 in Chamberlain on Jan. 7.

McLaughlin (11-9)                7 17 28 42 44
C-EB (13-8)                         13 27 33 42 50
McLaughlin: Bobbi Jamerson 4 1-2 11, Shayla Gayton 5 2-5 12, Shaunte Brown Otter 1 3-4 5, Jayda Bad Horse 2 3-3 7, Billi Jamerson 0 0-0 0, McKenna Vetter 4 0-0 9, Totals 16 9-14 44.
Cheyenne-Eagle Butte: Jimmi Lawrence 1 0-0 2, River Gunville 3 1-2 7, Kaleb Shepherd 3 6-9 12, Nelly Dupris 2 4-7 8, Marquel Shepherd 1 0-0 2, Angela Ducheneaux 4 0-0 12, K’Lona Lofton 1 0-0 2, Cassidy Hollow Horn 2 1-2 5, Totals 17 12-20 50.
3-point field goals: McLaughlin: 3 (Bobbi Jamerson 2, Vetter); Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 4 (Ducheneaux 4). Rebounds: McLaughlin 32 (Bobbi Jamerson 12, Gayton 9); Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 44 (Hollow Horn 12, M. Shepherd 9). Total fouls: McLaughlin 21 (Billi Jamerson out); Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 13.

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