Lady Tigers open district with easy win

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By Jay Davis

The Lady Tigers tipped off the postseason with a 52-25 win over Stanley County in the District 11A semifinals at Mobridge-Pollock High School Gymnasium on Tuesday.The game was decided quickly when the Lady Tigers jumped out to an 18-4 lead in the first quarter. The lead was 32-7 at the half.

“I’m very proud of our defense holding them to seven points in the first half,” said coach Katie Konold. “We did a lot of different presses and traps and executed them all perfectly.”

Stanley County did not reach double figures until the 4:21 mark of the third quarter.

Everyone played and everyone played quite a bit on the night. Konold said it was good for the girls after the tough, physical games on Friday and Saturday and the big District 11A championship game coming up on Thursday.

“I’m happy everyone got to rest in the second half,” said Konold. “Now it’s important we have a really good practice to be ready for Thursday.

Eleven Lady Tigers found their way into the scorebook. Cass Ulmer and Katie Heil paced the attack with 10 points each. Kylee Kettering was one point back with nine. Bench players combined to score 27 points.

Kelly Sweetman led Stanley County with a game-high 11 points.

The Lady Tigers advance to take on Cheyenne-Eagle Butte for the District 11A championship. The game will tip off on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Ft. Pierre.

This marks the third straight season the Lady Tigers and Braves have met for the district title. Mobridge-Pollock defeated Cheyenne-Eagle Butte in the first two and beat the Braves 46-38 in Eagle Butte on Feb. 13.

Sisseton

The Lady Tigers got behind the Sisseton Redmen early and could never get back to square one as Sisseton won a 45-37 game in Sisseton on Saturday.

“We let their aggressive man-to-man defense rattle us,” said Konold. “We didn’t do the things we needed to do offensively.”

In a low-scoring first half, Sisseton led 11-5 after one quarter and 16-10 at the half. The Redmen scored four straight to start the second half and take a 10-point lead. The Lady Tigers answered with six straight points, but could not get closer than four points.

Mobridge-Pollock trailed by five points early in the fourth quarter, but a 6-0 run by the Redman that made the score 39-27 and put the game out of reach.

While the Lady Tigers struggled on offense, they kept 18-2 Sisseton on their heels and kept the game close for most of four quarters.

“We played a very good game defensively against the third-ranked team,” said Konold.

Heil led the Lady Tigers with 13 points. Kettering scored 12 points and grabbed five rebounds. Ulmer added eight points and five boards.

Jordyn Kirk led Sisseton with a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double. Shelly Greeley scored a game-high 17 points. The duo combined to make nine straight free throws, including seven in the fourth quarter.

Winner

The Lady Tigers secured their top seed in the district with a 31-28 win over Winner at Scherr-Howe Arena on Friday.

“It was just a battle between two hard-nosed defensive ball clubs,” said Konold. “They packed it in on us. A team is not going to score many points with that defense.”

The Lady Tigers scored when it mattered most. Mobridge-Pollock trailed 28-27 when Ulmer hit a jumper for a Lady Tiger 29-28 lead. With the game tied at 29-all, Ulmer hit two free throws to make the score 31-29 with 29.6 seconds left. After the Tiger defense forced a Winner turnover, Keshia Milliken made one of two free throws to ice the win with 4.89 seconds left.

“It was close and we closed out a tough game,” said Konold.

Ulmer led the Lady Tigers with 10 points and eight rebounds. Heil scored a game-high 11 points. Kettering added three points and eight boards.

Katie Mathis led Winner with eight points.

 

Stanley County (2-19) 4 7 16 25

Mobridge-Pollock (14-7) 18 32 43 52

Stanley County: Tori Deal 1 1-2 3, Ali Scott 1 0-0 2, Kelly Sweetman 4 1-3 11, Nicole Smith 0 0-0 0, Codi Ryckman 1 0-2 3, Bailey Tibbs 2 0-1 4, Tawnee Whitley 1 0-1 2, Totals 10 2-9 25.

Mobridge-Pollock: Michelle McClellan 1 1-2 3, Lauren Brekke 0 0-0 0, Cass Ulmer 5 0-1 10, Kylee Kettering 4 0-0 9, Katie Heil 4 2-2 10, Kady Pinney 1 0-0 2, Keshia Milliken 2 1-2 5, Aundrea Kramer 2 0-4 4, Steph Gemar 1 0-0 2, Chelsy Hoffman 1 0-0 2, Krista Ulmer 2 1-2 5, Maranda Wagner 1 0-1 2, Totals 23 5-15 52.

3-point field goals: Stanley County 3 (Sweetman 2, Ryckman); Mobridge-Pollock 1 (Kettering). Rebounds: Stanley County 12; Mobridge-Pollock 28 (Ulmer 6, Hoffman 5). Assists: Mobridge-Pollock 16 (Pinney 4). Steals: Mobridge-Pollock 13 (Heil 3). Total fouls: Stanley County 16; Mobridge-Pollock 15. Turnovers: Stanley County 24; Mobridge-Pollock 12.

 

Mobridge-Pollock (13-7) 5 10 21 37

Sisseton (18-2) 11 16 28 45

Mobridge-Pollock: Michelle McClellan 0 1-3 1, Cass Ulmer 4 0-1 8, Kady Pinney 1 1-2 3, Kylee Kettering 4 3-4 12, Katie Heil 4 4-5 13, Keshia Milliken 0 0-1 0, Totals 13 9-16 37.

Sisseton: Jordyn Kirk 5 5-5 15, Amber LeBelle 1 0-0 2, Mickinzie Metz 1 0-0 2, Shelly Greeley 6 4-4 17, Danni Frederick 0 3-4 3, Morgan Haanan 2 0-2 4, Macy Toelle 0 2-4 2, Totals 15 14-19 45.

3-point field goals: Mobridge-Pollock 2 (Kettering, Heil); Sisseton 1 (Greeley). Rebounds: Mobridge-Pollock 19 (Ulmer 5, Kettering 5); Sisseton 19 (Kirk 10).

Assists: Mobridge-Pollock 4; Sisseton 9. Steals: Mobridge-Pollock 5; Sisseton 11 (Greeley 5). Total fouls: Mobridge-Pollock 17; Sisseton 19. Turnovers: Mobridge-Pollock 25; Sisseton 15. JV Game: Sisseton 47-29.

 

Winner (8-12) 8 18 24 29

Mobridge-Pollock (13-6) 7 15 24 32

Winner: Tawny Berry 1 2-4 4, Carlie Thieman 1 0-0 2, Haley DeMers 0 1-2 1, Katie Mathis 3 2-6 8, Dayna Diez 0 0-0 0, Sara Husher 2 1-2 5, Cassidy Hanson 3 1-2 7, Kennede Mathis 0 2-2 2, Totals 12 9-18 29.

Mobridge-Pollock: Michelle McClellan 1 0-0 2, Cass Ulmer 3 4-8 10, Kady Pinney 0 3-4 3, Kylee Kettering 0 3-4 3, Katie Heil 5 1-4 11, Keshia Milliken 1 1-2 3, Totals 10 12-22 32.

3-point field goals: Winner 0; Mobridge-Pollock 0. Rebounds: Winner 20; Mobridge-Pollock 26 (Ulmer 8, Kettering 8). Assists: Mobridge-Pollock 9. Steals: Mobridge-Pollock 6. Total fouls: Winner 19; Mobridge-Pollock 12. Turnovers: Winner 12; Mobridge-Pollock 9. JV Game: Winner won.

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