Eureka-Bowdle wins District 6B crown with fourth-quarter surge

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By Jay Davis

The senior-laden Eureka-Bowdle Patriots extended nine high school basketball careers with a 37-33 win over Herreid-Selby Area in the District 6B championship game in Ipswich on Thursday.

Eureka-Bowdle was staring at a seven-point deficit at the start of the fourth quarter. Down 27-20, the Patriots claimed the district title by outscoring the Wolverines 17-6 in the final stanza.

Desha Hoellein sparked the rally with three three-pointers and finished the game by leading all scorers with 17 points. Jonie Wipf scored 10 points and pulled down a game-high six rebounds. Megan Sandmeier added four points and four assists.

Shauni Schwartz led Herreid-Selby Area with 14 points, five rebounds and three blocked shots. Taylor Madden scored eight points and had four assists. The Wolverines end the season with an 18-3 record.

Eureka-Bowdle advances to take on Sully Buttes in the Region 3B championship game on Thursday. The Patriots and Chargers will tip off at 7 p.m. in Gettysburg. Eureka-Bowdle beat Sully Buttes 52-49 in Onida in mid-December. Since the first of the year, the 20-2 Chargers have won 17 straight games.

 

Eureka-Bowdle (18-3) 9 17 20 37

Herreid-Selby Area (18-4) 8 19 27 33

Eureka-Bowdle: Tegan McManaman 1 1-2 3, Megan Sandmeier 2 0-1 4, Amy Moser 1 0-0 3, Jonie Wipf 5 0-0 10, Desha Hoellein 5 4-5 17, Totals 14 5-8 37.

Herreid-Selby Area: Abbey Fjeldheim 2 0-0 4, McKenzie Frank 0 2-2 2, Taylor Madden 3 0-0 8, Kendra Thorstenson 0 1-2 1, Shauni Schwartz 5 4-4 14, Haylee Biel 2 0-0 4, Totals 12 7-10 33.

3-point field goals: Eureka-Bowdle 4 (Hoellein 3, Moser); Herreid-Selby Area 2 (Madden 2). Rebounds: Eureka-Bowdle 11 (Wipf 6); Herreid-Selby Area 16 (Schwartz 5). Assists: Eureka-Bowdle 12 (Sandmeier 4); Herreid-Selby Area 7 (Madden 4). Steals: Eureka-Bowdle 9 (Wipf 3); Herreid-Selby Area 4. Turnovers: Eureka-Bowdle 9; Herreid-Selby Area 14.

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