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South girls pull away for win at All-Star Games

Posted: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014

When a group of seniors with thousands of points between them take the court for a 40-minute sprint, you can count on plenty of scoring.

The South Dakota Girls’ All-Star basketball game did not disappoint, as the South pulled away for an 84-60 win over the North Tuesday night at the Northern State Barnett Center.

The two teams set a blistering pace to the night, scoring on quick possessions in the opening two minutes of play. The South jumped out to a 4-0 lead thanks to a pair of offensive rebounds and buckets from Keely Bertram of Elk Point-Jefferson.

The North’s Miranda Ristau, a Warner graduate and Northern State commitment, tied things up at four points apiece with buckets on back-to-back possessions. Ristau, playing on her soon-to-be home court, then had a key blocked shot that turned into a three-pointer at the other end to give the North a 7-4 lead.

From there, the race was on.

The South led 18-17 at the quarter break and extended it to a 41-30 lead by halftime thanks to a quiet 11 points by South Dakota State incoming freshman Macy Miller. Miller, of Mitchell, led an up-tempo pace by the South squad.

“That was the main thing in practice we talked about,” Miller said. “Just push the ball. Eventually we’re going to wear the other team out.”

“All week, we’ve been preaching to the girls, transition offense,” said South head coach Pete Egstad of Baltic. “That was our main focus. We knew eventually, hopefully, the fact that we ran all game would hopefully tire them out and we’d get some great opportunities in the fourth quarter.”

After the North squad cut into the South’s lead and cut it to just a four-point game midway through the third quarter, the South shooters took over in the final stanza. The South out-scored the North 28-9 in the fourth quarter.

Miller finished with 21 points and six rebounds, while Bertram tallied a 14-point, 13-rebound double-double for the South.

“Watching the kids play, it was pretty amazing that they haven’t been teammates,” Egstad said. “They were making extra passes, they were giving each other great shots. We have a couple of great players in Macy Miller and Keely Bertram, but really, every single player that stepped out on the court tonight made a great contribution.”

The North was led by 11 points from Ristau and another 10 off the bench from Aberdeen Roncalli’s Paige Sommers.

Sommers is also a Northern State recruit, but will be playing soccer in a Wolves’ uniform. Tuesday night’s game gave Sommers one last opportunity to pull on a basketball jersey.

“Since I’ve been little, I’ve always wanted to play basketball and soccer and track,” Sommers said. “Obviously, when you get older, you know you can’t do that. So it was fun to get a semi-experience of playing basketball on the court.”

Sommers finished with a pair of three-pointers, as did Aberdeen Central’s Leah Beringer. The North squad finished the game with 45 three-point attempts in the game.

“It was fun playing with all these girls because everyone is good,” Sommers said. “There’s no average players. That made it competitive.”

South     18     41     56     84

North     17     30     51     60

South: Macy Miller 7 7-7 21, Keely Bertram 7 0-2 14, Josie Huber 1 1-2 4, Paige Mriden 1 4-4 6, Allie Walter 3 1-3 7, Becca Glanzer 3 2-4 9, Haley Edmundson 2 0-1 4, Sheria Doering 2 2-2 6, Cassidy Hanson 2 1-2 6, Morgan Tessier 1 0-1 2, Kennedy Wagner 1 0-3 5. Totals 30 21-31 84.

North: Shanna Selby 1 0-2 2, Jennie Scharn 3 0-0 8, Lynsey Prosser 3 0-0 8, Miranda Ristau 5 1-4 11, Shelby Reed 0 0-0 0, Shayla Gayton 2 0-0 4, Leah Beringer 2 0-0 6, Paige Sommers 32-2 10, Anna Keefe 1 0-0 3, Grace Weeks 3 1-4 8, Grayson Gruenhagen 0 0-0 0, Macy Toelle 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 4-10 60.

3-point field goals — South 3-27 (Huber 1-4, Glanzer 1-5, Hanson 1-2); North 10-45 (Scharn 2-6, Prosser 2-8, Beringer 2-6, Sommers 2-5, Weeks 1-2). Total fouls — South 11; North 20. Fouled out — None. Rebounds — South 76 (Bertram 13, Walter 12); North 55 (Weeks 8, Gruenhagen 7, Toelle 7). Assists — South 16 (Miller 4); North 11 (Reed 4). Turnovers — South 15; North 21. Steals — South 13 (Miller 3, Wagner 3); North 8 (Scharn 3).

For the complete article see the 07-17-2014 issue.

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