HURON — The 281 Conference Girls’ title games played like most as both the No. 4 seeded Highmore-Harrold Pirates and No. 1 seeded Sanborn Central-Woonsocket Blackhawks are capable of scoring in bunches and shutting the opposition down.
However, Thursday night Sanborn Central-Woonsocket had the first big run building a five-point halftime lead and that enabled them to play with a slight cushion for most of the night, as the Pirates tried to pull even with them, falling just short 61-56.
That original run began as the second quarter opened and the Blackhawks leading 14-13.
Morgan Selland keyed a 13-2 run to open the period as she hit a pair of three-pointers on back-to-back trips to push the lead to 26-15.
Rachelle Moore and Shelby Selland each added six points of their own including Shelby grabbing an offensive rebound and putting it back up for a basket which gave the Blackhawks their biggest lead thus far 30-16.
“When you play great teams you can’t make mistakes because they make you pay for those mistakes,” said Pirate Head Coach Mike Ring.
However, the Pirates then began a run of their own, as Elizabeth Buchholz hit a three-pointer to cut the lead to 30-19 and Tyann Hamlin added a basket to cut it to nine, with a little more than three minutes to go in the half.
The Blackhawks built the lead back up to 11 before the Pirates went on a 6-0 run to close out the half. Courtney Keller had a field goal during the run and McKenzee Zilverberg added two free throws before stealing the ball and scoring again ahead of the halftime buzzer, making it 34-29.
“We had some nice runs to stay in the game but we couldn’t find the baskets we needed to keep it going,” said Ring.
The two teams stayed close to begin the third quarter until, with Blackhawks up 49-35, Sanborn Central-Woonsocket went on a 8-0 lead to push the lead back to 47-35.
Morgan Selland started the run with a put back, followed by a three-pointer by Moore making it 44-35. Shelby Selland hit a pair of free throws capping the run as the lead raced into double digits 47-35.
Tierny Hamlin scored to stop the run and the third quarter ended with the Pirates down 10-points 47-37.
“I thought our girls did a good job of finding Shelby (Selland) in the middle,” said Blackhawk Head Coach Tim McCain, as Shelby had three field goals in each of the four quarters.
The Pirates still had one more run left in them as they chipped the 10-point lead down to 53-31 with a little more than three minutes to play as Zilverberg hit her second three-pointer of the quarter as she scored eight of the Pirates 14 points to begin the quarter.
Courtney Keller had a pair of field goals and Sydney Cowan added another during the 14-6 run.
However, that was as close as the Pirates would get with six unanswered free throws to push the lead back up to 10, 61-51 with 26 seconds to play.
“Rachelle Moore hit some big free throws for us at the end,” said McCain as she was 4-of-6 in the quarter and 6-for-8 in the game. Moore was named the Carr Chiropractic Most Valuable Player of the tournament.
Zilverberg did have another field goal and Keller added a three-pointer late to climb within five, 61-56 but the Pirates and the scoreboard ran out of time.
Shelby Selland had a game-high 28 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Blackhawks. Moore finished with 13 points and four rebounds along with Morgan Selland who had 11 points.
Rachel Selland helped fuel the Blackhawks offensively and defensively as she had three steals and five assists to go along with one point and Marissa Weber scored four points and pulled down five rebounds.
“Rachel (Selland) had some smart ballhandling and key rebounds for us,” said McCain.
For the Blackhawks, Zilverberg had a team-high 20 points to go along with five rebounds, four assists and one assist.
“I was very satisfied with our effort,” said McCain of his team’s play.
Keller finished with 17 points and Buchholz had eight points. Cowan led the Pirates in rebounding as she had nine to add to her 4 points and Tyann Hamlin had four rebounds and five points in the game.
The Blackhawks (8-0) will next be in action today when they host No. 2 Warner.
The Pirates (10-2) will host Lyman next Thursday in Highmore.
Sanborn Central-Woonsocket 14 34 47 61
Highmore-Harrold 13 29 37 56
Sanborn-Central Woonsocket (8-0) Rachel Moore 3 6-8 13, Candace Page-Marten 1 2-2 4, Shelby Selland 12 4-5 28, Marissa Weber 2 0-2 4, Rachel Selland 0 1-3 1, Morgan Selland 4 0-0 11. Totals: 22 13-20 61.
Highmore-Harrold (10-2) Elizabeth Buchholz 3 0-0 8, McKenzee Zilverberg 6 5-6 20, Sydnee Cowan 2 0-0 4, Courtney Keller 7 1-5 17, Tyann Hamlin 2 1-3 5, Tierny Hamlin 1 0-0 2. Totals: 21 7-14 56.
Three-point goals: SCW 3 (M.Selland 3), HH 7 (Zilverberg 3, Buchholz 2, Keller 2). Rebounds: SCW 33 (S.Selland 12, Weber 5, Moore 4), HH 31 Cowan 9, Zilverberg 5, Ty.Hamlin 4). Assists: SCW 14 (R.Selland 5), HH 9 (Zilverberg 4, Ti.Hamlin 2). Steals: SCW 10 (R. Selland 3), HH 2 (Zliverberg.) Turnovers: SCW 12, HH 18. Fouls: SCW 18, HH 18 (Cowan 5).
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