Sanborn Central-Woonsocket’s Rachelle Moore takes the ball to the basket as James Valley Christian’s Tara Nihart defends on the play during the District 9B title game on Thursday at Huron Arena. Next, James Valley Christian’s Hannah Loban puts up a shot as Sanborn Central-Woonsocket’s Morgan Selland defends on the play during the District 9B championship game on Thursday at Huron Arena. PHOTOs BY MIKE CARROLL/PLAINSMAN
HURON — The Sanborn Central-Woonsocket Lady Blackhawk girls’ basketball have moved in to Huron Arena and after winning a pair of games this week they look pretty comfortable in their new digs.
Thursday evening they won the championship game 81-43 over the James Valley Christian Lady Vikings in the District 5B tournament which ensures them a date Friday, March 1 back at Huron Arena against the winner of District 10B that has three teams still in chase for that spot.
The Lady Backhawks put up back-to-back 80-point efforts in the semifinals and finals behind their high-octane, well-oiled offense machine and played stingy defense not allowing more than 23 points in a half.
Thursday night Sanborn Central-Woonsocket (21-1) shot 53 (27-for 51) percent from two-point range and an incredible 64 percent (7-of-11) from three-point range.
“We have been shooting much better lately,” said Rob Baruth, co-head coach along with Tim McCain for the Lady Blackhawks. “We did a good job of passing the ball to open shooters and making the extra pass to get better shots.”
Seven different Lady Blackhawks scored in the first quarter with sophomore Morgan Selland leading the way with eight points including a pair of three-pointers allowing the team to jump out to a 23-5 lead.
However, seniors Tara Nihart, Betsy Nelson and Jaclyn Loban did make a run in the second quarter to get back into the game, cutting the 18-point lead to 10 as they outscored Sanborn Central-Woonsocket 10-2, over the first four possessions of the quarter.
Nihart hit a three-pointer right as the quarter began, followed by a 20-footer from junior Anna Ulvestad, cutting the lead to 13.
A basket from Shelby Selland made it 25-10.
However, Loban scored on a 15-foot jumper to make it 25-12 and Nihart again struck for three on the following possession cutting the lead to 10, 25-15.
“The girls kept their poise and we just went back to the basics of playing good defense, slow that run back down and get some baskets on our end,” said Baruth.
The Lady Blackhawks would then go on a 13-2 run to regain control, scoring six straight possessions.
Senior Rachelle Moore started things off with a 15-foot jumper, which was answered by Jaclyn Loban’s pull-up jumper, returning the deficit to 10 points with 5 minutes and 21 seconds on the clock.
The Lady Blackhawks then began to return to the rhythm that had built their first period lead as Moore found junior Rachel Selland for a layup inside followed by a fast-break layup from junior Shelby Selland with just less than five minutes to play pushing the lead to 14, 31-17.
After a Lady Viking timeout Moore hit another jumper followed by a three-pointer from Morgan Selland which increased the lead to 19, 36-17.
Ashley Schmit followed with a nice post move which led to a basket as the lead jumped to 21 points, 38-21.
The Lady Vikings were scoreless during this 3 minute and 30 second stretch until Ulvestad hit a three-pointer and Loban followed it with a three-pointer of her own.
Unfortunately for James Valley Christian due to baskets by Shelby Selland and Rachel Selland, the back-to-back three-pointers only cut the lead to 19-points, 42-23 which ended being the halftime score.
Any thoughts of a second-half comeback were thwarted as the Lady Blackhawks scored on 11-of-13 possessions.
Fueling this third quarter barrage were Moore and Rachel Selland, who each had six points, while eighth-grader Myah Selland finished with five.
Meanwhile, James Valley Christian got three-pointers from Ulvestad and Nihart to open the quarter, but the team went scoreless for nearly a six minute stretch before freshman Tierra Decker hit a 12-foot baseline jumper to make it 64-31.
The Lady Blackhawks had nearly perfect balanced scoring with five players reaching double figures.
Moore and Morgan Selland each had 14 points while Shelby and Rachel Selland each had 12 points. Junior Marissa Weber had 10 points.
Weber and Myah Selland, who finished with seven points, each grabbed six rebounds to lead the Lady Blackhawks, while Myah Selland had eight of the teams 24 assists. Moore added five assists as did senior Candace Page-Marten who also had two of the team’s nine steals and finished with two points.
“The bench really did an excellent job tonight, Morgan, Myah and Ashley Schmit came in, gave us a spark and made good plays,” said Baruth. “All things you want your bench to do. They have been important all year and do a great job.”
For James Valley the gritty Jaclyn Loban managed a game-high 16 points while Nihart finished with 11 and Ulvestad had eight.
“Jaclyn (Loban) is an excellent player, and she does a good job of getting to the basket,” said Baruth. “We tried to contain her and keep the rest of their shooters in check.”
Hannah Loban had a game-high five steals and Jacklyn Loban had five of the team’s nine assists.
The Lady Vikings (11-10) made 31 percent (10-of-32) of their two-point shots and made 37 percent (7-of-19) of their three-point tries.
The Lady Blackhawks will have to wait and see who their next opponent will be as the District 10B tournament features Kimball-White Lake (11-6), Corsica-Stickney (10-10) and Mitchell Christian (13-6).
“They are all three good teams,” said Baruth. “We have played all three teams.”
Sanborn-Central Woonsocket beat Kimball-White lake by 14, Corsica-Stickney by 9 and Mitchell Christian by 10.
In the play-in game Tuesday night Mitchell Christian beat Corsica-Stickney 58-53 to advance and play Kimball-White Lake in the District 10B Championship game at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Corn Palace.
James Valley Christian 5 23 31 43
Sanborn Central-Woonsocket 23 42 64 81
James Valley Christian (11-10) jaclyn Loban 7 0-2 16, Tara Nihart 4 0-0 11, Hannah Loban 1 1-2 3, Anna Ulvestad 3 0-2 8, Betsy Nelson 0 0-2 0, Tierra Decker 2 1-2 5. Totals: 17 2-10 43.
Sanborn Central-Woonsocket (21-1) Rachelle Moore 6 0-0 14, Candace Page-Marten 1 0-0 2, Shelby Selland 6 0-0 12, Marissa Weber 4 0-0 10, Rachel Selland 6 0-1 12, Myah Selland 2 3-4 7, Morgan Selland 5 1-2 14, Ashley Schmit 3 0-0 6, Tayla Weber 1 2-2 4.
Three-point goals: JVC 7 (Nihart 3, J.Loban 2, Ulvestad 2); SCW 7 (Mo.Selland 3, Moore 2, M.Weber 2). Rebounds: JVC n/a; SCW 35 (M.Weber 6, My.Selland 6). Assists: JVC 9 (J.Loban 5); SCW 24 (My.Selland 8, Moore 5, Page-Marten 5). Steals: JVC 8 (Hannah Loban 5); SCW 9 (Candace Page-Marten 2). Turnovers JVC 14; SCW 13. Fouls: JVC 7, SCW 11.
For the complete article see the 02-22-2013 issue.
Click here to purchase an electronic version of the 02-22-2013 paper.