Huron’s Jazmin Newton grabs a rebound during a District 3AA game against Aberdeen Central on Monday in Aberdeen. PHOTO COURTESY OF RYAN DEAL/ABERDEEN AMERICAN NEWS
ABERDEEN — Huron almost derailed Aberdeen Central’s post season plans.
The visiting Tigers never led in the game but clawed to within 10 points at the end of the third quarter. Central recovered and went on to a 72-47 win over Huron on Monday in District 3AA play. The girls’ high school game was played at Golden Eagles Arena.
“The third quarter we just weren’t very fluid at all,” said Central coach Dawn Seiler. “Give credit to Huron because they are never out of the game the way they shoot the basketball. They shot 57 percent in the first half and 45 percent in the game. They just didn’t get many shots off.”
Huron suffered with 35 turnovers which limited its shooting chances.
The Golden Eagles took a big 21-point lead in the opening minutes of the third quarter on a field goal by Samantha Knecht and two free throws by Sara Niederbaumer. Central would go the next six minutes without a field goal. The Tigers found the range outscoring the home team 15-8 in the third quarter. Huron’s Jacey Hupp hit a field goal with 2 1/2 minutes left in the third period to draw the Tigers within 11 points at 47-36. Taya Butterfield added one free throw to shrink the difference to 10 points.
It wasn’t a typical second half start for Aberdeen.
“We got a little bit out of sync. We had (Kelsey) Hannigan out of the game (getting a knee bandaged). We had Sami out of the game (foul trouble). Any time you make an adjustment, things have a tenancy to change. Brianna Kusler and Maddie Goetz had good first halves but they didn’t come out with confidence in the second half. They are two kids who are going to have to contribute for us to be a successful team. I thought we were flat. Typically, we’ve come out and played well in the third quarter,” said Seiler.
Two free throws by Hannigan and a field goal by Calla Rounds ended the third quarter with a 49-39 lead for Aberdeen.
“We didn’t come out of the locker room with very much intensity,” said Knecht. “They got the momentum. In the fourth quarter we kind of picked it up. We got a couple of big buckets right away and kind of stopped their momentum.”
The final period opened with two free throws by Brynn Flakus and an old fashioned three-point play (field goal and one free throw) by Knecht to ease Central out to a 54-41 lead. With 6 1/2 minutes remaining in the game Knecht added another field goal. The Tigers hit a scoring drought that lasted three minutes in the decisive fourth quarter. By the time Kaitlyn Allerdings hit a field goal for Huron with four minutes left, the score was 64-43 for Aberdeen.
“We got the ball moving again,” said Seiler. “The tempo between the third quarter and the fourth quarter was completely different. You saw the ball movement. You saw us getting easy looks. We had great looks in the fourth quarter.”
Huron had nine players score in the game and outrebounded Aberdeen 29-25. Calla Rounds led the Tigers with 12 points and Bailey Rathjen added nine. Allerdings grabbed up eight rebounds.
“They (Huron) turned it over a little bit too often. If you give them opportunities, they are going to score,” said Seiler. “We gave them too many opportunities in that third quarter.”
Aberdeen Central had four players reach double figures in scoring: Knecht with 22 points, Flakus with 11, and Leah Beringer and Niederbaumer with 10 points each. Niederbaumer pulled down eight rebounds. Hannigan contributed seven steals and Beringer had five assists.
The championship game of District 3AA will be played Thursday at 7 p.m. at Golden Eagles Arena between Aberdeen Central (19-1) and Mitchell (19-2). The third place game will feature Huron (4-17) against Pierre (11-10) at Pierre at 7 p.m.
Aberdeen and Mitchell split their two games during the regular season with the home team winning. Huron and Pierre also split during the season with the home team having the upper hand.
Huron 13 24 39 47
Aberdeen Central 20 41 49 72
HURON (4-17): Brittany Steffen 1-3 0-0 3, Bailey Rathjen 3-8 2-2 9, Sarah Carr 2-6 0-2 6, Jazmin Newton 1-3 0-0 2, Kaitlyn Allerdings 4-7 1-1 9, Taya Butterfield 0-1 1-2 1, Jacey Hupp 2-2 0-0 4, Calla Rounds 5-9 2-2 12, Samantha Zell 0-1 1-2 1, MaKayla Goergen 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-40 7-11 47.
ABERDEEN CENTRAL (19-1): Kelsey Hannigan 2-3 2-2 6, Samantha Knecht 7-15 8-10 22, Brynn Flakus 2-5 6-6 11, Leah Beringer 4-7 0-2 10, Sara Niederbaumer 4-6 2-4 10, Morghan Waage 0-1 0-0 0, Tara Rook 1-1 0-0 2, Emily Miller 1-1 0-0 2, Maddie Goetz 1-1 0-0 2, Brianna Kusler 2-7 3-8 7, Erica Shields 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 24-48 21-32 72.
3-point field goals — Huron 4-10 (Steffen 1-3, Rathjen 1-3, Carr 2-3, Newton 0-1); Aberdeen 3-5 (Flakus 1-1, Beringer 2-4). Fouled out — Knecht. Total fouls — Huron 27; Aberdeen 16. Rebounds — Huron 29 (Allerdings 8); Aberdeen 25 (Niederbaumer 8). Turnovers — Huron 35; Aberdeen 19. Assists — Huron 8 (Carr 2, Newton 2, Goergen 2); Aberdeen 18 (Beringer 5). Steals — Huron 9 (Rathjen 4); Aberdeen 20 (Hannigan 7). Blocked shots — Huron 7 (Allerdings 4); Aberdeen 6 (Knecht 5). Officials — Tom McGough, Rob Fedt, Mike Ruth.For the complete article see the 02-26-2013 issue.
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