HURON — Just one game separates Sanborn Central-Woonsocket from a second straight appearance in the Class B State Girls’ Basketball Tournament.
The Lady Blackhawks will play Mitchell Christian at 7 p.m. today at Huron Arena for the Region 5B championship and the state tourney berth that comes with it.
“Mitchell Christian has played very well this season and beat two very good teams in the district tournament,” Sanborn Central-Woonsocket coach Tim McCain said.
The two teams should be fairly familiar with one another after squaring off in the final game of the regular season. The Lady Blackhawks emerged with a 63-53 victory in that matchup, which was played in Mitchell.
“We know that Mitchell Christian is coming ready to play and we have to be ready to play at the start of the game,” McCain said. “We did not handle the ball very well in the first game, as we had 14 turnovers in the first half by trying to play maybe a little too fast.
“We have the size advantage, so we want to establish that part of our game, but we know they will try to take that away and we have confidence in our perimeter shooting as well,” he said.
Defensively, McCain will be looking for his squad to do a better job of containing the guards for the Golden Eagles.
Becca Glanzer and Alexa VanLaecken combined to score 37 of the 53 points for Mitchell Christian in the previous meeting, with Glanzer amassing a game-high 24 points.
“The nucleus of their team is centered around their guards (VanLaecken and Glanzer) who have plenty of experience and poise,” McCain said. “The other players have stepped up in their roles and have made them a very nice team.
“Our goal defensively, will be to limit the guard’s penetration and keep them off the offensive boards,” he said.
Offensively, the Lady Blackhawks should be able to put up some big numbers on the inside. In the final game of the regular season, senior Shelby Selland racked up 18 points in the paint, while Myah Selland added 16 points.
Keying Sanborn Central-Woonsocket’s success will be its ball handling.
“Offensively, we want to keep turnovers to a minimum and have good ball movement against their zone,” McCain said. “They will play a zone defense and apply some full-court presses.”
Another factor lending itself in favor of the Lady Blackhawks is the game being played at Huron Arena, where it won the 281 Conference championship earlier in the season and just over a week ago claimed the District 9B championship with a win against James Valley Christian.
“We feel comfortable playing here since we have had the opportunity to play in here a few games,” McCain said of playing at Huron Arena. “We know the surroundings and the atmosphere and are looking forward to the region game.”
The winner of tonight’s game will return to Huron Arena for the Class B State Tournament, which is scheduled March 7-9.
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