Sanborn Central-Woonsocket’s Marissa Weber releases the ball on a 3-point shot during the Region 5B championship game against Mitchell Christian on Friday at Huron Arena. In the next photo, Shelby Selland puts up a shot in the paint for the Lady Blackhawks while being guarded by a Mitchell Christian player during the game on Friday. And next, Sanborn Central-Woonsocket’s Candace Page-Marten handles the ball on the perimiter during the game against Mitchell Christian on Friday. PHOTOS BY MIKE CARROLL OF THE PLAINSMAN
HURON — Two things are now evident after the Region 5B girls’ basketball game Friday night at Huron Arena.
First, Sanborn Central-Woonsocket Lady Blackhawk is seasoned and showed it during their 53-47 comeback victory over the Mitchell Christian Golden Eagles.
Second, the Mitchell Golden Eagles, who had just one senior and the Lady Blackhawks, who have just two, will be a force to be reckoned with in Region 5B for years to come.
“We kept battling and you have to take your hats off to Mitchell Christian. They had a great game plan and their guards could really handle the basketball and finish their shots,” said Lady Blackhawk Co-head Coach Tim McCain. “Hats off to our girls. They could have rolled over and died, but they are battlers and they kept coming after it.”
Sanborn Central-Woonsocket found themselves trailing by six, 35-29, with just more than 10 minutes to play in the game.
But the Lady Blackhawks played stellar defense over the final two minutes of the third quarter, giving up just two points during a 8-2 run to tie the game.
Eighth-grader Myah Selland scored six of her 11 points during the stretch, while junior Shelby Selland, who had a game-high 18 points, had the other two points during the run, which tied the game at 37.
They scored all eight points down low inside or on fast breaks layups. Both had a distinct height advantage as Myah stands 6-foot-1 and Shelby is 6-foot-2.
The fourth quarter opened with the game still tied at 37 and senior Golden Eagle Brittany Zoss gave her team the lead as she slashed through the middle of the lane and put up a running layup with 7:13 on the clock.
Two trips later, junior Becca Glanzer added a free throw for Mitchell Christian, making it 40-37.
Shelby Selland answered with another basket from down low to pull the Lady Blackhawks within one, but freshman Emily Reynen went one-for-two from the line pushing the lead back to two, 41-39.
Sanborn Central-Woonsocket tied it at 41 as senior Rachelle Moore hit a jumper from inside the paint with 4:55 to play.
After a timeout and a turnover by the Golden Eagles, the Lady Blackhawks took their first lead since the first quarter when Moore found Shelby Selland open underneath for a basket and a 43-41 lead with 4:20 to play.
However, Khiree Held hit one of her four three-pointers, to put her team back on top 44-43 at the four-minute mark.
“Defensively our girls kept after it,” said McCain. “We held them to just 16 points in the second half which I though was a great, great job.”
However after a minute and a half of no scoring and plenty of defense, Lady Blackhawk junior Marissa Weber caught fire.
“We got some big stops.” said McCain. “We were trying to overload a side because they were packing it in and double -teaming Shelby, and Marissa Weber stepped up big and hit some big shots for us there and got the moment going our way.”
She hit a three-pointer to put Sanborn Central-Woonsocket back on top 46-44 and after Held answered with her fourth and final three-pointer of the game, Weber hit from almost exactly the same spot on the left wing for another three-pointer, giving the Lady Blackhawks a 49-47 lead with 1:45 seconds to play.
Held’s final three-pointer was the last basket for the Golden Eagles while Moore would go 2-for-3 from the free throw line and Shelby Selland would go 2-for-2 to make the final score 53-47.
“Held really stepped up for them and hits some big threes that we really weren’t expecting,” said McCain.
Mitchell Christian had their chances, missing a front-end of a one-and-one, commiting a turnover, and missing a three-pointer while it was just a four-point game.
The missed free-throw was uncharacteristic for the Golden Eagles up until the fourth quarter, as they were 8-for-9 in the first half but just 2-of-6 in the second half (all in the fourth quarter) and that included two front ends of one-and-ones.
They finished 10-of-15 while Sanborn Central-Woonsocket was 12-of-16, including going 4-of-5 in the final quarter.
Joining Shelby Selland and Myah Selland in double figures were Weber, who had 11 (including a trio of three-pointers) along with Moore who had 10 points.
Held finished with 14 for the Golden Eagles while Alexa VanLaecken had 13 and Glanzer finished with 11.
Despite their size disadvantage and the fact that Sanborn Central shot 50 percent from the field, Mitchell Christian outrebounded the Lady Blackhawks 24-20.
Zoss had seven while VanLaecken and Held each had five.
For Sanborn Central Woonsocket, Rachel Selland led the team with five rebounds. She also had three points.
Shelby Selland and Weber each had four rebounds.
Defensively the Lady Blackhawks forced 21 turnovers including 11 steals, led by Shelby Selland who had three.
Myah Selland had four assists for Sanborn Central-Woonsocket.
Mitchell Christian had six steals as part of forcing 14 Lady Blackhawk turnovers. Glanzer and Held each had two.
Zoss led her team with a pair of assists.
The Golden Eagles shot 35.4 percent from two-point range while they were 5-for-9 (55 percent) from three-point range.
The Lady Blackhawks now join De Smet, Warner, Parker, Wall, Timber Lake and Sully Buttes.
The only spot left open is for the Region 6B championship which will be determined tonight between Hanson and South Central.
The Class B state tournament will begin Thursday afternoon at Huron Arena.
For the complete article see the 03-02-2013 issue.
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