Jan. 19—MITCHELL — A strong fourth quarter performance vaulted the Class B No. 2 Ethan girls to a 51-41 win over Class B No. 5 Arlington in girls basketball action at the Corn Palace Friday night.
After struggling against Arlington's tight defense for the brunt of the game, the Rustlers (10-1) broke through in a big way in the final minutes.
Leading 38-36 with three minutes to go, Ava Lingemann buried a 3-pointer from the top of the key to give Ethan a two-possession lead. Moments later, she was fouled on a layup, and completed the traditional 3-point play to give the Rustlers a 43-35 lead.
Lingemann finished with a game-high 23 points, 15 of which came in the second half. Ella Pollreisz added 13 points, Marissa Storm scored 11 points, and Ethan picked up one of its most impressive wins of the season.
The matchup, which was a make-up game from last week's canceled girls Hanson Classic, was Arlington's first game since Jan. 9, and the Cardinals (8-2) looked the part of a well-rested team, testing Ethan with an aggressive full-court press for much of the game.
After leading 14-7 early, the Rustlers gave up a 14-0 run while their offense sputtered, and they entered the break trailing 24-20. A 3-ball from Pollreisz helped Ethan retake the lead early in the third quarter, and they scored 18 points in the third quarter to enter the final stretch with a 38-33 lead.
For Arlington, Addalyn Steffensen notched a team-high 16 points, and Sony Johnson had 11 points.
Up next, Ethan will host Canistota on Monday, Jan. 22, while Arlington will turn around and play Westbrook-Walnut Grove (Minn.) on Saturday at the Dakota Valley Conference Classic in Colman.
MITCHELL — Mount Vernon/Plankinton fell to Vermillion 74-67 in a girls basketball shootout at the Corn Palace Friday night.
The 3-pointer was working for both sides in the Hanson Classic make-up game, with Vermillion hitting 13 3-pointers and MVP making 14.
After trailing by several possessions for much of the contest, the Titans shot themselves back into the game in the fourth quarter, cutting a 55-45 deficit at the end of the third quarter to 71-67 with minutes remaining. However, it wasn't enough to get the win.
Emilee Fox led MVP with 26 points, with six 3-pointers, while Reagan Rus had 24 points, including five 3-pointers. Kyia Schmidt added nine points, on three made 3-balls.
In the winning effort, Taylor Reuvers had 20 points, Brooke Jensen had 17 points for the Tanagers and Chandler Cleveland had 16 points.
MVP (6-2) will visit Wagner on Tuesday, Jan. 23, and Vermillion (7-2) will play Florence/Henry Saturday in the Blizzard Buster Classic in Irene.
TRIPP, S.D. — A 15-7 third-quarter margin effectively sealed the victory for Tripp-Delmont/Armour Friday night, beating Mitchell Christian 62-39 in boys basketball.
Reegan Loneman was one of four Nighthawks to post double-digit points, finishing with 18 points. Riley Spaans picked up 10 points, eight rebounds, five assists, and four steals. Payton Westendorf finished with 10 points, six boards, and three steals, and Mason Reiner had 10 points and a pair of assists.
The Golden Eagles had a game-high 29 points from Aiden Lieber. It's the sixth time in his last seven contests where Lieber has scored at least 29 points, averaging 33.4 points per game in that span. Joseph Tegethoff was the next leading scorer with four points, and Syver Enga and Luke Mentele each scored three points.
TDA (6-2) hits the road on Tuesday, Jan. 23 to take on Centerville. Mitchell Christian (2-8) hosts Ethan on Thursday, Jan. 25.
* Ashlin Jacobsen scored 22 points and picked up six steals as Freeman cruised to a 65-25 victory over Menno. Vaida Ammann had 14 points and a team-high nine steals and Peyton McCune had a pair of blocks and 14 points for the Flyers. Ashton Massey collected a game-best seven points and 16 boards for the Wolves.
* Lyman outscored visiting Bennett County 47-4 in the second half en route to an 84-26 win in Presho. Skyler Volmer led the way for the Raiders with 23 points, 11 rebounds, and seven steals. Mak Scott finished with 19 points and 10 assists. Brooke Palmer and Jordyn Scott tallied 14 points and 13 points, respectively.
* A 12-5 second-quarter margin was key for Hanson in a 58-46 win over Canistota. Alyssa Moschell led the Beavers with 15 points and four steals, while Kylie Haiar had 14 points and six rebounds and Eliza Oltmanns finished with 14 points. Kayla Papendick finished with 20 points and four steals for the Hawks.