Class AA girls sweep, Class A, Class B boys take home victories at Three-Class Shootout

Mar. 30—SALEM, S.D. — South Dakota's best high school senior basketball players converged at McCook Central High School to close out the last chapter of the winter sports season.

The 36th annual Three-Class Shootout prep all-star game took place Saturday afternoon, with the Class AA girls all-stars emerging victorious in both their contests. On the boys side, Class A kept Class AA in check in the first game, but were unable to overcome a strong first half and perimeter attack, as Class B won for just the sixth time in 37 tries.

On the girls side, the Class AA all-stars first outlasted the Class A all-stars 89-84 in overtime after leading by 11 with 1:45 remaining in the third quarter. O'Gorman teammates Mahli Abdouch and Lucy Moore each tallied 19 points, with Abdouch going 7-of-13 from the field.

Sioux Falls Jefferson's Jaidyn Dunn scored a quick five points in overtime en route to 13 for the game, and Harrisburg's Jaylee Hofer had 12 points. Tea Area's Katie Vasecka led the Class A all-stars with 21 points, Flandreau's Claire Sheppard had 16 points, and Florence-Henry's Caylin Kelly finished with 13 points.

Mount Vernon/Plankinton's Emilee Fox, whose triple with 22 seconds left in the fourth quarter tied the game at 74, had nine points and eight rebounds for Class A. Wagner's Macy Koupal had two points, a pair of assists, and a steal.

In the girls final, Class AA narrowly hung on to defeat Class B 80-76 after leading by 26 points at the break. Moore was 5-of-10 from the 3-point line en route to 19 points, also adding two assists. Yankton's Claire Tereshinski finished with 16 points, and Harrisburg's Abby Flanagan added 13 points.

Class B had a double-double effort from Howard's Abby Aslesen (18 points, 10 rebounds), while Lyman's Skyler Volmer tallied 14 points, Wessington Springs' Avery Orth had 12 points, and Tripp-Delmont/Armour's Megan Reiner had 10 points. Avon's Courtney Sees had two points and three rebounds, and Freeman's Ashlin Jacobsen grabbed five rebounds.

The girls most valuable player honorees were Moore, Vasecka, and Aslesen. Mitchell's Sawyer Stoebner picked up 10 points, six rebounds, and a steal for the event.

The Class A boys had 26 points in the first game from Dakota Valley's Jaxson Wingert on 12-of-17 shooting, powering them to a 99-92 victory over the Class AA all-stars. Groton Area's Lane Tietz posted a double-double of 17 points and 13 rebounds. Hamlin's Tyson Stevenson had 13 points, Canton's Matt Anderson tallied 11 points, and West Central's Jake Kuhl and Baltic's Jack Erickson each had 10 points.

For Class AA, Naser Ismail of Sioux Falls Roosevelt finished with 19 points, going 7-of-10 from the field. Harrisburg's Cam Phipps had 16 points and eight rebounds, and teammate Braedon Van Bockern tallied 11 points. Mitchell's Gavin Soukup shot 6-of-11 en route to 15 points.

But the Class A all-stars were unable to stop the Class B all-star's perimeter attack in the boys final. Class B shot 52.4% from long range in the first half, holding off a late charge to win a 118-112 shootout. Faith's Jackson Schauer led the way with 32 points, going 8-of-11 from behind the arc. Howard's Kolt Koepsell posted a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Mitchell Christian's Aiden Lieber had 10 points and five rebounds, and Canistota's Tage Ortman was 3-of-7 from the 3-point line, finishing with 10 points. Tietz and Wingert finished with 22 and 21 points, respectively, to lead Class A in the final. Stevenson had 16 points, Anderson tallied 13 points, and Erickson finished with 10 points. Lennox's Porter Ihnen also ended the final in double figures, scoring 13 points.

Ismail, Tietz, and Schauer took home the boys MVP honors. Hanson's Jayce Slaba had six points, six rebounds, and two assists across both games for Class A.

In the boys' dunk contest, Gregory's Daniel Mitchell defeated West Central's Jake Kuhl, Hamlin's Tyson Stevenson, and Harrisburg's Braedon Van Bockern in the finals. Howard's Kolt Kopesell also participated in the event.