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SoDak 16 girls basketball roundup for Feb. 29: Tea Area breaks through for first Class A state appearance

Feb. 29—HURON — A 20-4 margin in the second quarter powered sixth-seeded Tea Area to the Class A girls state basketball tournament over No. 11 Mobridge-Pollock 62-37 on Thursday in the SoDak 16 at the Huron Arena.

Mara Grant scored 22 points on 8-for-16 shooting with nine rebounds to lead the Titans, who had four players in double figures. Katie Vasecka had 18 points on 8-for-13 shooting and 15 rebounds in the victory. Tea Area's Haidyn West and Ellie Clayberg each scored 10 points, with five assists from Clayberg.

The Tigers led 8-7 after one quarter but shot 20.8% overall in the first quarter and finished at 31.9% from the field. Charley Henderson had 11 points and Tegan Konold had 10 points for M-P, which ended the season at 17-5.

Tea Area (19-4) will play in the Class A state tournament starting March 7 at the Dacotah Bank Center in Brookings.

MENNO, S.D. — Vermillion pulled away over the final three quarters to double up Winner 60-30 in the SoDak 16 in Class A on Thursday night.

The Tanagers (19-4), the No. 4 seed, led 13-12 but outscored Winner 36-11 over the middle two periods to run away with the victory. Chandler Cleveland had 19 points, with Taylor Reuvers picking up 14 points and Brooklyn Voss scoring 10. Cleveland and Voss both added five steals for Vermillion, which forced 25 Warrior turnovers.

Winner had a tough night on offense, held to 12 made field goals and finished 3-for-16 on free throws as a team. Adyson Pravacek and Ava Craven each had seven points for Winner, which ends the season at 16-5.

Vermillion will face Mahpiya Luta in a Class A state quarterfinal on March 7 in Brookings.

IRENE, S.D. — A dominant third quarter helped seal Centerville's 66-45 win over Tripp-Delmont/Armour in the SoDak 16 Class B action Thursday night.

The No. 3 Tornadoes (21-2) outscored the No. 14 Nighthawks 21-6 during that span, to build a 25-point lead entering the final quarter, and insert themselves into the state quarterfinals.

Emma Marshall powered the Tornadoes with 24 points, seven rebounds and three steals, while Lillie Eide had 11 points, eight rebounds and four assists, Althea Gust had 10 points and Kiara Austin had eight points and four assists.

For TDA (13-10), Megan Reiner had 21 points, and Mia Reiner scored 12 points.

Centerville takes on Warner in the Class B state quarterfinals on March 7 in Rapid City.

* No. 1-seeded Sisseton locked up its second straight trip to the Class A state tournament with a 63-52 win over Tri-Valley at the Watertown Civic Arena. Krista Langager had 23 points and 12 rebounds from her center position, with 16 points for Hannah Leverson. Tri-Valley (12-11) had 16 points from Madelyn Wenzel and 13 points from Lauren Grinde. Sisseton (21-1) finished with a 40-22 edge in rebounding as a team.

* No. 2 Sioux Falls Christian had no issues with 15th-seeded Miller in Salem, winning 62-22. The Chargers (20-2) had 21 points from Avery Reitz, and nine points from Maya Nelson, with eight points for Aubrie VanBeek. The Chargers led 21-11 after one quarter and put together a 12-2 margin in the second period to take a commanding lead. Miller's season ends at 15-8.

* Top-seeded Arlington used a steady effort to defeat No. 16 Gayville-Volin 69-57 to advance to the state quarterfinals Thursday night in Madison. The Cardinals (21-2) built a 33-24 lead at halftime, and withstood G-V's second-half effort to climb back into the game. Three Arlington players reached double digits, led by Jaelyn Huntimer, who scored 23 points on 9-of-12 shooting. Addalyn Steffensen added 16 points, and Harley Johnson scored 14 points. Gavyille-Volin (15-8) got 23 points from Taylor Hoxeng.

* Suffocating defense helped No. 2 Harding County ease past No. 15 Northwestern Area 58-25 win over No. 15 in the SoDak 16 at Timber Lake. The Ranchers forced 32 Northwestern turnovers, and held the Wildcats to just 20 percent shooting. Offensively for Harding County, Claire and Bailey Vulhulst carried the load with 13 points each, while Macey Wendt had nine points. Ana Ratigan's 10 points led the Wildcats.

* Fifth-seeded Wall took care of Colman-Egan in the Class B SoDak 16 to the tune of a 75-44 win in Fort Pierre. The Eagles (19-4) had 17 points from Alexis Stephan, powered by five 3-pointers, with 15 each from Rhea Tucker and Paige Kjerstad. Wall led the game 35-21 at halftime. The Hawks (15-8) had 16 points from Kaylee Voelker and 11 points for Laine Mousel and 10 for Brynlee Landis.

* A 26-point second quarter paced No. 6 Warner to a 61-47 win over No. 11 Herreid/Selby Area in a SoDak16 game Thursday night in Ipswich. The Monarchs (21-2) used the big quarter to build a 38-20 halftime lead, pacing them to the win. Lauren Marcuson was the top scorer with 20 points for Warner, which also had 15 points from Kyra Marcuson and 12 points from Ava Nilsson. The Monarchs (15-8) combined for 20 assists on the night. Taryn Hettick's 12 points proved a team high for HSA, while Stephanie Allbee had 11 points.

* Ninth-seeded James Valley Christian outlasted Lemmon 61-50 in the SoDak 16 in Gettysburg. The Vikings (16-6) had 18 points and 10 rebounds from Kaylie Robinson, plus 18 points from Alexa Goertz, and 12 points from Addison Bartholow. Lemmon's season ends at 19-4, with 12 points each from Jordyn Kohn and Jaedyn Byre.