Little Wound Lady Mustangs Wrap Up Top Seed
KYLE—Todd County came into Kyle Tuesday night with a 17-2 record, two strong wins over Miller and Red Cloud and their sights set on the #1 seed in Region 7A. Little Wound was coming off a tough 58-57 road loss to Pine Ridge and was set to bounce back.
Todd County scored first and went up 1-0 but it was their only lead of the game as the Lady Mustangs unleashed a balanced attack with four players scoring in double figures to push their way to a 70-61 win to secure the #1 seed in Region 7A and a first round bye in the regional tournament.
Little Wound junior Miracle Spotted Bear set the tone for her team, playing the point, she scored five first quarter points to lead her team to a 10-8 first quarter lead then she hit two deuces and a trey in the second quarter helping the Lady Mustangs to a 35-26 halftime lead. Before picking up three fouls, Paula Yellow Boy chipped in five points in the second quarter then her replacement, junior Jaycinda Blacksmith came off the bench to score nine second quarter points
Down by as many as 13 points in the third quarter, Todd County, behind sophomore Doris White Hat’s 10 third quarter points pulled within six points only to see Spotted Bear, Yellow Boy and Kateri Weston chip in points to push the lead back to nine 55-46 at the end of three.
Todd County was playing without Gabby Iron Heart and Lacee Halligan, eighth grader Trinity White Hat came off the bench to score 15 points and pull down 12 rebounds, it just wasn’t enough. Lady Falcons top scorer, 8th grader Caelyn Valandra struggled with foul trouble, pick-ing up three in the first half and eventually fouling out late in the fourth with eight points and six rebounds. White Hat finished with 13 points, Kelsie Herman chipped in 12 points.
Spotted Bear led Little Wound with an all around game, 18 points, one steal, five assists and four rebounds; Blacksmith had 16 points, four blocked shots and six rebounds, Yellow Boy helped with 13 points and nine rebounds while Weston added 10 points, two assists and four rebounds.
Little Wound did a good job of using their two post players by getting the ball inside for high percentage shots. In their loss to Pine Ridge on Thursday, the Lady Mustangs went 19 off 32 from the line, missing 13 free throws; Tuesday they were 18 of 31, missing 13 free throws again but this game did not come down to the free throw line. After losing to McLaughlin on the road last week, Todd County came back to beat Miller 75-67 and Red Cloud 54-45. Caelyn Valandra led the Lady Falcons against Red Cloud with 27 points, Raven Cournoyer helped with 12 points, Cate Knutson and Aliyah Provost both had nine points to lead Red Cloud.
Todd County finishes the regular season at 17-3 and will host a first round Region 7A game on Tuesday against Bennett County. Pine Ridge comes from behind to knock off Little Wound
PINE RIDGE—Little Wound went up strong to open the game Thursday night at Pine Ridge leading 13-5 and 17-7 as Miracle Spotted Bear had five points and Paula Yellow Boy chipped in six as Little Wound went up 18-13 after one; Pine Ridge down most of the game, kept fighting back, staying close, eventually taking the lead at the end of three 40-37 only to see the Lady Mustangs tie the game at 40 then 43, Eva Bull Bear hit two free throws to give Little Wound the lead 57-56 but Sarah Hunter was fouled with 7.7 seconds left, she hit both her free throws for a Lady Thorpe 58-57 lead that was just enough for the win as Bull Bear missed two free throws with 1.5 seconds left in the game.
Pine Ridge freshman Taysha Big Crow was in foul trouble early on, sophomore Samantha Richards had a steady hand finishing with a team high 13 points including going six for six from the line and pulling down seven rebounds. Sophomore Kiera Bagola came off the bench bringing some energy to the floor, hitting 10 points with three steals, a block and two rebounds. Big Crow had a game high nine rebounds.
Little Wound struggled from the free throw line, shooting 19/32, missing 13 free throws. Spotted Bear finished with a game high 15 points, three steals and three rebounds, Yellow Boy fouled out with 2:20 left in the fourth, had 12 points, a steal, a block and six rebounds while Kateri Weston helped with nine points, five steals, three assists and eight rebounds.
After knocking off Little Wound Thursday night, Pine Ridge lost 60- 42 to Hanson in the Dakota Wesleyan Classic on Saturday then lost to CEB Monday on the road 59-54. Pine Ridge finishes the regular season 13-7 and the #3 seed in Region 7A, they will host a first round 7A game Tuesday most likely St. Francis.
Scores from the week
Little Wound 70-61 Todd County
Todd County 75-67 Miller
Pine Ridge 58-57 Little Wound
St. Thomas More 45-22 Red Cloud
McLaughlin 45-35 Winner
St. Francis 62-61 OT Lower Brule
Todd County 54-45 Red Cloud
CEB 59-54 Pine Ridge
Hanson 60-42 Pine Ridge
McLaughlin 64-53 Lemmon
CEB 77-66 OT Crow Creek
Lower Brule 49-47 Crow Creek
New Underwood 64-16 Bennett County
CEB 73-60 St. Francis
White River 71-38 Bennett County
McLaughlin 62-53 Crow Creek
Marty 37-35 Flandreau Indian
Tiospa Zina 62-48 Deuel
Jones County 58-47 Bennett County
Flandreau Indian 46-36 Hendricks, MN
Marty 72-60 Santee
Oelrichs 61-23 Edgemont
Wall 65-40 Dupree
Tiospaye Topa 64-44 Crazy Horse
McIntosh 61-34 Wakpala
Kadoka Area 65-32 Dupree
RC Christian 47-32 Crazy Horse
White River 47-45 Jones County
Wall 59-55 Oelrichs
Lower Brule 64-59 Tiospa Zina
Freeman Academy 42-39 Flandreau
Flandreau Indian 66-19 Takini
White River 53-43 Stanley County
Philip 52-16 Dupree
Tiospaye Topa 76-55 Wakpala
Thursday, Feb. 16
Lower Brule at Little Wound
Sturgis at Red Cloud
Bennett County at Kadoka Area
McLaughlin at Crow Creek
Tiospa Zina at Webster Area
Wakpala at Dupree
Friday, Feb. 17
Oelrichs at Crazy Horse
Hot Springs at Red Cloud
Crow Creek at St. Francis
Chamberlain at McLaughlin
Timber Lake at CEB
Oldham-Ramona/Rutland at Flandreau
Philip at White River
Wakpala at Takini
Monday, Feb. 20
District 13B, District 14B
Tuesday, Feb. 21
Region 7A, Region 6A preliminaries
District 13B, District 14B semis