Basketball

No. 7 O’Gorman girls upset second-seeded Rough Riders in AA quarters

RAPID CITY — There were some nerves for O’Gorman freshman Emma Ronsiek as she stepped to the line with Thursday’s quarterfinal hanging in the balance.

O'Gorman players react after their 37-33 win over Roosevelt in a 2017 SDHSAA Class AA State Girls Basketball quarterfinal game Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City.

O’Gorman players react after their 37-33 win over Roosevelt in a 2017 SDHSAA Class AA State Girls Basketball quarterfinal game Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City.

But the 5-foot-11 freshman guard maintained her composure, accumulating four crucial points from the line to help the No. 7 Knights upset the second-seeded Roosevelt Rough Riders 37-33.

“I was really nervous,” said Ronsiek, who finished with a team-high 10 points for the Knights. “I was just thinking that other people should have been on the line, but I saw it as a good opportunity to help my team.”

Senior Ashlee Beacom added eight points for O’Gorman, while Sebastian Akoi racked up six blocks and an assist.

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As a team, O’Gorman shot 32 percent from the field and hit 10 of 12 free throws. The Knights were out-rebounded 33-24.

“I don’t feel like we rebounded as well in the first three quarters, but we got some huge rebounds there in the fourth quarter,” O’Gorman coach Kent Kolsrud said. “We executed well enough and made enough shots to win the game. It was tough. They packed the paint pretty well and did a great job defending us.”

After putting the Knights ahead with her third field goal of the game, Ronsiek knocked down four straight free throws to push their advantage to 29-26 with 4:06 remaining.

Roosevelt's Taylor Bonestroo (5) goes up for a shot as O'Gorman's Kendyl Kreber (24) defends during a 2017 SDHSAA Class AA State Girls Basketball quarterfinal game Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. O'Gorman beat Roosevelt 37-33.

Roosevelt’s Taylor Bonestroo (5) goes up for a shot as O’Gorman’s Kendyl Kreber (24) defends during a 2017 SDHSAA Class AA State Girls Basketball quarterfinal game Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. O’Gorman beat Roosevelt 37-33.

“She’s just so even-keel,” Kolsrud said of Ronsiek. “We just have tremendous confidence in her. Just thought she did a great job. She’s just a solid presence out there for us. I’m proud of the job she did in those crucial minutes.”

When Peyton Stolle drew Roosevelt back within a point at the 3:29 mark, it was the junior, McKenzie Hermanson who stepped up, retaliating with a 3-pointer from the wing.

In the final minute, it was senior Ashlee Beacom who was called upon to ice the game, which she did with five consecutive free throws that clinched the 37-33 win for O’Gorman.

“I thought this was a great team win,” Kolsrud said. “We needed everybody to do what they did to come out with the win.”

For Roosevelt, Peyton Stolle matched Ronsiek with 10 points of her own to go with two blocks and an assist.

Tahia Mitzel added nine points, five boards and a couple of steals.

A sluggish offensive performance doomed the Riders, who shot just 27 percent from the field and committed 12 turnovers.

Roosevelt's Peyton Stolle (25) tries to keep the ball from O'Gorman's Rylee Benson (5), left, and Courtney Baruth (41), right, during a 2017 SDHSAA Class AA State Girls Basketball quarterfinal game Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. O'Gorman beat Roosevelt 37-33.

Roosevelt’s Peyton Stolle (25) tries to keep the ball from O’Gorman’s Rylee Benson (5), left, and Courtney Baruth (41), right, during a 2017 SDHSAA Class AA State Girls Basketball quarterfinal game Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. O’Gorman beat Roosevelt 37-33.

“At the end of the day, I was fine with what we did on defense, we just needed some more offense,” Roosevelt coach David Maxwell said. “You’re not going to win state tournament games scoring 33 points.”

The Knights, who trailed 6-0 early in the first quarter, outscored Roosevelt 7-1 over the final two minutes of the opening half to take an 18-12 lead into the break.

The two teams combined for 13 turnovers over the first 20 minutes.

The Riders came out firing in the third quarter, using a 12-4 run, capped by a pair of free throws from Mitzel, that gave them a 24-23 lead heading into the final quarter.

“We aren’t in a situation we wanted to be in, but we still have a chance to win two basketball games to end our season,” Maxwell said.

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O'Gorman players react after their 37-33 win over Roosevelt in a 2017 SDHSAA Class AA State Girls Basketball quarterfinal game Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City.

O’Gorman players react after their 37-33 win over Roosevelt in a 2017 SDHSAA Class AA State Girls Basketball quarterfinal game Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City.

O'Gorman fans cheer on their team during a 2017 SDHSAA Class AA State Girls Basketball quarterfinal game against Roosevelt Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. O'Gorman beat Roosevelt 37-33.

O’Gorman fans cheer on their team during a 2017 SDHSAA Class AA State Girls Basketball quarterfinal game against Roosevelt Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. O’Gorman beat Roosevelt 37-33.

Roosevelt's Taylor Bonestroo (5) dribbles past O'Gorman's McKenzie Hermanson (11) during a 2017 SDHSAA Class AA State Girls Basketball quarterfinal game Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. O'Gorman beat Roosevelt 37-33.

Roosevelt’s Taylor Bonestroo (5) dribbles past O’Gorman’s McKenzie Hermanson (11) during a 2017 SDHSAA Class AA State Girls Basketball quarterfinal game Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. O’Gorman beat Roosevelt 37-33.

Roosevelt's Peyton Stolle (25) goes up for a shot as O'Gorman's Rylee Benson (5) defends during a 2017 SDHSAA Class AA State Girls Basketball quarterfinal game Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. O'Gorman beat Roosevelt 37-33.

Roosevelt’s Peyton Stolle (25) goes up for a shot as O’Gorman’s Rylee Benson (5) defends during a 2017 SDHSAA Class AA State Girls Basketball quarterfinal game Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. O’Gorman beat Roosevelt 37-33.

O'Gorman players react from the bench after a teammate scored during a 2017 SDHSAA Class AA State Girls Basketball quarterfinal game against Roosevelt Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. O'Gorman beat Roosevelt 37-33.

O’Gorman players react from the bench after a teammate scored during a 2017 SDHSAA Class AA State Girls Basketball quarterfinal game against Roosevelt Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. O’Gorman beat Roosevelt 37-33.

Roosevelt's Peyton Stolle (25) drives to the basket past O'Gorman's Rylee Benson (5) during a 2017 SDHSAA Class AA State Girls Basketball quarterfinal game Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. O'Gorman beat Roosevelt 37-33.

Roosevelt’s Peyton Stolle (25) drives to the basket past O’Gorman’s Rylee Benson (5) during a 2017 SDHSAA Class AA State Girls Basketball quarterfinal game Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. O’Gorman beat Roosevelt 37-33.

O'Gorman's Rylee Benson (5), Roosevelt's Kira Ward (12) and O'Gorman's Sebastian Akoi (35) all reach for a loose ball during a 2017 SDHSAA Class AA State Girls Basketball quarterfinal game Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. O'Gorman beat Roosevelt 37-33.

O’Gorman’s Rylee Benson (5), Roosevelt’s Kira Ward (12) and O’Gorman’s Sebastian Akoi (35) all reach for a loose ball during a 2017 SDHSAA Class AA State Girls Basketball quarterfinal game Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. O’Gorman beat Roosevelt 37-33.

Roosevelt's Madisyn Waltman (35) goes up for a shot as O'Gorman's Courtney Baruth (41) defends during a 2017 SDHSAA Class AA State Girls Basketball quarterfinal game Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. O'Gorman beat Roosevelt 37-33.

Roosevelt’s Madisyn Waltman (35) goes up for a shot as O’Gorman’s Courtney Baruth (41) defends during a 2017 SDHSAA Class AA State Girls Basketball quarterfinal game Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. O’Gorman beat Roosevelt 37-33.

Roosevelt's Tatum Kooima (15) dribbles past O'Gorman's Ashlee Beacom (13) during a 2017 SDHSAA Class AA State Girls Basketball quarterfinal game Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. O'Gorman beat Roosevelt 37-33.

Roosevelt’s Tatum Kooima (15) dribbles past O’Gorman’s Ashlee Beacom (13) during a 2017 SDHSAA Class AA State Girls Basketball quarterfinal game Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. O’Gorman beat Roosevelt 37-33.

O'Gorman's Nyanwel Arop (21) reacts from the bench after a teammate scored during a 2017 SDHSAA Class AA State Girls Basketball quarterfinal game against Roosevelt Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. O'Gorman beat Roosevelt 37-33.

O’Gorman’s Nyanwel Arop (21) reacts from the bench after a teammate scored during a 2017 SDHSAA Class AA State Girls Basketball quarterfinal game against Roosevelt Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. O’Gorman beat Roosevelt 37-33.

Roosevelt's Kira Ward (12) goes up for a shot during a 2017 SDHSAA Class AA State Girls Basketball quarterfinal game against O'Gorman Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. O'Gorman beat Roosevelt 37-33.

Roosevelt’s Kira Ward (12) goes up for a shot during a 2017 SDHSAA Class AA State Girls Basketball quarterfinal game against O’Gorman Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. O’Gorman beat Roosevelt 37-33.

O'Gorman's Sebastian Akoi (35) takes a shot over Roosevelt's Peyton Stolle (25) during a 2017 SDHSAA Class AA State Girls Basketball quarterfinal game Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. O'Gorman beat Roosevelt 37-33.

O’Gorman’s Sebastian Akoi (35) takes a shot over Roosevelt’s Peyton Stolle (25) during a 2017 SDHSAA Class AA State Girls Basketball quarterfinal game Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. O’Gorman beat Roosevelt 37-33.

Roosevelt's Taylor Bonestroo (5) reaches for a loose ball as O'Gorman's McKenzie Hermanson (11) reaches as well during a 2017 SDHSAA Class AA State Girls Basketball quarterfinal game Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. O'Gorman beat Roosevelt 37-33.

Roosevelt’s Taylor Bonestroo (5) reaches for a loose ball as O’Gorman’s McKenzie Hermanson (11) reaches as well during a 2017 SDHSAA Class AA State Girls Basketball quarterfinal game Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. O’Gorman beat Roosevelt 37-33.

O'Gorman's McKenzie Hermanson (11) takes a shot during a 2017 SDHSAA Class AA State Girls Basketball quarterfinal game against Roosevelt Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. O'Gorman beat Roosevelt 37-33.

O’Gorman’s McKenzie Hermanson (11) takes a shot during a 2017 SDHSAA Class AA State Girls Basketball quarterfinal game against Roosevelt Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. O’Gorman beat Roosevelt 37-33.

Roosevelt fans cheer on their team before a 2017 SDHSAA Class AA State Girls Basketball quarterfinal game against O'Gorman Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. O'Gorman beat Roosevelt 37-33.

Roosevelt fans cheer on their team before a 2017 SDHSAA Class AA State Girls Basketball quarterfinal game against O’Gorman Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. O’Gorman beat Roosevelt 37-33.

O'Gorman's Rylee Benson (5) dribbles past Roosevelt's Mackenzie Phillips (3) during a 2017 SDHSAA Class AA State Girls Basketball quarterfinal game Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. O'Gorman beat Roosevelt 37-33.

O’Gorman’s Rylee Benson (5) dribbles past Roosevelt’s Mackenzie Phillips (3) during a 2017 SDHSAA Class AA State Girls Basketball quarterfinal game Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. O’Gorman beat Roosevelt 37-33.

O'Gorman High School senior Jay Even dances while pumping up fans in the student section during a 2017 SDHSAA Class AA State Girls Basketball quarterfinal game against Roosevelt Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. O'Gorman beat Roosevelt 37-33.

O’Gorman High School senior Jay Even dances while pumping up fans in the student section during a 2017 SDHSAA Class AA State Girls Basketball quarterfinal game against Roosevelt Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. O’Gorman beat Roosevelt 37-33.

O'Gorman's Sebastian Akoi (35) takes a shot over Roosevelt's Peyton Stolle (25) during a 2017 SDHSAA Class AA State Girls Basketball quarterfinal game Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. O'Gorman beat Roosevelt 37-33.

O’Gorman’s Sebastian Akoi (35) takes a shot over Roosevelt’s Peyton Stolle (25) during a 2017 SDHSAA Class AA State Girls Basketball quarterfinal game Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. O’Gorman beat Roosevelt 37-33.

Roosevelt players react from the bench after a teammate scored during a 2017 SDHSAA Class AA State Girls Basketball quarterfinal game against O'Gorman Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. O'Gorman beat Roosevelt 37-33.

Roosevelt players react from the bench after a teammate scored during a 2017 SDHSAA Class AA State Girls Basketball quarterfinal game against O’Gorman Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. O’Gorman beat Roosevelt 37-33.