Twas a busy week of high school hoops across the state. Records were broken, milestones were reached.
Here is the fifth installment of the American Family Insurance ALL-USA South Dakota high school basketball players of the week.
Anna Brecht, Lincoln
After being held under 20 points against a pair of Minnesota opponents – Hopkins (18) and Edina (16) – Brecht erupted for 28 in a 59-48 win over Yankton on Tuesday night. Her performance pushed her ahead of Steph Schueler for Lincoln’s all-time points record.
Trinity Law, Brandon Valley
Law finished a rebound shy of the double-double, posting 25 points and nine boards in a 65-56 loss to Harrisburg.
Ashlyn Macdonald, West Central
Macdonald’s 23 points against Elk-Point Jefferson came in a losing effort, but her efforts Tuesday night against Dakota Valley helped the Trojans bounce back and climb above the .500 mark. She led all scorers that night with 26 points, five boards and four steals.
Haleigh Melstad, Vermillion
Against Canton on Thursday, Melstad dropped 30 points on 12 of 19 shooting. She added seven rebounds an assist and two steals, helping the Tanagers to a 77-47 win. She tacked on 19 points and four steals against Parkston, before dropping 22 in a 42-40 win over Madison.
Myah Selland, Sanborn Central/Woonsocket
Selland picked up back-to-back double-doubles for the Blackhawks. She had 18 points and 14 boards in a 55-43 win over Warner on Saturday. Tuesday night, she posted 14 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and five steals.
Joie Spier, Oldham-Ramona/Rutland
Spier made Oldham-Ramona/Rutland history once again Saturday, picking up 21 points against Florence-Henry to become the program’s all-time leading scorer with 1,232 points for her career. She filled out the rest of the statsheet with 13 rebounds, five steals, five blocks and four assists. Earlier in the week, she pulled in 13 rebounds and seven steals in a 42-32 loss to Elkton-Lake Benton.
OTHER NOTABLE PERFORMANCES: Sebastian Akoi (O’Gorman) blocked five shots for the Knights… Ava Burns (Brookings) notched 19 points in the Bobcats’ 72-64 double overtime win over Huron. The Tigers were paced by Havyn Heinz (Huron) who had 20 points, four assists and two steals… The Govs got an efficient 18-point showing from Hallie Jerome (Pierre) in their 74-40 win over Huron. Jerome knocked down 6 of 9 shots from the field. Emily Mikkelson (Pierre) dished out eight assists… Kelsey Kearney (Washington) scored 18 points on 6 of 13 shooting with four treys in a 43-41 win over O’Gorman on Tuesday… Sam Slaughter (Harrisburg) picked up the double-double against Brandon Valley, scoring 17 points and pulling in 11 rebounds.
The Chargers picked up their first win of the year Thursday (Canistota, 47-32) thanks in large part to Rachel Barkema (Sioux Falls Christian) who had 16 points and six steals… Rianna Fillipi (Lennox) scored 21 points in a 63-60 win over Dell Rapids. Her performance helped the team overcome a 32-point showing from Jayda Knuppe (Dell Rapids)… Kasey Jensen (Vermillion) made her presence felt defensively against Parkston on Friday, picking up seven steals and a block in the Tanagers 50-26 win… Rachael Laetsch (McCook Central/Montrose) registered 10 assists against Hanson. Her performance put her past the 500-assist mark for her career… Haley Rithmiller (Webster) put up 27 points on 10 of 19 shooting in a 60-47 win over Ipswich… Camie Walz (Mt. Vernon/Plankinton) picked up eight steals in a 487-46 loss to Canton… Against West Central on Tuesday, Peyton Wingert (Dakota Valley) scored 21 points and added five steals.
Cortney Bauman (Deubrook Area) scored 30 of her team’s 59 points in an 8-point win over Lake Preston… Harley Cormany (Canistota) had six steals against Sioux Falls Christian… Ashley Fosness (Britton-Hecla) posted eight steals against Warner… Janae Kolden (Clark/Willow Lake) had 21 points against Lake Preston… Kalli Ortman (Canistota) put up 20 points against Hanson… De Smet rolled past Colman/Egan 58-25 on Thursday. Leading the way was Kristen Poppen (De Smet) who had 15 points and 13 rebounds, 10 of which came on the offensive glass… Tiona Schoenwald (Freeman Academy/Marion) had six steals against Mitchell Christian… Faith’s 60-46 win over Harding County featured a few noteworthy performances. Jayden Schumaker (Faith) knocked down four 3-pointers as part of a 22-point effort, while teammate Shali Sheridan (Faith) dished out seven assists. On the other side, Brianna Williams (Harding County) picked up 22 points and Shamra Garrett (Harding County) had eight assists… Kassidy Walth (Alcester-Hudson) poured in 20 points and added six steals, plus seven assists in a 20-point win over Viborg-Hurley… Emily Wedel (James Valley Christian) scored 21 points for JVC against Wolsey/Wessington… The Wilkens helped Sunshine Bible Academy top Wessington Springs 54-50 in overtime Thursday. Lindsey Wilken (Sunshine Bible Academy) pulled in 17 rebounds, while Susan Wilken (Sunshine Bible Academy) dished out a pair of assists. Cadee Schelske (Wessington Springs) pulled in 16 boards for her side. Lindsey Wilken put together a nice game against Iroquois on Friday, scoring 25 points and picking up five steals… Racquel Wientjes (Sully Buttes) and Chloe Lamb (Sully Buttes) both put up 23 points in a 75-36 win over Highmore/Harrold on Friday.
State Farm Holiday Classic: Harleigh Stange (Groton Area) scored 23 points to lead all scorers in a 53-45 win over St. Francis Indian. Miracle Spotted Bear (Little Wound) poured in 28 to help Little Wound improve to 10-0 with a 73-51 win over Northwestern. She also had seven assists. Haylee Hanson (Warner) scored 21 in a 55-43 loss to Sanborn Central/Woonsocket.
Mason Archambault, Rapid City Stevens
Archambault led the Raiders to a 64-54 win over O’Gorman on Friday, scoring a game-high 32 points. The 6-foot guard led his team in a 60-55 win over Mitchell the next day, finishing with 18 points.
Jamin Arend, Bridgewater-Emery
Arend accounted for 30 of his team’s 79 points in a 79-45 iwn over Freeman. As a team, BE shot 53 percent from the field.
Kobe Busch, Huron
Busch poured in 23 points, and tacked on an assist, steal and block to power Huron past Brookings in overtime.
Dylan LeBrun, Flandreau
LeBrun had himself a nice three-game swing at the Big East Conference Tournament, racking up a total 64 points over the weekend. He had a double-double in the opener against Baltic with 17 points and 15 rebounds, though his highest scoring output came the next night against McCook Central/Montrose (24 points). LeBrun poured in 23 against Sioux Valley in the championship game.
Tayt Vincent, Sioux Valley
First, the record: Already the program’s all-time leading scorer, Vincent claimed the Cossacks’ career assist mark, dishing out 10 to push his career total to 410. He also had 13 points and 10 steals to pick up the triple-double (a first for this season, at least as far as we can tell). He tacked on 22 against Chester in the semifinals.
Robert Vomacka, Gregory
His side dropped a six-point decision to Winner on Saturday, but Vomacka played a big role in helping them hang around, scoring 27 points and hauling in 13 rebounds.
OTHER NOTABLE PERFORMANCES: The Knights’ Matt Cartwright (O’Gorman) put together another nice couple of games, scoring 25 against Pierre, before tacking on 19 against Washington… Brad Dean (Pierre) poured in 21 and added three assists and three steals against the Gazelles. Matthew Mors (Yankton) scored 24 points and added three assists and two blocks to lead his side to the 59-48 win… Connor Morgan (Mitchell) scored 25 points on 8 of 16 shooting against Brookings… Jack Wolfgram (Yankton) chipped in 20 points against Aberdeen Central.
After crossing the 1,000-point mark with a 21-point effort against Madison, Ethan Freidel (Tea Area) racked up 24 points in a 75-70 win over the Mustangs. Jayden Burggraff (Tri-Valley) led his side with 23 points… Seth Friesz (Chamberlain) scored 31 points in a 78-69 win over the Quarriers on Friday. Sheldon Siemonsma (Dell Rapids) scored 20… Samuel Jensen (Alcester-Hudson) joined the 1,000-point club in rather dramatic fashion Friday, draining a free throw in the final minutes to reach the milestone… Preston Kolbaum (Elk Point-Jefferson) stuffed the stat sheet against Viborg-Hurley with 26 points, six rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks… Trevor Olson (Sioux Valley) had 20 points against Howard… AJ Plitzuweit (Vermillion) continued to rack up the points, scoring 20 in a 67-43 win over Parkston… Tiegen Priebe knocked down 9 of 14 shots en route to a 23-point, six assist, six steal effort against Cheyenne Eagle Butte. For good measure, he also blocked a shot… Powered by a 26-point game from Jacob Prouty (Clark-Willow Lake), the Cyclones slipped past Lennox.
Big East Conference Tournament: Trevor Olson (Sioux Valley) scored 20 in the Cossacks’ 104-42 win over Howard. There were dueling 25-point scorers in Chester’s 74-55 win over Garretson: Levi DeVries (Chester) poured in 25 and added 16 boards for his side, while Shay Gibson (Garretson) countered with 25 of his own. Sam Muston (Baltic) finished with eight assists and 11 points in a 60-46 loss to Parker. Trevor Hanson (Sioux Valley) racked up 24 points and 15 rebounds against Flandreau in the championship game at Garretson. Kelby Peters (Parker) scored 21 to help his team claim a 5th-place finish over the Blue Dragons. Shay Gibson (Garretson) made his last field goal of the weekend count. The bucket that got him to 20 points for the afternoon also gave him 1,000 for his career.
Levi DeVries (Chester) finished with the double-double in a 74-55 win over Garretson, tallying 25 points and 16 boards… Six triples keyed a 23-point showing for Logan Gabur (Castlewood)… Jacob Howard (Sully Buttes) notched a career-high 25 points and tacked on 10 rebounds in a 65-50 win over Highmore-Harrold… A 13-point game against Menno on Friday pushed Sam Jensen (Alcester-Hudson) over the 1,000-point mark for his career… Jared Jenson (Harding County) had 23 points and 12 rebounds in a 64-55 win over Bowman (N.D.) on Thursday… Trey King (Irene-Wakonda) scored 25 points in a 69-55 win over Alcester-Hudson… Mason Larson (Langford) hung 20 points in a 68-41 win over Hitchcock-Tulare… Canistota had a couple of 20-point scorers in its 63-55 win over Gayville-Volin. Jordan Lee (Canistota) had 22 points, while Xavier Ward (Canistota) poured in 21… Chayse McKenney (Parker) had six steals against Dell Rapids St. Mary… In addition to his 15 points, Bryan Vaughan (Scotland) had a nice game on the defensive end, posting six steals and two blocks in a win… Donnie Weber (Hanson) scored 20 in a 46-43 loss to Kimball-White Lake on Thursday… The Warbirds rolled past James Valley Christian 63-38 on Thursday. Bennett White (Wolsey-Wessington) led the way with 21 points and 15 rebounds. Eric Hasart (James Valley Christian) had 17 rebounds.
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