HENRY – The #3 seed Flier boys’ basketball won their way to the SoDak 16 by holding off #2 Florence/Henry last Friday in Region 2A play.
The Fliers’ 48-44 win on the road snapped a 10 game win streak for the Falcons.
“We overcame adversity and foul trouble to persevere,” said Flandreau Coach Brendan Sheppard.
The game started with a quick six points by Florence/Henry before the Fliers found the hoop, but after one quarter, Flandreau was on top 11-8. The scores were close all through the second period ending with a three-point Falcon basket at the buzzer to give the hosts a 22-20 lead heading into the locker room.
Scoring was slow in the third period with the Falcons only netting eight, but Flier senior Taryn Ukestine was hot from the field scoring 11 of Flandreau’s 13 quarter points. Eight of these points came in the final 1:40 giving Flandreau a 33-30 lead heading into the fourth. The Fliers never relinquished the lead scoring 15 points to F/H’s 14.
“Taryn Ukestine came through and hit some timely outside shots and free throws,” said Sheppard.
Ukestine finished with 16 points. Tash Lunday logged a double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds
Chase LeBrun dropped in 12 markers, Liam Strietz scored five points and Alex Anderson four.
“We played a very solid final quarter. The boys made good decisions and made winning plays. We are excited for a chance to play in the SoDak 16.”
The Fliers, now 16-6, were to face Chamberlin, 16-4, Tuesday evening at the Huron Arena. Flandreau is seeded 11th and the Cubs, 6th. Winner heads to the State A in Sioux Falls March 18-20.
First round vs. Deuel
FLANDREAU – The Fliers held Deuel to only 12 second half points in their 61-37 routing over the Cardinals in Region 2A quarterfinal matchup last Tuesday.
“We were a little sluggish in the first half. (We) missed a few shots and we weren’t as solid as we could be defensively,” said coach Brendan Sheppard.
After the half time break, the Fliers put a more energetic team on the court.
“The boys really cranked up the intensity,” Sheppard said.
“Deuel had a hard time scoring and we saw the ball go in a few times. We really imposed our will on the glass.” The Fliers had 37 team rebounds.
Flandreau was up 16-12 after a quarter and 32-25 at halftime before pulling away in the third, opening up a 51-33 advantage. Flandreau held the Cardinals scoreless in the fourth quarter until the 1:06 mark when Cardinal bench players came in and hit two baskets before the final buzzer.
Tash Lunday posted a big double-double, scoring 30 points and grabbing 16 rebounds.
Chase LeBrun added nine markers and 12 boards. Liam Strietz also had nine points. Lunday and Alex Anderson both dished out four assists.
Flandreau was up 16-12 after a quarter and 32-25 at halftime before pulling away in the third, opening up a 51-33 advantage.
The Cardinals got 11 points from Zane Bingham and nine by Layton Eide.