Fliers girls…Not Done Yet!

These girls and coaches will attend the South Dakota High School Activities Association’s Girls Class A State Basketball Tournament this weekend in Watertown. It’s the first trip for a girls’ team since 2020, but that team was unable to play as that was when the COVID 19 Pandemic was ramping up and closing everything down. The team members making the trip up Interestate 29 will be front, student manager Mae Wiese, statisticians Nora Hamilton and Aly Schepel, Morgan Sheppard, Hayden Neises, Addy Hammer, Josie Hamilton, Ella Hoffman and statistician Elodie Amdahl and manager Rhegan Sheppard. Back, Head Coach Megan Severtson, statistician Diamond Roy, Sadie Iott, Lily Klein, Claire Sheppard, Lizzie Pavlis, Grace Krull, Hannah Krull, statisticians Maddy Bushkofsky and Hailey Lahr and assistant coaches Blake Savey and Brian Relf.

Not Done Yet!
Perhaps the quote is one that you’ve seen floating around social media recently as excitement builds over the Flandreau Flier Girls’ Basketball Team making a run for the state title.
“Since we are considered the underdog and have knocked off two teams already that were ‘above’ us in the rankings,” said Michelle Iott over the weekend, it’s what she and others are shouting right now from the rooftops. The Booster Club President is also the proud mother of #22 Sadie Iott — Iott has been a key player throughout the season but fans say especially with the recent playoff wins.
The Lady Fliers this past week knocked off St. Thomas More in Pierre with a big and unexpected win.
St. Thomas More, a private school in Rapid City, is the defending State A Champion.
“The team as a whole went into that game knowing they had nothing to lose, they had to play their hearts out and leave it on the floor…my freshman fouled out with three minutes left in the game, but to see that emotion come out of the younger girls on them, I think that’s huge for the program that Megan’s building here,” said Jud Krull, who has two daughters on the state-bound team.
The Fliers next take on undefeated Hamlin, long considered the powerhouse to beat, this Thursday at noon in Watertown.
“The last couple weeks watching them play basketball, their defense has picked up tremendously and they’re getting better working as a team and using the shot clock to their benefit,” said Krull. He and the other parents, coaches, and the team hope that the community is excited to come support them as they enter the playoffs and pack the Watertown gym.
The last time a Flier girls team won the honor of attending state, was dashed just as the Covid 19 pandemic started kicking in and shutting events down – the State A tourney was one of them.

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