Crowned champions of the Big East Conference Tournament were the Flandreau Fliers. Members include front from left, Madison Bushkofsky, Aly Schepel, Addy Hammer, Josie Hamilton, Hayden Neises, Elodie Amdahl, Rheagan Sheppard and Calla Wiese. Back Head Coach Megan Severtson, Morgan Sheppard, Lily Klein, Lizzie Pavlis, Claire Sheppard, Hailey Lahr, Sadie Iott, Ella Hoffman, Grace Krull, Hannah Krull, Assistants Coach Jesse Gile and Brian Relf. Courtesy photo
The Flandreau girls basketball team soundly defeated Parker, Garretson and Sioux Valley to bring the Big East Tournament trophy back home again.
“We get to celebrate winning a conference tournament championship, which is fun, but our eyes quickly fix on our upcoming games with Sioux Valley and Centerville,” said Head Coach Megan Severtson.
“Unfortunately, this time of year, you don’t get a lot of time to enjoy big wins. I’m really excited about how the team is defending as a group and sharing the ball on offense.”
Flandreau improved to 13-0 on the season and played at Garretson on Monday and then hosts Sioux Valley on Friday evening.
Flandreau 55, Sioux Valley 29
BERESFORD – The Fliers used a strong second quarter to pull away from the Cossacks in the championship game. Flandreau led 14-12 at the end of the first quarter. The Fliers then shut out the Cossacks in the second quarter and took a 32-12 lead into halftime. They would extend 46-20 at the end of the third and that allowed them to cruise to the conference tournament title.
Claire Sheppard led the Fliers with 21 points. Lily Klein and Lizzie Pavlis each had 13 points.
The Cossacks were led by Kailey Cradduck who had 11 points. Liberty Trygstad had six points and Keyra Kruse and Talya Vincent each had five points.
Flandreau 51, Garretson 22
GARRETSON – The Fliers got out to a fast start in the semifinals as they led the Blue Dragons 19-5 at the end of the first quarter. They then took a 33-13 lead into halftime and extended the lead to 51-19 at the end of the third. Flandreau was outscored 3-0 in the final quarter but it didn’t matter.
Flandreau shot 46.8% from the field and was 0-of-6 from three. The Fliers were led by Klein and Sheppard who each had 13 points. Klein also had six assists, six rebounds and two steals. Sadie Iott had 10 points, five assists and four steals.
Garretson shot 24.3% and was 1-of-12 from three. The Blue Dragons were led by Sydney Olson who had eight points.
Flandreau 58, Parker 23
GARRETSON – The Fliers led 21-9 at the end of the first quarter. They extended the lead to 34-15 at halftime and then put the game away in the third quarter as they outscored the Pheasants 18-2 and led 52-17 heading into the fourth.
Flandreau shot 41.1% from the field and was 5-of-18 from three. The Fliers were led by Sheppard who had 18 points and eight rebounds. Klein had 12 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals. Pavlis had 13 points.
They had 38 rebounds to the Pheasants’ 20.
On defense they committed 10 steals and forced 17 Parker turnovers.
Parker shot 27.3% from the field and was 1-of-12 from three.