State AA Girls Basketball Tournament Preview
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – After an exciting one-point win over Huron in the SoDak 16, the Rapid City Central Cobblers are back in the State ‘AA’ Girls Basketball Tournament for the first time in three years.
Central now has the tough task of playing No. 1 Sioux Falls Washington in the opening round on Thursday, March 11 at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls.
The Cobblers are 11-9 on the season, while the Warriors are 17-2.
The two teams did not play each other during the regular season.
The Cobblers are led by Jordon Heckert who averages 17 points and 5 rebounds per game.
Meanwhile, Central will have try and stop two of the best players in the state, Sydni Schetnan and Ndjakalenga Mwenentanda.
“Both of them are Division I players,” Central girls basketball coach Allan Bertram said. “The 6’5″ girl is going to play at Louisville next year. So if you’re going to play at Louisville, you can play. For us, we look at it as a way we can cause a little bit of mismatch issues at their end, as well. Obviously, offensively against their defense, we’re going to have to be smart about what we do and how we do it. But at the same token, we need to put those girls in the same situation on the opposite end of the floor and force them to defend us as well so.”
#6 RC Stevens vs #3 Harrisburg
The Rapid City Stevens Raiders are preparing to play in the State ‘AA’ Girls Basketball Tournament for the eighth year in a row.
The Raiders enter the tournament as the No. 6 seed with a 15-5 record.
They will square off against No. 3 Harrisburg in the first round. The Tigers 19-2 on the year.
Stevens is led by Kenadi Rising who averages 13 points per game followed by Jayda Mcnabb with 12 points per contest.
Head coach Michael Brooks feels that controlling the lane will be the key to stopping the Tigers.
“If we make them play on the outside, using a lot of our zones,” Stevens girls basketball coach Michael Brooks said. “Luckily for us, we put in a plethora of zone opportunities to go against them to try and throw them up and out of rhythm. So that’s what I’m really looking forward to see that transition knowing going into state having three weeks to get some things together to throw at people to make it as interested for them as possible.”
State AA Girls Basketball Tournament
Schedule for Thursday, March 11
#9 RC Central vs #1 SF Washington 11 a.m. MT
#5 Mitchell vs #4 SF O’Gorman 1:45 p.m.
#7 Brandon Valley vs #2 Aberdeen Central 4:30 p.m.
#6 RC Stevens vs #3 Harrisburg 7:15 p.m.