The Jordan Lady Mustangs came into the District 4C Tournament as the third seed, but they featured the best overall record, the highest scoring offense and the stingiest defense from the regular season.
On Saturday night, all of that was on display when the Lady Mustangs topped Northern Cheyenne 68-44 to claim the 4C championship.
“This has been our goal since the beginning of the season,” Jordan senior Carrie Murnion said. “It was a total team effort. I’m really glad we got here.”
Both teams will be back in the Custer County District High School gym next weekend for the Southern C Divisional Tournament. Joining them will be Broadus and Terry.
Broadus, who suffered a 58-55 loss to Jordan in the semifinals, beat top-seeded Wibaux 45-39 on Saturday morning to claim the three seed in the Southern C.
Terry came from behind to beat Ekalaka 56-50 to take the fourth seed at Divisionals.
Terry 56, Ekalaka 50
Terry needed a big fourth quarter to come back and eliminate the upstart Ekalaka Lady Bulldogs on Saturday morning.
And with that comeback win, the Lady Terriers punched their ticket to the Southern C Divisional Tournament.
“We’re really excited,” Lady Terrier Lexie Schlosser said after the game. “We hadn’t even talked about going to Divisionals until today. It was just in the back of our minds, but we never mentioned it.”
Eighth-seeded Ekalaka, who upset top-seeded Wibaux in the quarterfinals, looked to play spoiler again.
Midway through the first quarter, Schlosser hit a pair of free throws to tie the game at seven. But over the next seven minutes, Ekalaka went on a 15-2 run to take a 22-9 lead.
Schlosser answered with a three that sparked a 13-3 run for the Lady Terriers that got them within three at halftime.
Senior Lexi Schlosser drives past a Melstone player during Friday’s game.
— Tribune Photo Logan Braddock
“We were slowly climbing back into the game going into halftime,” Schlosser said. “When we went into halftime, we said, ‘this is our last game, no matter what, at districts,’ and we got that fire to finish.”
The teams traded the lead four times in the third quarter, with Ekalaka holding onto a 42-37 lead going into the fourth. And then Schlosser put on a show.
Schlosser scored 15 points in the decisive fourth quarter, leading Terry to a 19-8 edge in the fourth.
She tied the game with a basket and a free throw and then gave Terry the lead for good with a three at the 2:11 mark.
Defensively, the Lady Terriers forced 21 Ekalaka Bulldog turnovers, leading to 24 points in transition.
“Our defense is what won it,” Schlosser said. “That led to a lot of scoring opportunities. Everyone hit the open gaps, and we executed well.”
Schlosser finished with 32 points, going 11-22 from the field and 7-12 from the freethrow line. She also grabbed eight rebounds.
Caitlin Lantis added 10 points, while Valerie Greenfield and Halle Keltner each grabbed 11 boards.
Jessica Dalzell had 18 points to lead Ekalaka. Ashley Frye had 11 points and 12 boards, while Kylee Kennedy had 10 points and Ellen Guyer chipped in with nine points.
Boys District 4C results
While the Wibaux Longhorns have consistently qualified for the Southern C Divisionals, it’s been a while since they’ve gone in as the District 4C champions.
For the first time since 2009, the Longhorns hoisted the 4C championship trophy on Saturday night with a 49-42 win over Broadus.
“It’s been a long time since we’ve won,” Wibaux senior Jacob Bakken said. “So it felt good to win and be the district champions.”
Wibaux and Broadus will be joined by Terry and Melstone at the Southern C Divisional Tournament this weekend in Laurel. Terry advanced with a 49-44 win over Jordan and Melstone edged Northern Cheyenne 35-33. Terry will be the third seed, thanks to their 58-40 win over Melstone in the 4C quarterfinals.
Terry 49, Jordan 44
The Terry Terriers have not advanced to the Southern C Divisional Tournament in a number of years. But a big performance from Josh Stickle carried the Terriers over a scrappy Jordan team on Saturday afternoon.
“It’s huge. It’s something we haven’t done in some years in Terry,” Terriers head coach Isaac Deloach said. “Jordan is a tough team, we knew that coming in. They made it tough on us in the first half, especially Kelly Murnion. But in the second half, we switched to a zone and neutralized him a bit.”
Terry jumped out to a 6-0 lead, which proved to be the largest lead for either team in the game.
From there, the lead changed hands eight times, and there were six ties.
Stickel drilled a three just before the third quarter ended, giving the lead back to Terry, 38-36.
Josh Stickel attempts a layup. — Tribune Photo Logan Braddock
Jordan tied the game early in the fourth, but Stickel kept the Terriers out in front.
Stickel finished with 28 points to lead the Terriers. He also grabbed seven rebounds and had six steals. Tyler Sackman added 12 points for the Terriers.
“They really stepped up down the stretch,” Deloach said. “We’ve had so many issues with turnovers, but the took care of the ball. They stayed so composed and id things we haven’t done in quite a while.”
TJ Green had 16 points to lead Jordan. Murnion finished 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Published February 26, 2014