By Josh Samuelson
A year after being the No. 1 seed, but finishing fourth, the Lady Terriers took the Girls’ District 4C Tournament with an impressive 56-44 win over Wibaux on Saturday night at the Custer County District High School gym.
“It was nice, it was exciting,” Terry head coach Sharilyn Kortum said. “I was glad for the girls. They’ve worked really hard and earned it. They were highly motivated.”
The Lady Terriers stumbled through the 4C Tournament a year ago, suffering an embarrassing loss to Plevna, who finished last year’s consolation game with just three players.
There was no such let-down this time, as the Lady Terriers rolled through the tournament and remained unbeaten on the year at 20-0.
“It feels good,” senior Dani Dukart said. “We came into the tournament not wanting to do the same things we did last year, and we accomplished that.”
In the consolation game earlier on Saturday, the Ekalaka Lady Bulldogs beat Jordan 52-40. All four teams will advance to the Southern C this weekend in Billings.
Terry will play Broadview-Lavina Thursday 1 p.m., Wibaux will get Joliet, Ekalaka will play Roberts and Jordan will take on Harlowton-Ryegate.
“We’re pretty excited to see the other division,” Dukart said. “It’ll be nice to see what they’ve got, and get after it.”
In the 4C championship game, the Lady Terriers did what they’ve done all year, dominate on the defensive end.
“Again, our defense came through, which is our focus,” Kortum said. “And we shot a little bit better, which didn’t hurt the cause at all.”
That defense, which held teams to just 37.6 points per game this season, helped the Lady Terriers jump out to a 10-2 lead to start the game. They would lead 17-7 after the first quarter.
“It’s always nice to have a lead,” Kortum said. “But in this game, even a 20-point lead isn’t much. A lead is nice, but Wibaux could get right back into it.”
And Wibaux did just that.
The Lady Longhorns cut the lead to four, thanks to a quick 8-2 run to start the second quarter.
But the senior-laden Lady Terriers didn’t falter. Five quick points from Amanda Haidle, a basket from Franque Robertson and a Dukart triple pushed the Lady Terriers to a 29-17 lead with 1:47 to play in the first half.
Wibaux would answer, cutting it to 31-23 going into the halftime break.
The Lady Longhorns cut the lead down to six with 2:06 to play in the third, but Terry answered with eight straight points to put the game out of reach.
In the fourth, the Lady Longhorns were unable to mount a serious comeback,
with Terry leading by as many as 14 in the final frame.
The Terry defense forced 24 turnovers, leading to 22 points in transition. They also held Wibaux to 36 percent shooting.
“Our defense has been consistent,” Dukart said. “And we hit the shots when we needed to, which was nice.”
The Lady Terriers got 14 points, four assists and four steals from Dukart. Haidle had 13 points. Carly Stickel had eight points and grabbed 10
For Wibaux, Marisa Sokoloski had 12 points and Sydney Schieffer added nine. Payton Schieffer had eight points and nine rebounds.
Terry 56 Wibaux 44
Wibaux 7 16 8 13 - 44
Terry 17 14 14 11 - 56
Wibaux (12-9)- Jonna Bakken 4, Marisa Sokoloski 12, Payton Schieffer 8,
Chelsea Leach 4, Sydney Schieffer 9, Taylor Beach 7.
Terry (20-0)- Lindsay Stickel 2, Carly Stickel 8, McKensie Keller 5,
Ashley Morast 2, Dani Dukart 14, Amy Browning 6, Amanda Haidle 13, Alyssa
Morast 2, Franque Robertson 4.
Published Feb. 23, 2010