What You Need to Know About Class AA Girls District Finals on Thursday
Three Sioux Falls schools and Harrisburg are off to district championship games on Thursday night. Here's what you need to know about Thursday's schedule.
Sioux Falls O'Gorman held Watertown to 30 points to secure a win 47-30 and the right to host the district title game on Thursday. The Lady Knights have now allowed 30 points or less 12 times this season.
If there is a right time for the Roosevelt Rough Riders to hold onto leads and win games it would be right now. David Maxwell's team finished the season strong in defeat losing close games to Lincoln and Washington. In the opening round of the Districts, Roosevelt defeated Brookings 47-37. They had the lead after each quarter with the win.
Here's how the bracket works for Thursday night (3/3):
District 1AA Championship: Sioux Falls Roosevelt @ Sioux Falls O'Gorman (7:00)
*Winner of the District is qualified for the state tournament. Loser will play Monday night in a region game against District 2AA 3rd place winner.
District 1AA 3rd Place Game: Watertown @ Brookings (7:00)
*Winner faces 2AA runner up for right to go to the state tournament. 4th place is eliminated and their season will come to an end.
It took double overtime to separate Sioux Falls Lincoln and Harrisburg on Monday night. The game was close the entire way with the largest lead being a six point advantage by Lincoln in the second quarter. The game was tied at 46 at the end of regulation, and tied again at 55 heading into double overtime. The difference of the game came with a 4-0 start to 2OT for Harrisburg as they went on to win 61-60.
Just a few miles down the road the Washington Warriors were able to secure a win over Brandon Valley 55-43. It was their second win over Brandon Valley in the last two weeks.
The unfortunate part of District 2AA is that only three of the four teams that remain in the district can make the state tournament with the way the system is set up. Thursday night will either eliminate Sioux Falls Lincoln or Brandon Valley, and both of them have 13 wins or more this season. That is more wins than 9 other teams in Class AA.
Here's the schedule for Thursday night (3/3):
District 2AA Championship: Harrisburg @ Sioux Falls Washington (7:00)
*Winner advances to the state tournament. Loser faces 3rd place from District 1AA.
District 2AA 3rd Place: Brandon Valley @ Sioux Falls Lincoln (7:00)
*Winner plays District 1AA runner up. 4th place is eliminated.
Aberdeen Central took care of business on Monday night defeating Huron 60-41. In a close game in Pierre, Mitchell pulled out the win 54-50.
District 3AA Championship: Mitchell @ Aberdeen Central (7:00)
*Winner advances to the state tournament. Loser faces 3rd place from District 4AA
District 3AA 3rd Place: Huron @ Pierre (7:00)
*Winner plays District 4AA runner up. 4th place is eliminated.
80 points were scored in a win for Rapid City Central over Douglas 80-36 on Monday night. Things weren't any closer five miles down the road as Rapid City Stevens picked up a 23 point win over Sturgis Brown.
District 4AA Championship: Rapid City Stevens @ Rapid City Central (7:00 MT)
*Winner advances to the state tournament. Loser plays District 3AA 3rd place.
District 4AA 3rd Place: Douglas @ Sturgis Brown (7:00 MT)
The 2016 Class AA Girls and Boys State Tournament will take place at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center March 17-19.