Four Spots Claimed for the Class AA Girls State Tournament
Thursday night featured four qualifiers for the Class AA State Basketball Tournament at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center. We also know who the top seeds are.
Sioux Falls O'Gorman has notched a spot in the dance after defeating Sioux Falls Roosevelt 35-25 at the O'Gorman gym. O'Gorman will be the second seed and will play in the 1:00 game on Thursday, March 17 inside the Sioux Falls Arena.
Sioux Falls Washington took care of business with a fourth quarter outburst over Harrisburg to secure a spot at state. Washington will be the top seed following a 44-32 win. The Warriors will play the 1:00 game inside the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center on Thursday, March 17.
Aberdeen Central had no issues with Mitchell winning 69-15. Aberdeen Central will enter the tournament as either a 3rd or 4th seed. Their spot depends on if Sioux Falls Lincoln makes the tournament. If Lincoln gets in, the Patriots will be the 3rd seed.
District 4AA will send Rapid City Central to the dance following a 44-30 win over Rapid City Stevens.
Eight teams still have the chance to make it to the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center and the final spots will be determined on Monday night. It is guaranteed that three Sioux Falls schools will be in the tournament. It is also guaranteed that two teams with losing records will make the tournament, while a team like Brandon Valley (13-9) has been eliminated.
Monday, March 7th
Sioux Falls Roosevelt (10-12) @ Sioux Falls Lincoln (16-6) - Winner to State
Brookings (8-14) @ Harrisburg (15-7) - Winner to State
Sturgis Brown (4-18) @ Mitchell (5-17) - Winner to State, and will play Washington in opening game
Pierre TF Riggs (8-14) @ Rapid City Stevens (8-14) - Winner to State
With the teams that still have a shot to make the tournament, here are the seeding situations. Teams are not able to drop lower than the number they sit at below. (Ex: Aberdeen Central can become a 3rd seed with a Lincoln loss, but can't drop below a 4th seed).
- WHS (Qualifed) - 45.75
- OG (Qualified) - 44.00
- Lincoln - 43.85
- Aberdeen Central (Qualified) - 43.45
- Harrisburg - 41.50
- Rapid City Central (Qualified) - 41.15
- Roosevelt - 40.85
- Stevens - 38.85
- Brookings - 38.35
- Pierre - 37.75
- Mitchell - 36.60
- Surgis - 35.45
Finally, this is the schedule for the tournament at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center and Sioux Falls Arena for Class AA.
Girls AA State Tournament - Sioux Falls
Thursday, March 17
1:00 - Mitchell/Sturgis Brown vs. Sioux Falls Washington (Denny Sanford PREMIER Center)
1:00 - Pierre/Brookings/Stevens vs. Sioux Falls O'Gorman (Sioux Falls Arena)
5:00 - 4th/5th seed quarterfinal (Denny Sanford PREMIER Center)
5:00 - 3rd/6th seed quarterfinal (Sioux Falls Arena)
Friday, March 18
10:00am - Girls consolation (1/8 vs. 4/5) (Sioux Falls Arena)
10:00am - Girls consolation (2/7 vs. 3/6) (Denny Sanford PREMIER Center)
1:30 - Girls semifinal (1/8 vs. 4/5) (Denny Sanford PREMIER Center)
5:00 - Girls semifinal (2/7 vs. 3/6) (Denny Sanford PREMIER Center)
Saturday, March 19
10:00am - Girls 7th/8th place (Sioux Falls Arena)
10:00am - Girls 5th/6th place (Denny Sanford PREMIER Center)
1:30 - Girls 3rd/4th place (Denny Sanford PREMIER Center)
5:00 - Girls Championship Game (Denny Sanford PREMIER Center)