Brooklyn Behrens beats her defender before dishing it off to Makayla Dietrich for one of her two assists on the night. Brice Rose puts in two of her four points with this lay up in the third quarter of Saturday’s game with Flandreau Indian. Photos by Billy Stitz
The Flandreau Fliers were on both ends of close games to start the week.
After a win over Garretson on Jan. 8, the Fliers lost to Madison before rallying for a blowout victory versus cross-town rival, Flandreau Indian.
Flandreau 34- Garretson 31
The Flandreau Fliers girls’ spent some time knocking off the rust last Tuesday night when they took on Garretson. Despite it being the Fliers first game in 10 days, they were able to pull out a thrilling victory in front of their home crowd.
Garretson had no sympathy for the Fliers, it was their first game since December 20th, and the time off showed through in the first quarter for both teams. Combined the two teams put up just seven points in the first quarter, with Flandreau taking the one-point advantage at 4-3.
Flandreau started to get things moving in the second quarter, putting up a streak of good possessions to extend their lead. Garretson however, continued to struggle. FHS was able to take a 14-9 lead into the halftime break, but were starting to show the kind of basketball that has won them three of their first five games this year.
The Fliers came out of the locker room and built up an eight-point lead before things started to get close again. The Blue Dragons hit a big three late and then capitalized on a Flandreau turnover of the following possession to push the score within three. That is how the quarter ended, the Fliers held a small 24-21 lead with eight minutes to play.
The two teams went back and forth through the fourth quarter but Garretson fought to just one point down with under a minute to play. Flandreau needed a big play to get momentum back on their side and Makayla Dietrich answered the call. She was fouled with 20 seconds left, making both free throws to give the Fliers the lead back. The Blue Dragons pushed the floor, but missed a three-point attempt. After the Fliers got the rebound, the Blue Dragons fouled Dietrich again- sending her to the line for a one-and-one. Luckily for Garretson, she missed the front end, but time would run out before Garretson could get a shot off.
“I have to give the girls credit they hung in there in a very physical game. We were able to make a couple of key defensive stops and Makayla [Dietrich] made two huge free throws for us to seal the win. I am very proud of the kids for their effort and the ability to make plays when we needed them most,” Head Coach Brian Relf said about the victory.
Dietrich led the Fliers with 12 points on 5-6 shooting. Marisa Hare posted six points and a team high six rebounds for FHS. Brice Rose added seven points to the Flier offense.
The win improves the Fliers record to 4-2 on the season and 2-1 in the Big East Conference. Garretson falls to 1-6 overall and 0-2 in the BE Conference.
Garretson 3 6 12 10 31
Flandreau 4 10 10 10 34
Flandreau 39 – Madison 43
The Fliers played a very strong first 30 minutes but the Madison Bulldogs were able to hit some big three pointers late to take the 43-39 victory last Thursday night in Madison.
After taking a 10-8 lead in the first quarter, Madison started getting hot from behind the arc. The Bulldogs clawed their way back to a five-point halftime lead at, 25-20.
Flandreau responded both offensively and defensively in the third quarter. Flandreau put up 10 points for the third straight period, while only allowing Madison to put up five points – sending the game into the fourth quarter deadlocked at 30-30.
Flandreau had control of the game for most of the fourth quarter but a couple of late turnovers led to some easy three point baskets for the Bulldogs, and they were able to pull ahead for good.
Kelly Johanson led the Fliers in scorer during her first game of the season. Johnason had 11 points on 4-6 shooting. Keisha Jackson also hit double figures for the Fliers. Jackson’s 10 points came on a 4-5 shooting performance.
Flandreau 10 10 10 9 39
Madison 8 17 5 13 43
Flandreau 71 – Flandreau
The game started with Flandreau taking a 3-0 lead thanks to a Makayla Dietrich and-1, and the Fliers didn’t look back from there.
The Fliers jumped out to an early 9-0 lead before FIS hit a free throw to make it 9-1. Flandreau then went on an 8-0 run to improve their lead to 17-1 and finish the quarter up 22-3.
FIS started to find some rhythm offensively in the second quarter thanks to some big time three-point shots by Kourtney Merrick. The Indians however, did not have an answer for the Fliers offense. The Fliers put up another 19 points in the second quarter and took a 41-14 lead into the halftime break.
The Indians were not going to go down without a fight however. Offensively, the girls were draining three pointers from all over the place, allowing them to stay in the game for much of the third quarter. Merrick would add a few more three-pointers on her way to a team high 15 points.
The Fliers were just too much offensively for the Indians. FPS outscored the Indians in both the third and fourth quarter on their way to the 71-36 victory.
Flandreau was led by Freshman forward Hannah Williams who put up a career high 26 points on 11-16 shooting. Dietrich posted 17 points of her own and pulled down six boards. Keisha Jackson added four points on 2-3 shooting and had a team high 10 rebounds.
“We got off to a great start against FIS and that kind of set the tone for the rest of the game. I was happy with our effort after a tough loss on Thursday night. We were able to get some valuable court time for a number of players and that should benefit us in the next couple of months,” said head coach Brian Relf about Saturday’s game. Eight different girls scored a point for the Fliers.
The win improves the Fliers record to 5-3 on the season and the loss drops the Indians record to 1-8.
Both teams took their respective courts last night for games, and both will play Friday night as well. Flandreau Public will also play Saturday in Parker.
FIS 3 11 11 11 36
Flandreau 22 19 15 15 71