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FHS girls lose all three at Big East Tourney

Modified: Tuesday, Jan 29th, 2013

Makayla Dietrich goes up for two against MCM on the 18th. Dietrich led the Fliers with 35 points over the length of the Big East Tournament. Her best game came when she put in19 points versus Howard on Saturday./ Kendra Duncan takes aim at a three. Duncan finished the tournament with 23 points.

The Flandreau Flier girls’ basketball team’s record fell below .500 for the first time all season after losing all three games at the Big East Conference Tournament last weekend.

Flandreau 41 – Parker 56

For the second time in five days, the Fliers lost to the Parker Pheasants, this time by the score of 56-41.

The score was a little deceiving because the girls played probably their best basketball in the first quarter of Thursday’s game. Flandreau pounded 21 points against the Parker defense in the first eight minutes of the game.

“We came out ready to go and executed the game plan very well in the first quarter. We moved the ball well and found the open player for some very good shots,” said Flandreau’s head coach Brian Relf.

The defense however gave up 19 points in the quarter and they were only leading by two heading into the second quarter.

Parker pulled ahead in the second quarter thanks to some good ball movement and Flandreau’s offense slowed down from their original blistering pace. The Pheasants took a 33-30 lead into the locker room.

The two teams came out of the break cold, scoring a combined 11 points in the quarter, with the Pheasants accounting for six of them.

Down four with eight to play, the Fliers needed to regain some momentum, but unfortunately, they started turning the ball over. Parker was able to capitalize on the turnovers and grow a big lead, a lead the Fliers could not overcome. Parker outscored Flandreau 17-6 in the final quarter on their way to the 15-point victory.

Kendra Duncan led the Fliers in scoring with 10 points on 4-8 shooting. She also picked up three rebounds and two assists on the night. Makayla Dietrich picked up eight points, while Kelly Johanson and Hannah Williams each contributed seven.

Micalanne Hanten led Parker with 17 points on 4-8 shooting, while adding six points from the free-throw line.

Parker 19 14 6 17 56

Fland 21 9 5 6 41

Flandreau 28 – Garretson 44

The Fliers could not get much offense going in their rematch with Garretson on Friday. Flandreau defeated Garretson on the 8th, 34-31, but they were unable to repeat that outcome in the tournament this weekend.

The Fliers fell to an early seven-point deficit in the first quarter, forcing a lot of bad shots and allowing some quick buckets for the Blue Dragons. After one quarter, Garretson led 13-6.

Flandreau started a comeback in the second quarter, making some better decisions with the ball and putting up some high percentage shots. After the first half was over, the Fliers were able to decrease the Garretson lead to just one at 18-17.

The halftime break did the Fliers no good, coming out flat offensively and returning to their first quarter ways. Garretson pulled ahead by 11 after outscoring the Fliers 12-2 in the third quarter.

The Fliers played a bit better in the final eight minutes but not nearly well enough to erase the debt. The Blue Dragons actually extended their lead to 16 after outscoring the Fliers 14-9 in the fourth quarter.

“I thought we went away from our strengths. We have had success working the inside out game for most of the year. I felt like we settled for the three-point shots way to early in our offense and didn't force Garretson to defend us,” said Relf after the game.

The Fliers combined to go 2-13 from behind the arc and just 6-15 from the free-throw line.

Dietrich led the Fliers with eight points on the night, while Williams tallied seven and Duncan added six.

Garretson 13 5 12 14 44

Flandreau 6 11 2 9 28

Flandreau 37 – Howard 40

Howard edged the Fliers in their final game of the tournament. The girls entered the fourth quarter with a small lead but were unable to hold onto it, giving Howard the 40-37 victory.

The girls did however get back to their strengths in this game. They were able to work the ball inside for some high percentage shots as well as convert on most of their free throw opportunities.

In the first quarter the Fliers jumped out to a slim one-point lead, 12-11. Again, the girls were doing a great job of sticking to what has worked for them all season.

Flandreau extended that lead in the second quarter to four after outscoring the Tigers 9-6 before halftime and take a 21-17 lead into the break.

The girls came out of the break hoping to extend their lead but rather they were greeted by a resurgent Howard squad. The Tigers outscored the Fliers 12-10 in the third quarter, bringing the lead down to just two heading into the final quarter.

In a game that was within just two points, the Fliers needed to value all of their possessions and take care of the ball, unfortunately for Flandreau, Howard forced a few big turnovers late and took advantage of most of them.

When the dust had settled, the Fliers were down three and were unable to make a big shot late to send it to overtime.

“In the second half we seemed to lose a little of the intensity we had earlier in the game. We missed some defensive assignments and were out hustled at times, letting Howard gain some confidence,” said Relf.

Dietrich had her best game of the tournament, scoring 19 points, including eight on free throws. Duncan added seven points for the Fliers and team high three assists.

After starting the season 6-4, the Fliers have now lost four straight games putting them at 6-8. They looked to rebound last night when they took on cross-county rival, Colman-Egan as well as a road game versus Sioux Valley on Friday.

Howard 11 6 12 11 40

Fland 12 9 10 6 37

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