Shanaya Lunday goes up for two points Saturday against Clark/Willow Lake. Lunday finished the game with five points and four rebounds for the Fliers.
The Flandreau Flier girls’ basketball team ran into two teams last week that may be playing in their respective state title games come March. The Fliers had to host DeSmet on Tuesday, taking on the 16-1 Bulldogs, whose only loss was to Clark/Willow Lake, the team the Fliers faced Saturday.
Flandreau 24 – DeSmet 55
If the Fliers were going to stop their current seven game losing streak, they were going to have to do it against one of the top teams in South Dakota Class ‘B’, the DeSmet Bulldogs.
Flandreau hosted DeSmet on Tuesday, only to fall to the same fate they had for the last seven games, losing 55-24.
It was evident from the beginning of the game that FHS was going to have their hands full with DeSmet. The Bulldogs torched the net in the first quarter, dropping 19 points to just seven from the Fliers.
FHS picked up their defense in the second quarter, but their offense was no match for the stout Bulldogs defense, scoring just four points in the quarter. The Bulldogs took a 32-11 lead into the halftime break.
The Fliers started playing all around better basketball after the midway break but DeSmet was still able to extend their lead in each of the final two quarters. After outscoring the Fliers 11-7 in the third, the Bulldogs took an insurmountable 43-18 lead into the fourth quarter.
They added to that lead in the fourth, outscoring the Fliers again, this time 12-8 to take the 55-24 victory.
Kendra Duncan led the Fliers in scoring on the night, scoring nine points on 3-6 shooting, including a 2-2 performance from behind the arc. Makayla Dietrich contributed eight points for the Fliers and pulled down a team high five rebounds.
DeSmet went on to beat Lake Preston later in the week and improve their record to an impressive 18-1 on the season. The loss is the Fliers eighth straight and drops their record to 6-12 on the season.
DeSmet 19 13 11 12 55
Flandreau 7 4 7 6 24
Flandreau 40 – Clark/WilLk 56
The Fliers didn’t get any relief from their opponent Saturday when they hosted the only team to beat DeSmet all season - the Clark/Willow Lake Cyclones.
The Cyclones controlled the game from the get go but Flandreau played a much better game than they had in the recent past, especially offensively.
The game started with Clark/Willow Lake really pressing the issue on the Fliers, scoring almost at will early but slowing down a bit as the quarter went on. After eight minutes of play, the Cyclones were up 16-10.
Flandreau struggled in the second quarter, scoring just seven points compared to the 16 that the Cyclones put up on them for the second straight period. Clark/Willow Lake was able to take a comfortable 32-17 lead into the halftime break.
Flandreau picked it up a bit defensively in the second half, in part because they started controlling the ball a bit better and converting on more offensive possessions. The Cyclones did however add four more points to their lead, giving them a 46-27 lead with just eight minutes left to play.
Flandreau came out and played solid basketball in the fourth quarter, showing signs of the team from the beginning of the season and outscoring the Cyclones 13-10 in the period, but it was not nearly enough to make a comeback however.
Kelly Johanson was the Fliers top scorer on the night, dropping 10 points on 4-9 shooting, while also pulling down a team high six rebounds, a mark she shared with both Duncan and Dietrich who added six points and eight points respectively.
The Fliers looked to get off their nine game skid when they played Baltic last night in their regular season finale, another tough task as Baltic entered the game with a 14-5 record. Results from that game will be in next week’s paper.
Clark-WL 16 16 14 10 56
Flandreau 10 7 10 13 40