The Flandreau Flier girls’ basketball team ran into a couple hot shooting teams on the road last week in Deuel and Parker, but FHS was able to pick up a win in their lone home game of the week over McCook Central/Montrose. The 1-2 record over the week brings the Fliers record to 6-5 on the season.
Flandreau 25 – Deuel 36
A slow third quarter by the Fliers allowed the Deuel Cardinals to build a big second half lead, one that Flandreau could not overcome.
The Fliers defense came out of the gates as crisp as they have been all season – holding a much taller Deuel team to just two points in the first eight minutes. With their six first quarter points, the Fliers were able to take the 6-2 lead after eight minutes.
Deuel started to hit their stride late in the second quarter, adding eight points to their total, and outscoring Flandreau by four points to bring the game to a 10-10 deadlock at halftime.
The Cardinals came out of the halftime break looking to work off their momentum from the latter part of the second quarter. They did just that. Not only did they more than double their halftime score, but they held the Fliers to just two points in the frame – giving them a 23-12 lead heading into the final quarter.
That deficit was the difference in the game. Flandreau put up 13 points in the quarter but Deuel matched them point for point to bring the game to its final score of 36-25.
“I thought our kids did a very good job of following our game plan in the first half, said Flandreau head coach Brian Relf. “The third quarter we struggled to get going offensively and that proved to be the difference in the game. I was very proud of the kids for their effort in the fourth quarter. They battled until the final buzzer.”
Only three Fliers made a basket on Tuesday night. Kelly Johanson lead the Fliers with 12 points on 5-9 shooting, while Makayla Dietrich added nine points on 4-9 shooting. Keisha Jackson was the third and final Flier to hit a shot, going 1-2 from the field for two points. The other six Fliers who attempted a shot were a combined 0-14 from the field.
Flandreau 34 – MC-M 29
The Fliers were able to recover from Tuesday’s loss with a win in front of a rowdy home crowd at Flandreau High School Gymnasium on Friday night against Big East Conference foe, McCook Central Montrose.
Neither team could get anything going in the first quarter. Johanson hit a floater from the baseline three minutes into the quarter for Flandreau’s first bucket but FHS did not score again until less than a minute left when Dietrich was able to get to the basket for an easy two points. MC-M took a 5-4 lead after the first quarter.
The second quarter was not much different for the Fliers, scoring only six points in the quarter, capped by a Dietrich buzzer beater to send the two teams into the locker rooms with a 15-10 MC-M lead.
Despite being outscored 10-6 in the quarter, one good thing did come for the Fliers in the period - Shanaya Lunday come off the bench, providing a spark both in the scoring column and in the offensive rebound department.
Johanson started the second half off by hitting a three from the left elbow to bring the Fliers within two points. After Dietrich hit one of her two free throws, Kendra Duncan hit a jumper to give the Fliers their first lead of the game at 16-15. Lunday added two free throws to extend the lead to 18-15 but the Fighting Cougars came surging back to take a 21-20 lead after three quarters.
Just as she did in the third quarter, Johanson started the fourth quarter with a jumper to give Flandreau the lead back at 22-21. She added three more points on the Fliers next possession to give the Fliers their largest lead of the game. Lunday added four straight free throws on Flandreau’s next two possessions to give the Fliers an insurmountable eight-point lead.
“We battled the entire game. I was happy with our ability to handle their pressure late in the game and finish plays, said Relf. “Playing in close games and having success will give us confidence as we go deeper into the season and prepare for post-season play.”
Johanson and Lunday both put up 10 points to lead the Fliers. Johanson had five rebounds, all on defense, while Lunday added four rebounds, all on offense.
Flandreau 41 – Parker 53
After the home win over MC-M Friday night, the Fliers had to head back on the road to take on Parker Saturday night for another Big East Conference game.
It appeared it was going to be a real barnburner after one quarter of play. Flandreau was shooting the ball at a high percentage, but they were unable to slow down the hot handed Pheasants. Parker exited the first quarter with a slim 14-12 lead.
Parker continued their hot shooting in the second quarter, hitting well over 50 percent of their shots, increasing their lead from two to eight before halftime.
The 29-21 lead for the Pheasants at halftime grew in the third quarter, thanks again to some hot shooting by Parker. Flandreau was not going down without a fight, but it seemed as if anything Parker put near the hoop was going in.
FHS had eight minutes to try and overcome the 39-25 deficit. Offensively, they were up to the task, hitting well over half of their shots in the quarter but again, the Pheasants could not be slowed down. Flandreau outscored Parker 16-14 in the quarter but were unable to fully overcome the deficit.
“We ran into a hot shooting team and it was a little too much for us to overcome. I thought our effort was very good and saw several positives from our kids,” said Relf. “We will make some adjustments this week in practice and see if we can turn things around against them in the conference tournament.”
Two Fliers were in double digits on Saturday. Makayla Dietrich put up 11 points on 5-12 shooting, while freshman forward Hannah Williams lead the team with 13 points on 5-8 shooting.
The Fliers will participate in the Big East Conference tournament starting tomorrow night. Tomorrow and Friday’s games will be held in Salem, with Saturday’s games being played in Garretson.