The Colman-Egan girls basketball team was able to defeat cross-county rival Flandreau last Tuesday night on the Fliers home court, 60-52, in large part to Tori Nelsen’s 16 fourth quarter points. The Hawks also faced off with St. Mary in their final home game of the year, losing a nail-biter Friday evening, while the Fliers continued their struggling ways, losing to both Sioux Valley and Hamlin.
Col.-Eg. 60 – Flandreau 52
Colman-Egan used an all-star performance from junior Tori Nelsen to take down Flandreau and pick up their fourth win of the season.
Flandreau scored first thanks to a Makayla Dietrich free throw but Colman-Egan jumped out to the early 8-5 lead, with Nelsen putting up five of those points for the Hawks. The Fliers took the lead back from the Hawks thanks to a 6-0 run to end the quarter.
Nelsen put an end to the run with a free throw to open the second quarter but Flandreau hit two straight baskets to increase their lead to 15-9. But C-E got a huge momentum shift when Nelsen took a charge deep in the lane, sparking a 14-4 run and giving them a 23-19 lead at halftime.
After a back and forth beginning to the third quarter, the Fliers put together five straight points to take a short lived 32-31 lead, it would become the last time the Fliers saw the lead for the game. Colman-Egan responded with a 6-0 run to end the quarter and take a 37-32 lead into the final frame.
The Hawks had the momentum to start the fourth quarter, going on a 9-4 run but Flandreau put on a full court press, forcing a few turnovers by the Hawks and getting the Fliers back within five points.
But with little time remaining, the Fliers had to start fouling and they were unable to keep the ball out of Nelsen’s hands. Nelsen hit 10 free throws late in the fourth quarter and with Hailey Harms adding four points from the free throw line, the Hawks grew an insurmountable lead. The last 14 points Colman-Egan scored were from the free-throw line.
Flandreau shot 50% in the second half, but the Hawks were 19-24 from the free-throw line during that same time.
Nelsen led all scorers with 28 points, 15 from the free-throw line, while adding four rebounds. Teammate Paityn Groos picked up another solid performance with 10 points and 11 rebounds for yet another double double.
Dietrich led the Fliers with 16 points. Hannah Williams picked up 14 points for the Fliers, with both girls contributing six rebounds apiece.
Colman-Egan 8 15 14 23 60
Flandreau 11 8 13 20 52
Colman-Egan 43 – St. Mary 46
The Hawks were looking to use the momentum from Tuesday’s game with Flandreau to take down a very good Dell Rapids St. Mary team on Friday. Unfortunately for Colman-Egan, the Cardinals were just too much.
Colman started out the game the same way they ended Tuesday’s, scoring five points in their first three possessions, all on free throws. The Hawks scored seven of their 11 first quarter points via the free throw, taking a 11-10 lead into the second quarter.
The second quarter was all St. Mary. The Hawks started to get cold from the field, scoring just three points, and were giving up just enough to give the Cardinals an eight point halftime lead, 22-14.
As it has been the case recently, the Hawks turned their game to another level in the third quarter pounding out 19 points and taking a 33-32 lead into the final quarter.
The Hawks played well in the fourth quarter, but not well enough to keep their lead. The Cardinals used a big performance from Kelly Michel to take the lead back in the fourth and hang on to the slim 46-43 victory.
Nelsen again led the Hawks, this time putting up 16 points on 5-10 shooting. Paityn Groos put up another double double, scoring 11 points and tallying 10 rebounds.
St. Mary 10 12 10 14 46
Col. Egan 11 3 19 10 43
Flandreau 25 – Sioux Valley 55
The Fliers were able to keep it close for 16 minutes but the Cossacks were just too much to handle in the second half, blowing out the Fliers, 55-25.
Flandreau stuck to the game plan perfectly in the first half, staying close.The Fliers trailed by just two points after one quarter and just five at halftime.
The game plan escaped them when they came back out for the second half. Sioux Valley started to shoot and make a ton of open three pointers and the Fliers could not get anything going offensively. The third quarter sealed the deal for Sioux Valley. They outscored the Fliers 24-4 in the quarter and took a 25-point lead into the final quarter.
The Cossacks added a few more points to their lead in the fourth, outscoring the Fliers 11-6, and taking the easy victory, 55-25.
Shanaya Lunday led the Fliers with eight points on 3-4 shooting, accounting for almost half the Fliers made baskets. Hannah Williams picked up five points with both girls pulling down four rebounds apiece.
Flandreau 6 9 4 6 25
Sioux Val. 8 12 24 11 55
Flandreau 48 – Hamlin 58
The Fliers just couldn’t shake their troubles Saturday, playing 24 minutes of solid basketball but just could not hold on in the fourth quarter, losing on the road to Hamlin, 58-48.
Flandreau busted out a 13-6 lead after one quarter of play, playing with a sense of urgency to start the game.
The two teams went back-and-forth for the second quarter with Hamlin picking up a big three-pointer late to bring the score within four at 25-21 Flandreau.
The teams continued to battle it out in the third both making big shots and both playing aggressive. Hamlin did outscore the Fliers 16-15 in the period but Flandreau still held on to a small 40-37 lead with eight minutes to play.
Then, Hamlin exploded. It seemed as if they could not miss in the final eight minutes and Flandreau was struggling to respond. Hamlin put up 21 points in the quarter with Flandreau only putting in eight. Hamlin ended the game with a 58-48 victory and extending the Flier’s losing streak to six games.
Makayla Dietrich led the Fliers with 15 points on 5-11 shooting, while adding a team high 12 boards. Kendra Duncan and Kelly Johanson each put up 11 points for the Fliers on the night.
Flandreau 13 12 15 8 48
Hamlin 6 15 16 21 58