Both Flandreau Flier basketball teams have been busy seeing action in three doubleheaders during the past week.
Fliers vs. Deuel
Flandreau’s girls had a break away fourth quarter coming away with a 40-31 win in doubleheader play Tuesday. Neither of Deuel’s team has a win on the season. Hannah Williams dumped in 15 points and had four steals to aid her Flier team to the non-conference win over Deuel. Senior guard Taylor Peters added eight rebounds and four assists as the Fliers raised their season record to 6-3.
“We were able to break open a close game for our third win in a row by outscoring Deuel 16-7 in the fourth quarter,” said Head Coach Brian Relf.
The girls shot 36% from the field.
The JV girls won 23-19 with Jordan Shortman, Brooke Iott, Sydney Oswald, Mara Lunday and Makenzy Burggraff all scoring four points each.
The Flier boys’ basketball team regrouped from a tough loss the previous night and had few problems in defeating the Deuel Cardinals, 78-33.
“This was a very good win for our team after a tough loss the night before,” said Head Coach Eric Bass.
“Our kids came out, played hard and were able to control the game from the get-go.”
All 12 Flier players saw action against the winless Cardinals. Topping all scorers was the 27-point effort of Guy Zephier, Jr. followed closely behind by Geno Taylor-Burshiem’s 21-point contribution. The team shot 53% from the field and connected on 5 of 5 in free throw trips.
“We had a lot of shots fall. When you can make 13 3’s, you know you have had a really good night.” Zephier connected on six of those 3 pointers.
Burshiem also had five assists and five steals while the Fliers had a pretty clean game with only eight turnovers. They made 37 rebounds over a Deuel team that doesn’t have a senior on its roster. Flandreau’s rebounds were spread out with two players, Ted Slattery and Tim Parsley, both having six and three players, Zephier, Burshiem and Alex Bakkedahl all having five boards.
The Flandreau JV team beat Deuel 54-28. Leading scorers for Flandreau were Dylan LeBrun with 24, Dalyn Bakkedahl with eight and Xavier Pavlis with seven points.
Fliers vs. McC-M
The Fliers headed to Salem on Friday evening in a Big East Conference game against the Fighting Cougars of McCook Central-Montrose.
The Flier girls took a 10-point loss, 58-48. At half time break, the Cougars led, 29-25 and then the Flier girls were only able to score 7 third quarter points.
“We played a good first half, however we had some breakdowns defensively in the second half and put them at the free throw too many times,” said Relf.
Flier junior Shanaya Lunday was the Fliers’ top scorer with 10 counters. She was followed by nine from Marisa Hare, eight from Hannah Williams and seven from Taylor Peters. The Fliers connected on 35% of their field goal shots making 17 of 49 attempts. They were 11 of 15 at the free throw line.
Baylee Relf had 6 rebounds to lead the team and Lunday made four steals.
Flandreau’s JV team was defeated 38-19. Sydney Oswald and Brooke Iott both score four points.
The Flier boys were down 24-21 at half time but came back with 32 second half points to defeat McCook Central-Montrose, 53-44.
Guy Zephier and Geno Burshiem-Taylor led the Fliers with 16 points each. Tim Parsley added in another 14 points and pulled down seven rebounds-the same as Ted Slattery. The Fliers shot 39% from the field and 77% from the free throw line.
Burshiem-Taylor made four steals and Zephier was credited with three assists and three steals.
In JV action, the Flier boys lost 44-31. Leading scorers were Derick Veldkamp with 9 points and Dalyn Bakkedahl with 8.
Fliers vs. Parker
On Saturday, the teams were home and played their third double header in five days.
Sophomore Brooklyn Behrens poured in 15 points, dished out six assists and made two steals to help her Flier team defeat the Parker Pheasants, 57-52.
‘This was a total team win for us,” said Relf.
“One of the things I like about our team is that we have had important contributions from a number of different players. Brooklyn, started her first game this season and had a huge night both offensively and defensively. She made four clutch free throws to help seal the win,” added Relf.
The Flier girls hit 40% on the night from the field and 62% from the stripe. The Fliers and Pheasants were tied at 28 at half time and the Fliers 29 second half points to Parker’s 24 was enough for the win.
“Hannah (Williams), Taylor (Peters) and Ashley (Stenger) also had solid games to earn a Big East Conference win.”
Hannah Williams followed Behrens’ scoring effort with 14 points of her own along with seven rebounds. Behrens, Shanaya Lunday and Marisa Hare each pulled down six rebounds.
The Flier girls now have a 7-4 record as they enter Big East Conference Tourney play.
Flandreau’s JV girls lost 25-23. Makenzey Burggraff scored 9 and Sydney Oswald and Kathy Parsley scored 6 points each.
The Parker Pheasants nipped the Flier boys in Big East Conference action held on the Flier court Saturday, 56-54.
Parker was down 28-27 at the half and only scored 9 third quarter points to Flandreau’s 14, but came out with strong scoring in the final period to outdo the Fliers, 20-12 and take the win.
For the Fliers, junior Tim Parsley topped the scoring with 11 points followed by 8t grader Dylan LeBrun who made 10 points. The Fliers shot 33% from the field and 80 from the free throw mark.
Assists were handed out by Guy Zephier who made five and Geno Burshiem had four steals and pulled down 10 of the Fliers’ 30 boards.
The loss moves the Fliers record to 9 wins to 3 losses.
The Flier JV team lost to Parker, 52-21. Leading scorers were: Dylan LeBrun with 9 and Manny Sanchez with four points.
This week, the Flier girls host the first two rounds of the Big East Conference tourney on Thursday and Friday evening (see related story). The boys were to host Garretson on Tuesday and then have a week off until the teams are in doubleheader play at Colman-Egan next Tues,, Feb. 4.