Senior center Mack Rath puts up a shot over the reach of Aberdeen Central’s Brooklyn Kusler during Tuesday’s game at Riggs Gymnasium in Pierre. (courtesy Todd Thompson)
The Pierre T.F. Riggs Lady Governors basketball team took on the Aberdeen Central Golden Eagles in a matchup of ESD teams at Riggs Gymnasium in Fort Pierre on Tuesday night. The Lady Govs came into the game ranked no. 17 in Class AA, while the Golden Eagles were ranked no. 13.
The Lady Eagles got out to a 12-2 first quarter lead. The Lady Govs did not score a single bucket from the field in the first quarter, instead settling for a couple of free throws. They roared back to life in the second quarter, outscoring the Golden Eagles 20-8 to take a 22-20 lead into halftime. The Golden Eagles battled back to take a 29-28 lead into the final quarter. The two teams battled each other in the fourth. Down 38-34 midway through the fourth quarter, the Lady Govs went on a run. Eighth grade guard Remington Price made a free throw to put the Lady Govs up 39-38. The Lady Govs would not relinquish the lead for the rest of the game, winning it 48-42.
The Golden Eagles had better shooting percentages than the Lady Govs with one exception. The Lady Govs made five of 13 three point attempts, while the Golden Eagles made just two of seven attempts. The Lady Govs also got to the line more than the Golden Eagles. They made 17 of 28 attempts, while the Golden Eagles made six out of eight attempts.
The Golden Eagles were led by senior forward Emma Yeske, who had a game high 17 points, ten of which came in the second half. Sophomore guard Melanie Jacobs had eight points off the bench, with all eight points coming in the first half. Alternatively, sophomore guard Abby Kopecky had eight points, all of which came in the second half.
The Lady Govs had a balanced night of scoring. They were led by senior center Mack Rath, who had 12 points. Senior guard Emily Mikkelsen had ten points. Price had nine points off the bench. Junior forward Kodi Severyn and senior forward Kylie Kessler each had six points.
With the win, the Lady Govs (3-14) snap a six game losing streak. They also move up to the no. 16 spot in the Class AA standings. The Golden Eagles fall to 5-11 with the loss. They drop to no. 15 in the standings. The Lady Govs will next see action on Thursday night against the Watertown Arrows. Varsity action at Riggs Gymnasium is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. CT, with preliminary games starting at 4 p.m. CT. The Arrows come into the game with a 2-17 record. They are currently ranked no. 17 in the Class AA standings, so a win for the Lady Govs would all but sew up a spot in the Class AA SoDak16.
Since it is the final regular season home game, Thursday night’s game will also be Senior Night. The Lady Govs have five seniors on this year’s team, all of whom are starters. Those players are Emily Mikkelsen, Kylie Kessler, Halle Gronlund, Mack Rath and Hannah Lingle. Fans unable to make it to Thursday’s game can see it streamed on the GoGovsLive YouTube page, or at LiveTicket.tv.