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SEVENTH PLACE—Members of the WHS varsity basketball team pose for a photo after taking seventh place in the State AA Tournament. Team members include (front, L-R, kneeling) assistant coach Holly Borchers; sophomore Jaden Warner; juniors Leah Barber, Jordyn Waltman and Gabby Reck; freshman Ellie Walker; (Row 2) seniors Samiya Jami, Brynn Heinert, Libby Nachtigal and Peyton Rymerson; statistician senior Maddie Risch; (back, standing) student manager senior Isiayas Goitom; head coach Jamie Parish; junior Sydni Schetnan; senior Lily Bartling; junior Jacee Johannsen; sophomores Eden Hullinger, Brielle Biteler and Rylyn Fink; assistant coaches Grant Schouten and Jeff Tobin; student manager junior Merci Bita; statistician sophomore Whitney Kayl and assistant coach Alicia Hess.
Girls finish seventh at State AA Tournament
Warriors defeat Brookings 45-43 on final day
By Nick Bernardy and Nate Freese
Ultimately earning seventh place, the Warrior varsity girls basketball team went one-for-three at the State AA Tournament March 14-16 at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City.
WHS, seeded No. 6 coming into the tournament, first fell to No. 3 Lincoln 36-31 in the opening round Thursday. Sophomore Sydni Schetnan led the Warriors in scoring with 10 points as well as eight rebounds. Senior Peyton Rymerson had nine points and five rebounds.
The Warriors then lost a disappointing one to No. 7 Stevens 62-38 Friday. Senior Lily Bartling and sophomore Eden Hullinger led a low scoring output for the Warriors with five points each. Senior Samiya Jami had nine rebounds and Rymerson five in the game.
WHS then made a comeback on Saturday in the seventh and eighth place game, defeating No. 5 seed Brookings 45-43. Jami had 10 points and nine rebounds. Senior Brynn Heinert had nine points in her final game as a Warrior.
Jami ended the tournament with 23 rebounds, the second most of all players in the tournament after junior Morgan Hansen of Lincoln with 31.
Heinert said it was a bittersweet experience.
“The season didn’t quite end as we hoped, but the memories and bonds this team created over the season is what really counts,” Heinert said. “I’m so glad to have been a part of such an amazing group of people and to have played for Warrior Nation! I can’t wait to see what these girls can do in the years to come!”
Coach Jamie Parish was proud.
“This is a really special group of kids and it was really fun for our coaches and players. The way people treated each other made it a really great season,” Parish said. “It was a very successful group of seniors, not just with basketball, but with all the other activities they are in, they will be successful and will be missed.”