The Timber Lake Lady Panthers ended their regular season on a high note with a 57-42 victory over Cheyenne-Eagle Butte on Feb. 17, putting their record at 16 wins and 3 losses.
Loryn Schoelerman scored 20 points and Sydney Maher added 13 points as the Panthers used some clutch free throw shooting in the fourth quarter to seal the win. Timber Lake led 34-30 after three quarters and a 17-12 run in the fourth closed things out, including an 11-16 effort from the free throw line.
Dupree and Lemmon advanced to the semifinals of the girls District 15B basketball tournament on Monday night. Semifinal games were played Tuesday, Feb. 21 but not yet complete as of the Topic’s deadline.
#4 Dupree hosted #5 Tiospaye Topa Monday and the Tigers defeated the visiting Thunderhawks 63-55 to advance. Dupree played #1 Timber Lake in the semis at the Lemmon Armory on Tuesday.
Raden Eagle Chasing, a senior at Dupree High School, has reached the 1000-point mark for his career. Raden, the son of DeeAnn Eagle Chasing and Orlando Morrison, has attended all four years of high school at DHS and played very well for the Tigers. He had only 17 points to go prior to the game on February 14 vs. Takini and has been averaging over 40 points a game this season.
Pictured with their parents are the three seniors playing for the Dupree High School Ggrls’ basketball team and their parents on Parents Night. FRONT (L-R): Aubree Stevens, Jadyn Woodward, and Sage Brooks. BACK (L-R): Mark & Rhea Stevens, Suria Woodward and John Hight, and Dena and Travis Brooks.
The Timber Lake varsity boys extended their winning streak to 5 games and their overall record to 12-5 with two wild wins over Newell and Crazy Horse last week and a road win at Eureka/Bowdle on Monday.
At Newell on Friday, Feb. 10, the Panthers won the game 48-46 when Isaac Kraft put in a last-second shot at the buzzer. At Crazy Horse the next day, the Panthers were down by as many as 22 points before they came storming back to win 78-77.
At Bowdle on Monday night, the Panthers built a substantial lead by halftime and held off the Patriots (4-13) for the victory. Only one game remains for the Panthers before the District 15B tournament, as they play at Tiospaye Topa on Feb. 24.
The Timber Lake Lady Panthers suffered their third loss of the seasonon Saturday at the Warner Classic, losing to Warner 52-34. Two games in two days and many miles of travel may have worn down the TLHS girls, as they had defeated the Irrigators at Newell 60-32 the night before.
Timber Lake holds a record of 15 wins and 3 losses with just one regular seas on game remaining before the District 15B tournament. The Panthers beat Eureka/Bowdle at Bowdle) 44-30 on Monday night and play at Cheyenne-Eagle Butte Feb. 17.
The District tournament begins Feb. 20, but Timber Lake will likely have a bye in the first round as one of the top-two ranked teams and will play at Lemmon on Tuesday, Feb. 21 when the semifinal round begins. With 43.88 seed points according to the S.D. High School Activities Association, Timber Lake figures to be the #1 or #2 seed in the district tournament. McIntosh (9-7) has 40.88 seed points and Lemmon (7-10) has 40.18.
The Harding County Ranchers went from top seed to tournament champions of the Little Moreau Conference boys basketball tournament last week. Harding County went through #8 McIntosh in the first round, #4 Timber Lake in the semifinals and bested #2 Lemmon 69-65 on Saturday at the Lemmon Armory for the conference title.
Timber Lake hosted #5 Bison on Thursday and advanced to the semis with a 51-31 win. After falling to the Ranchers 59-41 on Friday at Lemmon, the Panthers finished out the tournament by defeating Faith 51-46.
District and conference foes Timber Lake and Dupree battled in a pre-LMC tournament contest in Dupree on Jan. 31, with the traveling Panthers beating the Tigers 74-48.
Brayden Pay Pay had another superb shooting night, as the sophomore nailed six 3-pointers and finished with 35 points. Raden Eagle Chasing helped Dupree keep pace with TLHS in the first half, as Raden scored 12 of his 21 points in the first half.
The boys Little Moreau Conference Tournament takes place this week with games kicking off Thursday at the site of the four top-seeded teams.
Each first round contest on Thursday, Feb. 2, begins at 6:30 p.m. MT. The first round matchups are: #1 Harding County vs. #8 McIntosh, #2 Lemmon vs. #7 Dupree, #3 Faith vs. #6 Tiospaye Topa, #4 Timber Lake vs. #5 Bison.