The Dupree Tigers girls basketball team is above the .500 mark and on a 3-game win streak in the aftermath of the mid-season Little Moreau Conference tournament. Dupree’s girls have a record of 7 wins and 5 losses and won 2 of 3 in the LMC tournament. Following an 85-48 dismantling of Tiospaye Topa at home (JV won 37-36), Dupree entered the LMC tournament as the #4 seed but lost 56- 39 to #5 McIntosh in the opening round Thursday. In the consolation bracket, Dupree topped Tiospaye Topa 65-31 on Friday and then claimed 5th place by defeating Lemmon 55-47 on Saturday at Faith.
Timber Lake, the defending champions of the Little Moreau Conference girls basketball tournament, fell on Saturday in the tourney finals to last season’s runner-up, the Faith Longhorns. Faith clinched a back-and-forth contest on their home court and won 55-47. The Longhorns used a 24-14 run in the fourth quarter, including 13 points from free throws on 18 attempts, to salt away the conference tournament win.
Some clutch free throw shooting in the fourth quarter helped the Panthers hang onto a late lead and edge the Cowboys 69-57 in LMC and Dist. 15B boys basketball action. The Panthers made 14 of 19 free throw attempts in the final 8 minutes and 24 of 34 freebie tries for the game. Isaac Kraft made 8-of-8 free throw tries and had 10 of his 14 points in the fourth, as TLHS used a 23-14 run in the fourth to extend what had been a 46-43 lead after three quarters.
Timber Lake won their third straight varsity game at Takini Jan. 13. Brayden Pay Pay scored a season high 22 points for the Panthers, with Jackson Harrison and Tucker Kraft adding 14 points each. Isaac Kraft scored 12 points, Trey Bollinger 4, and Anthony Alley, Brady Hall and Nathan Swift 2 points each.
Timber Lake hosted Harding County on Saturday, Jan. 14 for a four-game lineup of varsity and JV games between the boys and girls teams. The Panthers won the first three games in the series and it looked good for the Panther sweep early in the boys varsity game, but the Ranchers surged to defeat TLHS. Boys Varsity Harding County 46, Timber Lake 43 Timber Lake looked sharp early but a drought in the middle two quarters allowed the Ranchers to get back into the game and steal the road victory. The Panthers jumped out to an 11-7 lead after the first quarter, but Harding County outscored the home team 26- 14 in the second and third periods to lead 33-25 heading into the fourth.
The Timber Lake 6th grade girls basketball team won the Mobridge Youth Organization Basketball Tournament on January 7. FRONT (L-R): Abigail Linderman, Natalie Gross, Carlie Lawrence; BACK: Adrianna Winterberg, Kenna Webb, Kendal Lemburg, Code Enright, Shay Kraft, Harlee Hulm.