The C-EB girls basketball team celebrated a big win on Monday night after defeating the Pine Ridge Lady Thorpes 79-63. The Lady Thorpes had previously beat the Braves, handing C-EB a 65-49 loss in the second round of the Lakota Nation Invitational.
Pine Ridge came into the contest 15-3 and riding a nine game winning streak, including a win over Little Wound on Friday night. Monday nights win was the first victory over Pine Ridge since, defeating them for the LNI title in 2012.
C-EB has won five of their last seven contests, six of which have been on the road. The Braves had their final home game of the year on Saturday night as they hosted the Crow Creek Lady Chieftains for parent’s night. The Braves easily won the conference matchup 71-23, completing a sweep of the region, which included a win and a loss against Mobridge.
On Saturday, the Braves defeated the St. Francis Lady Warriors 87-44.
The Braves will wrap up the regular season on Thursday night as they will face the Timber Lake Lady Panthers in Timber Lake on Thursday night.
With Monday nights win, the Braves are once again sitting on top of Region 6, just ahead of 12-and 5 McLaughlin. The Lady Midgets have two games left on their schedule and will wrap their season up Friday night against Chamberlain. The battle for the number one seed in Region 6 and home court advantage will be know following McLaughlin’s Friday night game.
If C-EB comes out with the number one seed, the Braves will have a first round bye. However if McLaughlin moves ahead in power points, C-EB will have the number two seed and will play the first round against the number seven seed, which currently is held by Stanley County.
The opening round of the region tournament will begin next Tuesday.
(Note: The regional tournament pairings and play will be out before the West River Eagle’s next issue. We will have the pairings on our website www.westrivereagle.com and Facebook page this weekend once everything is tallied.)
Looking to even the score with Pine Ridge, following the December LNI loss, the Braves knew they would have to play smart and focused.
The two teams went basket for basket in the first quarter with C-EB coming out of the quarter with a 22-19 lead.
The Thorpes turned up their offense in the second quarter to take a four point lead into halftime at 34-38.
The Braves rallied back in the third to reclaim a three-point lead at the end of three. C-EB opened up their lead to six points a little more than halfway through the quarter. By the final buzzer C-EB had pushed their lead to 16 points for a 79-63 win.
“It was a big win for the girls,” said C-EB Head Coach Jess Mendoza as they head into regional play next week.
“We really dominated them in the second half.”
Justice Fire Cloud led the Braves with 20 points closely followed by Tahnee Shaving who put up 19. Dawnee Keckler finished with 13. Shaylene Richards led all scorers with 22 points for Pine Ridge.
C-EB (15-4) 22 34 54 79
PINE RIDGE (15-5) 19 38 51 63
C-EB: Dawnee Keckler 1 11-14 13,, Ryia LeBeau 1 0-0 2, Spirit Grass 3 0-0 9, K’Dyn Newbrough 0 2-2 2, Justice Fire Cloud 7 5-9 20, Gabby Norris 3 2-2 7, Snowy Fire Cloud 1 0-0 2, Tahnee Shaving 8 3-5 19, Mary Garter 1 0-0 3. Totals.
PINE RIDGE: Shaylene Richards 9 1-2 22, Miracle Spotted Bear 2 0-2 5, Shyanne Gray Grass 4 2-3 10, Jasmine Thompson 2 0-0 5, Katerri Weston 4 4-7 15, Alexis Ghost Bear 2 0-0 6.
After a slow first quarter the Braves led the Chieftains by two points. However the Braves came on fire in the second period outscoring Crow Creek 22 to 4 to take a 20 point lead into halftime.
The Braves continued their offensive in the third quarter putting up 23 points while holding Crow Creek to seven and extending the lead to 36 to seal the win.
Dawnee Keckler lit up the scoreboard with 22 points followed by Justice Fire Cloud who put up 15. Ryia LeBeau finished with 10 points. Sha’Teal Pearman came off the bench and scorched the net for 11 points including three three-pointers in the second half.
Kaycee Wells led the Lady Chieftains with 13 points.
C-EB (14-4) 11 33 56 71
Crow Creek (5-14) 9 13 20 23
C-EB: Dawnee Keckler 10 0-1 22, Salacia Jewett 1 0-0 2, Ryia LeBeau3 4-4 10, Spirit Grass 0 2-2 2, Justice Fire Cloud 7 1-4 15, Gabby Norris 1 3-6 6, Snowy Fire Cloud 1 0-0 2, Tahnee Shaving 1 0-0 2, Sha’Teal Pearman 4 0-0 11, Eunice Straight Head 1 0-0 2. Totals 28 10-19 71.
Crow Creek: Kaycee Wells 5 3-8 13, Laslie Sitting Crow 2 0-0 5, Maddy Wells 2 0-0 4, Chelsea Medicine Crow 0 1-2 1. Totals 9 4-9 23.