The Rapid City Central girls' basketball team battled back in the second half and got the game to overtime, before stopping Brookings 49-45 Friday night to advance to the Class AA state tournament.
The Cobblers, 9-11, came in to the game as the No. 9 seed in the Round of 16 to face the No. 8 Bobcats on their home court. It proved to be a tight game all of the way, with 14 lead changes.
"It was definitely a big win for our girls," Central coach Kraig Blomme said. "Driving here is a long ways to come and Brookings had a huge crowed. They are a very talented team. Our girls battled hard defensively and had some timely baskets to keep it close and get it to the fourth quarter and overtime to pull it out."
The Bobcats opened the overtime period with a 3-pointer, only to quickly be answered by Central's Abbie Freeman, and the Cobblers took control the rest of the way.
Central outscored Brookings 6-2 the rest of the way.
"We struggled rebounding, but the girls battled hard, especially in overtime did enough to get the job done," Blomme said.
The game was tied at 10-10 at the end of one, with Bookings up 24-19 at halftime. Brookings led 30-29 going into the fourth quarter and with a minute to play, Bailey Johnson tied the game at 40-all with a transition basket.
Brookings took some time off of the clock, but missed its field-goal attempt, with Central grabbing the rebound and setting up the last shot. Waiting until about seven seconds remaining to run it's final play. The Cobblers failed to score as well and the game went into overtime.
Juneau Jones had a huge game for the Cobblers with 18 points, six rebounds and five steals. Johnson finished with 13 points, five rebounds and three assists.
"It really helped us that it was low scoring," Blomme said. "We struggle finding open scoring sometimes and a low scoring game is to our advantage."
Michaela Jewitt led Brookings, 11-9, with 19 points and eight rebounds.
The Cobblers will now get a little rest as they prepare for the state tournament March 15-17 in Sioux Falls.
"It's a long layoff between now and state," Blomme said. "We had five girls who played the majority of the minutes, so we will take some time for them to recoup. But it is definitely time to get our game-plan in and let the girls rest up and ready to go."
HARRISBURG 56, STURGIS 40: The Tigers earned the Round of 16 win, stopping the Scoopers Friday night in Harrisburg.
Jeniah Ugofsky had 16 points and eight rebounds for Harrisburg, 14-7, while Sydney Halling had 10 points and six rebounds.
Sturgis was led by Olivia Jolley and Loralee Stock with 11 points each, while Brooke Janz had 11 rebounds.
Sturgis ended the season at 10-11.
SIOUX FALLS O'GORMAN 61, SPEARFISH 31: The Knights had no trouble against the Spartans in a Round of 16 game Friday night in Sioux Falls.
No results were made available.
O'Gorman moved to 16-5, while Spearfish closed the season at 8-13.
Region 7A: Pine Ridge and Red Cloud advanced to the Round of 16 with wins Friday night.
Red Cloud toppled Little Wound 72-64, while Pine Ridge ran past Todd County 95-76. No other results were made available for the Red Cloud and Little Wound game.
Mark Rogers led Todd County with 22 points, while Aiden Bizardie added 21 for Todd County. No results were made available for Pine Ridge.
Region 6B: It was a tough day for Gregory and Colome, as both teams lost, meaning it will be Corsica-Stickney and Kimball/White Lake that will advance to the Round of 16.
Gregory fell to Corisca-Stickney 62-43. The Gorillas were led in scoring by Coy Determan and Max Klundt who both had 13. The Jaguars were led in scoring by Bryce Plamp with 14, Landon DeBoer with 12 and Jacob Joachim with 11.
Gregory finishes the season 10-12. Corsica-Stickney advances to the Round of 16 where it takes on No. 13 seed Lower Brule.
Kimball/White Lake topped Colome 65-49 behind 18 points from Javen Holan.
Kordel Kiehn and Carter Frederickson had 14 for the Wildkats and Kory Peters had 12.
For the Cowboys, Layton Thieman led all scorers with 19 and Kolton Salonen had 14.
Colome ends the season 19-3 while Kimball/White Lake will face No. 3 seed White River in the Round of 16.
Region 8B: Timber Lake and Harding County advanced to the Round of 16 with wins in Lemmon Friday night.
The Ranchers dropped Faith 51-46 and will face the No. 2 seed Sully Buttes in the Round of 16.
Timber Lake had no problems with Takini, rolling to a 79-47 win. It will be the No. 9 seed and face No. 8 seed Herreid/Selby Area in the Round of 16.
All games will be Tuesday.