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Class B SoDak 16 preview

Aberdeen Christian girls' basketball coach Michael Rohrbach, center, talks to his players during a time out at a game earlier this season at the Roncalli High School gym. The Knights take on White River in Mitchell this evening in the SoDak 16. Photo by John Davis taken 2/18/2021

Most of the top seeds in Class B survived region action last week. There is one final hurdle to clear on the way to the State B tourney next week in Huron.

Unlike last week when the top dogs took advantage of home-court advantage, Thursday’s games will all take place on a neutral court.

Here is a capsule look at each SoDak 16 game involving area teams.

White River (20-1) vs. Aberdeen Christian (12-8), 6 p.m. at the Corn Palace in Mitchell

White River figures to be the favorite in this encounter. The Tigers have lost just one game all season, that to Class A power Winner. Not only that, but White River has already played three games on the Corn Palace floor and won each time.

Aberdeen Christian is making its first ever appearance in the SoDak 16. The Knights closed the season with a flurry and have won eight of their last nine games. They are hoping to make some noise in the biggest game in school history.

Ethan (19-3) vs. Faulkton (15-7), 7:45 p.m. at the Corn Palace in Mitchell

These two are no strangers to state tournaments. Both were in last year’s event before it was canceled after the opening day.

Ethan has lost just three games all year and has one of the top defenses in the state.

Faulkton has rebounded from a rough start to the season. The Trojans lost five of their first six games, but now bring an 11-game winning streak into this matchup.

The two teams did play two common opponents: both defeated Warner. Ethan defeated Colman-Egan in the region, while Faulkton lost to Colman-Egan by 13.

Herreid-Selby Area (19-3) vs. Menno (15-6), 6:30 p.m. at James Valley Christian in Huron

This is an intriguing matchup on paper.

Herreid-Selby Area has lost just three times, including setbacks to Class A power Aberdeen Roncalli and Class B power Corsica-Stickney. The Wolverines feature a solid inside-outside attack and promise to be a tough out.

Menno features one of the state’s top players in Morgan Edelman. The Wolves also played a very solid schedule.

The two teams did play one common opponent: both losing to Corsica-Stickney.

New Underwood (16-4) vs. Waverly-South Shore (15-4), 6 p.m. in Chamberlain

As with most 8 vs. 9 seed contests, this has the makings of a nail-biter.

Waverly-South Shore bolted out of the blocks by winning its first 10 games of the season. The Coyotes did stumble late against top-quality competition.

New Underwood won 12 of 13 games during the middle of the season, before (like Waverly-South Shore) falling against a couple of powers late in the season.

Further adding to the intrigue is that these two squads sit on opposite ends of the state and have not played a single common foe.

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