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Eagles fall on three-pointer in closing seconds

Aberdeen Central’s Kyra Griese, center, lays up a shot between Watertown’s Kayla Vohlken, left and Maddy Rohde, right, during Tuesday night’s game at the Golden Eagles Arena. Looking on for Watertown is Jaida Young, back far left and Central’s Taryn Hermansen, back left. Griese had 14 points in a loss at Brookings on Saturday. Photo by John Davis taken 2/15/2022

BROOKINGS – Aberdeen Central erased a double-digit deficit only to fall prey to a three-pointer with seven seconds remaining in a 52-51 setback to Brookings on Saturday afternoon.

The Golden Eagles, who trailed by 10 points following the third quarter, stormed back and owned a two-point lead with the basketball before turning it over with 22 seconds left. Gracie Sheridan then nailed a three-pointer – her only basket of the game – to lift Brookings to the Eastern South Dakota Conference girls’ basketball win.

Central was unable to get the inbounds pass in to be able to get off a shot.

The Bobcats outscored Central 15-9 in the third quarter to build a double-digit lead.

“Brookings made a run in the third to build their lead,” said Central coach Mikayla Arechigo. “The girls rallied hard, but weren’t able to finish. Turnovers at bad times and lack of rebounding were tough to overcome.”

Krya Griese scored 14 points. Kiana Mounga contributed 13 points and Taryn Hermansen six, and each grabbed seven rebounds. Anna Malchow nailed three three-pointers for nine points.

Arechigo said Central did well in the lane, despite being outsized.

“The posts shot well, but it was tough to score against 6-foot-6,” Arechigo said. “They made a lot of good decisions.”

Brookings center Ainsley Shelsta powered the Bobcats with 25 points and seven rebounds. Landree Wilson contributed a dozen points.

Central, 3-15 on the season, is scheduled to play at Sioux Falls Roosevelt on Tuesday before hosting Sioux Falls Jefferson on Friday to conclude the regular season.

“We’ve got two games left to figure out how to play both hard and organized,” Arechigo said.

ABERDEEN CENTRAL (3-15): Kyra Griese 5 1-2 14, Abby Berry 0 1-2 1, Kiana Mounga 4 5-6 13, Taryn Hermansen 2 2-4 6, Anna Malchow 3 0-0 9, Taryn Hettich 0 1-2 1, Ayrlie Waldo 1 2-2 5, Karly Wellman 1 0-2 2. Totals 16-37 12-20 51.

BROOKINGS (6-11): Landree Wilson 5 0-0 12, Claire Burns 0 2-2 2, Sophia Hammrich 1 0-2 2, Ainsley Shelsta 11 3-5 25, Logan Smidt 1 0-3 2, Gracie Sheridan 1 0-0 3, Ashton Austreim 1 0-0 2, Paige Mahlke 2 0-0 4. Totals 22-45 5-12 52.

Aberdeen Central 9 20 29 51

Brookings 10 24 39 52

3-point field goals – Griese 3, Malchow 3, Waldo; Wilson 2, Sheridan. Total fouls – Aberdeen Central 13; Brookings 17. Rebounds – Aberdeen Central 26 (Mounga 7, Hermansen 7); Brookings 28 (Shelsta 7). Turnovers – Aberdeen Central 15; Brookings 12. Assists – Aberdeen Central 10 (Griese 4, Malchow 3); Brookings 12 (Sheridan 7). Steals – Aberdeen Central 7; Brookings 7 (Wilson 3).

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