The Lady Divers played a round robin in Miller on Sat., Feb. 20 to complete their season earning three wins and one loss.
The first game was against Highmore-Harrold where the Divers found themselves down by seven at half time. In the 3rd quarter, the Divers mounted a comeback with key baskets from Amelia Greene and Hadlee Holt who had six and four points respectively in the quarter.
In quarter four, the Divers expanded on their lead with a 3-pointer from Stella DeKnikker and baskets by Ava Malone and Holt. In total, the Divers outscored Highmore-Harrold 17-5 in the second half to earn the win.
“It was big moment for this team to play all aspects of the game well in the 2nd half and come out with a victory,” said Coach Josh Warne.
The Lady Divers continued to roll offensively in their game against Lower Brule. Eighth grader Trinity Pirlet had four steals, several of which she converted into fast break layups and a season high six points. Stella DeKnikker also scored a season high 16 points with two 3-pointers and some clutch shots in the 4th.
Amelia Greene and Hadlee Holt each added six points, and Ava Malone scored five.
Next up was Chamberlain, who was also undefeated for the day entering the game. Chamberlain got off to a fast start with some nice basket cuts and post moves that put the Divers in a quick 10-2 deficit. The Divers were able to cut the lead to 10-6 by the end of the 1st Quarter.
Beginning in the 2nd quarter, the Diver offense put some pressure on with a big 3-pointer by Amelia Greene and a couple of nice plays underneath by Hadlee Holt. The defense took away all the underneath opportunities Chamberlain found success on earlier in the game. On the last possession of the half, Ava Malone was fouled on a 3-pointer and made 2 of 3 free throws to tie the game at 15-15.
“Chamberlain has a center who is over 6’1”. We played great team defense to keep the ball away or force her into tough shots all game long,” said Coach Warne.
The Divers continued playing well defensively in the 2nd half, holding Chamberlain to just two points in the 3rd and seven in the 4th. In addition, the Diver offense again found ways to respond to every basket with one of their own, including big shots by DeKnikker, Malone and Greene in the 4th quarter.
The final game of the day was the 4th straight for the Divers. They played Miller, who was just coming off a bye. The Divers started off strong, but Miller led by two points at the half.
In the 3rd quarter, the teams traded baskets, and the Divers started the 4th down 23-25. Miller quickly scored a couple baskets to put the Divers down by six. The Divers cut the lead back to two points with a pair of free throws from Holt and a big drive by Malone. Miller responded with a 3-pointer on the next possession to push the lead back to five.
The Divers continued to fight and a few possessions later Stella DeKnikker hit a deep three to cut the lead to two points once again. Unfortunately, it was the last basket for the Divers as Miller added a couple free throws and a last second basket to seal the win.
The Divers completed the season with an overall record of 6-11 and finished their last six games with four wins and two losses.
“I’m extremely proud of this team, the progress they’ve made, and how they finished their season,” said Josh Warne. “Most importantly, this team knows how to work hard and just have fun. The smiles and energy they bring every day have made this one of the most enjoyable basketball seasons I’ve ever been a part of.”