On Thursday, March 2 the Lennox High School girls’ basketball team traveled to Harrisburg to compete in the SoDak 16 match-up against a strong Sioux Falls Christian team. The Chargers came out with a stout defense that had Lennox on their heels. The Orioles were unable to find an answer and dropped the match-up 61-29, ending their season and sending the Chargers into the State A Tournament.
“Sioux Falls Christian is a talented, experienced team who came out and played harder and more physical than us from the start. Unfortunately for us we really struggled adjusting to the defensive pressure Sioux Falls Christian was able to apply,” said LHS head coach Adam Quail. “We were never able to find our footing which really had us scrambling all four quarters. We really appreciate the support from the community and the experience will benefit our girls in the upcoming years”
Against the Chargers, Carli Kuyper recorded a double-double, scoring ten points and pulling down ten rebounds. Ryan Hanssen added eight points, Dani Highum five, Gavyn Herlyn three, Andie Peters two and Karlie Bosma one.
Despite the loss, the Orioles enjoyed a 16-7 season record.
“We had an outstanding season. Finishing the regular season 14-6 and being able to defeat two conference rivals in Dakota Valley and Canton in the postseason on our way to returning to the SoDak 16 for the first time since 2020 is something to be proud of,” said Quail.
The team says goodbye to lone senior, Courtney Sandal.
“I’m very proud of Courtney Sandal and all that she has contributed to Lennox Girls Basketball. For the past four years she’s been a role model and energy giver for our team. She’s always done what’s been asked of her and is the best leader I’ve had the opportunity to coach in my coaching career,” said Quail. “I’m excited for the team we have returning next year after the experience we gained from this past season. We played through a lot of adversity and tight contests and really grew together as a team. Big thanks to the cheerleaders, band members, administration, parents and community members for all their support throughout the year! So much goes into a successful season and we appreciate everyone’s efforts! Lastly, I want to thank the players for all their hard work throughout the season, the basketball season is long and it isn’t easy, but when you sit back and reflect we sure did have a lot of fun!”
The 2023 State A Girls Basketball Tournament will be held at the Watertown Civic Arena on March 9-11. Hamlin is the number one seed and set to take on #8 Flandreau at 12 p.m. on Thursday, Mar. 9. #4 Red Cloud is set to face off against #5 Lakota Tech at 1:45 p.m. Thursday, Mar. 9. #2 Wagner will face off against #7 Rapid City Christian at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Mar. 9 and #3 Sioux Falls Christian will take on #6 Sisseton on Thursday, Mar. 9 at 7:45 p.m.