Todd County Sports

St. Francis Boys scratch out 1-3 record at 2015 LNI

By Rich Winter

After earning an opening round victory over Umonhon Nation at the 2015 Lakota Nation tournament, the Warriors of St. Francis dropped consecutive games to Little Wound, Lower Brule and   Crow Creek to finish 8th in this year’s tournament. 

Warrior junior Shane Witt scored 94 points in the four-day tournament. 

Game 1: St. Francis 71 Umonhon Nation 59

St. Francis junior Shane Witt ripped the civic center nets for 31 points, including making 7-8 3-pointers as the St. Francis Warriors upended, Umonhon Nation, 71-59 in opening round action from the 2015 Lakota Nation Invitational. 

Buzz Jordan added 15, and Thane Witt 11 as the Warriors withstood a big run from the Chiefs before turning it on late to advance to Thursday’s semifinals. 

Scoring Summary: 

SFIS     39    32  - 71

UNHS   31    28  - 59

Scoring: Chase Boltz 2, Shane Witt 31, Thane Witt 11, Jordan Rattling Leaf 4, Buzz Jordan 15, Daniel Eagle Road 8

Rebounds: Thane Witt 9, Jordan 4

Steals: Shane Witt (3)

Game 2: Little Wound 82 St. Francis 50

A cold shooting St. Francis squad fell behind, 41-16, against Little Wound and never recovered, dropping an 82-50 decision in the semi-finals at Lakota Nation. 

Warrior junior Shane Witt dropped in 20 points but was the only St. Francis player to reach double-figures.

Scoring summary: Chase Boltz 1, Shane Witt 20, Thane Witt 5, Brendan Bad Hand 2, Narcisse Quick Bear 2, Mahpiya Horse Looking 7, Jordan Rattling Leaf 3, Thomas Molina

Rebounds: Thane Witt 8, Robert Jordan 4

Game 3: Lower Brule 64 St. Francis 63:

After falling behind early a late run from St. Francis came up just short as Lower Brule held on for a 64-63 win over St. Francis in consolation action Friday from Lakota Nation. 

Shane and Thane Witt each scored 22 points and Buzz Jordan added 12 as the Warriors dropped into the 7th and 8th place game. 

Scoring Summary: 

SFIS          25  38  - 63

LBHS        33   31  - 64

Scoring: Shane Witt 22, Thane Witt 22, Mahpiya Horse Looking 4, Buzz Jordan 12, Daniel Eagle Road 3

Rebounds: Shane Witt 8, Thane Witt 7

Steals: Buzz Jordan Mahpiya Horse Looking (3 apiece)

Game 4: Crow Creek 58 St. Francis 50

St. Francis ran into a Crow Creek team in Saturday’s consolation round at LNI and dropped a 57-50 decision as Devin Grant led the Chieftains to the win. 

Shane Witt continued his torrid LNI play, scratching out 21 as the Warriors fell to 2-4 on the season with a 1-3 performance at LNI. 

Scoring Summary:

Crow Creek   39   19  - 58

St. Francis     25  25  - 50

Scoring: Shane Witt 21, Mahpiya Horse Hooking 10, Buzz Jordan 7, Daniel Eagle Road 3

Rebounds: Buzz Jordan (9), Thane Witt (5)

Steals: Horse Looking, both Witt brothers (3 apiece)

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