By Rich Winter
The official record from the 2015 Lakota Nation tournament says the Lady Warriors went 1-3 but oh what a 1-3 it was.
The Lady Warriors opened the tournament with a 52-51 win over Custer, then played well in a 55-48 loss to Todd County in the quarterfinals.
A five point loss to CEB was followed by a three point loss to McLaughlin as the Warriors were in every game but ended up finishing 8th in this year’s tournament.
Game 1: St. Francis 52 Custer 51
The Lady Warriors of St. Francis opened the 2015 Lakota Nation tournament with one of the more thrilling games of the opening round, slipping by Custer, 52-51.
Matilda Anderson led all scorers with 19 points while teammate Charlize Arcoren also reached double-figures with 12 points.
TCHS 24 28 - 52
CUHS 23 28 - 51
Scoring: Charlize Arcoren 12, Haylee Quick Bear 5, Neola Spotted Tail 5, Matilda Anderson 19, Sheigh Lunderman 6, Sunshine Arcoren 5
Rebounds: Spotted Tail and Anderson (6 apiece)
Steals: Anderson (4) Lunderman (3)
Game 2: Todd County 55 St. Francis 48
Facing off against cross-country rival Todd County in Thursday’s quarterfinals, the Lady Warriors were out-scored by three in each half as Todd County earned a 55-48 victory.
Seniors Sheigh Lunderman and Neolla Spotted Tail paced the Warriors with 16 and 14 points respectively.
SFIS 20 28 - 48
TCHS 24 31 - 55
Scoring: Charlize Arcoren 1, Neolla Spotted Tail 14, Matilda Anderson 11, Sheigh Lunderman 16, Sunshine Arcoren 5
Rebounds: Anderson (8), Spotted Tail (5)
Steals: Quick Bear and Spotted Tail (1 apiece)
Game 3: Cheyenne Eagle Butte 63 St. Francis 58
On day three of the 2015 Lakota Nation tournament the St. Francis girls ran into a solid squad in the Cheyenne Eagle Butte Braves.
Justice Fire Cloud pumped in 22 points to lead Eagle Butte to a 63-58 win over St. Francis.
Charlize Arcoren had a breakout game with 22 points to lead St. Francis.
SFIS 26 32 - 58
CEB 27 36 - 63
St. Francis scoring:
Chalize Arcoren 22, Haylee Quick Bear 7, Neolla Spotted Tail 7, Matilda Anderson 11, Sheigh Lunderman 9, Sunshine Arcoren 2
Rebounds: Anderson 13, Quick Bear 6
Steals: Anderson 2
Game 4: McLaughlin 69 St. Francis 66
With each of it’s first three games being close, St. Francis fans got more edge-of-their-seats basketball as the Lady Warriors dropped a 69-66 decision to McLaughlin on the final day of Lakota Nation.
Freshman Haylee Quick Bear had her best tournament game with 17 points.
In the final half of Saturday’s game, St. Francis scored 41 points despite being leg weary from a four-day tournament.
SFIS 25 41 - 66
MCHS 32 37 - 69
Scoring: Charlize Arcoren 5, Haylee Quick Bear 17, Neolla Spotted Tail 14, Matilda Anderson 17, Sheigh Lunderman 13
Rebounds: Anderson 9, Lunderman 5
Steals: Spotted Tail 2
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