Dawn Joy|The Miller Press
2013 DISTRICT CHAMPION MILLER RUSTLERS BOYS’ BASKETBALL team has had a memorable season. They started post-season play beating Crow Creek February 26 and clinched the District Title February 28 with a win over Chamberlain. They moved on to Region action against Mobridge Monday, March 4 in Pierre. Pictured, back l to r, Coach Bob Waldrop, statistician Dani Ellsworth, Riley Mullaney, Cody Naber, Cody Breland, Beau Keeter, Jacob Joy, Haydn Herman, Preston Blackwell, Lee Sivertsen, Cole Wieseler, statistician Christina Koeck. Center row, Mason Breitling, Kris Wharton, Brendan Letsche, Drew Beilke, Colton Peterman, Mason Chapin, statistician Kylie Oligmueller. Front, cheerleaders Amanda Lewellen, Shelby Lingscheit, Cassandra Coss, Cassie Beckett and Courtney Haaland.
Win over Crow Creek Chieftains advance Rustlers to District Championship game
The Miller Rustlers advanced the District 12A championship game with an exciting home victory over the Crow Creek Chieftains in semi-finals action in overtime 78-66 on Tuesday night, Feb. 26.
The Chieftains took the early first-quarter lead behind nine points from Claye ThunderHorse on three of the Chieftains’ four three pointers in the quarter. The Chieftains led by a score of 16-11after the first quarter.
The Rustlers withstood the early three-point barrage as the second quarter was much better, with the Rustlers scoring 21 points while allowing just 10 points to the Chieftains, to take the 32-26 lead into halftime.
Both teams came out of halftime well, as the Rustlers outscored the Chieftains 16-14 to take the 48-40 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Chieftains again clawed their way back into the game with the three-pointer, scoring 21 points, nine points on three pointers from Jason Shields. The Rustlers scored 13 points to bring the score to 61-61 at the end of regulation, and heading into overtime.
In overtime, the Rustlers’ defense took over, allowing just five points as they scored 17 points in the overtime period, and bringing the final score to 78-66.
The Rustlers shot exactly 50 percent (30-60) from the field but just 55 percent (17-31) from the free-throw line. The Rustlers committed 15 turnovers in the game, while forcing 11 steals.
The Chieftains stayed in the game by making 10 three pointers, while not allowing the Rustlers to make a single one as the Rustler were 0-10 from behind the three-point line. No other team statistics were available for the Chieftains.
“I was very happy with how we were able to overcome the adversity late in the fourth quarter to take control of the overtime period,” said Rustlers head coach Bob Waldrop. “It was a total team effort for us with four players in double figures. We have relied on a balanced scoring effort up and down the lineup all season and that proved key again.”
Lee Sivertsen and Beau Keeter led the Rustlers’ balanced scoring, with 22 and 21 points, respectively. Kris Wharton netted 13 points and Haydn Herman added 12. Preston Blackwell scored five points. Drew Beilke and Mason Chapin added three and two points each, respectively.
The Rustlers were led on the boards by Blackwell, who pulled down 10 rebounds. Sivertsen and Keeter each contributed five rebounds for the Rustlers. The Rustlers were led defensively by five steals from Keeter.
Corey Bishop led the Chieftains with 23 points. Claye ThunderHorse contributed five three-pointers for his 15 points for the Chieftains.
The Rustlers advanced to the District Championship to take on the Chamberlain Cubs Thursday, Feb. 28 in Stephan.
MILLER 11 32 48 61 78
CROW CREEK 16 26 40 61 66
Drew Beilke 1 1-2 3, Beau Keeter 7 7-10 21, Preston Blackwell 2 1-2 5, Lee Sivertsen 10 2-5 22, Haydn Herman 5 2-6 12, Kris Wharton 4 5-7 13, Mason Chapin 1 0-0 2
Barker Evans 3 0-0 6, Claye ThunderHorse 5 0-0 15, Corey Bishop 11 1-2 23, Tyann Arrow 4 0-0 10, Marquel Thompson 0 1-2 1, Jason Shields 4 0-0 11, Theron Big Eagle 0 0-4 0