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Miss Basketball Showcase
2000
National Champions

The 2000 Miss Basketball Showcase featured 32 prep girls all-star teams from 11 states. The Dakota Blue from South Dakota came out on top. Congratulations to these players and all who participated for a job well done! The following article is from the July 17 issue of the Kearney Hub newspaper.


Dakota Blue Edges Sioux Falls for title

KEARNEY Dakota Blue held on for a 52-50 win over the Sioux Falls Riders in the finals of the Miss Basketball Showcase on Sunday night.

"It was a tough game and we expected nothing less," Dakota Blue coach Laurie Melum said. "The girls played with a lot of heart, and we were lucky to come out on top."

The Blue's Sarita DeBoer of Huron, and the Riders' Megan Mahoney of Black Hawk, were named the finals co-MVPs.

"They have a great team and you can't double Mahoney too much," Melum said. "They are tough to defend, but we hit shots when we needed to."

DeBoer led Dakota Blue with 22 points, while Mahoney paced the Riders with 15 points, including a 3-pointer.

Dakota Blue took a 25-24 halftime lead, with the 6-foot, 2-inch DeBoer doing most of the offensive damage from the low post.

The Blue's Andrea Seefeldt also got into the act by scoring all seven of her points in the first-half.

Meanwhile, Mahoney and Renae Luecke kept the Riders close by combing for 13 first-half points.

As the second half got under way the Riders applied a half-court press that had Dakota Blue looking for answers.

Spurred on by their increased defensive intensity, the Riders slipped into a 30-29 lead with 11:32 remaining in regulation.

From that point on, the teams traded blows and neither side gained more than a 5-point advantage. As the clock wound down under two minutes, Dakota Blue clung to a 52-47 lead.

However, with only 24 seconds remaining, Mahoney nailed a deep 3-point shot with a defender in her face to cut the lead to three.

After a pair of missed free-throws by Dakota Blue, the Riders quickly fired the ball to half-court. But, the Riders' 3-point attempt sailed to the right of the rim, and Dakota Blue escaped with the National Championship.

Dakota Blue will play two more tournaments this summer, the next being in Wisconsin.

"This is our favorite tournament we play in," Melum said. "We hate that this our first tournament of the summer, because we tend to poke around.

"But this is an exciting way to start our tour, and the girls should be confident the rest of the way."

Grade 00-01 Height Player Hometown High School Tournament PPG
11 5-10 MEGHAN WOSTER SIOUX FALLS, SD O'GORMAN 8.0
10 5-4 KIRA MUELLER HARTFORD, SD WEST CENTRAL 2.7
12 5-4 DIXIE GROHS WESSINGTON SPRINGS, SD WESSINGTON SPRINGS 2.0
10 5-10 ASHLEY SNYDER HARTFORD, SD WEST CENTRAL 2.8
12 6-0 LACEY JOHNSON WESSINGTON SPRINGS, SD WESSINGTON SPRINGS 11.8
12 6-0 SHANNON SCHLAGEL RAYMOND, SD CLARK 14.2
12 5-11 ANDREA SEEFELDT CLARK, SD CLARK 6.9
12 6-2 SARITA DEBOER HURON, SD HURON 10.9
COACH LAURIE MELUM
 

 

 

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