“We were so excited. We couldn’t be happier to play another game and now we’re on TV,” were the words from senior captain Jill Klaphake after the Sauk Centre Girls Basketball Team advanced to the state semifinals with a 74-65 win over Minnehaha Academy Wednesday night at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis.
Klaphake and the Streeters really had to work for this win, their 30th on the season. They had to deal with the tough guard tandem of sisters Taytum and Terra Rhoades and their 6’1” center Nevaeh Galloway. The Streeters had trouble rebounding and stopping the Redhawks early on and faced a 12-point 23-11 deficit in the first half.
Sauk Centre started to chip away by burying some long shots from the outside. Klaphake and Maesyn Thiesen each sunk two three-pointers later in the half to get the Streeters back in the game that trimmed the deficit to just three points, 33-30 at halftime.