Region 7A TUFF
Three players from Region 7A landed on the Girls All-NATIVE 2nd Team
TUFF Region 7A shows up in post-season awards
All season long, the battle for the top spot in Region 7A was TUFF. Five teams with winning records entered the 7A playoffs with Todd County and Pine Ridge falling just one game short of the state tournament.
That Toughness is well represented as three players find themselves on the All-Native 2nd-Team
Pine Ridge junior Matilda Anderson has some of the best feet in South Dakota. Solid in the post, can step out to 3-point land and shares the ball well with fellow post player, Taysha Big Crow. As fundamentally sound as they come, Anderson (pictured with her father, BIGGINZ, will be part of a UBER-talented Laura Big Crow Pine Ridge squad that returns for the 2018/2019 season.
Little Wound senior Miracle Spotted Bear wrapped up her career at Little Wound by helping the Lady Mustangs to a 12-8 regular season record. A trip to the state tournament her junior year, Spotted Bear helped lead Lyle LeBeaux Jr's squad be competitive against some elite competition.
One of the more under-rated ball players and athletes in South Dakota that helped lead Bob Boyd's girls to the brink of a state tournament. A stat-stuffer that does a little bit of everything. 11.8 ppg, 4.4 assists per game (Among the leaders in South Dakota), 4.1 rpg and 1.8 steals per game. Superb track and volleyball athlete who is also stellar in the classroom.
Crow Creek's Kaylee Wells had a monstrous first-half of the season with the Lady Chieftains looking untouchable through Mid-January. Wells was hampered by a knee injury late in the season but is a legitimate double-double player who blocks shots, runs the floor and confounds defenders with her left hand.
Another terrific season for Jeff Dvorak's Lady Quarriers as Dell Rapids came within three points of reaching the state A tournament for a second consecutive season. Junior Jayda Knuppe was a large part of that success as the 5-foot-9 junior was a reliable scorer and rebounder and a tough-as-nails defender, and leader for her squad.