McLaughlin's Tiara Flying Horse is one of 12 candidates nominated for South Dakota Miss Basketball.
Well, the 2017-2018 season is in the books, and OH MAN, what a season it was. Right from the get go, we were treated to a tremendous Lakota Nation tournament that saw Vilas Fallis's Lady Chieftains storm to an LNI title.
During the regular season the Native American girls from South Dakota showed they can BALL with anyone and WE, the FANZ were treated to a wide variety of talent, skill and determination.
It is with these great players in mind that Sacred Hoops is releasing our version of the First-Ladies of Native American basketball in South Dakota.
McLaughlin's Tiara Flying Horse
McLaughlin coach Donna Taken Alive is going to have some big shoes to fill next season as senior Tiara Flying Horse had a monstrous senior season in leading the Mustangs to an 8-10 regular season record. Stats: Tiara Flying Horse, SR. McLaughlin: 26.8 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 3.1 apg, 4.1 spg, 1.4 blocks per game. (4.1 steals per game is absolutely unheard of at any level. Several trips to the state tournament during a brilliant career at McLaughlin.
Todd County 9th-grader Caelyn Valandra-Prue
Todd County freshman Caelyn Valandra-Prue helped lead Bob Boyd's Lady Falcons to a 17-3 record by averaging 19.1 points per game, 6.1 rebounds per game while shooting 47 percent from the field. One of the best athletes in South Dakota, Valandra-Prue is the defending Class A state champion in the 400 meters. Likely the fastest baseline to baseline player in the state of South Dakota.
Red Cloud's 6-foot junior, Emonee Pourier
Entering the 2017 Lakota Nation Invitational, Red Cloud coach Matt Rama called his squad young. By the end of the Lakota Nation tourney, the Lady Crusders had finished 3rd and eventually went on to a 13-5 regular season in a RUGGED region 7. A big part of Red Cloud's success this season centered around the play of 6-foot junior Emonee Pourier. Tall for a guard, Pourier put a ton of pressure on shorter players, ran the floor to perfection, shared with her teammates and proved to be a reliable and consistent scorer.
Pine Ridge junior Katerri Weston
Somehow leaders always emerge for Laura Big Crow's Pine Ridge Lady Thorpes. This season, junior, Katerri Weston filled the role of scorer, passer, rebounder and team leader. Tough as nails, Weston is considered one of the best defenders in South Dakota....Toss in a refuse to lose attitude and Weston becomes one of the best ball players in South Dakota. Ridge was young a year ago, NOW, after reaching the Round-of-16 this will be one of the top teams in South Dakota in 2018/2019.
Crow Creek junior, Marveen Ross
Nicknamed the ICEBOX for her ability to break ankles and put opponents in the deep freeze, Crow Creek junior Marveen Ross had herself one heck of a season for Vilas Fallis's squad. Ross helped lead the Lady Chieftains to their first ever state tournament appearance by posting stats of Marveen Ross, JR, Crow Creek: 19.4 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 3.0 apg, 47% FG...At 5-11, Ross has point-guard handling ability and vision, along with forward type rebounding ability. A slasher, who uses her athletic ability to get to the rim.
Lexus Eagle Chasing - Rapid City Stevens
Not a lot of Class B or Class A schools got to see Eagle Chasing, the 5-foot-8 Rapid City Stevens senior that helped lead the Raiders to a 17-3 regular season record. The leading scorer on a tremendously talented team, Eagle Chasing was a terrific defender, a team leader and the glue that helped Stevens to a 7th place finish in the AA state tournament.
We at Sacred Hoops would like to congratulate each of these ladies and the communities they come from. A big part of these individual awards comes from a lot of hard work from a lot of people including family, elementary and middle-school coaches and freshman and junior varsity coaches on the way up.