Freeman vs. Avon: Can the Flyers contain the Lauren Sees led Avon Lady Pirates.

At left, Freeman’s Emily Miller leads a balanced attack for Curtis Sage’s Freeman Flyers. At right, Lauren Sees of Avon has hoisted a young team on her back and carried them into the SoDak-16

As the Class B girls marched through their respective region brackets, a lot of eyes were wondering just where would Brad Poppe’s Avon Pirates land? With a 15-5 regular season record, Avon had just (42.900) seed points and after slipping by Scotland, 46-43 and surviving Tripp-Delmont/Armour 59-55 (OT), the wheel of the SoDak 16 spit out the Avon Pirates as the No. 11 seed for tonight’s SoDak 16, agains the No. 11 seeded Freeman Flyers.

The Flyers had a (44.200) seed and finished the regular season with a 16-4 record.

On Jan. 17, Avon lost to AC/DC, 54-51. At the time Poppe’s kids were 6-5 and wondering if a SoDak 16 was even possible. Well, heading into tonight’s game (Corn Palace - 8:00 pm CST) Avon is riding the coat-tails of Augustana bound senior Laureen Sees and on an 11-game winning streak. 8th-grader Shalayne Nagel (5-foot-10) has assumed the No. 2 scoring roll and a leading rebounder for Poppe’s squad.

While some might consider Freeman being the ‘lucky’ one to draw into the No. 5 ranked Pirates, Sage’s Flyers have a solid resume with a number of weapons that form an extremely balanced unit.

In their 61-37 win over 13-7 Menno in the Region 4 B semis, four ladies reached double-figures.

Senior Josie Fuhrmann 19 points, Junior Emily Miller with 14, Junior Jaimie Glanzer 10 and senior Hannah Eberts with 12…Eberts led the squad with nine rebounds.

Interesting stat: Vs. Menno 18 assists, 19 steals = sharing the ball and getting after people defensively

Throw in senior, Dayna Roth who averages (8.2 per game) and you have the makings of a well-rounded, experienced squad on the doorstep of a state tournament.

And yet, Lauren Sees is an amazingly gifted player…Hmmm, interesting!