Briar Cliff swept Mount Marty in the final GPAC home doubleheader of the basketball season on Saturday. The Lancers scored just five points in the third quarter and Briar Cliff went on to a 67-60 victory in the women’s game. Ali Kuca led the Lancers with 18 points, while Sarah Castenada scored 14 and Karissa Chamley had 11 points and 10 rebounds. Seventh-ranked Briar Cliff outscored Mount Marty 93-77 in the men’s game, as senior Marcus Mathieu poured in 32 points for the Lancers.
The USD women’s basketball team shot 54 percent from the field and routed Doane College 96-54 Saturday in Vermillion. The Coyotes have now won 15 consecutive games and stand at 21 and 5 for the season. The USD men’s basketball team won their 22nd game of the year with a 98-55 victory over Peru State on Sunday as Brandon Armstrong led the Coyotes with 24 points.
The South Dakota State men’s basketball squad won at Oral Roberts by an 85-75 score on Saturday as Michael Daum paced the Jacks with 27 points and 14 boards.
A pair of Yankton Gazelles gymnasts finished in the top 20 in Saturday’s All-Around individual competition at the state meet in Watertown. Junior Samantha Kortan placed 16th in the All-Around and eighth-grader Alison Johnson finished 17th in the All-Around for the Gazelles, who placed seventh in the team competition Friday. Johnson won a state medal by placing 11th on the balance beam.
Aberdeen Central finished strong in the last three minutes to beat Yankton 66-57 Saturday night in boys basketball. Senior Cole Bergan led the Golden Eagles with 26 points and 13 rebounds, while freshman Matthew Mors scored 29 points for the Bucks and in the process became the third all-time leading scorer in Yankton Bucks history as he passed Colton Iverson on the scoring chart. Rex Ryken had 12 points and 7 rebounds for the Bucks, who are now 11 and 6 overall.
The Yankton Gazelles gave top-rated Aberdeen Central a battle on Saturday before losing a 49-45 decision to the Golden Eagles, as sophomore Madison Wuebben paced Yankton with 13 points. The Gazelles are 5 and 12 for the season and both Y-H-S teams will face Watertown next weekend.