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Shout out to Bob Boyd Jr. and a much improved Lady Falcon squad
Mar 6, 2020

Early in the season the Todd County girls experienced some growing pains. With a ton of seniors graduating from last year's 5th place state tournament team, new faces were forced to step up and it took some time. After winning their first game at Lakota Nation, the Falcons dropped six of their next eight games...

* On Jan. 9 the Lady Falcons got crushed by Winner 68-38

* On Jan. 14 Todd County lost to White River 77-42, dropping to 4-6 on the year.


The Falcons though have a strong program and a really good coach (Bob Boyd Jr.) and as the season progressed so did the girls basketball team. After knocking off Little Wound in Region 7A's first round Todd County laced them up Thursday night against the best team in Class A, and for a half, the TC girls gave No. 1 ranked Winner all they could handle and more. 


Winner took an early 2-0 lead on a Kalla Bertram basket before sharp shooting junior Lanie Four Horns (43 percent from beyond the arc this season) drilled two long 3-pointers for a 6-2 TC lead. Bella Swedlund responded with a trey of her own before giving Winner an 7-6 lead with a perfect feed to Morgan Hammerbeck. Todd County senior Kelsie Herman hit a bank shot and made two free-throws as the squads were tied 11-11 after a quarter of play. 


In the game earlier this season Winner bolted from the gates with authority and never looked back. In Thursday's game the Falcons showed just how much they've improved and Boyd's girls just kept coming!


Todd County took a 16-11 on the strength of a Herman 3-pointer and a Kyleigh Patton basket. Winner responded with six consectuive points, four from Hammerbeck to take a 17-11. On the other end Herman delivered a floater for a TC lead. Swedlund answered with a basket of her own before TC sophomore Bretany White Hat (9 rebounds per game this season) knocked down a corner trey. The Warriors only gained a 22-21 halftime lead when Swedlund answered again, this time with an and-1 conversion. 


It looked like Winner was going to run away in the third with buckets from Hammerbeck and Bertram but Herman hit a 10-footer and then found White Hat with a basket to close the Winner lead to 26-25.


From there Winner found another gear and outscored the Lady Falcons 37-15 over the games final 14 minutes for a 63-40 win. 


Sometimes it feels like we don't recognize coaches enough for their efforts. While Bob Boyd Jr. won't be going to state this season he and assistants Jordan Rahn and Patrick johner brought this 2019/2020 team forward by leaps and bounds. Early in the year TC couldn't beat a good team...On Thursday they hung in their with THEE best team in Class A....


Near the end of last night's webcast commentators Jody Brozik and Betsy Watzel were running down scoring and looking at who was coming back...A LOT...players like Lanie Four Horns, Amia Roach-Valandra, Alexis Walking Eagle, Kyleigh Patton, Bretany and Bailey White Hat, and others...


This TC program is going to be just fine and in the very near future that Winner vs. TC rivalry will rekindle as one of the best in the region.


Kelsie Herman as TUFF as they come: Boy has this young lady had quite the career over at TC. In the Little Wound game Herman passed Sunni Busch (2006) as the all-time leading scorer at TC when she dropped 39 on the Mustangs (15 in the 4th-quarter). She did not take a break last night and really put that team on their backs and carried them. We wish her nothing but success in the future..


Good luck to Larry Aaker and these Lady Warriors from Winner...Region 7A will be watching and cheering for you.



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