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GAMEDAY DOWNLOAD: SDHSAA Class AA girls state tournament

03/11/2021, 10:00am CST
By Sanford Media Relations

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The 2021 SDHSAA Class AA girls basketball state tournament is set to begin Thursday at the Sanford Pentagon. 

The eight-team event tips off with four quarterfinal games. South Dakota Public Broadcasting will air all games via the SDPB-3 channel, while also providing streaming on Mike Henriksen and Steve Thum will have the call.

Capacity restrictions are in place, and there will be limitations on the number of fans allowed in the Sanford Pentagon. All fans will be required to wear masks. Heritage Court Arena will be cleared and cleaned between games.

Tickets will be available for purchase at the Sanford Pentagon Box Office 45 minutes prior to each game. Single game tickets and 3-day passes are available for purchase. All sales will be cash only.

Games will be held at 12 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. all three days. The tournament concludes with the title game at 8:15 p.m. March 13.

Sioux Falls Washington enters as the top seed. Brandon Valley is the defending champion, having won the tournament in 2019. The event was not held in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Thursday, March 11
No. 1 Sioux Falls Washington 53, No. 9 Rapid City Central 27
No. 4 Sioux Falls O’Gorman 69, No. 5 Mitchell 42
No. 7 Brandon Valley 33, No. 2 Aberdeen Central 30
Np. 6 Rapid City Stevens 39, No. 3 Harrisburg 27

Friday, March 12
Consolation semifinals:
Mitchell 48, Rapid City Central 40
Harrisburg 46, Aberdeen Central 41
Sioux Falls Washington 55, Sioux Falls O'Gorman 49
Rapid City Stevens 51, Brandon Valley 45

Saturday, March 13
Seventh place: Aberdeen Central 61, Rapid City Central 33
Fifth place: Harrisburg 65, Mitchell 59
Third place: O'Gorman 53, Brandon Valley 47
Championship: SF Washington 43, RC Stevens 26

Facility facts
The cornerstone of the Sanford Sports Complex in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is the Sanford Pentagon, a 160,000-square-foot, five-sided facility featuring nine basketball courts, including the 1950s/1960s-inspired Heritage Court. The venue combines state-of-the-art amenities—including high-definition video boards and executive suites—with period-specific finishes that are a nod to the nostalgic days of basketball. The 3,200-seat Pentagon is home to Sanford POWER Basketball Academy, Sanford POWER Volleyball Academy, the NBA G League’s Sioux Falls Skyforce, the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Women’s and Men’s Basketball Tournament Augustana men's and women's basketball and the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame.

New host
This marks the first time since opening in 2013 that the Sanford Pentagon has hosted an SDHSAA state tournament. But the building is no stranger to championships. It has hosted national championships in NCAA Division II men's basketball, women's basketball and volleyball plus NAIA Division II men's basketball in addition to the Summit League basketball and volleyball tournament plus the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference basketball and volleyball tournaments.

Unforgettable season
The Class AA tournament is part of a run of 39 postseason basketball games held over 17 days on Heritage Court, following the NSIC tournament and the Summit League tournament. It concludes a basketball season featuring more than 35 NCAA Division I games, including appearances by men’s No. 1 Gonzaga and then women’s No. 1 South Carolina. South Carolina is coached by Dawn Staley, a legendary former player who is also the coach of Team USA.

Parking and accommodations
Parking at the Sanford Pentagon is available on the east, west and north side of the facility. Need to eat? Great Shots and Blue Rock Bar and Grill are open on the Sanford Sports Complex campus. The Pentagon includes full-service concession stands. Want to stay close to the arena? The Fairfield Inn & Suites is also across the street. The venue also has an official team store and several ATM stations.

Special features
The South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame calls the Sanford Pentagon home. Visitors can enjoy the free exhibit that includes historical photos, records and memorabilia. In fact, the entire facility is trek to a different era. The Pentagon took great care to include old photos, jerseys and mementos throughout the venue. One of this year’s new elements highlights former high school championship teams. That’s available for viewing on the second level.

Credit: SDPB

DI Women's Basketball Games at Sanford Pentagon

Date Game
Nov. 21, 2013 Drake 89, South Dakota 81 (OT)
Nov. 11, 2016 South Dakota 75, SIU-Edwardsville 65
Nov. 21, 2018 South Dakota 73, Wichita State 64
Nov. 15, 2019 South Dakota State 77, Dakota Wesleyan 46
Nov. 28, 2020 No. 1 South Carolina 81, South Dakota 71
Nov. 29, 2020 No. 1 South Carolina 79, No. 21 Gonzaga 72
Nov. 30, 2020 No. 21 Gonzaga 54, South Dakota 50
March 6, 2021 Omaha 52, No. 21 South Dakota State 40
March 6, 2021 South Dakota 89, Oral Roberts 66
March 7, 2021 Western Illinois 60, Kansas City 59
March 7, 2021 North Dakota State 79, Denver 67
March 8, 2021 Omaha 69, Western Illinois 55
March 8, 2021 South Dakota 81, North Dakota State 55
March 9, 2021 South Dakota 66, Omaha 43
Nov. 12, 2021 No. 1 South Carolina 72, South Dakota 41
Nov. 12, 2021 No. 22 Arizona 61, No. 6 Louisville 59 (OT)
Dec. 15, 2022 South Carolina vs. South Dakota State

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