Lady Scotties back from State B Basketball

Lady Scotties ... The welcome home celebration on Sunday, March 15, had fans, photos, speeches, jokes, stories, awards and smiles. Back row, from left: Danielle Piroutek, Josie Guptill, Abby Ditsgerald, Carissa Doolittle, Kelsey Hostutler, Rhiannon Schultz and Emily Schofield. Middle row: Jennifer Stangle, Mariah Evans, Kenzy Pinney and Molly Coyle. Sitting: Tara Ravellette, Sierra Hook, Marissa Mann, Taylor Holman and Kayla O’Connell. Photo by Deb Smith

On Sunday, March 15, the Philip Lady Scotties were honored as heroes in their return from their first ever State B Girls' Basketball Tournament.

Philip, with a before-state season record of 21-4, had earned 43.00 seeding points to rank it sixth at state. Other teams at state will be #1 seeded Avon (21-2 record, 48.00 points), #2 - Harding County (23-2, 47.89), #3 - Summit (21-2, 47.50), #4 - Sully Buttes (21-2, 47.00), #5 - Elkton/Lake Benton (20-3, 46.00), #7 - Colman-Egan (16-6, 36.32) and #8 - Freeman (16-8, 30.53).

All Philip team members saw play time during the tournament.

Philip lost to Summit 45-66 in the first round. Harding County, the only other West River team, also lost to Summit. Summit went on to win first place at the tournament.

Philip 10 19 29 45

Summit 13 34 54 66

Philip's second game was against Colman-Egan in a consolation game March 13. The Scotties lost 45-62.

Philip 14 20 29 45

Colman-Egan 14 33 45 62

For its third game of the tournament, Philip played Freeman. In an extremely tight game, the Lady Scotties continually fought for and continually re-took the lead. The game could not be decided until the last minutes. Philip lost by only four points, 49-53.

Philip 13 29 41 49

Freeman 5 29 39 53

Philip's Marissa Mann was chosen as one of the twelve tournament players to be on the All Tournament Team.

The team enjoyed a heroes' welcome in a celebration at the Philip High School gymnasium on Sunday, March 15. A large crowd listened to the coaches and many of the players concerning the season, team spirit and insights.