GBB: Castlewood, Waverly-South Shore and Hamlin to begin tournament play

Brent Nathaniel

HURON, S.D. ( — The 2021 Girls State Basketball Tournaments begin today across South Dakota

In the B from Huron, the one seed Castlewood is back in the tournament after their run last year was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Castlewood Coach Leslie Tvedt says last season left a whole in the hearts of a lot of girls:

The Warriors open tournament play at noon against a familiar foe, the eight seed Waverly-South Shore. Castlewood took the first meeting on February 12th, 73-64. Coach Tvedt tells us what her girls need to do to earn the victory:

Waverly-South Shore was in the tournament two years ago taking home eighth place. Coyote Coach Taylor Rymerson looks to his defense to take away the Warriors second chance baskets:

Brent Nathaniel will have coverage of Castlewood and Waverly-South Shore from the Girls State B on 104.3 KKSD.

Other games from the B today at the Huron Arena include the four seed Hanson taking on the five seed Ethan at 2 p.m., two-seeded White River facing the seven seed Viborg-Hurley at 5 p.m. and the three seed Corsica-Stickney taking on the six seed Herreid/Selby Area at 7 p.m.

From the A in Watertown, the three seed Hamlin will take on the six seed Belle Fourche in the final matchup of the day at 7 p.m. Much like Castlewood, Hamlin’s 2020 season ended early due to the COVID-19 pandemic: Charger Coach Tim Koisti says that gave his girls a chip on their shoulder this year:

Coach Koisi says tonight against the Broncs, it’s all about ball control:

Mitch Reed will have coverage of the Hamlin Chargers in the Girls State A from the Watertown Civic Arena on New Country KS93.

The Girls A will open today with one seeded St. Thomas More taking on the eight seed McCook Central/Montrose at noon, the four seed Aberdeen Roncalli facing the five seed Sioux Falls Christian at 2 p.m., and the two seed Winner against the seven seed Dakota Valley at 5 p.m.

Opening round games in the AA today at the Sanford Pentagon will see top ranked Sioux Falls Washington face the nine seed Rapid City Central at noon, four seed Sioux Falls O’Gorman taking on the five seed Mitchell at 2:45 p.m., the two seed Aberdeen Central facing the seven seed Brandon Valley at 5:30 p.m. and three seeded Harrisburg wrapping up the night against the six seed Rapid City Stevens at 8:15 p.m.