Tiospa Zina advances to Region 1A Championship

The Tiospa Zina Wambdi will play for the Region 1A Championship on Tuesday, Mar. 10, after their 61-47 victory over the Groton Area Tigers on Thursday, Mar. 5, at the Ben Reifel Gym in Sisseton.
Tiospa Zina led by 5 points at the end of the first quarter, 15-10. Groton Area cut into the lead in the second quarter to trail by 2 at 24-26. The Wambdi maintained the lead in the third, leading 39-37. In the fourth quarter, Tiospa Zina took control of the game, out-scoring the Tigers 22-10 to seal the victory 61-47.
Tiospa Zina had 4 players in double figures, with Bruce Gunderson have 14, Jarrod Appenay scoring 11 points, and Dion Iyarpeya and Austin Shepherd connecting for 10 points apiece. Gunderson and Kobe Carlson each grabbed 8 rebounds.
Kyler Ell had 19 points and 11 rebounds to place the Tigers. Hunter Lerew added 8 points.
Tiospa Zina will take on the top ranked Aberdeen Roncalli Cavaliers in the Region 1A Championship game on Tuesday, Mar. 10, at the Ben Reifel Gym in Sisseton at 7:00 p.m.
TIOSPA ZINA 61
Jarrod Appenay 4 2-2 11; Dion Iyarpeya 3 2-4 10; Gabe Desrosiers Jr. 1 3-6 5; Kobe Carlson 2 2-3 7; Bruce Gunderson 3 6-6 14; Austin Shepherd 3 4-5 10; Jesse Abraham 0 2-2 2; Jack Crawford 1 0-0 2. Totals 17 21-28 61.
GROTON AREA 47
Lucas Sternhagen 2 3-6 7; Spencer Knecht 2 1-1 5; Kyler Ell 7 4-6 19; Landon Larson 1 4-5 6; Gabe Dohman 0 2-4 2; Hunter Lerew 3 2-6 8. Totals 15 16-28 47.
Tiospa Zina ..........15 26 39 61
Groton Area .........10 24 37 47

3-Point Field Goals -- Tiospa Zina 6 (Dion Iyarpeya 2, Bruce Gunderson 2; Jarrod Appenay 1, Kobe Carlson 1); Groton Area 1 (Kyler Ell).
Total Fouls -- Tiospa Zina 24; Groton Area 20.
Fouled Out -- Tiospa Zina (Bruce Gunderson), Groton Area (Hunter Lerew).
Rebounds -- Tiospa Zina 39 (Bruce Gunderson 8, Kobe Carlson 8); Groton Area 39 (Kyler Ell 11, Gabe Dohman 9).
Turnovers -- Tiospa Zina 12; Groton Area 15.

Jarrod Appenay

APPENAY TO THE BASKET -- Tiospa Zina’s Jarrod Appenay drives to the basket and scores 2 to break the tie at the Region 1A semifinals at the Ben Reifel Gym on Thursday, Mar. 5. The Wambdi beat the Groton Area Tigers 61-47 to advance to the Championship game on Tuesday, Mar. 10. ~Courier Photo

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