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Sioux Central Edges Alta Aurelia in District Semifinal

February 18, 2021 9:00pm

Carter Boettcher's two free throws with 37 seconds left proved to be the game-winner, as Sioux Central nipped Alta Aurelia 46-45 on Thursday in a 2A district semifinal in Alta.  The Rebels avenged two regular season losses to their Twin Lakes Conference rival.  

Sioux Central did not trail in the 1st half.  They built their biggest lead at eight by a 12-4 score, and were ahead 14-11 after the 1st quarter.  The Rebels maintained a three-point lead of 25-22 at halftime.  

The Warriors went on a 10-0 run dating back to the end of the 1st half to take their first lead of the game.  Sioux Central followed with six straight points, as a three by Boettcher gave the Rebels a 31-28 lead.  Alta Aurelia got the game tied again at 33-33, but the Rebels held a 36-35 lead entering the 4th quarter.    

Sioux Central held a 44-37 lead, but the Warriors answered with an 8-0 run, which was capped by a Trey Engleman steal and breakaway layup to put Alta Aurelia on top 45-44 with 1:15 remaining.  

Both teams missed opportunities at the line in the final minute, but Boettcher's consecutive free throws put Sioux Central back ahead to stay.  With 6.7 seconds left, two Sioux Central free throws were missed, and Alta Aurelia got the rebound after the second miss and called timeout with 5.6 seconds left.  With the Warriors needing to go the length of the floor, the inbound pass went to midcourt, and the Warriors eventually got a baseline runner that fell short, which Connor Christian rebounded for Sioux Central, and time ran out.  

Christian was the top scorer on the night with 16, and teammate Jake Hargens had 15.  

Trey Englemann and Cade Rohwer each had 11 for Alta Aurelia.  Along with those two, the Warriors seniors include Gabe Walters, Teagan Meyer, Brian Chase, and Oliver Peterson.  Alta Aurelia finishes at 15-7.  

Sioux Central is now 13-10.  They'll play Spirit Lake in a district final next Tuesday night, February 23rd at 7pm.  The game will be broadcast along the Storm Lake Radio stations.  

Comments from Rebels coach Stephen Tjaden can be heard below...