Sioux Falls Washington shook off a one-point third quarter and beat Harrisburg 50-35 Thursday in the first round of the South Dakota Class AA girls basketball tournament.
The Warriors (21-2) were cruising along with a 31-21 lead at half. It helped that Harrisburg (15-9) scored just five points in the third.
Michaela Mayer had a double-double for Washington with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Ellie Benson just missed that with 14 points and nine boards. Together, they helped the Warriors to a 23-9 advantage in second-chance scoring.
Morgan Darner led Harrisburg, last year's state Class A champion, with 11 points. The Tigers are playing in their second state tournament, while Washington is in its 18th.
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