Gorillas Dominate Stanley County and Lose a Close One Against Parkston


Samantha Timanus, Journalist

Last Thursday, the Lady Gorillas crushed Stanley County by 36 points in Fort Pierre. In the first quarter, it seemed like it might be a close game, with Gregory at 17 points and Stanley County at 14. By the second quarter, Gregory took a definitive lead; the score was 41 – 22. The lead carried over into the third quarter and the scoreboard read 61 – 31. At the end of the game, Gregory won 76 – 40. The Lady Gorillas had a 54% field goal average and a 42% free throw average. The girls had 34 rebounds, 13 assists, and 16 steals.

Jessy Jo VanDerWerff scored 30 points, making 12 of 20 (60%) of her field goals and 4 of 8 (50%) of her freethrows. Sydney Svatos  made 7 of 12 (58%) of her field goals and 3 of 4 (75%) of her freethrows. Megan Warnke made 16 points, shooting 8 of 18 (44%) of her field goals and 0 of 3 (0%) of her free throws.

Sydney Svatos had a double double. She had 14 rebounds, and 3 steals. Megan Warnke had 7 rebounds and 2 steals. Brooklyn VanDerWerff grabbed 5 rebounds, one assist, and 1 steal. Jessy Jo VanDerWerff took 4 rebounds, 7 assists, and 2 steals. Emma Thomas had 2 assists and 4 steals. Gracie Kenzy took 4 rebounds and 1 steal.

“I thought we played really well and when we get up by so many we can stay there. We all worked together as a team and it felt good to win by so much,” Sydney Svatos said.

Last Friday, the Girls’ Basketball Team played a close game against Parkston at home. The first quarter was close: 13 (P) – 10 (G). The second quarter was tied 25 – 25. The third quarter was still tied, 31 – 31. Both sides of the spectator stands were hopeful that their team would reign victorious; however, only the visitors cheered when the game ended. Parkston beat Gregory 66 – 53.

The Lady Gorillas had a team shooting percentage of 30% and a free throw percentage of 70%. The girls had 32 rebounds, 10 assists, 11 steals, and 20 personal fouls.

Jessy Jo VanDerWerff  scored 20 points, making 6 of 26 (23%) of her field goals and 7 of 7 (100%) of her free throws. Megan Warnke made 5 of 10 (50%) of her field goals and 1 of 5 (20%) of her free throws. Gracie Kenzy scored 10 points, making 4 of 11 (36%) of her field goals and 2 of 2 (100%) of her free throws.

Jessy Jo VanDerWerff had 8 rebounds, 6 assists, and 5 steals. Sydney Svatos had 8 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. Megan Warnke had 7 rebounds and one steal. Gracie Kenzy had 5 rebounds and one assist.