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    Go Packers!!   Yeah, I have to admit that I've been distracted by the football playoffs and the road to the Super Bowl these last few weeks that I almost forgot that basketball was going on across the state and elsewhere.   The season is nearly half over, so I thought I better get serious about my second favorite sport....... 

    West River girls’ basketball has been, in a word, confusing.  Of course any sport, girls or boys, can be just that; however, it isn't what I expected from a couple of teams in particular.  The Stevens Raiders girls’ team comes to mind first and foremost. Congratulations should be given first to Margaret McCloud for surpassing the 1,000 point mark in her career.   Now, that is far from surprising, as McCloud has been an offensive workhorse for the Raiders for the past three years.   What is surprising, though, is the Raiders record thus far.  I would have expected more than a 4-6 record from them at this point.    There has been much talk about Katie Klapprodt and McCloud playing Division I ball next year.   Now, I understand that you need more than two players to come up with wins, but it’s not often that teams in this area have one Division I player on their team, let alone two.  The team’s lack of production has me, and others, confused.    I’ve seen a couple of the other girls on the team step up and contribute, so I know as a team they are capable.   The Raiders are a team I expected to be much further along by now.  

    The Central Cobblers girls’ team has a 5-5 record at this point in the season.   They don’t have any “stars” on the team, so to speak, but that doesn’t seem to concern anyone, especially the girls on the team.  I see them playing much more as a team, and aren’t so concerned about who gets the glory.    They may not have as many wins as they would like, but they have team work and that is going to be all they need to produce more wins during the rest of the season.   This logic might be something they should share with their male counterparts.    I’m jumping the fence, I know, but when it comes to the Cobblers the only team I’m confused about is the boys’ basketball team.   It was well talked about in pre-season that they had what it took to be a great basketball team this year.   What I think was overlooked was they have too many players that want the glory and because of that they are unable to play successfully as a team.   That is not only confusing, but disappointing.   I can’t help but think that their 2-8 record could be so much more impressive if they decided to unite.  

    The Spearfish Spartan girls are most definitely playing well as a team this year.  They have a 6-0 record and are playing a very competitive schedule.   They will hopefully continue their winning streak and finish strong come playoff time.

     The No. 1 ranked Class A St. Thomas More girls were handed their first loss of the season against Wagner in the Hanson Classic in Mitchell last night.   The Cavaliers were not up to par, to say the least.  They struggled with their shooting, scoring only 36 points.   I would be confused with this loss if it wasn’t for the fact that they were playing the No. 2 team in Class A.   In my opinion it’s always good to have a loss or two during the season against a good opponent.  A loss can make a good team work harder and be more prepared each game.   It’s tough to go undefeated in a season, only to fall in playoff situations or at the State tournament.  

    And most confusing of all………the Packers are losing!   They are falling apart at the seams, and in the playoffs.   Teamwork, in any sport, is the way to go.  Come on, Packers, play as a team!!

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