Ellie Karolevitz

Yankton’s Ellie Karolevitz (5) is fouled by Emily Rystrom as she attempts a shot during the second half of the Gazelles’ 43-27 Eastern South Dakota Conference win over the Bobcats on Tuesday night at Bob Jostad Gymnasium in Brookings.

BROOKINGS — The Yankton girls’ basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak in a big way Tuesday night.

Thanks to a 23-7 halftime lead and a 20-point performance by Madison Wuebben, the Gazelles cruised past Brookings 43-27 in an Eastern South Dakota Conference showdown in Brookings.

With the size the Bobcats boast in the paint, the Gazelles (4-5) were focused on making life difficult for the Brookings guards, according to Yankton head coach Trey Krier.

“That was definitely one of our priorities, because we knew we’d have our hands full with their post players,” he said. “We needed to make it hard for their guards to get it inside.”

Wuebben got rolling early for Yankton and finished 8-of-18 shooting for her 20 points.

“She did a good job of getting herself going right away,” Krier said. “I feel like she got her feet underneath her, and once she knocked a couple down, our other kids did a nice job finding her.”

Wuebben added six steals for the Gazelles, while Sadie Fedders scored nine points, Payton Wolfgram had seven points and Ellie Karolevitz made her season debut with five points.

The Bobcats got 10 points and nine rebounds from Ainsley Shelsta, and nine points and seven rebounds from Johanna Miller.

In sub-varsity action Tuesday, Brookings beat Yankton 46-36 in the JV game. Karolevitz led the Gazelles with 10 points, while Jillian Eidsness had nine points, and Kate Beeman pulled down seven rebounds.

Brookings won the ‘C’ game 42-27. Yankton got eight points and five rebounds from Lina Bauer, and six points and five rebounds from Jenna Cox.

Yankton will play Sturgis on Saturday in Fort Pierre. That marks a string of four out of the next five opponents that are behind the Gazelles in the Class AA standings.

“We have an opportunity to get on a roll,” Krier said.

YANKTON (4-5)

Ellie Karolevitz 1-4 2-6 5; Payton Wolfgram 2-7 1-3 7; Kelsey Oswald 0-11 2-2 2; Madison Wuebben 8-18 3-4 20; Sadie Fedders 3-8 2-2 9; Morgan Strahl 0-2 0-0 0; Hannah Muth 0-1 0-0 0; Jordynn Salvatori 0-1 0-0 0. TOTALS 14-52 10-17 43.

BROOKINGS (0-10)

Allie Clark 1-8 0-2 2; Regan Weisbeck 1-3 0-0 2; Emily Rystrom 0-0 0-1 0; Jaidyn Bauman 0-0 0-0 0; Landree Wilson 1-4 0-0 2; Claire Burns 0-0 0-0 0; Kennedy Schafer 0-6 0-0 0; Cynthia Campbell 1-1 0-0 2; Johanna Miller 3-6 2-2 9; Ainsley Shelsta 5-10 0-0 10. TOTALS 12-38 2-5 27.

YANKTON 12 11 11 9 — 43

BROOKINGS 3 4 10 10 — 27

Three-Pointers — YHS 5-16 (Wolfgram 2-4, Karolevitz 1-1, Fedders 1-2, Wuebben 1-6, Muth 0-1, Oswald 0-2), BRK 1-10 (Miller 1-2, Clark 0-1, Weisbeck 0-1, Wilson 0-1, Schafer 0-5). Total Rebounds — BRK 32 (Shelstra 9), YHS 21 (Oswald 5). Assists — YHS 11 (four with 2), BRK 8 (Clark 3). Turnovers — BRK 26, YHS 14. Personal Fouls — BRK 15, YHS 14. Fouled Out — None.

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