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December 06, 2017 10:40 PM

Tigers Return For Redemption

Harrisburg, SD

Harrisburg enters the girls basketball season after being upset in the class "AA" state championship.

The Harrisburg Tigers are back on the court with one thing on their mind: redemption. 

"It's not even just about winning the state championship, it was about like redeeming ourselves to let people know that like we are a force to be reckoned with it's not like, we can't just be remembered for the game we lost," senior Sydney Halling said. 

The Tigers started last season 0-1, before riding a 23 game win streak into the state championship. However, it was there that Harrisburg suffered its second loss of the season in a 53-48 overtime loss to O'Gorman. 

"They got over it pretty quick, not to say that it didn't effect them by any means but it got them back in the gym, back in the weight room and they had a really good summer and a good fall and you know hopefully we're ready to go for the season," head coach Nick Mayer said. 

Harrisburg returns three starters from that state tournament team including leading scorers Jeniah Ugofsky and Sydney Halling. Head coach Nick Mayer says his team's taste of success is already helping in the first weeks of practice. 

"We're not expecting the run that we had last year, you know that was just one of those things that was 23 in a row, putting those kind of expectations on kids isn't fair, but you know we hope to be one of the top teams in our conference, it's a goal for us every year, we hope to be one of those top teams in "AA", obviously there are a lot of great teams out there," Mayer said.  

With the first day of practice behind them, the Tigers are preparing to begin their schedule in less than a week. 

"It's been something we've been waiting for for however many months and it's just really exciting that that day finally came and we just got to finally experience that, get it over with too and now we're just rolling," Halling said. 

The Tigers travel to Pierre on Tuesday in a rematch of last year's state tournament opening round. 
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