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BOYS' BASKETBALL: Huisman scores 33 as Panthers clip Crusaders

MITCHELL, S.D. -- Dalton Huisman enjoyed his second trip to the Corn Palace on Thursday night.

The junior guard on Ellsworth's boys' basketball team nailed eight first-half 3-pointers to lead the Panthers to a 79-64 win over Red Cloud Indian School.

Huisman finished with nine 3-pointers in the game and had a game-high 33 points. He also led Ellsworth in scoring last season when it came to the Palace to play in the Hanson Classic.

"I love it here," Huisman said. "I love all the people here. It's an amazing place to shoot."

The Panthers also got 20 points and 10 rebounds from Casey Schilling, a versatile 6-foot-5 forward. Schilling was a one-man press breaker in the second half to keep Red Cloud at arms length.

Brandon Two Bulls and Lyle Jacobs each had 15 points to lead the Crusaders.

Ellsworth was playing its third game in as many nights. The Panthers beat Worthington on Tuesday and lost to Perham on Wednesday at the Daily Globe-Trojan Holiday Classic.

Coach Tyler Morris' squad did not looked phased as it jumped out to a 17-point halftime lead -- led by 26 first-half points from Huisman.

"He's a very good shooter," Morris said of Huisman. "I thought once we broke their initial pressure and we were patient, we got wide open shots.

"The kid can shoot, we've known that for a long time and everyone else saw it tonight."

Ellsworth got to Mitchell around 3:30 p.m. Thursday after the trip from Worthington. Morris said the last 40 minutes of the drive provided the most trouble on the roads.