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Melrose-Mindoro High School girls basketball coach Joey Arneson presents his team with the 2017-18 Dairyland Large championship trophy during the conference crossover playoff at Whitehall on Feb. 17. Both the Large champion Mustangs and the Small champion Blair-Taylor Wildcats were repeat winners.

NATE BEIER, For the Chronicle

The high-flying Melrose-Mindoro High School girls basketball team did it again, completing its second consecutive 22-0 regular season.

The Mustangs, champions of the Dairyland Large with a 15-0 mark, capped the regular season by cruising past another champion, Dairyland Small champ Blair-Taylor, 75-31, in what is tabbed the Dairyland crossover tournament on Saturday, Feb. 17.

The Mustangs, ranked No. 2 in Division 4 by the Associated Press, open tournament play against either Fall Creek or Mondovi on at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, at Melrose-Mindoro.

Coach Joey Arneson’s team had little trouble with Blair-Taylor, building a 32-13 lead by halftime despite playing its first game in five days. Erika Simmons led the Mustangs with a 21-point, seven-rebound performance, while South Dakota recruit Emily Herzberg added 19 points, six rebounds and six assists.

Katie Christopherson added 10 points, while Calette Lockington finished with nine.

Blair-Taylor took a 14-8 overall record into its Division 5 first-round tournament game against Weston on Wednesday, Feb. 21. The Wildcats, who won the Dairyland Small with an 11-8 record, were led by Marlee Nehring (7 points), McKenna Nehring (6) and Lauren Kidd (6).

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