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Fans battle harsh road conditions to make it to Girls Basketball Tournament

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Treacherous road conditions made travel very difficult for fans across the state trying to get to the Class A girls basketball tournament in Watertown. 

A mixture of rain, ice and snow began Friday evening and continued late into Saturday night, causing travel headaches for fans that were planning to drive to Watertown for the game. 

But for many die-hard fans, nothing could stop them from coming to cheer on their teams. 

"There were more Clark people walking in than we thought there would be because if the weather," said Clark basketball mom Mari Jo Alexander. 

"I wanted to come and watch our girls play their last game so I left about an hour to two hours early...I drove about 40 the whole was kind of slick, not terrible, but I saw five or six cars in the ditch," said Willow Lake Senior Andrew Wegner. 

For many parents, Saturday was their last chance to see their daughters play. 

"It's our daughters senior year so we would have braved it to make here," said Alexander. 

"We were coming up no matter what, going home might be a different story but we'll see," said Sioux Falls Christian father Jon Edwards. 

The Watertown street department was out Saturday night making sure all of those fans made it out of the tournament safely.

"With all of our visitors in town we want to get them around safely, safely back to their hotels and eating establishments," said Jeff Riley with the Watertown street department.

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