Peyton Underwood

Chadron High’s Peyton Underwood eyes the basket as she drive for better position to score against Valentine’s Allison Hitchcock during the game in the Middle School Gym on Saturday night. Underwood had eight points and was among nine Lady Cardinals to score in the game.

Photo by Con Marshall

The Chadron High girls’ basketball team split a pair of lopsided contests over the weekend.

Coming off a 43-42 loss to undefeated Belle Fourche earlier in the week, St. Thomas More stymied the Chadron offense en route to a 57-11 verdict in Rapid City on Friday night. But the Cardinals rebounded to topple Valentine 45-17 on Saturday night in home.

St. Thomas More, which has won four straight Class A state tournament championships, is now 14-2 for the season. A pair of 5-foot-10 juniors, Jayden Beis with 13 points and Klaire Kirsch with 12, led the Cavaliers in scoring, but it was the STM defense that was most impressive.

The roles were reversed Saturday night with the Lady Cardinals putting the clamps on Valentine, allowing the visitors almost no open shots and creating a number of turnovers.

Chadron’s scoring was balanced against Valentine. Both Dana Dunbar and Shea Bailey had nine points and Peyton Underwood eight.

The Cardinals are now 10-9 for the season with just two games this weekend left on the regular-season schedule. Sidney visits Friday night and Chadron visits Newcastle on Saturday night.

Valentine falls to 3-16. The Badgers’ 17 points is their lowest of the season.

St. Thomas More 57, Chadron 11

Chadron—Dawn Dunbar 4, Allie Ferguson 2, Peyton Underwood 2, Carstyn Hageman 2, Dana Dunbar 1. Totals: 4 3-4 11 points.

St. Thomas More—Jayden Beis 13, Klaire Kirsch 12, Alex Kandolin 11, Aistinn Duffy 9, Kayla Jacobson 5, Skylar Sullivan 2, Haleigh Timmer 2, Kaci Cooper 2, Kaci Swedlund 1, Totals: 23 (4) 7-11 57 points.

Chadron 2 6 1 2 ----11

St. Thomas More 21 14 14 8 ----57

3-pointers: STM—Bies 2, Kandolin 1, Jacobson 1.

Chadron 45, Valentine 17

Valentine—Sherri Bancroft 7, Allison Hitchcock 5, Bailey Witt 5. Totals: 5 7-14 17 points.

Chadron—Dana Dunbar 9, Shea Bailey 9, Peyton Underwood 8, Carstyn Hageman 6, Tyleigh Strotheide 4, Madison Hamar 3, Allie Ferguson 2, True Thorne 2, Savanna Sayaloune 2. Totals: 20 (4) 1-4 45 points.

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Valentine 3 6 2 6 ----17

Chadron 7 14 14 10 ----45

3-pointers: Chad—Bailey 3, Hamar 1.

Alliance 47, Chadron 42

Chadron—Dana Dunbar 27, Peyton Underwood 8, Dawn Dunbar 4, Shea Bailey 3. Totals: 17 (1) 7-9, 42 points.

Alliance—MaKayla Davidson 23, Ryley Rolls 13, Marque Crowe 5, Blythe Boness 4, Kaylee McDonald 2. Totals: 18 (3) 8-17 47 points.

Chadron 15 6 10 11 ---42

Alliance 12 7 17 11 ---47

3-pointers: Chad—Bailey 1. All—Davidson 3.

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