Hot Springs' gym was packed Friday night as the boys basketball team took on the Bell Fourche Broncos.
Parents, community members and a rowdy student section turned out to watch the Bison's first playoff game of the season.
The game started with a quick burst of energy by the Broncs. Within the first few minutes they jumped out to an early 7-0 lead.
By the end of the first quarter, the Bison had picked up some momentum and took the lead 9-10. The rest of the first half was tight, with both teams trading shots. Hot Springs headed into halftime with a 21-29 lead.
The Bison turned it on in the third quarter and expanded their lead. Early in the fourth, they lead by as much as 25 points. Hot Springs ultimately won 60-71.
Leading scorers for the Bison included Logan Barndt with 21, Kelton Harris with 18 and Thane Lockhart with 10.
Logan Gooder lead the team in rebounds with 14. Barndt wasn't too far behind with 10.
Lockhart lead the Bison in assists with 6.
Head coach Aaron Noteboom had this to say on the game, "The game against Belle Fourche was sort of a roller coaster ride. At times I thought we played very well and then again at times I thought we lacked energy and execution. A lot of credit goes to Belle Fourche, they played really hard for 32 minutes and at times we failed to meet their intensity. Overall I was happy with our performance. Anytime you can get a win in March you have to be happy about that. This time of year, the focus is to survive and advance and we were able to get it done. Since the end of last year’s season, our boys have worked very hard to make it back to the Sweet 16 and get another chance at a State Tournament. With this win we are one game away from our ultimate goal."
The Bison, seeded 14, played three seed Sioux Valley in Pierre last night. Results from the game were unknown to the Star upon publication as the game had yet to be played. The winner of the contest will advance to the State quarterfinals in Rapid City on March 15.