HOT SPRINGS - The Hot Springs Bison boys’ and girls’ basketball teams entered the Christmas break this year having played seven games between the two, but have only managed one combined win.
That win came from the boys’ team who, last Monday, defeated Oelrichs during the Bison’s first home game of the season.
The 66-31 victory over the Tigers could have easily been their second win of the season, had the team not lost a nail-biter to Chadron to open the season. The 65-60 overtime game in Nebraska was a much closer contest than the final score indicates.
Against Oelrichs, senior Logan Gooder and junior Logan Barndt continued to lead the charge offensively, each scoring 14, though Barndt was the better Logan with regards to rebounds, besting Gooder’s eight by just one more retrieval.
For the girls, it hasn’t been the season they’d hope for, having lost all of their four games so far this season. Commenting after the team’s first game of the season in Chadron, Coach Tanna White admitted her team is relatively young this year, and that work still needs to be done, particularly with regard to passing in the offensive zone.
There’s plenty of season left in 2018 and the Bison girls should go forward into the new year carrying a bit more confidence after their narrow 38-41 loss to Oelrichs. They’ll be back in action Jan. 4, at home against Bennett County. Tip-off is set for 4:30 p.m.
The boys have one more game of 2017 left against Brookings this Friday at 4:30 p.m., then return home Jan. 2, to face Douglas.