The Hot Springs Bison girls’ basketball team opened its season last week with a 49-22 loss to the Chadron Cardinals, then fell 41-57 against Douglas later in the week.

The Bison girls started the game strong, playing a fast-paced game that put them up by four immediately. Unfortunately, the Cardinals remained unfazed by the Bison’s speed, and methodically took control of the game, limiting Hot Springs to only five points in the first half.

Despite playing good team defense, the Bison’s offensive struggles put the team behind 21-5 at the half.

“Defensively the girls did just fine. They hustled on defense, which I was impressed with,” said Bison coach Tanna White. “Offensively they’ve just gotta to learn to start putting things together. They’re tentative on offense, they need to hustle more, and make better passing decisions.”

Although execution was certainly a problem through the first half for the Bison, the team began to come around in the third, falling one point shy of doubling their first half point total.

“We talked to [the girls] at the half about making something happen offensively…I thought they came out and did a better job of moving the ball around and making something happen, but they’ve gotta make better passes.”

Post-game coach White mentioned this year as a building season for a relatively young group who have room to improve. When asked specifically what may need to be addressed, White mentioned generally improving the team’s skill play and passing.

Later in the week the group definitely saw offensive improvement, although they didn’t get the result they would have liked, during a 57-41 defeat at the hands of the Douglas Patriots.

The Bison also traveled to Hill City over the weekend, however, results for that game, as well as results for Monday’s home game against Oelrichs were not available at time of publication.

After a holiday break, Hot Springs will host Benneet County on January 4, and will then travel to Spearfish to face the Spartans January 5.

Chadron 49, Hot Springs 22

Hot Springs—Kennedy Seaman 6, McKenzie Cope 4, Mary Lane 4, Charity Britain 3, Bayley Ferebee 3, Madyson Gese 2. Totals: 8 6-11 22 points.

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Chadron—Dana Dunbar 15, Shea Bailey 9, Peyton Underwood 9, Tyleigh Strotheide 4, Carstyn Hageman 3, Madisyn Hamar 2, Allie Ferguson 2, True Thorne 2, Savanna Sayaloune 2, Dawn Dunbar 1. Totals: 19 (2) 9-12 49 points.

Hot Springs 4 1 9 8 ----22

Chadron 7 14 13 15 ----49

3-pointers: Chad: Dana Dunbar 1, Bailey 1.

Douglas 57, Hot Springs 41

*Box score and individual scoring unavailable.

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