The Belle Fourche girls’ basketball team handed Aberdeen Roncalli its first loss of the season while remaining unbeaten on the first day of the Cavalier Christmas Classic.

The Broncs battled back from an early deficit en route to a 62-54 win over the Cavaliers at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center on Thursday afternoon.

Roncalli opened the matchup with a quick start and eventually carried an 18-12 lead into the second quarter.

Belle Fourche overcame that early deficit and tied the game at 27-all going into the half.

The Broncs took the lead in the third quarter and had a three-point advantage (41-38) heading into the final eight minutes of regulation.

In the fourth quarter, Belle Fourche took over and held off any late comeback attempt to pick up the win.

"I thought our fourth quarter we took care of the basketball a lot better. We didn’t rebound quite as well as I had hoped, but we boarded well enough to win the game today,” Belle Fourche coach Bill Burr said.

Mandee Williamson led the way for the Broncs with 16 points, while Taylor Hanson chipped in with 13 points, nine of which she scored in the fourth quarter.

Burr said he thought they came out on the second half better and controlled the ball. He was especially pleased with Taylor Hanson’s fourth quarter.

“She kind of took over in the fourth quarter for us and handled the ball well,” Burr said. “She created some things and got to the basket, and that’s what we need out of Taylor. She stepped up to the plate and played well, along with the whole team.”

Jade Burr added 11 points for Belle Fourche.

Grace Imbery led the Cavaliers with 22 points, Mariah Winegar had 11 points and Jami Ewart finished with 10.

The Broncs (6-0) will play Madison to close out the Cavalier classic today at 3:30 p.m., while Aberdeen Roncalli (4-1) takes on St. Thomas More at 6:30 p.m.

Bill Burr said it is good to be able to play a couple of East River teams, something they don’t get too many opportunities to.

“It’s great to come in here and play Aberdeen Roncalli and get the win, and now we’re looking at Madison (Friday),” he said. “They are a real good ballclub, and hopefully we can figure it out and win that one too.”

WINNER 64, CANTON 33: Winner jumped out to a 42-18 lead heading into the half as it cruised past Canton on Thursday.

Gabriel Kocer led the Warriors with 17 points, Morgan Hammerbeck chipped in with 13 points and Madyson Frazier finished with 12.

Maggie LaCompte added 11 points for Winner.

Karryn Peterson paced Canton with 10 points, while Jada Lundstrom and Mason Tieszen finished with seven apiece.

The Warriors (3-2) will travel to Chamberlain on Tuesday.

Boys Basketball

MADISON 61, ST. THOMAS MORE 39: The second-ranked Bulldogs took control early and ran past the Cavaliers Thursday at the Cavalier Christmas Classic at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.

Madison, 5-0 and class A state tournament runners-up last season, led 14-5 at the end of the opening quarter and never looked back.

The Bulldogs maintained a 15-24 point lead for much of the second half. Madison led 28-14 at halftime and 44-26 heading into the fourth quarter.

Madison was paced by the Janke brothers — Jadon and Jaxson. Jadon Janke finished with 20 points, hitting four 3-pointers, while Jaxson Janke added 13 points.

Sophomore Ryder Kirsch paced the Cavaliers with 12 points and sophomore Connor Hollenbeck finished with 11 points and four assists. STM forced 17 Madison turnovers but turned the ball over 17 times itself.

Madison returns to the Classic tonight when it faces Belle Fourche at 5 p.m., while the Cavaliers, 1-4 overall, take on Aberdeen Roncalli at 8 p.m.

ABERDEEN RONCALLI 64, BELLE FOURCHE 27: Aberdeen Roncalli improved to 4-0 to start the season with a win over Belle Fourche on Thursday afternoon in the Cavalier Christmas Classic.

Gus Reede led the Cavaliers with 24 points and Max Reede finished with 17 points.

Chandler Kerr paced the Broncs with eight points, while Tate Hostetter had six points and five rebounds.

Aberdeen Roncalli will take on St. Thomas More tonight at 8 p.m., while Belle Fourche (2-4) plays Madison at 5 p.m.

CANTON 65, WINNER 43: Kayden Verley scored 38 points to lead Canton past Winner at the Snow Ball Classic in Winner on Thursday.

Matt Tosa chipped in with 11 points for Canton.

Brady Fritz led the Warriors with 18 points and Philip Jorgensen led the team in rebounds with nine.

Winner (1-4) is at Chamberlain on Tuesday.

HILL CITY 56, GREGORY 36: Hill City took a 30-15 lead into the half as it dropped Gregory at the Snowball Classic in Winner.

Taylor Edwards led the Rangers with 15 points and 11 rebounds, Noah Krull added 13 points and Chance Simmons finished with 11.

Max Klundt paced the Gorillas with 10 points.

Hill City (4-1) will host Canton tonight at 6:30 p.m., while Gregory (1-3) travels to Andes Central/Dakota Christian at 4 p.m.

DEUEL 43, ST. FRANCIS INDIAN 41: Deuel pulled out a narrow win over St. Francis on Thursday afternoon.

Preston Homan led Deuel with 17 points and 16 rebounds, while Zach Stoltenburg added 13 points.

Mahpiy Horse Looking and Jadis Metcalf led St. Francis with nine points apiece.

St. Francis (2-5) hosts Bennett County on Tuesday.


Hot Springs takes Winter Wonderland meet

The Hot Springs gymnastics team topped the field at the Winter Wonderland Invitational in Vermillion on Thursday.

The Lady Bison earned the team title with a score of 123.95, just ahead of Vermillion, which finished with 123.45.

Milbank was third with 122.5, followed by Chamberlain with 121 and Wagner/Bon Homme rounded out the top five with 119.95.

Wall finished the day in ninth place with 105.5.

Individually, Emily Duffek of Wagner/Bon Homme led the way as she won the floor exercise with a score of 9.3, took bars with 8.15 and earned all-around honors with 34.5.

Carter Williams of Vermillion took the beam competition with a score of 8.9 and Averi Schmeichel.

Tierra Schroder of Hot Springs earned a second-place finish in the beam competition with 8.4 and took third in the floor exercise with 8.75.

Next up, the Lady Bison will be at the Stanley County Invite on Jan. 6.

High School Wrestling

Raiders in sixth place at Rumble on the Red

After the opening day of competition at the Rumble on the Red tournament in Fargo, N.D., Scott West High School leads the rest of the pack with a score of 124.0.

Perham sits in second place with 105.5, Fairmont-Martin County West is in third with 100.5, followed by Stoughton with 98 and Alvert Lea Area with 94.5.

Rapid City Stevens isn’t far from the rest of the top spots, closing out the first day with 93.5.

Three Raider wrestlers finished the day with a trio of wins, including Cody BeVier (126 pounds), Spencer Stockman (132) and Dante Colicheski (182).

Stevens will look to make up some ground in the championship rounds today starting at 9 a.m.