The St. Thomas More boys' basketball team opened the Region 8A Tournament on a strong note, running past Lead-Deadwood 76-29 Tuesday night at the STM gym.
The Cavaliers jumped on the Golddigers early, leading 19-4 at the end of the opening period and 43-15 at halftime.
Ryder Kirsch led the way for STM with 16 points, followed by Ryan Wojcik with 14 and Caden Casey with 12.
Lead-Deadwood was led by Jordan Stulken's eight points.
"I was happy as the guys played with some energy and I thought they played hard for four quarters," STM coach Dave Hollenbeck said. "There are some things we still need to get cleaned up by Friday, and we have some stuff to work on, especially shooting free throws. But I was happy with the way the guys came out to start the game. We were able to get the game uptempo a little bit."
The Cavs were just 9-of-22 from the free-throw line.
Wit the win, STM, 11-10, will be at Rapid City Christian on Friday at 7 p.m. It will be the first meeting between the two schools since 1996-1997 season and the first time St. Thomas More has played in the Rpaid City Christian gym.
The Comets defeated Custer 69-57.
"It's been a while since we have played them and they have the high seed. It will be a new environment for us and we're really going to have to be ready to go," he said.
Lead-Deadwood closed the season at 4-17.
RAPID CITY CHRISTIAN 69, CUSTER 57: The Comets advanced to the second round of the Region 8A tournament with the home win over the Wildcats.
The Comets led for much of the way and used a 24-14 third quarter to take a 54-38 lead going into the fourth quarter. Custer chipped away in the final eight minutes and got the lead under 10 a couple of times but the Comets closed strong with 11 free throws for the win.
"It was a good third quarter for us, and I give a lot of credit to Custer, Coach (Paul) Kelley and his group, they still played hard and made some runs," Rapid City Christian coach Kyle Courtney said.
Zane Schlabach led the Comets with 24 points and eight rebounds, followed by Jack Roisum with 19 points and Ethan Wipf with 12.
Custer was led by Jace Kelley with 15 points, Reed Ashmore with 12 and Nolan Patzlaff with 10.
Rapid City Christian moved to 16-5 on the season and will host St. Thomas More on Friday night, while Custer ended the season at 5-16.
Courtney is looking forward to Friday's matchup with St. Thomas More.
"We get them at our place and it is going to be a great crowd, probably the best crowd we have ever had in our gym," Courtney said. "We hope we can compete and see what happens."
BELLE FOURCHE 79, HILL CITY 77: The Broncs won just their fifth game of the season, keeping their season alive with a 79-76 win over Hill City in the Region 8A tournament at Hill City.
In a tight game throughout, Belle Fourche's Tate Hostetter broke a 75=75 tie in the final seconds with four free throws.
Belle Fourche led 20-19 at the end of the first, but Hill City was up 39-38 at halftime and 61-58 heading into the fourth quarter.
Kelby Olson paced the Broncs, 5-16, with 29 points, followed by Hostetter with 15 points and Chandler Kern with 10.
Hill City had five players scored in double figures, led by Noah Krull with 22, Chance Simmons with 21, Taylor Edwards with 13, Jac Cutler with 11 and Jacob Harris with 10 points.
Hill City finished the season at 12-9.
LITTLE WOUND 71, WINNER 55: The Mustangs pulled away in the fourth quarter to move on the Region 7A tournament on Tuesday.
Little Would led 38-32 at halftime and 50-43 going into the fourth quarter.
The Mustangs were led by Riley Cross with 17 points, Tex Janis with 13, Tye Pouier with 12 and Robert Martin with 10 points. Little Wound hit 9-of-15 3-pointers and 27 of 44 overall from the field.
Winner was led by Shea Connot with 14 points, Brandon Volmer with 11 and Brady Fritz with 10 points.
Little Wound, 10-10, is at Red Cloud Friday, while Winner closes the season at 6-15.
In the other Region 7A games Tuesday, Todd County ran past Bennett County 92-69 and Red Cloud rolled over St. Francis Indian 93-48.
Pine Ridge will host Todd County Friday. The winners Friday move on to the Round of 16.
REGION 6A: Stanley County, Crow Creek and McLaughlin all gained first-round wins on Tuesday.
Stanley County just nipped Chamberlain 69-68, Crow Creek thumped Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 88-49 and McLaughlin held off Mobridge-Pollock 66-57.
On Friday, Stanley County will be at winner and McLaughlin will be at Crow Creek. The winners advance to the round of 16.
REGION 8B: Timber Lake, Takini, Faith and Harding County all gained wins Tuesday in the Region 8B Tournament in Lemmon.
Timber Lake routed Dupree 62-34, as did Takini over Bison 62-35. Faith crushed Lemmon 73-37 and Harding County toppled Newell 62-43.
On Friday, Takini faces Timber Lake and Farth takes on Harding County. The winners advance to the Round of 16.
REGION 7B: Jones County, Lower Brule, Lyman and White River all came out on top Tuesday.
Jones County slipped past Kadoka Area 70-65, Lower Brule ran past Wall 71-39, Lyman got past Oelrichs 67-56 and White River crushed Philip 70-30.
White River will face Lyman on Friday, while Lower Brule will take on Jones County. Both games will be at the King Center in Rapid City, with the winners advancing to the Round of 16.