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Rapid City Central's Juneau Jones dribbles by Pierre's Erica Stout Saturday afternoon.

After dropping a close one to Aberdeen Central on Saturday night, the Rapid City Central girls’ basketball team bounced back and defeated Pierre 63-44 at Naasz Gymnasium in Rapid City on Saturday afternoon.

The Cobblers opened the game on the right foot and took a 17-6 lead into the second quarter. From there, Central added to their early lead by outscoring the Governors 23-15 in the second and had a 40-21 advantage at the half.

Pierre won the third quarter by a score of 13-8, but the Cobblers had an answer in the fourth and put the game out of reach.

Bailey Johnson led the way for the Cobblers with 20 points, Whitley Heitsch added 14, Abbie Freeman chipped in with 11 and Juneau Jones finished with 10.

Adison Young tallied eight points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Central.

Emily Mikkelsen paced the Governors with 11 points, while Kylie Kessler and Mack Rath finished with 10 apiece.

Next up, Rapid City Central (4-5) will host Sturgis on Thursday, before hitting the road to take on Campbell County, Wyo., on Friday.

SPEARFISH 69, DOUGLAS 42: Led by three double figure scorers, the Spartans cruised past Douglas on Saturday afternoon.

After the Patriots jumped out to a 14-7 lead at the end of the first quarter, it was all Spearfish from the there as the Spartans outscored Douglas 21-11 in the second to take a 28-25 lead into the half.

Spearfish held on to the momentum and outscored the Patriots 41-17 in the second half.

The Spartans were by Alexsis Kemp, who finished with 17 points, Jalyn Carter added 15 points and Madison Gould had 14.

Jordynn Toliver led Douglas with 15 points and six rebounds.

Spearfish (3-5) will host Belle Fourche on Tuesday, while the Patriots (2-5) host Lead-Deadwood on Monday.

 ST. THOMAS MORE 61, ELK POINT-JEFFERSON 34: St. Thomas More continued to roll to start the season as it outscored Elk Point-Jefferson 19-8 in the first and didn’t let up in a lopsided win on Saturday.

Aislinn Duffy led the way for the Cavaliers with 16 points, Jayden Bies chipped in with 14 points and Alex Kandolin finished with 10.

Elsie Aslesen paced the Huskies with 13 points, while Kalla Bertram had 11.

St. Thomas More (8-0) will host Custer on Tuesday.

CUSTER 57, STURGIS 47: Brook Janz scored 24 points, but Tori Glazer's 27 pushed Custer ahead of Sturgis. 

Loralee Stock chipped in with 11 points and six rebounds for the Scoopers.

McKenzie Becker finished with 15 for Custer

Sturgis (3-4) will travel to Rapid City Central on Thursday, while Custer (5-3) is at St. Thomas More on Tuesday.

NEW UNDERWOOD 48, STANLEY COUNTY 10: Jaedyn Finkbeiner scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead New Underwood past Stanley County on Saturday.

Cerington Jones had a good game for the Tigers as well, as she finished with 15 points and eight rebounds.

Maria Cota paced the Lady Buffaloes with three points.

New Underwood (5-2) will host Oelrichs on Monday.

Boys Basketball

RAPID CITY CHRISTIAN 68, JONES COUNTY 65: Rapid City Christian pulled out a close win over Jones County on Saturday.

The Comets took a 37-28 lead into the half, before the Coyotes came storming back and took a three point lead into the fourth at 43-40.

The fourth remained close, but a key pair of free throws from Ethan Wipf gave Christian a narrow lead with 20 seconds remaining.

The Comets were able to hold on for their fifth win of the season.

“Hats off to Jones County, they came ready to play tonight and had a really good game,” Christian coach Kyle Courtney said. “I thought they outplayed us most of the night and our kids didn’t give up and made some plays to pull it out.”

Wipf, who came off the bench for the Comets, led the team with 19 points.

Zane Schlabach chipped in with 14 points for Christian, Jack Roisum added 11 points and Levi Vanden Bos had eight points and eight assists.

Kade Brost led Jones County with 24 points on six 3-pointers, while Austin Olson added 20.

Rapid City Christian (5-1) will host Bison on Tuesday, while Jones County (3-3) hosts the Jones County Invitational starting Thursday.

STURGIS 59, CUSTER 16: Sturgis won its fourth straight game as it ran past Custer on the road on Saturday.

Gavin West and Connor Crane led the Scoopers with 10 points apiece.

Jace Kelley paced the Wildcats with four points and Nolan Patzlaff finished with three.

Sturgis (6-1) will play at Hill City on Tuesday, while Custer (1-8) hosts St. Thomas More on Thursday.

RAPID CITY CENTRAL 57, PIERRE 37: Despite falling behind at the end of the first quarter, Rapid City Central outscored Pierre 50-27 the rest of the way to score an easy win.

Dylan Hay led the Cobblers with 16 points; Kailleb Walton-Blanden added 15 points and Cameron Hall finished with 13.

Peyton Zabel led the Governors with 15 points.

Rapid City Central (9-0) will host Sturgis on Thursday.

ELK POINT-JEFFERSON 60, LITTLE WOUND 54: Presston Kollbaum scored 24 points to lead Elk Point-Jefferson past Little Wound on Saturday.

Jared Merkley chipped in with 12 points and 10 rebounds for EPJ.

Robert Martin paced the Mustangs with 17 points, Riley Cross added 14 points and Tex Janis finished with 12.

Little Wound (6-3) will travel to the Redfield Classic on Saturday.  

Boys' hockey

RUSHMORE 7, SIOUX CENTER 0: The Thunder scored in waves Saturday night, rushing out to an early lead an not looking back against the Sioux Center Storm.

Macintyre Brown had two goals in the game, but it was Brian Petereit who got things started in the first period with a goal on an assist from Ryan Nolan 10:44 into play. Brown got his first goal of the game two minutes later, scoring on assists from Grant Wolthius and Austin Stiles. In the second period Brown scored his second goal, 3:08 in on assists from Blake Devries and Parker Sundby.

Wolthius scored 7:44 into the period on assists from Sundby and Camden Nayman, and Nolan ended the period with a power play goal on an assist from Gavin Gary.

To close out the game, Derrick Brown scored on an assist from Stiles and Nayman scored as well. John Young had 24 saves in goal.

The Thunder and the Storm meet again today in Iowa at 10:15 a.m. Rushmore is now 4-1-1 in league play.

Girls' hockey

SIOUX FALLS 7, RUSHMORE 0: The Flyers were too much for the Thunder Saturday at the Thunderdome, scoring four first period goals on its way to a win.

Sioux Falls scored four in the first, two in the second and one in third while Rushmore lost the shots battle 62-19. 

Madyson Herman made 55 saves for the Thunder.

Rushmore is now 1-10 in the league this season and will face Sioux Falls again today at 2 p.m.


Stevens and Central pick up titles in Bismarck: Rapid City Stevens and Rapid City Central will be coming home with two individual titles apiece after their weekend in North Dakota for the Bismarck Rotary.

Spencer Stockman won the 132-pound crown for the Raiders with a 5-1 decision over Brody Armstrong from Minot, N.D. and Dante Colicheski improved his record to 28-1 with a 5-3 decision over Kaden Wolsky from Carrington, N.D.

Cael Larson won at 106 for the Cobblers, downing Brenden Salfrank from Aberdeen Central 10-4 and Kolby Kost won at 170 over Parker Wahl of Bismarck, N.D. with a 9-2 decision.

Stevens will be going to Mitchell Invitational next weekend while Central has a dual meet with Douglas Tuesday at home.

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