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The Rapid City Christian boys’ basketball team overcame an early deficit and outscored Bennett County in the fourth to pick up a 52-42 victory at home on Thursday.

The Comets jumped out to an early lead and finished the first quarter with a 13-12 advantage.

The Warriors battled back in the second quarter and carried a five point lead into the half at 25-20.

After going into the fourth quarter with the score tied at 32-all, Rapid City Christian outscored Bennett County 20-10 to seal the win.

“I was impressed with Bennett County,” Christian coach Kyle Courtney said. “A whole lot of credit goes to them. They were very physical and I thought they played really hard. We had to really gut out the victory and I was proud of the kids. We really hit some big shots when we needed to and defensively we created some turnovers at some key times. I was proud of that.”

Zane Schlabach paced the Comets with 21 points and nine rebounds, while Noah Roisum came off the bench and scored 12.

David Greni chipped in with nine rebounds for the Comets.

Tristan Whirlwind Horse led the Warriors with 17 points, Jeremy Dubray added 12 points and DeAndre Cottier had 10.

Next up, Rapid City Christian (9-1) will host Custer next Friday, while Bennett County (2-9) hosts Philip on Saturday.

LEAD-DEADWOOD 52, HILL CITY 50: Although Lead-Deadwood trailed for most of the game, it stormed back late and pulled out a narrow win over Hill City on Thursday night.

Jordy Stulken led the Golddiggers with 12 points, Jacob Alley had 11 points and Chris Lipp finished with 10.

Chance Simmons paced the Rangers with 16 points and Jacob Harris added 12.

Lead-Deadwood (4-7) will travel to Hot Springs on Saturday, while Hill City (8-5) hosts Wall on Thursday.

CHEYENNE-EAGLE BUTTE 64, TODD COUNTY 55: Cheyenne-Eagle Butte snapped a six game losing streak with a win over Todd County.

David Espinoza led the Falcons with 19 points; Aiden Bizardie added 13 points and Jacob Crow Eagle finished with 12.

Espinoza had a big game on the boards for Todd County with 17 rebounds.

The Braves (4-7) will play at Little Wound on Saturday, while the Falcons (5-6) travel to Crow Creek.

CUSTER 52, NEWELL 51: The Wildcats held off the Irrigators for their second straight win.

Custer, 3-9, had lost six straight games before last week's victory over Oelrichs.

Jace Kelley led the way for Custer with 17 points, followed by Nolan Patzlaff with 14 points.

Payton Burtzlaff paced Newell with 17 points and Brock Kjellson added 13 points.

Custer is at Red Cloud Saturday, while Newell, 6-5, is at Hullet, Wyoming, tonight.

Girls Basketball

WINNER 72, PINE RIDGE 58: Morgan Hammerbeck had a big game to lead the Warriors past Pine Ridge on Thursday.

Hammerbeck led the way for Winner with 35 points, 15 rebounds and five assists, while Gabriel Kocer chipped in with 16 points.

Taysha Big Crow paced the Lady Thorpes with 17 points and 10 boards, Katerri Weston added 12 points and Matilda Anderson finished with 10.

Winner (11-2) will hosts Miller on Monday, while Pine Ridge (8-3) travels to Madison for the DSU Shoot Out on Saturday.

HILL CITY 40, LEAD-DEADWOOD 35: Hill City snapped a two-game losing skid with a win over Lead-Deadwood on Thursday.

Faith Yeargan led the Rangers with 14 points and seven rebounds, while Whitney Edwards finished with eight points.

Anna Campbell led the Golddiggers with 12 points and Carly Mehlberg added 10.

Hill City (7-5) travels to Sturgis on Tuesday, while Lead-Deadwood (5-6) is at Hot Springs on Saturday.

CUSTER 78, NEWELL 41: Tori Glazier scored 25 points and pulled in 12 rebounds to lead the Wildcats past Newell on Thursday.

Tayler Carlson chipped in with 19 points for Custer, while Kenzie Hetley finished with 13.

Jessica Heil paced the Irrigators with 16 points and Dana Youngberg added 10.

The Wildcats (7-5) will travel to Red Cloud on Saturday, while Newell (3-9) will play at Hulett, Wyoming, today at 4:30 p.m.

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