The Rapid City Stevens girls’ basketball team continued to roll to start the season as it kept its unbeaten record intact with an easy 72-49 win over the Pierre Governors at the Carold Heier Gymnasium in Rapid City on Friday night.
The Raiders had little trouble from the outset as they outscored Pierre 17-4 in the first eight minutes of play.
The Governors fought back in the second, but Stevens was still able to extend its lead and carried a 31-16 advantage into the half.
After taking a 21-19 lead into the fourth, the Raiders outscored Pierre 20-16 to put the game out of reach.
Other than a strong defensive effort, Stevens also had a balanced night on offense with five players scoring double figures.
Aly Hammon paced the Raiders with 17 point, Lexus Eagle Chasing added 15 points and Grace Martin finished with 13.
Sydney Smith chipped in with 12 points for Stevens, Mya Hendry had 11 points and seven boards and Kyah Watson led the team in assists with 10.
For Pierre, Emily Mikkelsen led the way with 13 points, while Kylie Kessler had 11.
The Raiders (7-0) will be back at it again tonight when they host another undefeated team in Aberdeen Central at 1:30 p.m.
SPEARFISH 48, HOT SPRINGS 16: Spearfish picked up its first win of the season as it cruised past Hot Springs on Friday.
The Spartans took a 10-4 lead into the second and only allowed one point over the next two quarters to carry a 39-5 advantage into the final eight minutes of play.
Lauren Hight led Spearfish with eight points; Alexsis Kemp added six points and Kenni Easton led the team with six rebounds.
McKenzie Cope paced the Bison with nine points and six rebounds.
The Spartans (1-5) will host Douglas today at 3 p.m., while Hot Springs (1-5) hosts Edgemont on Tuesday.
RAPID CITY STEVENS 63, PIERRE 57: After dropping its first game of the season, Rapid City Stevens earned its sixth consecutive win with a victory over Pierre on Friday.
The Raiders got out to a rough start and trailed 19-14, but battled back and outscored the Governors 19-6 in the second to take a 33-25 lead into the half.
Pierre outscored Stevens 19-13 in the third, but the Raiders regained momentum in the fourth and sealed the win.
Cooper Bowman led Stevens with 15 points, while Gib Elder added 13 points and Dawson Paulsen finished with 12.
Peyton Zabel led with 23 points and 14 rebounds and Garrett Stout had 16 points.
Rapid City Stevens (6-1) today at 12:30 p.m.
SPEARFISH 84, HOT SPRINGS 75: The Spartans broke away from the Bison in the second half for their second win of the season.
The game was back-and-forth in the first half, with Spearfish leading 21-20 at the end of the first quarter and 42-40 at halftime.
In the second half the Spartans outscored the Bison 23-14, and that would be the difference.
Brady Greger and Tayven Aga led the way for Spearfish, Greger scoring 25 and Aga scoring 22. Dawson Sunsted also had 16.
Hot Springs was led by Logan Gooder who had 19, Thane Lockhart who had 16, Matt Norton who had 15 and Morgan Harkless who had 13.
The Spartans (2-5) host Douglas today at 4:30 p.m. while the Bison (1-5) head to Edgemont Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
HILL CITY 61, EDGEMONT 13: It was all Hill City early and often, as the Rangers cruised to a win at home.
The Rangers were led by a balanced scoring attack, anchored by 13 points from Taylor Edwards. Chance Simmons had 12 and Noah Krull also kicked in 10.
At the end of the first Hill City led 24-4, and by halftime it was 39-12. Edgemont managed only one point in the second half.
The Rangers (6-2) and will host Sturgis Tuesday. Edgemont (0-6) will travel across the border to face Guernesy-Sunrise, Wyo. Monday at 7 p.m.
RAPID CITY CENTRAL 64, ABERDEEN CENTRAL 60: The Cobblers remained unbeaten with a narrow victory over Aberdeen Central on Friday in Aberdeen.
Kailleb Walton Blanden paced Central with 23 points, while Dylan Hay chipped in with 20 of his own.
The Cobblers (8-0) will be back in action today when they travel to Pierre for a 1:15 p.m. matchup with the Governors.
Stevens and Central send wrestlers to finals in Bismarck
Both Rapid City Stevens and Rapid City Central will have wrestlers competing for championships at the Bismarck Rotary today.
After a strong day Central’s Cael Larson finds himself in the 106 pound title match against another South Dakota wrestler, Brenden Salfrank from Aberdeen Central. The Cobblers will also have Kolby Kost in the finals at 170, going against Parker Wahl from Bismarck, N.D.
Central’s Nolan Smith also broke through to the 195 final where he will be facing Matthew Kaylor from Bismarck Legacy, N.D.
The Raiders sent two wrestlers to the finals Friday. Spencer Stockman broke through at 132 and will be facing Brody Armstrong from Minot, N.D. Dante Colicheski continued his strong season with a berth in the 182 final where he will be facing off against Kaden Wolsky from Carrington, N.D.