RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Scottsbluff boys and girls basketball teams both suffered losses Saturday at Rapid City Central.
The Bearcat boys battled Rapid City closely for much of the game, but a big run toward the end of the first half helped the hosts pull out a 64-53 victory. In the girls’ game, Rapid City Central got rolling early and often while cruising to a 76-34 win.
The Scottsbluff boys, who were coming off an impressive 74-53 win at home over rival Gering on Friday night, led 15-14 at the end of the first quarter and still maintained a 25-24 advantage late in the second quarter. However, Rapid City heated up before the half, going on a 9-0 run to take a 33-25 lead at the break.
Scottsbluff couldn’t make up the difference in the second half as Rapid City outscored the Bearcats 31-28 in the last two periods.
Bearcat coach Tony Siske said he was disappointed with his team’s defense.
“We’ve got to get better defensively. We gave up way too many points in the paint,” he said. “We’ve got to do a better job of clogging that up and forcing teams to hit from the outside.”
Michael Hadden led Scottsbluff (18-5) in scoring with 20 points, and Eric Moreno had 11. Matt Klein finished with seven points and three steals, and Austin Clarkson contributed 11 rebounds and five points.
The Scottsbluff boys have one regular season game left – Tuesday at Torrington, Wyo.
In Saturday’s girls’ game, Rapid City jumped out to a 19-6 lead and didn’t let up as it posted the convincing victory. Central led at halftime, 35-14. All 19 Rapid City varsity players received playing time.
“They’re a phenomenal basketball team,” Scottsbluff coach Mike Burda said. “They’re deep and talented.”
Zoe Holscher was Scottsbluff’s leading scorer with 11 points. Ali Camacho finished with seven rebounds and four points.
The contest was the last regular season game for the Scottsbluff girls (2-20). The Bearcats will now turn their attention to the Class B, District 6 Tournament, which begins Tuesday at WNCC in Scottsbluff. The Bearcats received the fifth seed in the tournament and will take on fourth-seeded Alliance on Tuesday in an opening-round game at 6 p.m.
“We’ve had a lot of ups and downs, but I think the girls are motivated to come out and play hard at districts,” Burda said. “Hopefully, we can put together a little run.”
Scottsbluff......................6 8 8 12—34
Rapid City Central...........19 16 19 22—76
Liz Cuningham 4, Lauren Miller 2, Aubree Ford 1, Zoe Holscher 11, Kiley Guerue 1, Chesney Walker 1, Shalee Roseberry 2, Kyra Willats 3, Ali Camacho 4, Toni Rosado 4.
Scottsbluff.........................15 10 14 14—53
Rapid City Central............14 19 15 16—64
Austin Clarkson 5, Michael Hadden 20, Eric Moreno 11, Matt Klein 7, Tyler Mickey 5, Jackson Hinze 2, Taylor Winkler 3.