Thursday 9 p.m. sportscast

The winner of this year's Black Hills Conference boys basketball championship looks like it very well will have to run through St. Thomas More and Sturgis this season ... and the Cavaliers and Scoopers met in Sturgis tonight in a big conference matchup ...

Up to Sturgis for the top two teams in the Black Hills Conference this season ... Sturgis gets things started with leading scorer Ryan Garland lines up a triple and buries it to get the scoring going ... Scoopers back with Cedrick Stabber finding a lane and he gets the nice roll with the soft touch to put the home team up 5-0 off the bat ... More from Stabber as he finds Gavin West on the cut for two more ... great find by the Scooper point guard there ... The Cavaliers finally get on the board as Caden Casey hits a tough jumper to make it 7-2 ... But Sturgis comes right back with Stabber finding West on a perfectly executed play for the alley oop ... And this is with time winding down in the first quarter, Stabber loses possession off of his own leg ... and More's Ryder Kirsch picks up the loose ball and uncorks a 75-footer that drops ... but it came after the buzzer and didn't count ... More goes on to win this one by a final of 64 to 50

Another Black Hills Conference tilt tonight ... this one out in Box Elder as the Douglas Patriots look to defend their home court ... 1. BEGINNING OF THE GAME....THE REBOUND GOES TO DOUGLAS AND THEY PASS TO JESLYN JINDRA WHO GETS THE PATRIOTS ON THE BOARD. 2. THE WILDCATS WITH THE BALL.....PERFECT PASS DROPPED TO KELLYN KORTEMEYER AND SHE FINISHES. 3. PATRIOTS MOVING IT AROUND.......JORDYNN TOLIVER WITH A HAND IN HER FACE KNOCKS DOWN THE TRIPLE. 4. CUSTER DOWN FOUR......BUT SADIE GLADE MAKES IT A TWO POINT GAME WITH THIS SHOT. 5. END OF THE FIRST QUARTER......LAMARA CASTAN-EDA PUTS IT UP......... AND GETS THE BOUNCE FOR THE THREE......THE PATRIOTS WOULD GO ONTO WIN 51 TO 28.

And in other action from around the area tonight, the St. Thomas More girls erased an 18-point deficit to come back and beat Sturgis 55 to 46 as the Cavaliers' Haleigh Timmer scored 25 of her career-high 35 points in the second half ... New England, North Dakota also dropped Harding County 48 to 22 ... In more girls scores, Hot Springs defeated Rapid City Christian 34 to 29 ... Lakota Nation champ Todd County ran away from Pine Ridge 71 to 44 and Philip picked up a 53 to 35 win over Dupree ... And in boys action ... Douglas picked up a 39 to 34 win over Custer in the boys half of their doubleheader ... Red Cloud stayed perfect in BHC play with a 67 to 39 win over Lead-Deadwood and the Philip boys knocked off Dupree by a final of 51 to 40 ...

The Rapid City Stevens girls basketball team is ranked fourth in the State double A polls and have a 9 and 3 record. On Saturday the Lady Raiders will be hitting the road for an out of state matchup

The Scottsbluff Bearcats will play at Rapid City Central on friday before getting back on the road to head home to host the Raiders, The Bearcats come into the set of games with a 7 and 7 record and dropped an earlier matchup this year to the Cobblers in a tournament in Gillette. The Raiders are also familiar with the Bearcats after they played one another over the summer.

"Scottsbluff is a great team, we had the opportunity to go down there and play in their summer league classic and they beat us there so we know they can play. They like to press and turn teams over, we have some good things in store in terms of our game plan what they can do and what they don't do so well that we have to exploit."

Next week the Raiders host a pair of games with Douglas then next Thursday is a rivalry night as the Cobblers make their way to Carold Heier Gymnasium.

From the hardwood to the wrestling mats, the Sturgis Scoopers had multiple upperclassmen, including 152-pound state champ Bailey Brengle, graduate from a team that place third at last year's Class A state tournament.

BUT THAT HASNT SLOWED THE Scoopers DOWN much this season as a strong group of younger wrestlers HAVE DONE A GREAT JOB STEPPING UP AS THEY HEAD INTO THE BELLE FOUCHE INVITATIONAL THIS weekend.

"WELL WE ARE ACTUALLY FEELING PRETTY GOOD. THIS IS PROBABLY THE BEST WE HAVE BEEN ALL YEAR. WE ARE ALL WORKING HARD AS WE CAN. WE STARTED OFF THE YEAR WITH NO EXPECTATIONS AS FAR AS A TEAM. WE DIDN'T KNOW WHERE WE WOULD BE. WE LOST EIGHT SENIORS LAST YEAR. ALL OF THEM STATE QUALIFIERS. SO WE CAME IN KNOWING WE WERE GOING TO BE SUPER YOUNG. SOME VARSITY INEXPERIENCE, BUT OUR YOUNG KIDS HAVE SHINED. YOU KNOW WE HAVE SO MANY YOUNG GUYS IN THE ROOM RIGHT NOW. WE ONLY HAVE THREE SENIORS ON THE TEAM AND A HANDFUL OF JUNIORS AND ONLY A COUPLE SOPHOMORES SO WE HAVE THE GUYS THE NUCLEUS OF THIS TEAM IS GONNA BE HERE FOR FOUR OR FIVE SOME. SO WE ARE EXCITED ABOUT THE FUTURE."

The wrestling season is rapidly coming to a close as the Scoopers have duals with Douglas and Spearfish at the end of this month before the Huron Invitational on February 9th. The state wrestling tournament will be held February 22nd and 23rd right here in Rapid City.