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Two of the biggest basketball games of the season for Rapid City fans are the annual matchups between the Central Cobblers and Stevens Raiders, which always bring a big crowd and bragging rights to the table ... tonight the No. 5-ranked Raider girls hosted the Cobblers ...

Over to Carold Heier for this one and the Stevens students were ready to help the refs out tonight ... The Raiders' Grace Martin blocks this 3-point attempt by Central's Jordon Heckert and freshman Bailee Sobczak picks it up and takes it coast-to-coast for the layup ... More Stevens defense as Kyah Watson makes the steal and she takes it the other way ... and the University of South Dakota commit shows off the Euro-step as she gets two ... Cobblers come back the other way as Juneau jones gets great position and scores ... she had 11 points in the first half to keep the Cobblers around ... To the other end and it's Watson kicking it out to Martin, who knocks down this triple ... nice teamwork there from the Raiders ... But it's more from Jones as she had a stretch of six straight points for Central ... And then Jones gets it done with some defense as she picks off this Watson pass and takes it the other way for the short jumper off the glass ...

And more from Martin on the other end with the drive, the miss but she rebounds her own miss and puts it back in ... And then Jones with the rebound and the assist to Whitley Heitsch ... the Raiders led 23-16 at the half though and went on to win 44-31 ...

The Rapid City Central boys basketball team entered this season needing to replace 80 percent of its starting lineup and it showed early as the Cobblers dropped four of their first five games of the season ...

But Central has gone 6 and 3 over their last nine to even their record at 7-7 as they enter tomorrow night's rivalry showdown with crosstown rival Rapid City Stevens. Cobblers head coach TJ Hay, a Central graduate who has coached on both sidelines in this matchup during his career, said he doesn't anticipate needing much in the way of a pep talk tomorrow night.

Hay said, "For our kids it's a big event, both schools I'm sure are excited, and I've been fortunate to be in a lot of these as a player and a coach ... it's one of those games where you don't really need to talk about you know getting out and making sure you're ready to go and matching the other team's energy because that should happen automatically." Strand said, "I feel like we're playing pretty well, our chemistry is building very fast. At the beginning it was very slow, we didn't really know each other and we didn't want to step on each other's toes ... but now we're trusting each other completely and we're getting wins."

The Cobblers and Raiders, who enter the contest with a 9 and 5 record, will tip off tomorrow night at 7 o'clock at Carold Heier Gymnasium.

In area high school basketball action on the boys side tonight ... Faith dropped Tiospaye Topa 75 to 57 ... Lemmon drilled McIntosh by 35 ... and Timber Lake ran all over Dupree 76 to 22 ... {TAKE SECOND} In girls action Hill CIty topped Newell 61 to 38 ... Lemmon hammered Harding County 60 to 32 and New Underwood popped Jones County 59 to 30 ...

EVERYONE FIRED UP FOR TOUGH ENOUGH TO WEAR PINK NIGHT. 1. BAREBACK RIDING, THIS IS TEXAS' JAMIE HOWLETT AND THE MAN FROM THE LONE START STATE RIDES HIS WAY TO A STRONG 82. 2. NEXT UP IS CALIFORNIA'S CLAYTON BIGLOW, AND TAKE A LOOK AT CLAYTON AS HE MOVES INTO THE MONEY WITH AN 85 AND A HALF. 3. NOW LET'S GO TO RAPID CITY'S SHANE O'CONNELL, SHANE WENT TO HIGH SCHOOL RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE CIVIC CENTER, AND O'CONNELL GETS THINGS DONE ON HIS HOME TURF WITH AN 86. 4. BACK TO TEXAS THIIS IS RICHARD CHAMPION, AND HE'S RIDING LIKE A CHAMPS AS RICHARD DELIVERS WITH AN 89 POINT RIDE. 5. NEXT UP IS NEVADA'S WYATT DENNY, TAKE A LOOK AT WYATT GO, HE TAKES OVER THE BAREBACK LEAD WITH A SENSATIONAL 90 AND A HALF POINT RIDE. RODEO RAPID CITY ROLLS ON WITH ANOTHER P-R-C-A PERFORMANCE TOMORROW NIGHT.

And in a little bit of local baseball news, the Expedition League's Spearfish Sasquatch will have a very familiar face in the lineup next season as former Spearfish Post 164 standout Jaxon Rosencranz has signed up to play with the Squatch this summer. Rosencranz currently plays at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colorado. Last season, Rosencranz hit .236 with four home runns and 10 stolen bases.