Thursday 9 p.m. sportscast

We are moving into the stretch run for South Dakota high school basketball with five of six classes wrapping up their regular seasons while the Class B girls are already well into their region tournaments that will culminate with the state tournament in Huron on March 7th.

The SoDak 16 round in girls Class B action was set tonight with games around the state ... the No. 5-ranked Faith Longhorns punched their ticket with a 59 to 27 win over Newell and will take on Waverly-South Shore with a trip to state on the line ... and Dupree knocked off Timber Lake 50-38 and will face top-seeded and undefeated Ethan in the Round of 16... {TAKE SECOND} In Region 7B New Underwood moved on with a 51 to 34 win over Lower Brule ... while White River knocked off Kadoka 77 to 60 to earn a spot in the Round of 16 ... White River and New Underwood will meet in the 8-9 game in the SoDak 16. {TAKE THIRD} And in Class AA regular season action tonight, the Central girls knocked off Spearfish 59 to 48 as Whitley Heitsch scored 19 and Juneau Jones added 18 points for the Cobblers, who moved to 9-10 on the season with the win and will look to even their record at .500 with a regular-season finale against Sturigs at home on Monday. The Stevens boys picked up a 64-63 win over Sturgis, which moved them to 13 and 6 and dropped the Scoopers to 14-5 ... Dylan Pourier, Tyson Elliott and Mason Steele all had 15 points in a balanced Raider attack. Ryan Garland paced Sturgis with 23 points and Marcus Myrick added 16 for Sturgis. The Central boys rolled past Spearfish 83 to 43 as Micah Swallow paced the Cobblers with 14 points ...

The South Dakota High School State Wrestling Tournament hits the mat tomorrow at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center with both the Class A and Class B tournaments taking place here in town ...

The Rapid City Stevens and Rapid City Central teams come into the event as the top two ranked teams in the state with the Sturgis Scoopers coming in fifth ... the four-time defending team champion Pierre is ranked sixth coming into the event so things look to be wide open for somebody other than the Governors to find themselves atop the podium. Stevens head coach Travis King says his team has been building toward these next two days since the first day of practice back on November 12th.

King said, "We start this process on Day 1 and that's something that we've hung our hat on as a team and as a program so these kids know that the work has been put in and now it's just time to go out and use your heart and your will and your mental toughness to get it done. I say a lot of different things to these kids throughout the season but I always say that it's a 30-foot circle, it's a six-minute match and that there's no timeout, no sub and you've just got to be at your best." >

First-round matches get going tomorrow morning on eight different mats at 10 o'clock ... championshp matches will begin at 6:30 Saturday night.

West River will also be well-represented in the Class B ranks as Winner, Philip and Burke/ Gregory enter the tournament as the Nos. 2 through 4 teams, respectively, behind top-ranked Canton. The No. 6-ranked Custer/Edgemont boys are also looking to make a little noise as they bring in a nice group of highly-ranked wrestlers, including their team captain Chance Grill, who enters the tournament as Class B's No. 2-ranked 152-pounder with a 45-2 record.

No. 1-ranked Canton is the defending state champion in Class B, while No. 2-ranked Winner was last year's runner-up. Philip 138-pound freshman McCoy Peterson is a returning individual state champ and is in the same class as Winner's Wyatt Turnquist. Turnquist and Peterson are ranked No. 5 and No. 6, respectively, in the Class B Dynamite Dozen pound for pound rankings.

And in college women's hoops action tonight, Rapid City's Ciara Duffy scored 16 points and Monica Arens added 12, with both sinking four 3-pointers, and No. 23 South Dakota avenged its only Summit League loss this season with a 73-58 victory over Denver in Vermillion. Hannah Sjerven added 11 points and a game-high nine rebounds for the Coyotes (23-3, 12-1), who have won 11 straight games since losing at Denver 104-99 on Jan. 3. The win sets up a huge matchup between the Coyotes and South Dakota State in Brookings on Sunday that will determine the Summit League's regular season champion.