LEAD — The Lead-Deadwood boys’ basketball team ended a three game losing streak defeating Bison 54-17 Tuesday night, in Lead.

“We needed a win like this. We’ve kind of been in a drought. We’re not shooting the ball well,” said Travis Rogers, the Golddiggers head coach. “I thought tonight we did some things well. I still don’t think we shot the ball well. Their defense was good, and we had a lot of kids playing tonight.”

Rogers said playing kids who normally don’t see a lot of playing time is a good thing.

“It gives them a little experience and it should help down the road, next year,” Rogers said.

Lead-Deadwood scored the first 14 points of the game.

TK Rainey scored the first basket and Jordy Stulken scored 12 straight points to put the Golddiggers on top 14-0.

Bison’s Carter Johnson nailed a 3-pointer with 2:22 left in the quarter. That would be the Cardinals only points in the first quarter as Lead-Deadwood lead 18-3 after one quarter.

The second quarter was the Rainey show, as Rocke Rainey hit a 3-pointer, Crew Rainey hit a layup, Rocke Rainey scored on a steal and a layup, and Crew Rainey scored again to push the Golddiggers lead to 27-3.

Gavin Nelson, of Bison, hit a 3-pointer with 3:01 left in the first half.

A field goal by Rocke Rainey, a field goal and free throw by Ryan Rantapaa,and Crew Rainey hit two free throws, as the Golddiggers took a 34-10 lead into intermission.

Stulken, Hon, TK Rainey, and Kurt Primo helped Lead-Deadwood extend its lead to 49-12 after three quarters.

Both teams emptied their benches and there was a running clock the final eight minutes of play.

Kayd Varland, James Pierce and Rantapaa scored for Lead-Deadwood in the fourth quarter, as the Golddiggers cruised to the win 54-17,

Stulken lead the Golddiggers in scoring with 16 points. Other Golddigger scorers were: Rantapaa and Hon each with eight points, Rocke Rainey seven points, Crew Rainey six points, TK Rainey four points, Varland and Primo two points each, and Pierce with one point.

The Diggers improved to 5-12, with three games left in the regular season, “I want to see consistency,” said Rogers. “At time I feel like we play harder than other times, so I’d like to see them play tough defense the rest of the way through, and hopefully our shots will start falling.”

Lead-Deadwood hosts Philip (5-12) Thursday, in Lead.

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