Golddigger boys come up short

Lead-Deadwood team members Mekieh Hon, left, and TK Rainey, right, apply pressure defense to a New Underwood opponent. Pioneer photo by Jason Gross

LEAD — Lead-Deadwood fell 48-42 to New Underwood in a varsity boys’ basketball game played Friday night at the Lead-Deadwood high school gym.

“I thought they played well in the first half,” said Golddiggers’ head coach Travis Rogers, whose team built a 34-24 advantage going into the break. “That defense that we worked so hard at is starting to work.”

Crew Rainey’s 3-point field goal gave the Golddiggers a 12-10 lead after one quarter. New Underwood forged a 16-16 tie in the second frame.

A Rocke Rainey 3-point field goal sparked an 11-2 run for Lead-Deadwood. Crew Rainey’s 3-point field goal extended the Golddiggers’ edge to 27-18.

The visiting Tigers cut the margin to 27-24. Rocke Rainey and Kurt Primo connected from 3-point range for Lead-Deadwood’s 34-24 edge.

New Underwood outscored Lead-Deadwood 11-7 in the third quarter but trailed 41-35 with eight minutes left. A 13-1 scoring edge in the final frame accounted for the final 48-42 margin.

Crew Rainey’s 14-point effort paced the Golddiggers and featured four 3-point field goals. TK Rainey chipped in with 10 points.

New Underwood received 13 points from Garnett Medley and 11 points from Linkin Ballard.

The Golddiggers, 3-4, are scheduled to visit Douglas on Tuesday, Jan. 12.

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