Defense was key in Onida Thursday night, as the Sully Buttes Charger girls knocked off Miller 41-23, and the Charger boys downed Miller 57-45 in front of a full gym.
The Charger girls actually pitched a shutout in both the first and third quarters, not allowing a Rustler basket in the first game of the night. Sully Buttes led 8-0 after one quarter of play, and 17-11 at the half. The Charger girls outscored Miller 10-0 to start the second half, and held off the Rustlers in the final stanza to seal the victory, and push their record to 7-3.
Leading in scoring for Sully Buttes, Lydia Hill had a big night in the post with 18 points, Stevie Wittler added 10 points, and Ally Wittler scored nine, with two big three point shots in the third. The 6-2 Rustlers were led by freshman Morgan Kolda, who finished with 12 points—10 of those in the fourth quarter.
The Charger boys pressured Miller, and cashed in on the Rustlers turnovers to up their mark to 3-4 on the season, and keep Miller winless, now at 0-9.
Landon Hepker and Dwight Kinney each had stellar nights in scoring, as both finished with 17 points, and Thomas Farries adding eleven. The Rustlers were led by Alex Schumacher, Dylan Hass, and Trevor Werdel all scoring 13 points apiece.
Next up for the Charger boys is Saturday at the Pheasant Classic in Redfield against Langford Area. Scheduled tipoff time is 12 noon.
The Charger girls-and boys will both get back to the court Tuesday at Timber Lake in games you can catch on Country 95.3FM with DT Meyer on the call.