A fourth-quarter scoring spurt lifted the Osmond boys basketball team enough to secure a 52-40 win at Winside on Thursday night.

Kobe Smith helped calm Walthill’s nerves with a two-handed dunk after Osmond had scored the first five points. From there, Walthill took over in a 76-46 win in the Class D1-3 district final at Rice Auditorium Tuesday to earn its first trip to the state tournament since 1990.

Lock-down first-half defense prevented a fourth-quarter meltdown for Randolph in a 42-35 season-opening win over Osmond here Friday. A pair of clutch shots in the final 64 seconds didn't hurt either.

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