Peyton Ferris, Oliana Squires, Hannah Caudill and Riley Nordgaard combined to outscore the Saints with 48 points and the Montana State Bobcats took down Carroll College 75-44 on Friday night during an exhibition game in Bozeman.
Carroll (7-2) played in its second game in two nights and fell behind by 12 points in the first quarter, which ended up being the Saints’ best-scoring quarter as the Bobcats locked down the rest of the way.
MSU (3-3) shot 55 percent from the field and 47 percent from the 3-point line, finishing a wide margin better than the Saints, who shot 25 percent from the field and 30 percent from beyond the arc.
The Bobcats shut down Cassidy Hashley, the Saints’ leading scorer coming into the night. Hashley averages a double-double with 15.3 points and 10.9 rebounds per night, but the Bobcats held her to a single point and six rebounds in 27 minutes of floor time.
Bailey Pasta led the Saints with 10 points, shooting 4 of 13 from the field.
No other Saints scored in double figures.
MSU and Carroll matched up similarly height-wise. Montana State’s average height across the roster is 5-foot-10, led by a pair of freshman trees in 6-2 Madeline Smith and 6-2 Blaire Braxton. Carroll’s average height is 5-9, with its own 6-2 forwards in Hashley and Baylee Watson.
Saints coach Rachelle Sayers did not return a call seeking comment.
Carroll is the third Frontier Conference team the Bobcats have faced. Each game ended in a similar score, with the Bobcats rolling to 75 points in each contest. MSU took down Rocky Mountain 75-43, Great Falls 75-42 and now the Saints 75-44.
The Saints return to conference play on Wednesday against Montana Western. Tipoff at the PE Center is set for 5:30 p.m.
Capital girls best CMR in basketball opener
The Capital High girls got their season off to a good start on Friday, fending off CMR 54-49 on the road.
The Bruins held a narrow, three-point edge after the first quarter but stretched that advantage to 10 at the half, 31-21. There, though, the Rustlers began to find a rhythm. Led by Addison Gardner’s 17 points, CMR battled back to within one point early in the fourth quarter, 42-41.
But from there, Bill Pilgeram’s club was clutch at the free-throw line, making 10 of 14 to finish it off.
Capital was paced by Sydney Sheridan’s 17 points, while Aubrey McMaster added 10.
“It was a good first game,” Pilderam said. “We showed flashes of good play, mixed in with some early season mistakes. But overall, a win on the road is always a positive thing.
“We played a lot of players and used different combinations, so we'll work from there going forward.”
Capital will be back on the floor on Saturday, hosting Butte. Game time is set for 4:30 p.m.
HHS girls rally past Great Falls
Behind a trio of double-digit scorers, the Helena High girls won their season opener over Great Falls on Friday, 61-53, on the road.
Leading the way in the victory were sophomore post Jamie Pickens and guard Kendra Kloker, who each recorded a game-high 15 points. Sam Holman, meanwhile, was right behind the pair with 13 points of her own.
Helena trailed last year’s State AA runner-up by four at the half, 29-25. But the second half belonged to the Bengals, who tied it up after the third quarter and held a narrow, two-point lead, with just over three minutes to play. The Bengal D, then, forced a pair of turnovers and the team hit 5 of its final 6 free throws to ice the game.
Helena will be in action again on Tuesday, again on the road, as the team travels to Butte. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.
Dolan, Brunett make Cascade finals
The Townsend and Jefferson High wrestling teams started the season at the Cascade Tournament on Friday, and both schools advanced a grappler to the finals. Jack Dolan made the 126-pound championship for the Bulldogs, while the Panthers' Nate Brunett reached the title bout at 160. Both were 2016 All-State matmen.
Townsend has nine alive in the wrestlebacks, led by All-Stater Tyler Groh at 145. Other State qualifiers on the squad from last year include Nate Gallegos at 145, Cole Bergstad at 152, 160-pounder Derek Neel and Justin Large at 182. All-Stater Cameron Rauser had to forfeit while winning at 138, but will be back in action next weekend.
Nick Workman at 205 and heavyweight Nathan Rasch are alive in the wrestlebacks for Jefferson.
Wild rolls past Bighorns
Gillette roared past the visiting Helena Bighorns on Friday, 7-1, at the Spirit Hall Ice Arena.
The Wild defense held the Bighorns in check all night, allowing only 18 shots on goal – just four in the first period and five in the second.
Meanwhile, the Gillette offense piled up 51 shots and scored a pair of goals in the first and second periods. The first two came in rapid succession late in the frame, at 15:47 and 16:43.
The Wild added a goal at 4:50 of the second and then tacked on a fourth goal with only 23 seconds remaining in the frame.
That lead great in the third, with a tally just 90 seconds in and another six minutes later. Helena did manage to spoil the shutout, though, when Bradley Estrada scored his 19th of the season off an assist from Dane Rieger and Jarrett Scheibel.
Gillette’s Riley Holwegner added a final goal for the home team three minutes later, resulting in the final margin.
The two teams will play again in Wyoming on Saturday.
Local swim teams win 3 of 4 in Butte
The Helena High and Capital High boys swept the season opening swim meet in Butte, with the Bengals winning 109-23, and the Bruins prevailing 106-20. In the girls meet, Capital defeated the Lady Bulldogs 117-98, while Butte beat Helena's gals 121-89.
The local clubs boasted five double winners, consisting of HHS' Alex Ackerlund (200 freestyle, mixed 500 free), Parker Keller (200 IM, 100 breaststroke), and Jacob Malaski (100 butterfly, 100 free); and CHS' Maija Geier (200 free, 100 backstroke).
Other winners included Capital's Cassie Williams (100 butterfly), Avree Klungland (50 free) and Paul Field (50 free); and Helena's Shawn Moore (100 back).
The local club captured all six relays, with Capital's girls winning the 200 medley relay, 200 free relay and 400 free relay. On the boys side Helena garnered the 200 medley relay and 400 free relay, while the Bruins won the 200 free relay.