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Helena Christian girls take home third-place trophy

2009-02-21T23:00:00Z Helena Christian girls take home third-place trophyJEFF WINDMUELLER - Independent Record - 02/22/09 Helena Independent Record

With three and a half minutes left in the first half, Gloria Cox crossed the halfcourt line, dished off a pass, took one back and then stood there.

The sophomore for the Helena Christian High School Lady Rams waited for a defender to approach, but not one of the girls from Yellowstone County Home School wanted to leave their tightly packed zone.

And so she stood, blew a few bubbles from her bubble gum, shifted the ball in her hands and smiled.

After more than a minute went by the crowd started chanting "Play the game!" but Cox remained in one place, and on occasion danced on her pivot foot, spinning full circles on the floor.

Her teammate, senior Shaylee Mintz, took a seat in the corner of the floor and got comfortable. And, with exception of the minor fidget or shift of weight, no one moved until the final 25 seconds of the half.

More than three minutes had run off the clock before Cox made a move. While the Lady Knights' strategy sort of worked, at the 15 second mark Cox was called for traveling, it was possibly the weirdest moment at the Montana Christian High School Athletic Association state tournament.

"It was definitely a new experience," Cox said.

After completing her first three 3-point attempts to start the game and guide the Lady Rams to a 22-10 lead, Cox needed to do little more than stand there.

The Lady Rams' leading scorer dropped in 22 points, finishing with four 3-pointers, and Helena Christian dominated the Lady Knights from beginning to end to win the consolation championship 46-33.

While the game was made by the Lady Rams' stifling defense, which made it difficult for their opponent to even in-bound the ball, the three minutes of waiting defined the game.

"It was only a 12-point spread then," said Helena Christian head coach Bethany Brownlee. "We didn't want them to go on a run and we wanted to prevent them from scoring."

Brownlee said that every other time they tried to draw a team out of their zone defense, their opponent came right out and met the guard.

But Yellowstone wouldn't have it, creating a stalemate.

Unfortunately for the Lady Knights, nothing else went their way.

The Lady Rams led by as much as 24 when sophomore CJ Harlan scored on a put-back, and Cox drilled a 3 to cap an 8-0 run, giving them a 44-20 lead with 4:18 left in the game.

Helena Christian Lady Rams (46): Gloria Cox 22, NaTasha Mathis 10, Danielle Branham 4, Ashley Mathis 4, Shaylee Mintz 2, Allison Tollakson 2, CJ Harlan 2

Yellowstone County Home School (33):Makaya Jacobsen 12, Amanda Little 10, Becci Harrington 4, Katelyn Schultz 3, Corinne Reynolds 2, Ariel Berglee 2

Boys State


The Falcons were on a mission.

They wanted to earn the state title that had eluded them the previous year. On Saturday, they did it in impressive fashion.

The Foothill Community Christian Falcons defeated the Flathead Valley Home School Crusaders 89-47 to win the MCHSAA boys state title.

The Falcons led 49-20 at half, thanks in part to the five 3-point baskets and 21 points from guard Jesse Zuidema. From that point on, the Falcons were on cruise control.

Jesse Zuidema led all players with 28, including six 3-pointers in the victory. Will Heffernan scored 25 for Flathead.

Foothills Christian (89): Jesse Zuidema 28, Baird Henning 18, Ty Holland 13, Brooks Lindquist 11, Dalton Hall 8, Nick Haines 4, Kyle Lund 4, Luke Ferda 2, Nathan Haines 1

Flathead Home School (47): Will Heffernan 25, Nathan Wagner 14, Isaac Rajkowski 6, Jace Voigtlander 2

Girls State


The Stillwater Christian Cougars held off a determined Flathead Crusader team to win the 2009 state championship 49-40.

The Cougars trailed early in the game and overcame early foul trouble. Star Dana Topp sat much of the second and third quarters with four fouls. Yet when it counted, the team bounced back to take the lead early in the fourth quarter, holding on for the victory.

Stillwater Christian Cougars (49): Dana Topp 20, Samantha Red Elk 11, Linnea Hashley 10, Julia Bray 6, Laetitia Block 2

Flathead Valley Home School Crusaders (40): Jenna Sladek 20, Danae Sheeran 7, Jordanna Weimer 7, Melody Sprunger 2, Lauren Callan 2, Shelby Sladek 2

Helena Christian 56,

Helena Home School 46

The Helena Christian Lady Rams defeated the Home School Warriors in an early morning battle between two local teams that would decide who went to the consolation final.

Although the Rams led from the beginning, the game remained within five point for most of the four quarters until the Rams broke it open late. NaTasha Mathis led three Rams in double figures with 16. Gloria Cox scored 15 and Allison Tollakson had 14.

Sierra Chambers had 15 for the Warriors.

Helena Christian (56): NaTasha Mathis 16, Gloria Cox 15, Allison Tollakson 14, Shaylee Mintz 6, Ashley Mathis 3, Danielle Branham 2

Helena Home School (46): Sierra Chambers 15, Shana Kerttula 14, Dani Norling 5, Erin Ward 4, Hannah Geisser 4, McKenzie Chambers 4

Gallatin Valley Home School (33): Gaith Guttenberg 10, Meghan Balian 7, Katie Daniels 5, Rochelle DeGroot 4, Lauren Balian 4, Victoria Bloem 3

Yellowstone County Home School (34): Results unavailable.

Stillwater (52): Josh LeGassey 17, Trent Burton 16, Tim Butterfield 7, Ben Harrel 6, Josh Topp 4, Trevor Holladay 2

Great Falls (47): Isaac Baese 13, Luke Miller 14, Justin Eckhart 6, Levi Swensen 5, Hunter Schmidt 3, Jesse Moe 3, Kollin Korell 3

Gallatin Valley Home School (49): Evan McCotter 16, Joshua Pummel 12, Andrew Guttenberg 6, Ben Pitman 4, Cole Naert 4, Justin Merchant 3, David Macur 2, Nathan Abbott 2

Yellowstone County Home School (34) James Cracraft 11, Cody King 7, Caleb Greenfield 6, Abel Ballew 2, J.D. King 2

Stillwater Christian Cougars (46): Jake Meerkatz 11, Trent Burton 11, Tim Butterfield 8, Ben Harrel 6, Logan Ward 4, Josh LeGassey 3, Jeremy Curtis 2, Daniel Jentz 1

Gallatin Valley Home School (62): Joshua Pummel 28, Cole Naert 8, Evan McCotter 8, Andrew Guttenberg 6, Justin Merchant 6, Nathan Abbott 2, David Macur 2, Ben Pitman 2

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