Boys basketball

• Carter Kearns scored 20 points through three quarters in leading Hamilton to a 71-34 Class A win over Whitefish. The top-ranked Broncs improved to 8-0 overall.

• Second-ranked Hardin sent the game into the first overtime on a basket by Famous Lefthand and went on to defeat No. 3 Billings Central 97-87 in three overtimes in a Class A showdown at the Metra in Billings. Central's Liam Clancy returned the favor by making a free throw in the final second to send the game into another overtime. The teams scored four points apiece in the second OT before Hardin (8-0) took over in the third as David Evans scored eight points. The teams will play again at the Metra on Feb. 3. The games between Hardin and Central are moved to the larger arena to accommodate the large number of fans.

Florence scored a big District 6B win, 63-52 over Anaconda at the Snake Pit. The Falcons (6-2, 3-0), sixth in the Class B rankings, moved into sole possession of first place in the conference with the win over No. 4 Anaconda. Marcus Zeiler scored a game-high 26 points and added 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals. Teammate Brent Stroppel added 15 points.

Polson evened its record at 4-4 with a 56-48 road win over Columbia Falls in Class A play. Connor Lanier paced the Pirates with 20 points. The Wildcats' Quintin Schriver led all scorers with 22.

Keenan Reynolds collected 18 points in helping Huntley Project beat visiting Columbus 59-42 in Class B play. Teammates Lane Sumner and Toby Greene added nine points apiece. The Red Devils led 17-9 after one quarter and 28-14 by intermission. Kenneth Smith led Columbus with 11 points.

Bryson Stermitz hit for 27 points as undefeated and fifth-ranked Gardiner ran its season record to 9-0 with a 98-74 Class C win over visiting Lone Peak. Five other Bruins also scored points in double digits: Sean Rehmer 17, Baxter Fuhrmann 14, Cayden Rose 10, Luke Stermitz 10 and Clancy Thomas 10. Gardiner scored 57 first-half points. Lone Peak received 22 points from Frankie Starz and 21 from Kolya Bough.

Jayson Jackson tallied 31 points as Frazer won at Lustre Christian 65-46 in a Class C matchup. Jackson scored 29 points in the first three quarters. Frazer led 51-24 after three quarters. Thomas Brown netted 23 points for Lustre Christian

• Class B Wolf Point outscored visiting Glendive 17-0 in the third quarter en route to a 58-45 victory over the Class A Red Devils. The well-balanced Wolves were led by the 14 points of Logan Heser. Stephen Steinbron's 17 points were tops for Glendive. Wolf Point led 29-28 at halftime before going on its 17-point spurt.

• No. 3-ranked Melstone got 20 points from Brody Grebe and remained undefeated with a 76-30 Class C win over visiting Broadus. Grebe had plenty of help, with Holden Roskelly chipping in with 12 points, and Beni Jankovits and Devon Meridith tossing in 10 apiece. Melstone led 40-18 by halftime.

Seeley-Swan's game with Lincoln was suspended because of a power outage with just under 5 minutes left in the fourth quarter. The Blackhawks lead, 66-48, and the game will be finished when the teams meet in Seeley Lake in February. Keaton Johnson is leading a balanced Blackhawk attack with 14 points. Nathan Brown has 29 points for Lincoln.

Missoula Hellgate boosted its record to 4-1 by holding off Coeur d'Alene 69-64 in Idaho. Montana Griz commit Rollie Worster scored 21 points and Bridger Deden added 19.

Valley Christian posted its third straight win, holding off visiting Victor 44-39. Casey Reimer paced the Eagles with 14 points. Will Jessop scored 14 for the Pirates.

Frenchtown boosted its record to 5-1 with a 56-45 Class A win at Corvallis. Key to the outcome was a 19-8 run by the Broncs in the fourth quarter. Hank Rugg scored 18 points for Frenchtown and Ryal Jessop 16 for the Blue Devils.

• Bigfork, the No. 1 team in the rankings, moved to 8-0 with a 66-42 win over visiting Deer Lodge. Anders Epperly led all scorers with 20 points, followed by Beau Santistevan with 15.

• Caden Harkins scored 10 for Kalispell Glacier but the Wolfpack fell on the road 60-37 in Post Falls, Idaho. 

• Kalispell Flathead's Sam Elliott, Tyler Johnson and Anthony Jones each hit double figures against Lewis and Clark in Spokane, Washington, but the Braves lost 65-45. Elliott scored 15, Johnson had 14 and Jones had 10.

Phillip Malatare had 13 points, 12 rebounds, 9 assists, 9 steals and 2 blocks as top-ranked Arlee ran away from Noxon 70-19 in a Class C game. Greg Whitesell had 15 points and Will Mesteth 14 as five Warriors scored in double figures.

Girls basketball

• Karissa DuShane didn’t score in the first quarter, but she finished with 34 points as the Hardin girls knocked off Billings Central 66-64 in double overtime in Eastern A play. DuShane made five 3-pointers, including one at the buzzer in regulation the sent the game to its first OT. She was the only Bulldogs player in double figures. Olivia Moten-Schell led Billings Central with 19 points and Melissa Hanser added 13.

• Imani Bighorn scored 29 points to help Poplar, ranked No. 2 in the Class B poll, beat Sidney of the Eastern A 74-23. Sasha Youngman added 14 points and Alleen Russell 13 for the Indians (9-0), who scored 30 points in the first quarter.

Shainy Mack scored 25 and teammate Kyle Olson added 22 as Three Forks, No. 1 in the weekly rankings, rallied from a nine-point deficit after three quarters to topple third-ranked Townsend 67-64 on the road in Class B action. The Wolves (8-0) trailed 29-24 at halftime and 50-41 after three quarters. Lainie Hill led Townsend (7-1) with 16 points.

Rilee Mangun and Makenna Liles scored 21 points apiece as fourth-ranked Florence coasted to an 82-64 Class B victory over Anaconda. Terianna Amt added 18 points for the Falcons (7-0), who led 68-39 after three quarters. Sydnie Peterson had 22 points and Logan Stetzner 20 for Anaconda.

• Columbus went on a 12-0 run in the latter part of the third quarter en route to a 40-28 Class B win over Huntley Project. Morgan Kirch led the Cougars with 11. 

 Second-ranked Hamilton kept its perfect record intact with a 64-34 Class A nonconference win against Whitefish. Mallory McGillCariann Kunkel and Lauren Ryter all scored 11 points for the Broncs (8-0).

• Sienna Utter scored 17 points in leading Eureka to a 50-42 Class B home win over Thompson Falls. Megan Baxter tallied 11 points for the Bluehawks.

• Kolby Pimperton scored 15 points and Dani Urick 14 to help top-ranked Belt defeat Hobson-Moore-Judith Gap 47-34. Belt, No. 1 in the girls Class C poll, hit seven 3-pointers. Morgan Cooper added 10 points for the Huskies. Claire Stevanson led H-M-JG with 10 points.

• Kenna Pitcher and Kaitlyn Jones scored 17 points to help No. 9 Fairfield top Shelby 64-45. Fairfield, the defending Class B champion, trailed 15-9 after the first quarter and scored 45 combined points in the second and third quarters to take control. Brielle Aklestad led Shelby with 13 points.

Noxon needed overtime to top Arlee, 37-35. Delaney Weltz paced the Red Devils with 12. Emily Fiddler led the Scarlets with 11.

• Emma Hill scored 24 points and Justice Tate added 18 in leading St. Regis to a 61-9 Class C win over visiting Two Eagle River.

Valley Christian picked up its first win, dumping Victor 46-26 in Missoula. Kaytlin Kelly led the Eagles with 13 points. Madison Allred scored 11 for the Pirates.

• Shay Evans scored 15 points and Kylie Lunday tallied 11 but it wasn't enough for Missoula Hellgate in a 46-41 home loss to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. 

• Mariah Dietrich scored 23 points and Maddison Wasson pitched in with 15 to help No. 7 Harlowton-Ryegate beat Roberts 68-30 in a Class C game. Emma DeVries led Roberts with 13. Harlowton-Ryegate built a 33-10 lead by halftime.

• Colstrip’s girls trailed by 16 at the half, but the Fillies, ranked No. 6 in the Class B poll, rallied for a 59-44 win over Lame Deer. Shelby Jordan scored 15 points to lead Colstrip. Kya Egan, Amaya LaFranier and Sossity Spotted Wolf both finished with nine. Mishane Bearchum led Lame Deer with 16.

• Liv Williams scored 14 points, Meg Delaney added 12 and Kylie Willett chipped in 10 in Frenchtown's 46-28 Class A win over Corvallis. Calla Halderson paced the Blue Devils with 10. 

• Shae Anderson scored a game-high 11 points for fifth-ranked Bigfork to boost the Vikings over Deer Lodge 51-39. Rachel Nicholson scored 10 for Deer Lodge.

20-point club

40: CJ Nelson, Scobey

34: Sawyer Patton, Choteau

34: Karissa DuShane, Hardin

32: Colten Curry, Valier

32: Chrishon Dixon, Billings Central

31: David Evans, Hardin

31: Jayson Jackson, Frazer

30: Kordell Small, Rocky Boy

29: Imani Bighorn, Poplar

29: Nathan Brown, Lincoln

29: Famous Lefthand, Hardin

29: Kyndall Keller, Havre 

28: Owen Nelson, Savage

27: Chance Main, Hays-Lodgepole

27: Hailey Olson, Richey-Lambert

27: Bryson Stermitz, Gardiner

27: Gaje Leischner, Laurel

26: Ben Iron Eyes, Rocky Boy

26: Marcus Zeiler, Florence

26: Trevor Herzog, Reed Point-Rapelje

26: Tyson Racht, Townsend

26: B. Weiser, Augusta

25: Preston Long, Custer-Hysham

25: Kylie Frohlich, Missoula Sentinel

25: Max Feight, Whitehall

25: Aaron White, Shelby

25: Shainy Mack, Three Forks

24: Caleb Bellach, Manhattan Christian

24: Joseph Shanahan, Gallatin Valley Homeschool

24: Draya Wacker, Melstone

24: Isaiah Williams, Colstrip

24: Bridger Larson, Sidney

24: Emma Hill, St. Regis

23: Michael Weaselbear, Lame Deer

23: Mariah Dietrich, Harlowton-Ryegate

23: Thomas Brown, Lustre Christian

23: Kaden Myrstol, Red Lodge

23: Cobe Begger, Wibaux

23: Jaycee Murdock, Shepherd 

23: Sadie Brown, Lustre Christian

22: Mya Fourstar, Frazer

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22: Dawson Clayton, White Sulphur Springs

22: Treyton Pickering, Sunburst 

22: Frankie Starz, Lone Peak

22: Dawson Fowler, Belgrade

22: Sloan McPherson, Savage

22: Kyle Olson, Three Forks

22: Sydnie Peterson, Anaconda

22: Quintin Schriver, Columbia Falls

21: Tara Bertsch, Seeley-Swan

21: Caleb Knoche, Forsyth

21: Trent Mikalatos, Anaconda

21: Adrienne Gopher, Rocky Boy

21: Gabriello Capasso, Lustre Christian

21: Rollie Worster, Missoula Hellgate

21: Megan Micheloti, Butte Central

21: Aspen Cotter, Laurel

21: Rilee Mangun, Florence

21: Makenna Liles, Florence

21: Kolya Bough, Lone Peak

21: Sam Vining, Great Falls CMR

21: Taylor Rowlison, Joliet

21: Sam Beighle, Missoula Sentinel 

20: Carter Kearns, Hamilton

20: Kloie Thatcher, Butte Central

20: Brody Grebe, Melstone

20: Brynley Fitzgerald, Dillon

20: Logan Stetzner, Anaconda

20: Payton Frields, Thompson Falls

20: Connor Lanier, Polson

20: Kaelyn Smith, Polson

20: Riley Spoonhunter, Heart Butte

20: Anders Epperly, Bigfork

20: Dani Douglas, Columbia Falls


• Five-time defending Class A champion Havre rolled to the Cut Bank Booster Club Invitational with 306 points on Saturday. State B-C champion Eureka was second with 175 points and Lewistown third with 146. Individual champions were Mick Chagnon, Havre, 103; Cameron Pleninger, Havre, 113; Nathan Schmidt, Eureka, 120; Mark Ramirez, Havre, 126; Lane Paulson, Havre, 132; Martin Wilkie, Havre, 138; Connor Harris, Havre, 145; Chase Farrar, Lewistown, 152; Jonathan Schmidt, Eureka, 160; Alex Wickens, Lewistown, 170; Garrett Graves, Eureka, 182; Tyler Shaub, Havre, 205; and Trey Pribbernow, Poplar, 275. 

• The Bozeman Hawks won their own Tom LeProwse Battle in the Bridgers tournament, outscoring second-place Billings Senior 174-156.5. Butte wound up third with 148 points. Winning individual titles were: 103, Alejandro Madrid, Billings Senior; 113, Isaac Romero, Helena; 120, Matthew DeWitt, Senior; 126: Carter Carroll, Great Falls CMR; 132: Charlie Klepps, Billings Senior; 138, Jackson Currier, Colstrip; 145, Michael Weber, Forsyth; 152, Jace Rhodes, Billings West; 160, Jordan Komac, Great Falls; 170, Nakoda Siegel, Colstrip; 182, Justin Zier, Hardin; 205, Blaine Buchanan, Huntley Project; 285, Jeff Queer, Butte. 

Kalispell Flathead won the Pacific Northwest Classic in Spokane, Washington. Tucker Nadeau won the 182-pound title by pin. Payton Hume won the 160-pound title by decision. The Braves had several wrestlers place, including Tilynne Vasquez (second), Bryce Shaffer (fifth), Dominic Battello (fourth), Jaden MacNeil (third), Tanner Russell (third), Kenyon Fretwell (third), Colby Martin (second), Hunter Wellcome (fifth) and Alex Paul (second).

• Frenchtown won the Western Montana Duals and the host team, Ronan, took second. The Broncs won all four of their duals over Thompson Falls, Columbia Falls and Ronan for the sweep. Ronan's lone loss was to Frenchtown.


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