Boys Basketball

• No. 4 Billings Senior topped Billings West 73-64 in the third Crosstown Classic of the year at Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark. Connor Kieckbusch led all scorers with 26 points and Slade Cobb added 24 for the Broncs, including 19 in the first half. It was the first time Senior beat West since 2005, snapping a 25-game losing streak to the Golden Bears. Braxton Haws added 14 points for the Broncs, who improve to 6-2. West was led in scoring by Cade Tyson who scored 13 and Carson Prokop added 11 for the Bears who drop to 4-4. 

Braxton Hill leapt two spots in Anaconda scoring history by putting up 24 points in a 63-50 overtime victory over Whitehall in Class B action. Hill surpassed marks set by Rob and Scott Hurley to jump from fifth to third place on the Copperheads' all-time scoring list. Hill entered the game with 1,511 career points. Scott Hurley was in fourth place with 1,516 points and Rob Hurley was in third with 1,531. Ali Hurley — Rob's niece and Scott's daughter — is the Copperheads' all-time leading scorer with 1,698 points. Ed Kalafat is in second with 1,614.

Gaje Leischner scored 17 points and Class A Laurel went on to overpower Class B Columbus 63-17. The host Locomotives jumped ahead 16-4 in the first quarter and led 38-12 by intermission. Eleven Laurel players scored points, with Brett Wagner finishing with nine and Levi Taylor eight. Leischner knocked down four 3-pointers.

Greg Whitesell and Dar Bolen each had a team-high 10 points as Arlee, No. 1 in the Class C rankings and 12-0 overall, outscored Hot Springs 37-0 in the second quarter en route to a 65-14 rout of Hot Springs.

• No. 3-ranked Melstone ran its season record to 10-0 with a 75-18 win at Ekalaka in Class C action. The Broncs were led by the 17 points of Isaiah Bouchard and 15 of Brody Grebe. Melstone outscored Ekalaka 19-0 during the second quarter. 

• No. 7-ranked Gardiner improved to 10-1 with a 76-27 triumph at Shields Valley in a Class C matchup. The Bruins raced ahead 48-18 by halftime. Luke Stermitz led a balanced attack with 14 points. Teammates Bryson Stermitz and Sean Rehmer added 12 and 11 points to the winning tally. 

Mike Buckley hit for 26 points in guiding No. 6 Sunburst to a 64-35 Class C victory at Dutton-Brady. Buckley scored 24 of his points during the second and third quarters as the Refiners broke open a close game with a 35-15 surge. Aaron Infanger led Dutton-Brady with 17 points. 

• Danny Hoisington tallied 24 points and Dylan Beckman added 18 in leading Class B Thompson Falls (8-5) over visiting Noxon 73-44. Junior Alex Currie led the Class C Red Devils (8-4) with 13 points.

• Plains boosted its record to 10-1 with a 65-51 win over visiting Charlo. Key to the outcome was a 20-5 run in the second quarter. Jay VonHeeder led a balanced Horsemen attack with 18 points. Landers Smith led Charlo with 19 points. 

• Polson's Shade Main had a game-high 18 points in the Pirates' matchup with Class AA Kalispell Glacier, but the Wolfpack prevailed 63-48. Caden Harkins led Glacier with 14 points, Alex Whitman added 12 and Drew Engellant had 10. 

• Top-ranked Hamilton remained undefeated (12-0) by topping Corvallis 63-43 in Class A play. Hunter Omlid led Hamilton with 17 points and Carson Rostad added 13. Kobe Jessop led the Blue Devils with 12 points and Ryal Jessop chipped in 11. 

• Libby's 23-point fourth quarter led the Loggers past Ronan 59-52 in a Class A game. Ryggs Johnson scored a team-high 23 for Libby, Jay Beagle added 11 and Keith Johnson chipped in 10. Zeke Misa scored a game-high 25 points for Ronan and Anthony Camel added 13. 

Girls Basketball

• Kola Bad Bear scored 23 points and No. 4 Billings Senior pulled away from No. 5 Billings West 49-34 in an Eastern AA game. Bad Bear is averaging 24.7 points in her last three games. Samantha Bonenberger and Ellie Ostermiller each made two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter as the Broncs closed the game on a 20-4 run after West held a 30-29 lead. Senior (7-1, 3-0) won its fifth straight while West (6-2, 2-1) saw its six-game winning streak end.

• In a battle of Northwest A front-runners, Hannah Gedlaman scored 26 points and grabbed 17 rebounds in leading as Columbia Falls topped Browning 70-65 for its 42nd consecutive conference victory. Dani Douglas added 15 points for the Wildkats (5-0 conference, 10-1 overall), whose last league defeat came Jan. 7, 2012, against Polson (59-57).

• Danyel Martin had nine points and Jourdain Klein eight to lead Ennis — 8-1 and No. 4 in the latest rankings — to a 29-27 Class C win over No. 3 Twin Bridges. Kailee Oliverson of Twin Bridges (6-2) led all scorers with 13 points. 

Heather LaBree scored 16 points, Clair Callahan had 14 and Tori Tooke 13 as Ekalaka toppled Melstone 56-45 in Class C action. Draya Wacker had a game-high 21 points and Kaigen Roskelley added 15 for Melstone.

• Class C Noxon used a balanced scoring attack to post a road win over Class B Thompson Falls 49-45. Four Red Devils were in double figures scoring, led by Kristina Brown and Delaney Weltz with 11 points apiece. Megan Baxter paced the Bluehawks with 10 points. 

• No. 9-ranked Winnett-Grass Range got off to a quick start in winning at Hobson-Moore-Judith Gap 47-34 in a Class C encounter. Brynn Jolma led the way for the victors with 20 points. Winnett-Grass Range (9-1) led 21-7 after one quarter. Sydney Browning added 14 points to the winning cause. Hobson-Moore-Judith Gap received 13 points from Brianna Bergum.

• Second-ranked Hamilton boosted its record to 11-0 with a convincing Class A road win over Corvallis 58-30. Cariann Kunkel led a balanced Bronc attack with 15 points. Calla Haldorson paced the Blue Devils (4-7) with 13 points.

• Plains outscored Charlo 13-5 in the fourth quarter to pull out a 36-31 Class C win. Jessica Thompson paced Plains with 15 points. Kaitlin Cox had 14 to lead Charlo.

• Hailey Kelly scored 17 points and Madison Mask added 14 as Alberton-Superior beat St. Regis 43-25 in Class C play. Justice Tate had 14 for St. Regis.

20-Point Club

30: Grace Weber, Dutton-Brady

29: Max Feight, Whitehall

28: Mulleeah Stiffarm, Hays-Lodgepole 

27: Kolton Pospisil, Bridger

27: Wyatt Alexander, Whitehall

26: Hannah Gedlaman, Columbia Falls

26: Mike Buckley, Sunburst

26: Connor Kieckbusch, Billings Senior

25: Zeke Misa, Ronan

24: Slade Cobb, Billings Senior

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24: Jack Lincoln, Missoula Loyola

24: Braxton Hill, Anaconda

24: Tessa Burke, Florence

24: Danny Hoisington, Thompson Falls

23: Ryggs Johnston, Libby

23: Asha Noyes, Whitehall

23: Kola Bad Bear, Billings Senior

23: Rhet Woodhall, Denton-Geyser-Stanford

22: Derik DeFrance, Harrison-Willow Creek

22: Isaac Bell, Chinook

21: Cord Schneider, Chinook

21: Caleb Knoche, Forsyth

21: Draya Wacker, Melstone

21: Dawson Fuller, Belgrade

21: Carson Callison, Alberton-Superior

20: Brynn Jolma, Winnett-Grass Range 


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