Townsend girls win Southern B Divisional title

2013-03-03T00:04:00Z 2013-03-03T00:11:56Z Townsend girls win Southern B Divisional titleBy CURT SYNNESS Independent Record Helena Independent Record
March 03, 2013 12:04 am  • 

BILLINGS — On Friday, when Townsend defeated Colstrip in the semifinals of the Southern B girls divisional basketball tournament, Bailee Dexter, the team’s leading scorer during the season, did not register a single point.

On Saturday, however, during the championship game against Shepherd in MetraParks’ Rimrock Auto Arena, the 5-foot-8 junior guard bounced back with her usual performance, pacing the Bulldogs offensive attack with 15 points.

And the return of Dexter’s shooting touch, along with a total team effort and Broadwater’s 78 percent free-throw shooting, helped vault the undefeated Bulldogs to their second straight divisional championship, 47-43 over the Fillies.

Townsend, ranked No. 2 in the state, improves to 23-0 on the season, and has now won 25 games in a row, dating back to last year. Their two-year record stands at 49-1.

The No. 8 Fillies slide to 17-5.

“Coming into this game, I wanted to pick up my play, because I didn’t feel like I was contributing,” said Dexter, who was 0 for 5 from the field and 0 for 2 at the free throw line the day before.

“Shooting is what I do best, and once I got my confidence back, I started to make a few shots. But without the passes from my teammates it wouldn’t have been possible.”

She finished at 4-13 from the field and 5-6 at the charity stripe, but it was a couple of her 3-point shots from downtown in the second period, and a pair of free throws in the final moments of the game, that stood out the most.

The blue-and-white trailed 8-7 after the first quarter, and fell further behind, 11-7 to start the second, on a 3-pointer by Tiana Hanson, Shepherd’s 6-foot senior post.

At 12-9, Townsend went on an 11-0 run, sparked by a trio of 3-point bombs, two by Dexter and one by Jacy Thompson. The Bulldogs leap-frogged past the Fillies 20-12, and took a 24-15 advantage into the locker room at halftime, after outscoring their counterparts 17-7 in the second stanza.

“Bailee’s been doing that all year, she led the conference with 43 3-pointers,” Broadwater coach Alane Dinsdale said of Dexter, who tallied 11 points in the first half.

“It was nice to see her hit those, because that helped open things up for us.”

The two teams battled fairly evenly the rest of the way, and although the Fillies kept inching closer, the Lady Bulldogs were not to be denied.

Townsend went up by 12 twice in the third period, 30-18 on a pair of free throws by Baylee Watson, and 32-20 on a pretty jump shot from the left side by Annie Anderson.

But then Shepherd went on a 7-0 run to outscore the Lady Bulldogs 12-10 in the third period, and closed the gap to seven heading into the final frame, 34-27.

The plot thickened in the fourth quarter, as the already furious action intensified, with the Fillies again outscoring Townsend, 16-13.

After a big bucket by Ciarra Hamilton put the blue-and-white out in front 44-37 with 2:37 on the clock, Shepherd came right back to make it 44-41.

At 1:16, the Lady Bulldogs’ hopes took a heavy blow when Thompson fouled out.

But prior to sustaining her fifth foul, the 5-7 Thompson made 6 of 6 free throws in the fourth. She finished with 13 points, including a perfect 8-8 from the charity stripe — none of which even came close to touching the rim.

The Fillies finally got within just two points moments later, 44-42, on a free throw by 6-3 freshman post Janie Mcrae.

In the final frantic moments, the Lady Bulldogs were able to maintain their composure, helped by Hamilton’s free throw at 29 seconds and then two more by Dexter at 3.7 seconds, to cement the victory.

As in the opening game against Huntley — when they made 32 free throws — Townsend’s performance at the charity stripe again made the difference, swishing 18 of 23 for 78 percent.

The Lady Bulldogs out-rebounded their taller opponents, 35-27, as Watson, Anderson and Thompson each speared 10 boards apiece.

Shepherd was led by Hanson (17 points, nine rebounds), McRae (10 points, eight rebounds) and McKenzie Lepley (10 points).

“You gotta stick together when things get tough, knowing it will work out in the end,” said the 6-2 Watson, who finished with 10 points in the close battle. “You just have to play at 100 percent and expect to win.”

“It was a tough game, a total team effort…I’m just glad we had the second quarter we did. And it was nice to see that we could handle the full court pressure they put on us in the second half,” Dinsdale said. “Yeah, it was pretty hectic there at the end, especially when Jacy fouled out. But the rest of the team picked her up and got the job done.

“They’re the tallest team we’ve met this year, and I felt we played great against a 6-foot-3 player. And it was a good experience for Baylee and Annie, because it’s going to be that way at state.”

Townsend will next compete in the state Class B tourney in Butte, March 7-9.

GIRLS

CHAMPIONSHIP

Townsend 47, Shepherd 43

Shepherd 8 7 12 16 — 43

Townsend 7 17 10 13 — 47

Shepherd — Mackenzie Lepley 10, Katlyn Stringari 2, Erika Erickson 4, Tiana Hanson 17, Janie McRae 10.

Townsend — Ciarra Hamilton 3, Baylee Watson 10, Jacy Thompson 13, Bailee Dexter 15, Annie Anderson 6.

THIRD PLACE

Colstrip 45, Colstrip 34

Colstrip 14 9 8 14 — 45

Huntley Project 8 13 2 11 — 34

Colstrip — Alli Hert 2, Emily Kautzman 10, Kile Denny 6, Jere Dennehy 4, Shelby Means 2, Brina Hull 1, Taylor Holcomb 12, Tori Rootes 1, Taylor Falcon 7.

Huntley Project — Cady Siemion 1, Brianna DeCock 11, Paige Craig 7, Bailey Cranford 1, Stormy Siemion 4, Haley Mocabee 6, Rylee Gulde 4.

Huntley Project 47, Manhattan 36

Huntley Project 11 11 10 15 — 47

Manhattan 13 5 9 9 — 36

Huntley Project — Cady Siemion 3, Brianna DeCock 10, Paige Craig 13, Bailey Cranford 10, Storym Siemion 9, Rylee Gulde 2.

Manhattan — Tori Lucier 3, Tessa Miller 4, Savannah Carr 6, Lacey Camp 8, Brooke Jones 15.

Colstrip 61, Forsyth 58, OT

Colstrip 11 20 11 10 9 — 61

Forsyth 12 11 12 17 6 — 58

Colstrip – Alli Hert 5, Emily Kautzman 11, Kile Denny 13, Jere Dennehy 2, Brina Hull 11, Tanya Thompson 2, Taylor Holcomb 5, Tori Rootes 12.

Forsyth – Ava Rankin 16, Ruby Kallenbach 2, Shaunessy Bidwell 5, Meranda Sargent 1, Kaylee Knoche 10, Raelynn Keefer 4, Kaylee Zard 20.

BOYS

CHAMPIONSHIP

Forsyth 59, Whitehall 34

Whitehall 8 7 9 10 — 34

Forsyth 12 9 21 17 — 59

Whitehall — Sean McCarthy 5, Casey McLean 9, Matt Dyson 7, Connell Coffing 3, Bryce Murphy 8, Bridger Ament 2.

Forsyth — Luke Schwagler 11, Dalton Hagadone 10, Gage Adams 12, TJ Schneemann 5, Riley Keefer 15, Blake Schwagler 6.

THIRD PLACE

Columbus 60, Manhattan 53

Columbus 14 19 17 10 — 60

Manhattan 13 13 16 11 — 53

Columbus — Tyler Ostryum 9, Anthony Panella 8, Brady Wiggs 24, Philip Holten 2, Kade Osborne 7, Trey Ostrum 7, Daniel Wiggs 3.

Manhattan — Quade McQueary 6, Zach Van Dyke 7, Quinn McQuery 11, Nate Vanderby 4, Andrew Wass 2, Alec Nehring 2, Gavin DeJong 21.

Columbus 62, Big Timber 50

Columbus 14 16 14 18 — 62

Big Timber 9 9 11 21 — 50

Columbus — Tyler Ostrum 2, Anthony Panella 13, Brady Wiggs 21, Phillip Holten 12, Kade Osborne 10, Daniel Wiggs 4.

Big Timber — Cole Groshens 11, Grant Ellison 14, Nels Flanagan 5, Brent Finn 5, Luke Riech 11, Payson Lippert 4.

Manhattan 51, Red Lodge 41

Red Lodge 10 10 7 14 — 41

Manhattan 12 13 10 16 — 51

Red Lodge — Andy Nordstrom 9, Sean Sullivan 13, Levi Lynde 14, Gunnar Buckstead 3, Garrett Carlson 2.

Manhattan — Quade McQueary 3, Zach VanDyke 5, Quinn McQueary 17, Nate Vanderby 6, Alec Nehring 10, Austin Oldenburger 1, Gavin DeJong 9.

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