HELENA — No. 4 Glacier punched its ticket to state on Saturday morning, with a 42-27 win over No. 7 Missoula Hellgate during the first consolation semifinals of the Girls Western AA Divisional Tournament.
Glacier led 11-9 after the first period, and maintained that two-point lead into halftime, 18-16. The Wolfpack inched ahead 25-21 after three quarters, before outscoring Hellgate 17-6 in the final frame for the 15-point win to end Hellgate's season. Glacier will play Capital at 5 p.m. in the Helena High gym for the third-place trophy.
Ellie Stevens paced the Wolfpack (13-8) with nine points, while teammate Cadie Williams scored eight points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. The Knights (4-17) were led by Kylie Lunday's double-double, at 12 points and 14 boards.
Capital 55, Flathead 37
In the tourney's second conso semi's, after a fairly even first half, No. 3 Capital ended No. 5 Flathead's season with a 55-37 win. It is the Bruins (17-4) 11th state tournament appearance in 12 years under coach Bill Pilgeram.
CHS led 10-1 after the opening quarter and 23-20 at halftime, before outscoring the Bravettes 32-17 after the intermission.
Capital put three players in double figures, led by Taylor Sullivan's 15 points, followed by Emily Kidder and Sydney Sheridan at 11 and 10 points. Sullivan had a double-double, with a game-high 10 boards.
Teammate Megan Lindbo had a great all-around game, scoring nine markers and collecting seven rebounds, while passing for a game-high five assists.
Flathead (5-15) was paced by Mary Heaton and Clara Vandenbosch with 11 points each. Sadie Wilson had five rebounds, while Maddie Walter posted three assists.
"The No. 1 goal was to get to state and the No. 2 goal is to compete better every game, and we did that, although it took all 32 minutes," Pilgeram said. "Our defense, which is our trademark, kept us in the game behind the play of Kacie Gross, and our offense kept plugging away until we pulled away in the fourth. I did like the depth and the balance of our offense."