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Behind a stellar shooting night, the Lewis-Clark State College women’s basketball went into Great Falls and came away with a 74-69 win against University of Providence in the first round of the Frontier Conference playoffs on Wednesday night.

Peyton Souvenir and Jossilyn Blackman combined for 36 points to lead the way for the Warriors. Delaney Henery and Hailey Turner also cracked double figures for LCSC, scoring 11 and 10 respectively.

As a team, the Warriors shot 50 percent from the field, bettering Providence’s 39-percent mark. The Warriors were red-hot from 3-point range, hitting 9-for-17 from deep.

The Argonauts received a big performance from Tristan Murphy, who led all scorers with 20 points.

Stephanie McDonagh added in 18 points and freshman forward Parker Esary finished with nine points and 15 rebounds.

A late rally by the Argonauts fell short as the Warriors held a 56-46 entering the fourth quarter. The Argonauts outscore the Warriors in the final period, but it wasn’t enough.

No. 5-seed Lewis-Clark State will travel to face No. 1-seed Carroll College on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the PE Center.

Western fends off Northern

Brianna King scored 29 points and Montana Western held off a spirited Montana State-Northern team 70-62 in Dillon.

King shot 9-for-18 from the field and went 8-for-9 from the free-throw line to lead all scorers.

Britt Cooper was the only other Bulldogs player in double figures with 10 points.

MSU-N, the lowest seed in the Frontier Conference, took a 37-35 lead into halftime before the Bulldogs’ defense buckled down. Western only allowed 25 points the rest of the way and continued a steady output on offense.

The Bulldogs took the lead on a 3-pointer by King with about seven minutes left in the third quarter and never looked back.

The Skylights received double-digit scoring nights from four players: Peyton Filius had 14, Kealani Sagapolu had 12, Tiara Gilham had 11 and Shiloh McCormick fished with 10.

Western hosts Rocky, which defeated Montana Tech on Wednesday, on Saturday in Dillon at 7 p.m.


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