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Billings Senior hosts Great Falls CMR

Billings Senior's Cassidy Venner and Great Falls CMR's Brynn Klinefelter chase a loose ball at the Senior gym in Eastern AA girls basketball on Friday. The Broncs won their ninth straight contest with a 54-41 triumph. 

Boys Basketball

• No. 2 Great Falls CMR used two 23-point performance to top Billings Senior 64-54 in Great Falls. Garrison Rothwell and Sam Vining led the Rustlers (10-2) with the 23-point barrages, and Jake Olsen added 11. Connor Kieckbusch scored 23 for the Broncs (7-5), who dropped their third straight game. Slade Cobb added 11 for Senior. 

Blake Thelen scored 22 points and Kyle Torgerson added 16 as No. 4 Great Falls beat West 86-70. Cole DeVries led West with 18 and Jesse Owens added 17. Cade Tyson contributed 15 for the Bears.

• No. 4 Billings Central defeated Miles City 62-46 at the Nelles Center in Billings in Class A play. Chrishon Dixon scored 14 points, and Seth Sasich and Sam Gray each added nine. Liam Clancy and Cade Herriford also dropped in eight points apiece. Central will face a top-five match Saturday against the undefeated Hardin Bulldogs at Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark. Kaden Stradley led Miles City with 16 and Jayden Venable added 10. 

• Billings Skyview limited Butte to single-digit scoring in the first three quarters for a 49-39 Class AA win at the Butte Civic Center. Nine Falcons scored points, with Alex Schaaf and Zach Schacht each finishing with 10. “We mixed it up,” Skyview coach Kevin Morales said of his team’s defense. “We limited them to one shot, got the rebound and made our possessions count on the offensive end.” The Bulldogs’ Clay Ferguson led all scorers with a career-high 28 points.

• In a clash of top 10 teams, the No. 4 Shelby Coyotes held off No. 7 Choteau 68-61 in Class B action. Aaron White scored 25 points to lead Shelby, and Logan Watson added 17 and TJ Reynolds dropped in 14. Shelby trailed 31-29 at halftime but a 23-12 advantage in the third quarter helped the Coyotes pull ahead for good. Sayer Patton led Choteau in scoring with 18. 

Keenan Reynolds scored a game-high 32 points in Huntley Project’s 59-46 Class B win over Lodge Grass. 

Brody Grebe tossed in 33 points in third-ranked and undefeated Melstone’s 67-35 Class C win over Terry. Grebe had four 3-pointers and was 9 of 12 from the free-throw line.

• Reed Point-Rapelje defeated Roberts 69-35 in Class C play behind a 27-point performance from Trevor Herzog. Tristan Geiser and Payton Severin each had 11 for the Renegades, who led 42-14 at halftime. Ryan DeVries led Roberts with 12 points. 

• No. 10 Class C Fairview defeated Class B Poplar 61-54 as four players scored in double figures. Cody Asbeck led with a 20-point performance and Josh Herron added 16, Carson Cayko scored 12 and Alex Schriver added 10. Fairview held Poplar to four first quarter points.

• The No. 4 Roundup Panthers avenged their lone loss of the season with a 68-63 victory over Malta in Class B play. Jayce Griffith scored 26 points and Kelson Eiselein added 22 for the Panthers, who improved to 14-1. Their lone loss came against Malta on Jan. 6. Cash Cota and Tanner Rae each added seven points. Taylor Matthews scored 19 points for Malta and Konner Kuehn added 17. 

• Blake Finn hit six 3-pointers for 20 points, and Big Timber, the No. 10 boys team in the Class B rankings, beat Joliet 50-41. Ethan Bullock scored 11 points and Hayden Mosness added 10 for the Herders, who led by three points at halftime. Brett Robinson scored 14 points to lead Joliet.

Riley Spoonhunter poured in 31 points, had 11 assists and was one rebound short of a triple-double with nine as Heart Butte rolled to a 100-80 Class C victory over Sunburst on the road.

• Plains' Derick Curry dropped in 24 points, Jay VonHeeder added 11 and Kyle Weeks chipped in 10 in the Horsemen's 60-15 Class C win over St. Regis. 

Girls Basketball

• Poplar’s girls, the No. 4 team in the Class B rankings, took off in the first quarter and beat Class C Fairview 76-42. Imani Bighorn scored 23 points – 17 in the third quarter – and Alleen Russell added 11 for the Indians. Poplar led 23-1 after the first quarter.

Shainy Mack scored 23 points and teammate Kyle Olson achieved a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds as No. 1 Three Forks won at Manhattan 73-42 in a Class B contest. The Wolves improved to 15-0. Both Mack and Olson also notched five steals apiece. Three Forks bolted ahead 34-18 by halftime. Jasmine Grossman scored 11 points for Manhattan.

• Kyndall Keller scored 16 points as Havre, the No. 2 team in the Class A girls rankings, handed defending Class B champion Fairfield a 56-19 loss. Marca Herron and Danielle Wallace each added 10 points for the Blue Ponies (14-0). 

• Post players Olivia Moten-Schell and Melissa Hanser combined for 27 points to help the Billings Central girls beat Miles City 52-48 in Class A play. Moten-Schell finished with 15 points and Hanser 12 as the Rams (7-6, 4-2) ended a three-game losing streak. Zoie Althoff added 10 points for Central, which built a 34-22 halftime lead and hung on from there. Miles City (7-7, 3-4) saw a five-game winning streak snapped and was led by Kyra Oakland’s 13 points.

Shayla Montague scored 10 points and Billing West played staunch defense in winning at home over Great Falls 42-24 in a Class AA matchup. "Anytime you hold a team in the 20s, that's a total team effort defensively," said West coach Charlie Johnson, whose Golden Bears improved to 5-1 in conference and 10-2 overall. Ambreya Windy Boy, Willa Albrecht and Maddie Albrecht scored six points apiece for West, which led 25-13 by halftime. Erin Watt had nine points for Great Falls.

Kola Bad Bear pumped in 21 points as No. 4 Billings Senior (11-1) won its ninth straight with a 54-41 Class AA win over Great Falls CMR. Addison Gardner had 20 for CMR. 

• Brittney Tierney scored 10 points to help Butte win its second straight Eastern AA game in a row by beating Billings Skyview 41-37. Naveah Alden scored 19 points for Skyview (5-7, 1-5). The Bulldogs (6-7, 3-5) trailed by two after three quarters, but Tierney scored all 10 of her points in the final frame and Butte made three 3-pointers to come away with the win.

• Lone Peak's Emma Flach and Manhattan Christian's Kelsey Heidema were the shooting stars in Manhattan Christian's 61-57 win over the Bighorns in a Class C encounter. Flach scored 34 points on 14 of 23 shooting, and Heidema knocked down 10 of 22 shots en route to 30. The Eagles used a 14-6 run in the first quarter and a 13-8 third-quarter spurt in posting the victory.

• Plentywood didn’t have a double-digit scorer, but the Wildcats rolled to a 44-24 win over Culbertson. Liv Wangerin, Mikayla Stevens and Brenna Osksa all scored nine points for Plentywood, which is No. 8 in the Class C rankings. Kelsie Williams led Culbertson with 11 points. 

• Josie Hokanson scored 26 points and No. 3 Ennis hit nine 3-pointers in a 64-27 win over Philipsburg in Class C action. Hokanson had four 3-pointers, and Whit McKitrick added 13 points for the Mustangs. Emma Grange had 15 points to lead Philipsburg.

• No. 4 Harlem topped Glasgow 67-27 in Class B play behind 19 points from L’Tia Lawrence. Skylee Dirden added 19 for Harlem, which jumped to a 37-18 lead at halftime. Keeley Fossum led the Scotties in scoring with 12. 

Kiana Miller scored 22 points to help Savage pull away from Richey-Lambert 69-39 in Class C action. Haley Olson had 18 for the Fusion.

• Four players scored points in overtime to lift Terry over Melstone 50-47 in Class C play. Loni Kortum led the Terriers with 16 points and Laiten Lantis, who hit a 3-point shot at the buzzer to send the game into OT, added 14. Draya Wacker of Melstone led all scorers with 23, and Kaigen Roskelley had 16. 

• Kolby Pimperton had 14 points and Belt, the No. 1 Class C team in the rankings, beat Conrad 59-16. Dani Urick and Abby Gliko each added 10 points for the Huskies, who built a 34-7 halftime lead.

• Mackenzie Dethman scored 16 points and Froid-Lake’s 10th-ranked girls beat Bainville 50-40 in Class C action. Morgan Mason added 10 points for the RedHawks, who outscored Bainville 31-21 over the second and third quarters. Allie Romo scored 18 points to lead Bainville.

• Darby's Casey Ehmann scored 22 points, but Charlo topped the Tigers 58-36 i a Class C game. Kaitlin Cox paced the Vikings with 17 points and Carlee Fryberger added 12. 

• Allie Parke's 21 points boosted Drummond over Sheridan 58-17 in Class C action. Morgan Radtke added 16 points for the Trojans and Donna Seekell had 10. 

• Lindsay Laws and Jessica Thompson scored 13 points apiece for Plains in the Trotters' 46-33 Class C win over St. Regis. Kara Altmiller added 11 points for Plains and Madison Kelly paced the Tigers with 12. 

• No. 6 Florence used a 17-8 run in the second quarter to seize control en route to a 56-36 Class B win at Deer Lodge. Makenna Liles and Danielle Zahn led the Falcons with 16 points apiece.

20-Point Party

36: Max Feight, Whitehall

36: Treyton Pickering, Sunburst

34: Emma Flach, Lone Peak

33: Brody Grebe, Melstone

33: Isaiah Williams, Colstrip

33: Korbin Sheldon, Simms

32: Keenan Reynolds, Huntley Project

31: Riley Spoonhunter, Heart Butte

30: Kelsey Heidema, Manhattan Christian

30: Wacey McClure, St. Ignatius

28: Clay Ferguson, Butte

28: Davey Winn, Bainville

28: Calder Ludvigson, Cascade

27: Trevor Herzog, Reed Point-Rapelje

26: Josie Hokanson, Ennis

26: Mick O'Connor, Ekalaka

26: Cody Welsh, Turner

26: Cecilia Vielle, Box Elder

26: Jayce Griffith, Roundup

26: Brynley Fitzgerald, Dillon

25: Aaron White, Shelby

25: Tyson Petticrew, Charlo

25: Keenan Murnion, Jordan

24: Jenna Rust, Westby-Grenora 

24: Jayson Jackson, Frazer

24: Kloie Thatcher, Butte Central

24: Derick Curry, Plains

23: Garret Diekhans, Fort Benton

23: Imani Bighorn, Poplar

23: Shainy Mack, Three Forks

23: Garrison Rothwell, Great Falls CMR

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23: Draya Wacker Melstone

23: Sam Vining, Great Falls CMR

23: Connor Kieckbusch, Billings Senior

23: Bryce Osksa, Plentywood

23: Nick Moore, Savage

23: Luke Holland, Drummond

23: Jamie Berg, Bigfork

22: Eddie Harmon, Turner

22: Kyle Olson, Three Forks

22: Casey Ehmann, Darby

22: Kiana Miller, Savage

22: Sage McMinn, Shields Valley

22: Kelson Eiselein, Roundup

22: Blake Thelen, Great Falls

22: Brandon Aimsback, Browning

21: Allie Parke, Drummond 

21: Dyllon McDermid, Deer Lodge

21: Kola Bad Bear, Billings Senior

21: Ronnel Jordan, Browning

21: Tamika Guardipee, Browning

21: Kordell Carpenter, Denton-Geyser-Stanford

21: Jannessa Willekes, Simms

21: Jack Lincoln, Missoula Loyola

20: Addison Gardner, Great Falls CMR

20: Sarah Billmayer, Turner

20: Caleb Bellach, Manhattan Christian

20: Easton Hatfield, Townsend

20: Blake Finn, Big Timber

20: Cody Asbeck, Fairview

20: Sydney Prather, Big Timber

20: Ryan Bogden, Cascade

20: Dillon Shipp, Cascade

20: Gavin Adkins, Nashua

20: Alexander Raining Bird, Frazer


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