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Full Court Press: Saturday's high school highlights (March 6)

Full Court Press: Saturday's high school highlights (March 6)

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Editor's note: Coverage of the Class A tournaments is here for boys and here for girls.

Boys Basketball


Northern B

Logan Leck pumped in 21 points and Rhett Reynolds added 12 as Shelby slipped by Fairfield 50-33 to win the divisional crown. Trenton Emerson scored eight for the Coyotes, who led by eight after one quarter and 10 after three before pulling away. Gavin Mills scored nine for the Eagles. Both teams advance to the state tournament in Billings.

Tyler Cichosz unleashed for 30 points — giving him 54 for the day — and nine rebounds, and RJ Ramone backed him with 21 points as Harlem coasted past Malta 72-54 in the third-place game. Cichosz hit 5 of 9 3-point shots and added three steals for the Wildcats, who nevertheless won't compete at state because the Northern B only qualifies two teams. Rex Williamson scored 19 points, Kooper Oxarart added 14 and Connor Tuss pitched in with 11 for the Mustangs.

Rex Williams led four players in double figures with 16 points and Malta raced to a 16-point first-quarter lead and coasted past Glasgow 64-37 to move into the consolation final. Kooper Oxarart and Connor Tuss scored 13 apiece, and Pierce Mortenson added 11 for the Mustangs, who led by 23 at halftime. Hunter Collinsworth scored 16 and Keigan Skolrud 11 for the Scotties in their season finale.

Tyler Cichosz was a difference maker with 24 points and 14 rebounds, and Harlem took a nip-and-tuck 55-53 victory over Rocky Boy to advance to the consolation final against Malta. RJ Ramone added 15 for the Wildcats, who trailed by three points at halftime but flipped it to a two-point lead heading into the final quarter. Joe Demontiney scored 19 points, Kellen Colliflower had 13 points and 12 rebounds, and Ben Crebs added 11 points and seven rebounds to close out the season for the Stars.

Southern B

• Manhattan never trailed in edging Huntley Project 43-39 in the divisional championship game. The Tigers shot ahead 10-2 in the first quarter and were up 19-9 by halftime. They led by as many as 14 (28-14) before the Red Devils made things interesting. Caden Holgate spurred Manhattan with his 17 points and seven rebounds. Noah Bouchard kept the Red Devils in the game with his 22 points, six rebounds and two steals. Teammate Jake Fox grabbed nine rebounds. Holgate was responsible for three of Manhattan's five 3-pointers. The Tigers triumphed despite shooting just 29.2%. 

Malachi Little Nest had the hot hand with 27 points and six assists as defending state co-champion Lodge Grass sprinted to a 12-point lead after one quarter and held on to down Colstrip 72-60 for third place in the divisional and a berth at state. DC Stewart added 11 points and Damon Gros Ventre 10 for the Indians, who led by seven after three quarters. Jadence Archita added 10 points and eight rebounds. Caleb Cole had a double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds, and Jaren Knows His Gun had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Colts. 

•  No. 1 Lodge Grass ended Lame Deer’s season with a 68-63 loser-out, winner-to-consolation win. Lodge Grass’ Damon Gros Ventre scored a game-high 28 points and 10 rebounds, and DC Stewart added 21 points. Journey Emerson led Lame Deer (7-9) with 26 points, and David Wick added 10. 

• A 16-point output from Kylan Mendoza lifted Colstrip to a 44-34 win over Townsend in a loser-out game. Jaren Knows His Gun added nine points for the Colts. Trey Hoveland led Townsend (12-6) with eight points.

Western B

Beau Neal scored 14 points, Eli Pedersen added 13 and Florence-Carlton downed Deer Lodge for the divisional crown despite getting outscored 16-0 in the third quarter. The Falcons pitched a 12-0 first-quarter shutout and led by 18 at halftime before the Wardens came all the way back to trail by two points after three quarters. Ozzie King scored 15 and Logan Nicholson nine for Deer Lodge.

Dante Micheli and Cody Burk each scored 15 points to lead four players in double figures as Thompson Falls built a huge lead and held off a late push by St. Ignatius for a 60-46 triumph in the consolation final. Nathan Schraeder and Justin Morgan had 11 apiece for the Bluehawks, who led by 21 points after three quarters on the way to earning a berth in the state tournament. Zoran LaFrombois scored 13 and Kellen McClure 11 for the Bulldogs. 

Zoran LaFrombois had a big morning with 24 points and Ross McPherson added 12 as St. Ignatius belted Missoula Loyola 55-36 to extend its season at least one more game. The Bulldogs led by nine after one quarter and doubled it to 18 after three. Will Burns scored 15 for the Rams in their final game.

• Behind 18 points from Nathan Schraeder and a big fourth-quarter rally, Thompson Falls moved into the consolation final by upending Bigfork 58-52. Dante Micheli scored 14 and Cody Burk added 12 as the Bluehawks outscored the Vikings 21-9 in the final eight minutes to overcome a six-point deficit. Walker Fisher scored 18 points, Isak Epperly 13 and Bryce Gilliard 10 for Bigfork.


Eastern C

• Scobey drubbed Froid-Lake 69-44 for the divisional title as Aidan Fishell poured in 25 points. Reagan Machart added 12 and a resounding fourth-quarter dunk, Jayce Tande had 11 and Caden Handran 10 for the Spartan. Colt Miller scored 13 points, and Javonne Nesbit and Bode Miller provided nine apiece for Froid-Lake, which will face Fairview in a challenge game at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Sidney for the second berth at state.

Paul Hardy scored 16 points, Hunter Sharbono added 10 and Fairview took the consolation final by fending off Saco-Whitewater-Hinsdale 45-34. The Warriors led by two at halftime and five after three quarters. Loden Idler led the Mavericks with 18 points but no other player had more than three. Saco-Whitewater-Hinsdale earned the consolation berth by topping Westby-Grenora 38-32. 

Kanyon Taylor scored 14 points and Hunter Sharbono 13 for Fairview, which recovered from an eight-point halftime deficit to outlast Dodson 57-53 to advance to the consolation final. Paul Hardy added 11 points for the Warriors, who outscored the Coyotes 25-11 in the third quarter. Michael Jaynes and Zarek Jones scored 17 points each for Dodson. 

Girls Basketball


Northern B

• Malta's girls used a big second half in beating Fairfield 49-33 for the divisional championship. The M-ettes outscored the Eagles 30-14 in the second half after the game was tied at 19-all at halftime. Allison Kunze led Malta with 12 points, and Maddie Williamson contributed 10. Teammate Kylie Hunter hit three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter for her nine points. Emma Woods finished with 11 points for Fairfield. Both Williamson and Kunze scored six points in the first quarter as Malta built an early 14-10 lead. Both teams advance to the state tournament.

• Glasgow defeated Choteau 42-35 to win the consolation final as Tyann Graham had 11 points and Daley Aune added 10. The Scotties led by six after one quarter and nine after three. Emma Gunderson had nine points and teammate Ada Bieler had eight for Bulldogs. Only two teams from the Northern B qualify for state this year.

Ada Bieler scored 16 points and Christine Funk provided 15 to help propel Choteau over Shelby 45-38 to earn a spot in the consolation game. Shelby was led by Maddison Underdal’s 16 points. Jori Clary chipped in 15 for the Coyotes.

Abrianna Nielsen pumped in 18 points and Daley Aune backed her with 16 to send Glasgow over Cut Bank 49-26 and a berth in the consolation final against Choteau. The Scotties led by 10 after one quarter and put away the game with a 20-6 third quarter. Sienna Spotted Bear scored eight in the Wolves' finale.

Southern B

• With Hailee Brandon scoring 13 points and Bailey Finn supplying 10, unbeaten Big Timber added a divisional championship to its list of accomplishments this season, defeating Columbus 49-40 in the title game for its first crown since 1980. Brandon also grabbed six rebounds, and Finn came away with five steals. Big Timber led 21-19 at halftime, then gained some breathing room with a 15-8 spurt during the third quarter. The Cougars lost despite shooting 65%. Payton West led Columbus with 19 points. Big Timber's Emily Cooley also provided eight points, nine rebounds and six assists. Both teams qualify for the state tournament.

• The Roundup Panthers broke a state-tournament drought that dates to 2002 by beating rival Joliet 45-34 in the third-place game. Blythe Sealey scored 18 points and Megan Eiselein added 12 for the Panthers, who finally turned the J-Hawks away in the fourth quarter. Joliet’s Merrin Schwend tied the score at 29-29 with 1:10 left in the third quarter – the game’s fourth and final tie – before Eiselein answered with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer. Sealey opened the fourth with another 3 and the Panthers (17-4) were on their way to outscoring Joliet 13-5 in the fourth quarter. It’s the fourth time this season Roundup has beaten Joliet.

Skyler Wright had a career day with 32 points and 13 rebounds to power Joliet over Whitehall 59-44 to earn a berth in the consolation final against Roundup. Wright was 15-for-16 from the free-throw line and dished three assists for the J-Hawks, who trailed by six at halftime but won the third quarter by 11 and fourth by 10. Merrin Schwend helped with 13 points for Joliet. Jada Clarkson had 21 points and seven steals for the Trojans.

Tia Stahl came up big with 29 points and five steals to lead Roundup over Colstrip 53-49 in a matchup to determine the other consolation final. Stahl, who played for Winnett-Grass Range last season, was 10 of 11 free throws and was 8-for-10 on two-point shots. Blythe Sealey had seven points and eight boards for the Panthers. The teams were tied after three quarters. Malea Egan scored 14 points, Madison Big Back 11 and Canzas Hisbadhorse 10 for the Fillies.


Eastern C

Kaitylyn McColly pumped in 22 points, Kia Wasson backed her with 18 and Jaycee Erickson produced 16 as unbeaten Saco-Whitewater-Hinsdale built a 12-point lead after one quarter and held off Plentywood 63-54 to win the divisional title. The Mavericks' lead was trimmed to seven by the end of the third quarter. Emma Brensdal led with 23 points and Liv Wangerin added 13 for the Wildcats. Plentywood will face Scobey in a challenge game at 5:30 p.m. Monday in Sidney for a berth in the state tournament.

Gracee Lekvold's 24 points led the way and Scobey overcame a slow start to trounce Circle 48-32 to win the consolation final and earn the third-place trophy. Karys Lamb scored seven for the Spartans, who trailed 6-2 after one quarter but led by three at halftime and bumped the margin to 10 after three quarters. Alexis Moline scored 10 for Circle. 

20-Point Club

35: Mya Hansen, Billings Central

32: Skyler Wright, Joliet

30: Tyler Cichosz, Harlem

29: Tia Stahl, Roundup

28: Damon Gros Ventre, Lodge Grass

27: Malachi Little Nest, Lodge Grass

27: Yelena Miller, Havre

26: Journey Emerson, Lame Deer

25: Aidan Fishell, Scobey

24: Zoran LaFrombois, St. Ignatius

24: Tyler Cichosz, Harlem

24: Gracee Lekvold, Scobey

23: Emma Brensdal, Plentywood

22: Kaitlyn McColly, Saco-Whitewater-Hinsdale

22: Noah Bouchard, Huntley Project

21: Jada Clarkson, Whitehall

21: RJ Ramone, Harlem

21: DC Stewart, Lodge Grass

21: Colter Bales, Laurel

21: Logan Leck, Shelby


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