Hardin holds on to beat Billings Central, 44-41

Hardin fans react to a call in the third quarter of a Eastern A girls basketball game against Billings Central at Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark on Saturday. The Bulldogs won the Eastern A showdown, 44-41.

Editor's note: Highlights and top scorers will be updated on the 406mtsports.com website as results arrive from around the state. 

Boys Basketball

Class AA

• Billings West upset No. 2 Great Falls 64-61 as Josh Erbacher pumped in 21 points. Jesse Owens and Cade Tyson chipped in 14 apiece. Drew Wyman led Great Falls with 21 points and Blake Thelen added 15 and Kyle Torgerson chipped in 12 for the Bison (11-2). 

Hayden Kolb led a balanced offense with 15 points for No. 5 Missoula Sentinel in a 64-49 victory over Kalispell Flathead. Nine players scored for the Spartans, who fell behind 18-11 after one quarter. Blake Counts scored 15 points and Brett Thompson added 11 for the Braves. 

• Top-ranked Missoula Hellgate cruised to a 57-35 win at Kalispell Glacier. Rollie Worster scored 25 points and Bridger Deden added 12 for the Knights. Drew Engellant led Glacier with 11.

Russell Gagne's 17 points were key as third-ranked Great Falls CMR rallied from a seven-point deficit entering the fourth quarter to down Billings Skyview 41-38. The Falcons led 33-26 entering the final eight minutes. Cason Taylor added nine for the Rustlers. Julius Mims, Zach Schacht and Sam Tranel all had eight points for Skyview.

Class A

• No. 2 Hardin pulled away from No. 1 Central for a 75-67 Eastern A victory at Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark in Billings. The Bulldogs (15-1, 9-1) outscored the Rams (13-2, 6-1), who defeated Hardin last month, 23-15 in the fourth quarter. Hardin’s Andrew House scored a game-high 18 points, Famous Lefthand had 17, Trae Hugs 13 and Cayden Redfield 12. Cade Herriford led Central with 17 points, Chrishon Dixon had 15, Marcus Wittman had 13 and Sam Gray added 10.

Cade Holter and Luke Heaphy tossed in 13 points apiece as No. 5 Butte Central snapped a two-game skid and improved to 13-2 with a 57-42 victory over Livingston. The Maroons broke open a tight game with a 16-6 third quarter. Brendon Johnson scored 13 points to lead the Rangers.

Stephen Steinbron scored 13 points and Logan Phipps had 10 for Glendive in a 65-24 win over Class B Wolf Point. 

Michael Haverfield topped all scorers with 18 points to lead Dillon past Stevensville 40-21. Logan Roth had nine points to lead the Yellowjackets.

Ryggs Johnston poured in 32 points and Keith Johnson added 20 as Libby toppled Frenchtown 68-62. Cade Baker led the Broncs with 18 points, Hank Rugg added 12 and Brandon Finley chipped in with 10.

Rylee Spoonhunter scored 17 points, Justin Burd and Tyree Whitcomb added 10 apiece, and nine players scored for third-ranked Browning (15-1) in a 66-35 trouncing of Polson. Micah Askan led the Pirates with nine points. 

Jaden Graham had the hot hand with 35 points and Tanner Trafton provided 18 to lead Lewistown to a 61-50 victory over Havre. Jake Huston had 15 points and Clint Owens 11 for the Blue Ponies.

Class B

Colton Collins led four players in double figures and Lodge Grass used a big fourth quarter to rally past St. Labre 79-77 for its sixth win in seven games. Josh Stewart had 17 points and Damon Grovon and Malachai Little Nest chipped in with 14 each for the Indians, who trailed 65-58 entering the final eight minutes. Bernardine Fisher of St. Labre had the hottest hand of the night, scoring 28. Teammate Tameron Medicine Bull added 20 and Tegan Medicine Bull contributed 11 for the Braves. 

Kobee BigBack was unstoppable with 44 points and JT Baer had 17 as top-ranked Colstrip stayed perfect (15-0) by running past Lame Deer 87-63. Journey Emerson had 24 for Lame Deer, Tyren Washington had 19 and Kingston McLean 11. 

Michaele Galle and Braedon Sawyer scored 12 points each as Anaconda rolled over Florence 52-37. Leroy Wilson added 10 points for Anaconda. Florence was led by eight points from Jacob Round. 

Dyllon McDermid popped in 21 points as fifth-ranked Deer Lodge (13-2) kept rolling with a 64-43 victory at Class C Seeley-Swan. Ten players scored for the Wardens. Owen Mercado had 18 and Chance Johnson 17 points for Seeley-Swan.

• Third-ranked Missoula Loyola took care of business on the road, bouncing Eureka, 89-51. Jack Lincoln and Cooper Waters each scored 19 points for the Rams, who also got 12 from Jacob Hollenback and 10 from Jaden Job. Jake Kindel topped Eureka with 11.

Tanner Rae led with 21 points and Chris Bradley contributed 14 to carry Roundup to a 51-36 victory over Malta. Roundup took a 16-3 first-quarter lead and never trailed. Tanner Smith's 15 points topped Malta.

Kell Schwers topped all scorers with 17 points and Ethan Bullock and Casey Gunlikson added 12 apiece to lead No. 2 Big Timber (16-0) past Jefferson 75-43. Bryce Harrington and Trent McMaster had nine apiece for Jefferson.

Kaden Myrstol's 18 points led the way as Red Lodge outlasted Shepherd 52-41. Schuylar Babcock had 11 for the Mustangs.

Payden Lynn led with 16 points, Dustin Dalke had 14 and Corey Yancey 12 to offset 20 by Townsend's Tyson Racht in a 59-35 victory for No. 7 Three Forks. 

Class C

Caleb Bellach led with 21 points and top-ranked Manhattan Christian was able to go to its bench early and often in a 70-14 romp over Shields Valley. Sam Leep scored 17 points for the Eagles (16-0), led 46-3 at halftime. Milan Moscone had seven for the Rebels.

Greg Whitesell and Isaac Fisher pumped in 20 points apiece, and Lane Johnson added 19 as No. 2 Arlee was hitting on all cylinders in a 101-48 romp at Two Eagle River. The two-time defending state champion Warriors scored 34 points in the first quarter and 37 in the third as 10 players scored. Cody Tanner added 11 for Arlee. Dom Finley and Travis Pierre each scored 10 for Two Eagle. 

Julian Glenn popped in 15 points and Brendan Falls Down added 14 as No. 7 Plenty Coups rolled past Roberts 79-34. Garrett Spencer had 14 points and Jace Weimer 13 for the Rockets.

Sloan McPherson was on fire with 35 points and teammate Logan Nelson had 10 for Savage in a 60-45 victory over Brockton. Rodney Drum had 15 points, Daunte Azure 13 and Adam Track 10 for the Warriors.

Josh Herron led all scorers with 22 points to lift No. 9 Fairview over Plentywood 43-32. Teammate Alex Schriver had 17 for Fairview. Jaxson Pedersen topped the Wildcats with 14 points and Reese Wirtz had 10.

Charlie Kruer had a game-high 21 points as No. 5 Twin Bridges improved to 17-0 with a 64-34 romp over Lone Peak. Daniel Kruer and Jake Hughes contributed 10 points apiece for the Falcons. Michael Romney led the Bighorns with 14 points. 

Mick O'Connor and Turner Tooke scored 14 points apiece as Ekalaka survived Wibaux 44-39. Chance Larson scored 15 points and Cobe Begger added 12 for the Longhorns, who led 15-9 after one quarter.

James Lane led with 19 points as Harlowton rallied in the fourth quarter for a 46-43 win over Absarokee. Lane Lode added 11 for the Engineers. Wyatt Hayes had 18 and Peyton Langley 11 for Absarokee.

Tristan Gieser poured in 30 points, Daynon Bear added 18 and Ty Herzog contributed 13 for Reed Point-Rapelje in a 68-36 rout of Fromberg. Carson Nelson led Fromberg with 12. 

• Only four players scored, but Brian Ward had 23 points, Kade Cutler 14 and Daniel Brabender 10 to lead Philipsburg over Alberton-Superior 53-40. Bryan Mask had a strong night with 20 points and Danner Haskins added 10 for Alberton-Superior.

Hayden Lockie led four players in double figures with 18 points as Circle cruised past Bainville 68-37. Calder Fleming had 13, Rhett Bailey 12 and Grady Taylor 10 for the Wildcats. Derek Bowker had 15 points for Bainville.

Gabe Granada scored 18 points and Tristan Labatte pitched in with 10 for Culbertson in a 46-30 victory over Richey-Lambert. Seth Prevost's 12 points topped the Fusion.

Tyler Kundsen scored 25 points and Brandon Knudsen added 18 in leading Hot Springs to a 59-44 home win over Noxon. Logan Wood had 17 points and Rylan Weltz 16 for Noxon.

Dylan Parks pumped in 24 points and Brandon Winters added 15 for Darby in a 58-31 rout of Charlo. Cole Kayser added 10 for the Tigers. Garett Vaughn led the Vikings with 11.

Garrett Diekhans led four players in double figures with 17 points and Fort Benton won a wild one with Hays-Lodgepole, 66-63 in overtime. Fort Benton led by six points at halftime but Hays-Lodgepole clawed its way back behind Kyle Young Jr. (18 points) and Ken Black Crow Jr. (15). Max Lane had 13 points, Hayden Diekhans 12 and Logan Giles 10 for the Longhorns. Gilbert Snow had 14 and Deshon Shambo 10 for H-P.

Cord Schneider topped five Chinook players in double figures as the high-flying Sugarbeeters raced past Turner 88-45. Isaac Bell and Brendon Edwards had 14 points apiece, and Reese Elliot and Riley Kellam had 11 each for Chinook. Cody Welsh topped the Tornadoes with 14 and Shane Kimmel had 11.

Caden Rettig scored 19 points and North Star needed every one in rallying past Chester-Joplin-Inverness 45-44. North Star outscored CJI 21-12 in the fourth quarter. Bailey Spicher had 14 points. Tyler Wanken had 14 and Spencer Richter 12 for CJI. 

Connor McNeil had 15 points and Austin Popp 14 to help carry Park City past Broadview-Lavina 51-44. Rod Schaff had a big night with 22 points and Aidan Payne had 14 for Broadview-Lavina.

Ed Murnion was tops with 20 points and Doug Murnion added 18 for Jordan in a 59-39 win over Custer-Hysham. Preston Long topped the Rebels with 18 points.

Maverick McKinlay scored 16 points and Brady Duvall had 15 as Geraldine-Highwood rode a strong second half to a 42-41 nail-biter over Winnett-Grass Range. G-H trailed 27-17 at intermission, but outscored Winnett-Grass Range 14-7 in the third quarter and 11-7 in the fourth. Jacob Jessen had 13 points and Zane Stahl 12 for Winnett-GR.

Wendell Main scored 12 points, Cody Aimsback added 10 and No. 10 Heart Butte had a big second half in rallying past Power 46-45. Heart Butte trailed 25-17 at the break and was still down two points before a 17-10 fourth-quarter run. Brady Smelser led Power with 16 points.

Zach Brown poured in 27 points and Terry Allmer chipped in with 15 for Lustre Christian in a 65-22 thumping of rival Frazer. 

Jake Weyers led all scorers with 21 points, Treydon Brouillette added 15 and Matt McCracken had 11 for Plains in an 83-54 triumph over St. Regis. Ian Farris had 19, Caleb Ball 16 and Adam Ball 10 for St. Regis.

• Clancy Thomas scored 17 points and Luke Stermitz added 12 to lead Gardiner to a 62-34 romp over White Sulphur Springs. 

Brody Grebe led with 21 points and Shayden Cook had 21 as third-ranked Melstone had little trouble with Dodson 72-28. Tyler Kombol added 11 for the Broncs. Zarek Jones led Dodson with 10.

Eyan Becker had 14 points, Casey Reimer 11 and Riley Reimer 10 for Valley Christian in its 45-31 win over Lincoln. 

Girls Basketball

Class AA

• Top-ranked Helena and Jamie Pickens proved to be too much for Missoula Big Sky, posting a 69-38 win in Helena. Pickens scored 24 points for the Bengals. Mia Sandau and Chasity Foote each scored nine points for the Eagles.

Baylee Sayler scored 22 points in leading Missoula Hellgate to a 60-39 home win over fifth-ranked Kalispell Glacier. Emma Blakely added 15 points for the Knights.

Emily Funseth scored 12 points and Marley Calliham added 11 for Great Falls CMR in a 50-26 win over Billings Skyview. The Rustlers led 19-3 after one quarter and 33-9 at halftime. Kinsey Frost had seven for the Falcons.

Lexi Deden led with 15 points and Kodi Fraser had nine as Missoula Sentinel raced to a 15-4 first-quarter lead and fended off Kalispell Flathead 42-30. Only three players scored for the Bravettes and all but two were by Jenna Johnson (16) and Taylor Henley (12).

Willa Albrecht scored 14 points and Shayla Montague added 10 for third-ranked Billings West in a 50-41 victory at Great Falls. Jorgie Hawthorne's 18 points led the Bison.

Class A

• Hardin, ranked No. 5 in the 406mtsports.com Class A poll, used a 20-9 third quarter to beat No. 2 Billings Central 44-41 at Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark. Marie Five scored a game-high 17 points for the Bulldogs (14-2), who have won eight straight after losing to Central 49-43 on Jan. 5. Isabella Erickson led Central (12-3) with 15 points. Melissa Hanser and Olivia Moten-Schell each added 10.

• Frenchtown held off Libby for a 33-30 home win. Claire Bagnell led the Broncs with 15 points.

Danielle Babcox led all scorers with 20 points and Bobbi Lima contributed 15 for Livingston in a 49-31 romp over Butte Central. The Maroons got 16 points from Tricia Joyce and 10 from Emma Keeley.

Dulci Skunkcap led four players in double figures with 13 points for No. 3 Browning (14-2) in its 78-36 trouncing of Polson. Danaiya Polk had 12 points, Tatum Running Crane 11 and Taylor Jordon 10 for the Runnin' Indians. Karly Lawson led Polson with 12. 

Class B

• Missoula Loyola steamrolled to a 73-42 home win over Western 7B frontrunner Eureka. Freshman Lani Walker scored 23 points and teammate Sam Clevenger added 22 behind four 3-point goals. Avory Escobar led the Lions with 10 points.

• Florence stayed perfect in Western 6B action (7-0) with a 55-46 win at Anaconda. Danielle Zahn delivered with 25 points for the Falcons (13-2 overall).

Sydney Prather's 22 points and 16 from Hailee Brandon helped offset 28 from Jefferson's Rachel Van Blaricom in a 58-55 victory for Big Timber. Ella Holman added 11 for the Herders. Grace Jones had 12 for Jefferson, which led by one point after three quarters.

Emily Poole scored 17 points, Amanda Cranford had 12 and Julia Parent added 11 for Huntley Project in a 50-44 upset over No. 5 Columbus. Breanna Rouane had 18 and Payton West 11 for the Cougars. The Red Devils used a 22-12 fourth quarter to rally from a four-point deficit.

Teegan Ewing led four players in double figures with 14 points as St. Labre rolled past Lodge Grass 54-34. Madison Bighorn had 12, and Priscilla Flatmouth and Destynee Two Moons 11 apiece for the Braves. Shantell Prettyontop led Lodge Grass with 11.

Imani Bighorn pumped in a game-high 20 points as No. 2 Wolf Point improved to 15-1 with a 47-37 victory over Class A Glendive. Kasidi Walker had eight to lead Glendive.

• In a battle of 5B powers, Tavia Rooney scored 17 points and Charlotte Watson added 11 for top-ranked Townsend (16-0) in a 48-37 win over No. 10 Three Forks, the defending state champion. Kyle Olson led all scorers with 23 points and Kendall Lynn added 10 for the Wolves.

Addie Casterline scored 20 points and Kya Egan added 11 as No. 9 Colstrip fended off a late surge to topple Lame Deer 72-67. The Fillies led 54-40 entering the fourth quarter before Lame Deer went on a 27-18 run.

Class C

Madison Kelly and Kylee Thompson each tallied 15 points in a 49-41 win for St. Regis at Plains. Kassidy Kinzie collected 12 points and Natalee Deschamps 10 for the Trotters.

Carlee Fryberger collected 13 points in sparking Charlo to a 46-35 win at Darby. TeaAnna Rouse tallied 12 points for the Tigers.

Larisah Moreland was the only player in double figures with 10 points as Custer-Hysham won a 34-19 slugfest with Jordan. The Rebels led 9-6 at halftime and 17-11 after three quarters. Brenna Murnion's six points led the Mustangs.

Sarah Billmayer led all scorers with 16 points and Brooke Reed and Melanie Watkins had 10 apiece for Turner in a 55-18 win over Chinook. The Tornadoes pitched a first-half shutout, leading 45-0 at the break. 

Blakely Verke had 10 points to lead 10 players in the scoring column as Park City had no trouble with Broadview-Lavina, 48-8. Callie Beckett had six for the Pirates. 

Brynn Jolma scored 17 points and Sydney Browning pitched in with 13 to pace Winnett-Grass Range past Geraldine-Highwood 54-19. Jackie Long's nine points led Geraldine-Highwood.

Draya Wacker followed up her 31-point night Friday with a 29-point effort for Melstone in a 60-12 trouncing of Dodson. Kayla Kombol added 13 for the Broncs.

Brianna Bergum led the way with 15 points, Kristen Vincent had 12 and Sami Connerton 11 as No. 8 Hobson-Moore-Judith Gap won a 44-39 showdown against No. 3 Belt 44-39. H-M-JG (12-3) outscored the Huskies (14-2) 15-8 in the third quarter and held court the rest of the way. Kolby Pimperton and Kyelie Marquis had 10 apiece for Belt.

Kassie Kirkaldie led all scorers with 19 points and Amber Reddig pitched in with 13 for Lustre Christian in its 37-19 victory over rival Frazer. Kaylandra St. Marks had 15 to lead the Bearcubs.

Aspen Giese led 11 players in the scoring column with 13 points and McKenzie Clark had 10 as No. 2 Fort Benton rebounded from its second defeat of the season to top-ranked Box Elder with a 76-35 rout of Hays-Lodgepole. Latasha Kirkaldie topped Hays-Lodgepole with 10 points.

Madison Mask scored 14 points and Alberton-Superior rode a dominant fourth quarter to a 41-35 win over Philipsburg. Trailing 28-19 entering the final eight minutes, A-S went on a 22-7 run to win it. Amelia Hill had 17 points for P-burg. 

Katelyn Christensen scored 14 points and Hot Springs used a 13-3 second quarter to fend off Noxon 36-29. Delaney Weltz scored 14 for Noxon.

Janessa Willekes led a balanced Simms offense with 13 points and sister Elyssa Willekes had 11 as Simms kept rolling with a 56-26 rout of Dutton-Brady. Taylor Jones was next in line with 10 points as nine Tigers scored. Grace Weber topped Dutton-Brady with 11 points. 

Maggie Jorgensen had the hot hand with 33 points and Alexis Cannon provided 18 for Lincoln in a 67-36 pasting of Valley Christian. Emma Hiltz topped VC with 13 points.

20-Point Club

44: Kobee BigBack, Colstrip

35: Sloan McPherson, Savage

35: Jaden Graham, Lewistown

33: Maggie Jorgensen, Lincoln

32: Ryggs Johnston, Libby

30: Tristan Gieser, Reed Point-Rapelje

29: Draya Wacker, Melston

28: Bernardine Fisher, St. Labre

28: Brody Grebe, Melstone

27: Zach Brown, Lustre Christian

25: Danielle Zahn, Florence

25: Tate Elkin, Billings Christian

25: Rollie Worster, Missoula Hellgate

24: Dylan Parks, Darby

24: Journey Emerson, Lame Deer

24: Jamie Pickens, Helena

23: Lani Walker, Missoula Loyola

23: Brian Ward, Philipsburg

23: Kyle Olson, Three Forks

23: Asia Two Moons, Lame Deer

22: Sam Clevenger, Missoula Loyola

22: Josh Herron, Fairview

22: Baylee Saylor, Missoula Hellgate

22: Sydney Prather, Big Timber

22: Cord Schneider, Chinook

22: Rod Schaff, Broadview-Lavina

21: Josh Erbacher, Billings West 

21: Caleb Bellach, Manhattan Christian

21: Charlie Kruer, Twin Bridges

21: Dyllon McDermid, Deer Lodge

21: Tanner Rae, Roundup

21: Drew Wyman, Great Falls

21: Jake Weyers, Plains

21: Shayden Cook, Melstone

20: Tameron Medicine Bull, St. Labre

20: Colton Collins, Lodge Grass

20: Bryan Mask, Alberton-Superior

20: Keith Johnson, Libby

20: Ed Murnion, Jordan

20: Imani Bighorn, Wolf Point

20: Danielle Babcox, Livingston

20: Tyson Racht, Townsend

20: Addie Casterline, Colstrip

20: Logan Stetzner, Anaconda

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