Billings Senior's Bailey King and Cassidy Venner

Billings Senior's Bailey King and Cassidy Venner surround Billings West's Maddie Albrecht as they go for a rebound in the crosstown game at West High on Saturday.

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

Boys Basketball

Class AA

Brenden Lindseth poured in 18 point and Bryce Deping added 13 as defending state AA champion Great Falls CMR rolled to a 59-40 Eastern AA victory over Butte. Lindseth also knocked down a game-high three 3-pointers. The Rustlers grabbed a 12-5 lead after the first quarter and led 27-14 by halftime. The Bulldogs were led by 10 points apiece from Danny McCloskey and Kale McCarthy, who hit a pair of triples.  

• Sophomore Neil Daily scored 14 points on 6-for-7 shooting in leading Missoula Sentinel to a 48-41 Western AA home win over Helena. Daily also collected a team-high six rebounds. Bryan Mikulski dished out three assists for the Spartans.

Melstone freshman Draya Wacker hits a buzzer-beater at halftime against Broadus on Saturday.

Gabe Adams had 12 points and Anthony Jones and Brett Thompson each scored 10 as Kalispell Flathead tripped Post Falls (Idaho) 56-53. 

Cade Kidder had 15 points and Trevor Swanson 12 and Helena Capital outrebounded Great Falls by 14 in a 48-43 nonconference win. Luke Layman had 11 for fifth-ranked and previously unbeaten Great Falls.

Class A

• No. 2 Billings Central survived a massive run and slowed down top-ranked Hardin, winning 59-54 at Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark in Billings. Central, No. 2 in the rankings, built an early double-digit lead, fell behind by five, roared back and soared ahead for good. Chrishon Dixon scored a game-high 21 points for Central. Famous Lefthand led No. 1 Hardin with 15 points, and Andrew House added 13. Both Lefthand and House fouled out in the fourth quarter.

Tanner Goligoski was red-hot with 29 points and Trey Searle pitched in with 19 as Hamilton raced to a 28-9 first-quarter lead and coasted to an 83-46 triump over Whitefish. Lee Walburn's 13 points topped Whitefish.

Trevor Neumann scored 30 points and third-ranked Butte Central needed every one in a 57-56 non-conference victory over Livingston. Braden Harrington added 13 and Cade Holter 11 for the Maroons (8-0). Brendon Johnson led the Rangers with 18 points and Mcleod Verstand added 12.

Tyree Whitcomb led with 20 points and Rylee Spoonhunter chipped in with 18 for fourth-ranked Browning in a 67-52 triumph over Libby. The Indians bolted to a 22-6 lead after one quarter and maintained the gap the rest of the way. Ryggs Johnston scored 21 to lead Libby.

Tanner Trafton and Jaden Graham combined for 56 points to help No. 5 Lewistown defeat Havre 67-45. Trafton finished with 32 points and Graham 24 for the Eagles, who held Havre to 16 second-half points.

Colter Bales scored 14 points and Shea Osborne and Logan Kennedy added 10 apiece as Laurel slipped past Miles City 40-33. Kaden Stradley had 15 for the Cowboys.

Class B

Kaeson Long with 11 points was the only scorer in double figures but he was one of nine scorers for Three Forks in a 48-28 win over Townsend. Tyson Racht led the Bulldogs with eight.

Cage Briggs led with 23 points and Clay Wolfe pitched in with 10 for Whitehall in a 53-37 victory over Manhattan. The Tigers got 13 points from Kyle Hotvedt.

Kell Schwers erupted for 30 points and received help from 12 points from Ethan Bullock and 11 from Jacob Roberts as Big Timber cruised past Jefferson 69-40. Trent McMaster and Jaxon Yanzick had eight points apiece for Jefferson.

Spencer Lepley and Badger Martin joined forces to score 45 points in leading Shepherd to a 67-61 overtime win against visiting Red Lodge in a 4B matchup. Lepley finished with 25 points and Martin contributed 20. They also combined to make 18 of 24 free throws, with Martin going 8 for 8. Austin Heimer kept Red Lodge close with his 25 points. Lepley also gathered nine rebounds for the Mustangs. Shepherd outscored Red Lodge 14-8 during OT.

Sean Shelhamer led with 16 points and Caleb Ploeger added 12 for Baker in a 49-32 victory over Forsyth.

Grant Lundberg scored 25 points, including eight in overtime, in leading Thompson Falls to a 59-53 home win over Eureka. 

Dyllon McDermid scored a game-high 19 points and hit made a three-point play with Deer Lodge trailing by two with under a minute to play to help the Wardens top defending state champion and top-ranked Bigfork. The Vikings were led by 16 points from Logan Gillard and 11 from Clayton Reichenbach.  

Class C

• Second-ranked Arlee steamrolled host Noxon 84-21 behind Greg Whitesell's 24 points. Levi Brubaker led the Red Devils with six points.

• Clarence Stewart had a game-high 21 points in Plenty Coups' win over Absarokee 72-29.

Colt Miller's 23 points and Javonne Nesbit's 21 led four players in double figures as Froid-Lake took an 80-59 verdict from Bainville. Jordan Trupe put in 12 points and Bode Miller 10 for Froid-Lake. Derek Bowker answered with 22 and A.J. Ullmer addedf 20 for Bainville.

Jared Pardee led all scorers with 19 points, and Tucker Tooke and Wyatt Kittelmann chipped in with 13 apiece as Ekalaka had little trouble with Terry 58-25. Wes Braddock led the Terriers with seven.

Cameron Hickson had a big night with 25 points, Aidan Payne added 15 and Lane Fiske contributed 10 for Broadview-Lavina in a 60-41 win at Reed Point-Rapelje. Ty Herzog had 13 points and Tristan Gieser 10 for Reed Point.

Justin Stulc's 27 points led the way and Brody Gece added 17 and Tyler Fordyce 12 as Roy-Winifred toppled Centerville 63-40. Lance Leo topped the Miners with 17.

Caleb Bellach's 21 points were tops among four players in double figures as No. 1 Manhattan Christian cruised to an 81-29 rout of Shields Valley. Sam Leep contributed 18 points and David Aamont and Josiah Amunrud added 12 apiece for the Eagles. Aiden Jenkins topped Shields Valley with 14, followed by Milan Moscone with 10. 

Zach Brown's 26 points for Lustre Christian were 11 more than Frazer's team total in a 54-15 victory. Terry Allmer added 11 for Lustre.

Noah Ambuehl's 17 points lifted Great Falls Central to a 47-31 win over Sunburst.

Aiden McDaniel led with 14 points, Hunter Vogl and Brendan Wing had 13 each, and Kaimen Evans added 11 for Belt in a 54-35 victory over Hobsono-Moore-Judith Gap. Jacob McAllister had 10 for Hobson-Moore-Judith Gap.

Jayce Tandy scored 19 points and Aidan Fishell added 13 for No. 4 Scobey in a 56-21 win over Class B Glasgow. Kobe Sibley led the Scotties with 10.

• Alberton-Superior went on a 17-9 run in the fourth quarter to pull out a 46-44 win over Two Eagle River. Bryan Mask led the Mountain Cats with 18 points. Dom Finley and Travis Pierre each scored 12 for the Eagles.

Spencer Lehnerz and Gaige Blackwell tossed in 12 points each and Ben Lehnerz added 11 for Power in a tough 45-41 triumph over Heart Butte, which got 14 points from Wendell Main.

Hayden Diekhans led with 15 points and 10 Fort Benton players scored in a 66-30 romp over Hays-Lodgepole. Gilbert Snow had 10 for H-L. 

Bailey Spicher had 16 points and Caden Rettig added 13 for North Star in its 56-38 conquest of Chester-Joplin-Inverness. 

Shayden Cook scored a game-high 22 points and Brody Grebe contributed 20 for third-ranked Melstone in an 85-37 trouncing of Broadus. Thomas DeJaegher had 14 points for the Broncs. Beau Kuhbacher had 15 and Clay LaPlant 11 for Broadus. 

Reuben Black Wolf led with 32 points and Dylan McConnell chipped in with 27 as Northern Cheyenne routed Plevna 66-24.

Girls Basketball

Class AA

Top-ranked Helena started the game on an 11-0 run and began the second quarter with 24 consecutive points en route to overwhelming Missoula Sentinel 71-22. Vanessa Walsh had 15 points and seven rebounds for the Bengals, Paige Aasved had 16 points, and Jamie Pickens had 11 points and five steals. The Spartans, who had 28 turnovers, were led by Lexi Deden's eight points.

• TyRaa Manuel scored 14 points and Shayla Montague added 13 to help Billings West remain undefeated with a 59-38 Eastern AA win over Billings Senior. The Golden Bears, ranked No. 3, improved to 6-0. TyLee Manuel added eight points for West, which saw 10 players score points. Ellie Ostermiller scored 14 points to lead Senior (1-5). 

Ally Cleverly had 14 points, Aspen Lovshin 12 and Haley Herron 11 for Butte in a 48-37 win over Great Falls CMR

Class A

Ryley Kehr poured in 24 points to lead four players in double figures as third-ranked Columbia Falls remained unbeaten (9-0) with an 81-25 romp over Polson. Trista Cowan added 14 points, Josie Windauer 12 and Lakia Hill 11 for the Wildkats. Mossy Kauley topped Polson with seven points. Columbia Falls raced to a 39-9 lead after one quarter. 

Maliyah LeCoure led the way with 15 points and Angel Richards contributed 12 to lift Stevensville to a 50-40 Southwestern A win over Dillon. Josey Jones led the Beavers with 12 points. 

Kyndall Keller's 13 points led a balanced offense as top-ranked and defending state champion Havre shrugged off a slow start to roll past Lewistown 60-28 and improve to 8-0. The Blue Ponies led only 8-3 after one quarter but put up 21 in the next eight minutes. Nine players scored for Havre. Anna Zimmer's nine points led Lewistown.

• Hamilton got back on the winning track with a 30-22 home triumph over Whitefish. Lauren Ryter led the Broncs with eight points. Marlee Bender scored nine for the Bulldogs.

• A game high 10-points from Tricia Joyce, a second quarter surge and two second-quarter 3-pointers from Maddie Kump helped propel Butte Central  to a 39-29 non-conference victory over Livingston. 

Isabelle Erickson had 12 points and Solei Elletson and Olivia Moten-Schell 11 each to lead second-ranked Billings Central past Hardin 49-43 in one of two annual rivalry showdowns at the Metra. 

Class B

Emma Eveson scored 16 points and Dorothy Mastel chipped in with 14 for Red Lodge in a 49-36 victory at Shepherd. Logan Kern had 11 for Shepherd.

Maddison Underal had 15 points, Skyler Martin added 11 and Bailey Johnston contributed 10 as Shelby book-ended dominant first and fourth quarters for a 52-39 win over Fairfield. The Coyotes led 13-4 after one quarter and outscored Fairfield 18-9 in the fourth quarter. Kenna Pitcher's 14 points topped the Eagles. 

Megan Baxter scored a game-high 15 points but it was not enough for Thompson Falls in a 50-33 home loss to Eureka. 

Rachel VanBlarieson of Jefferson was the game's high scorer with 25 points but Big Timber's balance was too much in a 54-45 victory. Hailee Brandon and Sydney Prather each had 13 for Big Timber.  

Tavia Rooney scored 18 points and No. 1 Townsend edged defending state champion Three Forks 36-35. The game was close at all quarter stops as well: Townsend led 11-7 after one, 21-17 after two, and the game was tied 26-26 after the third quarter. Paeton Ohs had 11 pionts and Kyle Olson 10 for Three Forks.

Kamryn Scully paced Deer Lodge with 11 points and Rachel Nicholson added seven as the Wardens topped Bigfork in a Western B matchup. Bigfork was led by 10 points form Emma Berreth.

Class C

Kristen Vincent scored 17 points, including 10 in overtime, as Hobson-Moore-Judith Gap upset top-ranked Belt 46-41 in a Class C showdown at Hobson. Vincent shot 10 for 10 at the foul line in OT, and went 13 of 14 on the line for the night. Brianna Bergum also tallied 10 points for the victors. Belt was led by the nine points of Brooke Schraner and Shelby Paulson. The visiting Huskies were ahead 21-11 at halftime.

Jocelyn Ott hed 15 points and Carlee Blodgett tossed in 12 as Reed Point-Rapelje cruised past Broadview-Lavina 41-13. 

• Arlee raced to a 20-point lead in the first half en route to a 67-28 shellacking of host Noxon. Alyssia Vanderburg paced the Scarlets with 20 points. Delaney Weltz scored 12 points for the Red Devils.

Madeline Heggem led with 26 points, Olivia Geer added 17 and Dyauni Boyce had 14 as Roy-Winifred rolled past Centerville 72-21. Jena Sidle's nine points led the Miners.

Clair Callahan's 17 points led four players in double figures for Ekalaka in a 76-9 win over Terry. Tori Tooke had 12, Ella Owen 11 and Whitney Kittelmann 10 for Ekalaka. Kayla Holman had seven of Terry's nine points.

Emma Grange was high scorer with 12 points and nine players scored for Philipsburg in a 46-22 victory against Lincoln. Maggie Jorgensen had 12 for Lincoln.

Josie Thomas led with 18 points, Sophia Darr had 13 and Kyndra Long 11 for Gardiner in defeating Sheridan 53-27. Mackenzee Fabel led Sheridan with eight.

Mackenzie Dethman scored 10 points and No. 4 Froid-Lake defeated Bainville 29-26. Froid-Lake led 24-2 at halftime but had to hold on after being outscored 24-5 in the second half.

Alexis Hagl topped Harlowton with 12 points in a 40-25 win over Roberts. Kenzie Pitts led the Rockets with 11.

Kaydin Sibley scored 14 points and Chandalynn Smoker and Kaylandra St. Marks pitched in with 12 apiece for Frazer in a 42-31 victory over Lustre Christian. Kassie Kirkaldie and Amber Reddig had 10 each for Lustre.

• Three players scored in double digits to help Scobey, ranked No. 8, defeat Class B Glasgow 45-37. Grace Lekvold scored 16 points, Kortney Nelson had 15 and ShaAnn Danelson added 10 for Scobey, which led 20-9 at the half. Keely Fossum pumped in 22 points for Glasgow.

Haley Olson's 23 points led the way for Richey-Lambert in a 42-40 squeaker over Culbertson. Lauren Krenning had 10 points for the Fusion. Faith Bowland had 17 and Kelsie Williams 14 for Culberston.

Marni Schieffer had 16 points and Layni Schieffer contributed 10 as Wibaux slipped past Custer-Hysham 50-29. Larisah Moreland had 12 and Brooklyn Ragland 11 for Custer-Hysham.

Brynn Jolma had 12 points to guide Winnett-Grass Range to a 42-19 conquest of Geraldine-Highwood. Kaitlyn Leistike led G-H with 10.

Aspen Giese scored 22 points and Leah Gannon added 17 as fifth-ranked Fort Benton bounced back from its loss to No. 1 Box Elder with a 62-20 rout of Hays-Lodgepole. The Longhorns led 24-3 after one quarter.

Aleena Bacon's 17 points and Dana Lerum's 12 weren't enough for Harrison-Willow Creek in a 64-46 loss to West Yellowstone. No statistics were available for the Wolverines.

20-Point Club

32: Tanner Trafton, Lewistown

32: Reuben Black Wolf, Northern Cheyenne

30: Trevor Neumann, Butte Central

29: Tanner Goligoski, Hamilton

27: Justin Stulc, Roy-Winifred

27: Dylan McConnell, Northern Cheyenne

26: Madeline Heggem, Roy-Winifred

26: Zach Brown, Lustre Christian

25: Bridger Larson, Sidney

25: Cameron Hickson, Broadview-Lavina

25: Rachel VanBlarieson, Jefferson

25: Austing Heimer, Red Lodge

25: Spencer Lepley, Shepherd

24: Ryley Kehr, Columbia Falls

24: Greg Whitesell, Arlee

24: Alia Heavy Runner, Heart Butte

24: Jaden Graham, Lewistown

23: Cade Briggs, Whitehall

23: Colt Miller, Froid-Lake

23: Haley Olson, Richey-Lambert

22: Derek Bowker, Bainville

22: James Lane, Harlowton

22: Keely Fossum, Glasgow

22: Aspen Giese, Fort Benton

22: Shayden Cook, Melstone

21: Clarence Stewart, Plenty Coups 

21: Javonne Nesbit, Froid-Lake

21: Ryggs Johnston, Libby

21: Chrishon Dixon, Billings Central

21: Imani Bighorn, Wolf Point

20: Tyree Whitcomb, Browning

20: A.J. Ullmer, Bainville

20: Alyssia Vanderburg, Arlee

20: Badger Martin, Shepherd

20: Brody Grebe, Melstone


• Host Bozeman rolled to the team titles at its own Bozeman Invitational. The Hawk boys finished with 358 points and the girls had 345. Great Falls CMR was second in both team standings. Zach Johnson of Butte was a double winner, sweeping the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events. Michael Van Keuren of Billings West won the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly. Other individual winners for the boys were: Isaac DuCuennois, Bozeman, 200 freestyle; Brayden Arnold, West, 500 freestyle; Jaxon Gronning, CMR, 100 backstroke; Jack Moser, Bozeman, 100 breaststroke. There were three double winners for the girls. Catherine Russo of Butte showed her versatility by winning the 50 and 500 freestyles. Senior’s Julia McMullan won the 100 freestyle and 100 breaststroke. Bozeman’s Kieran Morton won the 200 IM and backstroke. In the girls 100 butterfly, Sarah Guillen of Bozeman out-touched Ellie Crouse of Senior by just two-hundredths of a second in the closest race of the day.


• Six wrestlers from Billings won individual titles at the Tom LeProwse Invitational in Bozeman on Saturday. Host Bozeman won the team title with 214 points, while Billings Senior was second with 164.5 and Billings West third with 159.5. The field included 29 teams.

The Golden Bears produced three champions — Drake Rhodes (113), Jace Rhodes (170) and Levi Malcolm (heavyweight) — the most of any team. Matthew DeWitt (126) and Jahzriel Peak (152) won titles for the Broncs, while Billings Skyview’s Brenner Bushfield won at 182. Drake Rhodes, Malcolm and DeWitt won by first-period pins.

Other champions were: Keagan Gransbery, Butte, 103; Isaac Romero, Helena, 126; Leif Schroeder, Bozeman, 132; Brock Rodrigues, Bozeman, 145; Michael Weber, Forsyth, 152; Ty Bradley, Colstrip, 160; Shane Gibson, Livingston, 205.

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