Thursday Night Hoops

Billings Central's Solei Elletson dribbles around Miles City's Channing Ellingson in the third quarter at the Nelles Activities Center on Thursday. The Rams won the Eastern A girls basketball game, 71-56. 

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

Boys Basketball

Class AA

• Balanced scoring helped Bozeman earn a 73-50 Eastern AA home win over Billings Senior. After an 11-11 first quarter, the Hawks — No. 4 in the latest Class AA rankings — outscored the Broncs 24-13 in the second, 18-12 in the third and 20-14 in the fourth. Carter Ash led Bozeman (9-3, 5-2) with 15 points, Kenneth Eiden had 14, Jackson Coles had 12 and Ryan Lonergan added 11. Austin Conway led Senior (0-12, 0-6) with 15 points, and Jackson Burckley added 14. 

• Top-ranked Missoula Hellgate rolled to a 67-24 Western AA victory over Kalispell Flathead. Hellgate's Rollie Worster scored a game-high 21 points, and Bridger Deden added 17.

• Missoula Sentinel topped Kalispell Glacier 73-66 with four players reaching double-digit scoring. Scott Malikie led the No. 5 Spartans with 18 points, while Rylan Ortt had 14 and Neil Daily and Hayden Kolb each added 11. Five Wolfpack players scored in double figures as well with Weston Price leading the way with 17.

• A 14-3 first quarter set the tone for Helena in a 58-48 Western AA win over Missoula Big Sky. Big Sky's Camdyn LaRance scored a game-high 19 points, and Andrew Gardanier added 10. Connor Murgel led Helena with 12 points. 

Class A

Michael Haverfield's 23 points led Dillon to a 56-46 win over Southwestern A leader Butte Central. The game was tied 22-22 at halftime, and the Beavers (10-5, 5-3) outscored the No. 5-ranked Maroons (13-2, 7-2) 16-12 in the third quarter and 18-12 in the fourth. Dylan Corvelli added 13 points for Dillon. Braden Harrington led Butte Central with 17, and Dylan Sestrich had 11.

• Top-ranked Billings Central built a 19-8 lead through one quarter and went on to post a 65-57 win at Miles City. The Rams (13-1, 6-0) led 19-8 in the first quarter against their Eastern A counterpart. Sam Gray provided 18 points for Central. Seth Sasich added 11. Miles City (5-10, 3-6) received 19 points from Kaden Stradley and 16 from Quest Savery.

• Hamilton used a 24-point fourth quarter to complete a huge comeback and beat Frenchtown 63-62. After scoring only five points in the third quarter, Hamilton trailed Frenchtown 51-39 but exploded offensively in the final frame to win the game. Four Hamilton players scored in double figures, led by Hunter Omlid with 20 points, while Carson Rostad added 14. Mason Pyron scored 16 to pace Frenchtown.

• Thirteen players scored for Browning in a 90-47 win over Class B Cut Bank. The Indians led 30-5 after one quarter, 58-21 at halftime and 75-28 through three quarters. Tyree Whitcomb led Browning with 13 points, Rylee Spoonhunter had 12 and Trevon Fisher added 11. Cut Bank's Hayden Harrell led all players with 17 points, while Dawson Vasboe and Coalter Littrell had 12 and 10, respectively.

• Corvallis edged Stevensville 64-60 for a Southwestern A win. The game was tied 27-27 at halftime and 44-44 going into the fourth quarter, where the Blue Devils outscored the Yellowjackets 20-16. Stevensville's Colby Meeds led all players with 24 points, while Logan Roth and Devlin Sherman added 11 apiece. Caleb Warnken led Corvallis with 19 points, Tanner Jessop had 15 and Caseon Jessop added 12. 

Class B

Bryce Harrington and Avery Stiles combined for 59 points as Jefferson defeated visiting Ennis 79-57. Harrington led the way with 33 points. Stiles wound up with 26, including five 3-pointers. Jefferson (5-10) jumped ahead 23-7 in the first quarter. Class C Ennis (8-7) received 19 points from sophomore Ian Swanson and 17 from Trevor Swanson, his senior brother.

• A 23-10 first quarter helped Townsend (3-11) earn a 58-41 victory over Class C Shields Valley (7-7). Townsend's Tyson Racht led all players with 18 points, while Tyler Christenson and Aaron Geisser each had 10.

• No. 8-ranked Fairfield used Keeley Bake's 28 points in winning at Shelby 61-53. The Eagles (11-3, 8-1) led 30-29 at halftime before gradually pulling away in the second half for a 1B victory. Bake shot 8 for 8 from the foul line in the fourth quarter. Teammate Dawson Allen finished with 11 points. Tanner Parsons scored 17 points for Shelby (8-7, 7-2), followed by Logan Leck (16) and Rhett Reynolds (14).

• Missoula Loyola routed Thompson Falls 72-23 as three players scored in double figures. Jack Lincoln led the Rams with 14 points, while Cooper Waters added 11 and Jaden Job tallied 10. Ethan Brown led Thompson Falls with eight.

• Bigfork topped Class A Ronan 69-35 behind a dominant performance from Logan Gilliard, who took over in the second half and finished with 22 points. Clayton Reichenbach added 18 points for the Vikings. Jacob Gatch led Ronan with 13.

Journey Emerson's 36 points highlighted a 95-90 win for Lame Deer over 3B opponent St. Labre. The Morning Star led 28-17 after one quarter, 54-37 at halftime and 72-55 through three quarters. The Braves outscored Lame Deer 35-23 in the fourth. Kingston McLean and Dewey Little Coyote added 18 and 11 points, respectively, for the Morning Star. 

• Joliet rolled to a 62-32 win over Harlowton. Joliet's Ry Olson led all players with 21 points, and James Lane added 13. 

Class C

Greg Whitesell poured in 30 points for the second-ranked Arlee Warriors in a 100-67 win over Class B St. Ignatius. Isaac Fisher and Cody Tanner added 21 and 14 points, respectively, for Arlee. Flint McPherson led St. Ignatius with 19 points, Lucas Vanderburg had 13 and Jedi Christy added 11. 

• The undefeated Chinook Sugarbeeters won in dominate fashion over the Class B Harlem Wildcats, 77-29. No. 6 Chinook (15-0) had four players in double figures. Cord Schnieder and Isaac Bell had 16 a piece, Ethan Bell contributed 13 and Brendan Edwards added 12. RJ Ramone led Harlem (4-11) with seven points. 

Parker Donaldson scored 20 points to lead Denton-Geyser-Stanford to a 64-53 8C win over Hobson-Moore-Judith Gap. D-G-S outscored the Titans 17-6 in the first quarter and 24-19 in the fourth. Jake Soloman had 19 and Dylan Taylor added 16 for the Bearcubs (10-4, 7-2). Matthew Eike and Zachary Thomas each scored 17 for the Titans (5-9, 3-6). 

• Victor defeated Alberton-Superior 60-51 behind 22 points from Tristin Chavez and 20 from Skyler Webberson. Danner Haskins led Clark Fork with 15 and Carson Callison added 14.

• Power subdued Cascade for a 10C road victory. Gaige Blackwell and Brady Smelser each scored nine points for Power, and Preston Hagan led Cascade with nine. 

• Froid-Lake needed overtime to earn a victory over Westby-Grenora, 64-58. Froid-Lake's Colt Miller scored a game-high 28 points, and Javonne Nesbit added 21. Ridge Sargent led the Thunder with 22 points, while Owen Nelson and Erik Field each scored 11.

Cobe Begger's 24 points led Wibaux to a 67-46 win over Alexander, North Dakota. Tei Lunde scored 16 points, Chance Larson had 14 and Cade Dschaak added 11 for the Longhorns. 

• A 10-2 third quarter was the difference in White Sulphur Springs' 50-48 win over Lone Peak. The Hornets' Sam Davis scored a game-high 18 points, and Knute Hereim added 15. Frankie Starz led Lone Peak with 12 points, and Austin Samuels had 10. 

• Broadus blew out Custer-Hysham, 68-38. Custer-Hysham's Preston Long scored a game-high 18 points, and Jakob Richardson added 15. Tayden Gee led Broadus with 13 points, and Kashus Giacometto added 10. 

Girls Basketball

Class AA

• Kalispell Glacier defeated Missoula Sentinel 57-38 thanks to a 21-point third quarter that blew the game open. Aubrie Rademacher led the Wolfpack, ranked No. 5 in the latest Class AA rankings, with 16 points as four Glacier players scored in double figures. Raley Shirey added 12, Ellie Keller tallied 11 and Kali Gulick finished with 10. Challis Westwater led Sentinel with 15 while Lexi Deden added 11.

• Missoula Hellgate topped Kalispell Flathead 58-30 as the Knights raced to a 27-11 lead by halftime and never looked back. Addy Heaphy and Kylie Lunday each scored 13 points for Hellgate and Bailee Sayler added 12. Jenna Johnson led Flathead with 16.

Class A

Olivia Moten-Schell led three players in double figures with 19 points as No. 2 Billings Central defeated Eastern A foe Miles City 71-56 at the Nelles Activities Center. Isabelle Erickson added 17 points and Julia Peterson had 16 for the Rams (12-2, 5-1), who jumped out to an 11-point lead after the first quarter and sustained the lead. Mackenzie Rask scored a game-high 22 points to lead Miles City (5-10, 2-7). Madison Rask had 11 points and Sydney Johnstone added 10 for the Cowgirls.

• Hamilton edged out Frenchtown, 35-33. Lauren Ryter led Hamilton with 13 points, while Kiya Shelton paced Frenchtown with 10.

Tricia Joyce's 20 points led Butte Central to a 43-35 Southwestern A win over Dillon. Tylia DeJohn led Dillon with 13 points.

Class B

• No. 4 Harlem rolled to a 71-23 win over Class C Chinook. Harlem's Skylee Dirden and L'Tia Lawrence each scored 19 points, and Taya Trottier added 17.

Maddison Underdal's 25 points led Shelby to a 49-39 win over 1B opponent Fairfield. The Coyotes (10-6, 7-2) led 26-17 at halftime, but the Eagles (6-8, 4-5) cut the deficit to one point going into the fourth quarter. Shelby pulled away with a 17-8 final period. Bailey Johnson and Skyler Martin each added nine points for the Coyotes. Kenna Pitcher led the Eagles with 15 points, and Madison Rosenbaum added 11.

• Missoula Loyola dominated Thompson Falls 72-35 behind 21 points from Lani Walker. Brooke Twite added 13 points, and Syd Koppang tallied 11 for the Breakers, who improved to 11-4. Megan Baxter led the Blue Hawks with 14 points, and Jody Detlaff added 13.

Ansleigh Edgerton scored 17 points and Bigfork held off Class A Ronan, 56-54. The Valkyries answered a 16-8 Chiefs first quarter with a 16-8 second, and they outscored Ronan 17-11 in the third. Heidi Schneller added 11 points for Bigfork. Jaylea Lunceford led Ronan with 13 points, and Regan Clairmont added 12. 

• Twelve players scored for Jefferson in a 41-33 win over Ennis. Rachel Van Blaricom led the Panthers with 13 points, and Ashley Pankratz added 12. Jourdain Klein led Ennis with 13 points.

• A 10-0 third quarter helped Joliet overcome an early deficit and beat Harlowton 38-32. Harlowton's Kayli Lane led all players with 17 points, and Skyler Wright added 12. 

• A 14-0 first quarter was one point off the final margin of victory for No. 3 Forsyth, which beat Baker 52-37. The Dogies' Lindsey Hein led all players with 18 points, and Roxanne Keefer added 14. Anika Ploeger led Baker with 13 points. 

Class C

• No. 6-ranked Scobey ran its season record to 14-1 with a 47-30 victory at Class B Glasgow. ShaAnn Danelson scored 18 points in the first three quarters for the Spartans. Kortney Nelson added 11 points and Grace Lekvold 10 for the victors. The Scotties (6-9) scored 17 points in the fourth quarter.

Brianna Bergum's 19 points spurred a balanced attack as No. 8 Hobson-Moore-Judith Gap (11-3) won at home 73-30 over 8C opponent Denton-Geyser-Stanford. Teammates Chloe Derks and Kristen Vincent contributed 13 points apiece. Danielle Horan added 12 for the Titans, who led 25-5 after one quarter. Cassidy Randel scored 12 points for D-G-S.

Monique Schwalbach scored a game-high 19 points in leading Power over 10C foe Cascade, 47-43. Maggie Jensen and Kinsey May each had 10 for Power (10-5, 10-3). Kendra Anderson led Cascade (9-6, 7-6) with 11 points, and Jessy Barger had 10.

• St. Ignatius topped Arlee in a thriller, 61-57 in overtime. Trailing 37-26 heading into the fourth quarter, Arlee mounted a furious comeback, scoring 23 points in the final period to force overtime. St. Ignatius outscored Arlee 12-8 in the final frame. Karolyna Buck scored 13 points to lead the Bulldogs, while Sydney Brander and Azia Umphrey each added 11. Arlee's Alyssia Vanderburg scored a game-high 30 points for the Scarlets.

• Alberton-Superior defeated Victor 48-11, grabbing a 31-5 lead by halftime and rolling from there. Zoe Kelsey led Clark Fork with 14 points, and Sophia Krutilla added nine.

• Westby-Grenora held off Froid-Lake, 43-42. The Thunder's Jenna Rust scored a game-high 24 points, and Elizabeth Field added 13. Sydney Detham led Froid-Lake with 15 points, and Sydney Labatte added 11.

Emma Flach's 12 points led Lone Peak to a 29-22 conference win over White Sulphur Springs. Daisy Fisher led the Hornets with eight points. 

Larisah Moreland's 21 points paced Custer-Hysham in a 36-29 win over Broadus. The Rebels led 14-2 after one quarter and 23-6 at halftime, and they held on despite a 17-3 third quarter in favor of the Hawks. Kiarah Coulter led Broadus with 11 points. 

Kaitlyn McColly (23 points) and Kia Wasson (20) combined to outscore Dodson overall in Saco-Whitewater-Hinsdale's 59-39 home win. Ella Messerly led Dodson with 19 points. 

20-Point Club

36: Journey Emerson, Lame Deer

33: Bryce Harrington, Jefferson

30: Alyssia Vanderburg, Arlee

30: Greg Whitesell, Arlee

28: Keeley Bake, Fairfield

28: Colt Miller, Froid-Lake

26: Avery Stiles, Jefferson

25: Maddison Underdal, Shelby

24: Cobe Begger, Wibaux

24: Colby Meeds, Stevensville

24: Jenna Rust, Westby-Grenora

23: Michael Haverfield, Dillon

23: Kaitlyn McColly, Saco-Whitewater-Hinsdale

22: Tristin Chavez, Victor

22: Logan Gilliard, Bigfork

22: Mackenzie Rask, Miles City

22: Ridge Sargent, Westby-Grenora

21: Isaac Fisher, Arlee

21: Larisah Moreland, Custer-Hysham

21: Javonne Nesbit, Froid-Lake

21: Ry Olson, Joliet

21: Lani Walker, Missoula Loyola

21: Rollie Worster, Missoula Hellgate

20: Parker Donaldson, Denton-Geyser-Stanford

20: Tricia Joyce, Butte Central

20: Hunter Omlid, Hamilton

20: Kia Wasson, Saco-Whitewater-Hinsdale

20: Skyler Webberson, Victor

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