Helena girls basketball

The Helena High girls basketball team defeated Missoula Big Sky 69-38 on Saturday afternoon.

HELENA — After winning the “crosstown showdown,” Helena High has undisputedly owned the top 406mtsports.com rankings in Class AA. However, the Bengals will have a few challenges before we start postseason play, and one of those challenges will be against Missoula Hellgate -- now the fifth-ranked team in our poll -- on Feb. 7, and Feb. 22 is marked on Helena’s calendar for another installment of “crosstown,” which could be interesting to see how Bengals’ coach Eric Peterson and the Bruins' Katie Garca-Forba adjust to each other after one meeting.

Class A follows a similar storyboard with their boys' counterparts. The Hardin girls, like their boys' team, flip-flopped the rankings, with a critical victory over Billings Central, ranked second in last week’s www.406mtsports.com polls. Havre continues to be the elite team, and will continue to own that position until someone defeats them. Columbia Falls and Browning, two Northwest A District rivals, will also be in the championship conversation until the end.

Townsend continues to maintain perfection, but looking down the list on our 406mtsports.com rankings, any one of these Class B teams could be in the mix at the end come tournament time. Class B has been cluttered all season, and each team on our list has a case to hoist the trophy at the end.

For the last decade, the Belt Lady Huskies have been the elite of Class C. This season, their archrival Box Elder has owned the top spot. However, Box Elder was challenged by Fort Benton this week, and it took overtime to decide the issue. Fort Benton, who is led by Aspen Giese, was two baskets away from owning the top spots, and have solidified their place in the championship conversation moving forward.

Savage, our No. 3-ranked team in the 406mtsports.com network, has yet to lose a game this year, and their perfection -- with five players capable of scoring in double-digits on any given night -- means anything is indeed possible. Belt, who fell to No. 8 on our 406mtsports.com rankings, will also be in the mix in this tightly contested race to the finish.

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Class AA girls

1.)    Helena (12-0)

2.)    Helena Capital (11-1)

3.)    Billings West (11-2)

4.)    Butte (10-3)

5.)    Missoula Hellgate (8-4)

Class A girls

1.)    Havre (16-0)

2.)    Hardin (14-2)

3.)    Billings Central (12-3)

4.)    Browning (14-2)

5.)    Columbia Falls (15-1)

Class B girls

1.)    Townsend (15-0)

2.)    Wolf Point (14-1)

3.)    Harlem (13-3)

4.)    Columbus (12-3)

5.)    Forsyth (14-2)

6.)    St. Labre (12-3)

7.)    Colstrip (13-4)

8.)    Florence (14-2)

9.)    Whitehall (13-2)

10.)  Missoula Loyola (11-4)

Class C

1.) Box Elder (16-0)

2.) Fort Benton (14-2)

3.) Savage (16-0)

4.) Scobey (14-1)

5.) Froid-Lake (13-1)

6.) Winnett-Grass Range (12-3)

7.) Hobson-Moore-Judith Gap (12-3)

8.) Belt (13-3)

9.) Bridger (13-2)

10.) Great Falls Central (14-2)

Jason Blasco is the lead prep sports reporter for the Helena Indepedent-Record and a sports reporter for the 406mtsports.com network.

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