Forsyth's Lindsey Hein

Forsyth's Lindsey Hein, shown against Big Timber during the State semifinals at the Butte Civic Center on Friday, committed to Montana State on Tuesday.

BILLINGS — Forsyth junior Lindsey Hein plans to continue her basketball career at Montana State, she announced Tuesday.

Hein, a 6-foot-6 post, told that she committed weeks ago but wanted to wait until after the state tournament to announce it.

"I could kind of a relax and play," she said Tuesday. 

Hein had offers from Montana, Iowa State, Nebraska and North Dakota State, she said.

"It was a really hard decision," she said. "MSU has really good fans and coaches. I decided I wanted to stay home and play in front of my home state."

Hein has earned Class B all-state selections in each of the last two seasons. She scored 20 points in the Dogies' opening-round win over Malta on Thursday and poured in 24 against Big Timber in the semifinals a day later.

The last week has "been crazy," said Hein, who also plays volleyball and doesn't compete in a spring sport.

Montana's first cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, caused the Montana High School Association to cancel the state basketball tournaments on their second-to-last day. Every semifinal winner, including the Forsyth girls, was awarded a co-championship.

Two days later, the state's K-12 schools were ordered closed for two weeks. The MHSA suspended its spring sports season indefinitely on Monday, joining a long list of organizations/schools to cut some or all of their spring athletic competitions.

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