State C Girls - Twin Bridges vs Box Elder 2

Box Elder's Lillian Gopher goes for a shot against Twin Bridges during the State C girls tournament last year at the Butte Civic Center

A two-time Class C champion is bringing her talents to a college that recently claimed a national title of it own. 

Box Elder's Lillian Gopher, a 5-foot-10 point guard who was a two-time all-state selection, inked a letter of intent to join Montana Western's women's basketball team on Friday Western's athletic office confirmed. The signing comes three days after the Bulldogs claimed the NAIA Division I crown for the first time in program history. 

"We're excited to bring Lilly to campus next year," Western coach Lindsay Woolley said in a press release. "She knows how to win, is extremely skilled with the ball in her hands and has good size for a guard. Lilly will fit great with the rest of this recruiting class." 

The Bears are no stranger to winning championships. Gopher helped spur Box Elder to win the last two State C crowns as the Bears held off Roy-Winifred for the title this season and defeated Winnett-Grass Range in the championship game last year.  

She averaged over 16 points per game the past two seasons as Box Elder compiled a 93-8 record during that span.  

A versatile point guard, Gopher is the latest high-profile Western recruit. The Bulldogs also signed former Three Forks star Shainy Mack who helped power the Wolves to an undefeated Class B campaign her senior season. 

Western will be looking to replace a wealth of senior talent, including two-time NAIA Player of the Year Brianna King. 


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