Billings Central defeats Billings Senior, 64-52

Billings Senior's Junior Bergen fouls Billings Central's Tyler Gray in the second quarter of a nonconference boys basketball game at the Broncs gym on Friday. 

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

Boys Basketball

Class AA

Blake Thelen had a game-high 20 points in leading Great Falls over Class A Havre 62-30. Kellen Detrick led Havre with 13. The Bison used a 23-4 second quarter to pull away for a 43-14 halftime margin.

Pierce Brown scored 24 points, Connor Murgel added 14, Logan Brown had 12 and Carson Woodland finished with 10 as hot-shooting Helena fired past Kalispell Flathead 65-48. Blake Counts had 14 and Gabe Adams 12 for the Braves. Helena took a 20-7 lead in the first quarter and was never seriously challenged.

Russell Gagne kept up his scoring pace with 19 points and received help from Keegan Barnes (14 points) and Cason Taylor (10) for third-ranked Great Falls CMR in a tough 55-47 victory at Butte. The Rustlers led by a point entering the fourth quarter. Clay Ferguson had 15 points and Trevyn Roth 10 for the Bulldogs. 

Helena Capital cruised past Kalispell Glacier 53-29 for a Western AA home win. Capital’s Trevor Swanson led all players with 15 points. 

Class A

Joe Byorth had 15 points and Chrishon Dixon added 12 points and nine assists to help Billings Central defeat Class AA Billings Senior 64-52. Central, the top team in the Class A rankings, hit four 3-pointers in the first quarter and rolled to a 38-12 halftime lead. Seth Sasich also had 12 points for the Rams. Jacksen Burckley scored 15 points and Junior Bergen added 11 to lead Senior (0-11).

Tyree Whitcomb led with 19 points and Blayne DeRoche had 10 to power fourth-ranked Browning over Class B Shelby 78-56. The Indians improved to 12-1 with the Northwest A victory. Logan Leck pumped in 21 points and Ryan Van Tine had 14 for the Coyotes. 

Jake Clinton scored 17 points, and Tanner Trafton and Jaden Graham each had 15 as Lewistown had no trouble with Belgrade in a 63-36 Eastern A victory. Easton Page had 14 points and Tate Bowler 10 for Belgrade.

Steven Ray tossed in 24 points to help Miles City defeat Glendive 67-41. Kaden Stradley added 13 for the Cowboys and Quest Saver had 11. Parker Buckley paced the Red Devils with 10.

• Polson defeated Ronan 59-50 despite the game being a one-point affair with a minute to go. The Pirates used solid free throw shooting to separate themselves down the stretch. Trevor Schultz led Polson with 14. Randy Finley led Ronan with 12.

Class B

Tanner Rae scored 24 points and Chris Bradley 20 as Roundup won at Red Lodge 67-57. The Panthers jumped ahead 22-8 in the first quarter. Red Lodge received 19 points from Kaden Myrstol and 14 from Corby Mann.

Mark Anderson scored 10 points and Whitefish beat Eureka 46-35. Jake Kindel led Eureka with 10 points.  

Zayne Songstad scored 16 points and gathered 10 rebounds in helping Joliet win at Shepherd 44-40. Teammate Ry Olson also grabbed 10 rebounds for the J-Hawks. Shepherd led 33-32 going into the fourth quarter. Ely Feuerstein paced Shepherd with 11 points. Badger Martin added 10.

• No. 2-ranked Big Timber upped its season record to 13-0 by defeating visiting Columbus 67-22. The Sheepherders led 20-4 after the first quarter in pulling away quickly. Kell Schwers and Casey Gunlikson scored 12 points apiece in a balanced Big Timber attack. Ethan Bullock added 10. All 10 Sheepherders scored. Trey Stampfel tallied 15 points for Columbus. 

Andrew Azure-Youpee poured in a game-high 31 points to lead Poplar over Frazer 97-27. Wilfred Lambert added 20, Daryl Joe contributed 13, Wynn Main chipped in 12 and Jay Feuerherm scored 10. Fletcher Clampitt of Frazer scored a team-high 12 points.

Payden Lynn and Colter Miller scored 20 points apiece as No. 7 Three Forks won at Jefferson 79-40. Three Forks put together a 31-point third quarter to blow open the contest. Trent McMaster had 14 points for Jefferson. Bryce Harrington provided 10.

Damon Grovon pumped in 22 points and Josh Stewart added 18 as Lodge Grass had little trouble with Forsyth in a 74-39 win. The Indians ran out to a 29-10 lead after one quarter and added a dominating third quarter. Michael Lira had 14 and Ashton Sikes 10 for the Dogies.  

Kellen Big Head’s 32 points paced top-ranked Colstrip in a 72-34 win over Baker. JT Baer added 16 points for Colstrip, and Kobee BigBack had 12. Caleb Ploeger led Baker with nine points.

Beau Neal scored 18 points and hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with less than eight seconds to play to lift Florence to a 70-68 victory over St. Ignatius. All 18 of the freshman's points came on 3-pointers. Brendan Bailey was the Falcons' top scorer with 19. Jedi Christy had 19 for St. Ignatius.

Valier Panthers' basketball players whoop it up after some basketball wizardry at practice. Video: Will Boumans. Courtesy: Dusti Davis

Class C

Milan Moscone scored 21 points and Dylan Flatt pitched in with 12 as Shields Valley rallied past Lone Peak in a big third quarter for a 53-47 victory. The Rebels outscored Lone Peak 17-4 in the third quarter after trailing 26-21 at halftime. Austin Samuels scored 20 points to lead the Bighorns, and Cole March provided 11. 

Charlie Kruer pumped in 14 points and Nate Konen and Ayden Anderson added 10 apiece to lead Twin Bridges to an easy 71-25 victory over Sheridan. The Falcons led 20-2 after one quarter. Moxon Lee's eight points led Sheridan.

Noah Ambuehl surpassed 1,000 points for his career and Great Falls Central downed Cascade 76-59.

Caleb Bellach's 26 points led the way as top-ranked and unbeaten Manhattan Christian improved to 13-0 with a 68-18 triumph at West Yellowstone. Caidin Hill also chipped in with 10 points for the winning Eagles. Manhattan Christian was in charge 50-11 by halftime. Bellach shot 11 of 19 from the field.

• Only four players scored for Harlowton, but with James Lane scoring 20, DeAndre Young nabbing 13 and Johnny Mysse getting 11 the Engineers pulled away late for a 47-36 victory over Reed Point-Rapelje. Harlowton outscored the Renegades 15-8 in the fourth quarter. Ty Herzog scored 15 points and Tristan Gieser pitched in with 13 for Reed Point-Rapelje.

• No. 8-ranked Park City bolted ahead early and went on to defeat visiting Bridger 52-25. The Panthers led 15-2 after one quarter. Connor McNeil scored 14 points for the victors. Garrett McMillen added 10. Bridger received six points from Jake Kallevig and Jake Mitzel.

Jaxson Pedersen led with 13 points and Tyson Flickinger had 10 as Plentywood slipped past Froid-Lake 42-37. Colt Miller's 17 points led Froid-Lake.

• No. 4-ranked Scobey improved to 11-0 by winning at home against Westby-Grenora 46-39. Martin Farver scored 12 points for the Spartans. Caden Handran added 10. Scobey outscored Westby-Grenora 20-10 in the fourth quarter. Darian Holecek led the Thunder with 11 points.

Rod Schaff poured in 23 points, Lane Fiske added 14 and Aidan Payne had 12 as Broadview-Lavina rolled past Absarokee 65-26. Colton Young's 11 points led the Huskies.

Kyle Pedersen led with 14 points, Zach Brown 11 and Kaleb Hoversland 10 and Lustre Christian ran all over Bainville 66-27.

Clarence Stewart led all scorers with 31 points as Plenty Coups routed Fromberg 136-21. Kevin Ladson poured in 25, Keelan Dillon added 18, Julian Glenn contributed 17, Marion Goes Ahead chipped in 14 and Brendon Falls Down rounded out Plenty Coups players in double figures with 12.

Gabe Granada scored 12 with Eli Williams adding 10 in helping Culbertson beat Savage 57-23. Sloan McPherson of Savage scored 16 of Savage’s points.

• Belt used a 21-3 first quarter start en route to a 63-39 win over Roy-Winifred. Brendan Wing led the Huskies with 21 points, including 13 in the first quarter. Teammate Aiden McDaniel added 14. Justin Stulc had 20 for Roy-Winifred, including six 3-pointers. 

Corbin Lonebear scored 10 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter as Dodson defeated Turner 60-41. Shaun Ball added 13 for the Coyotes and Zarek Jones had 10. Cody Welsh had 14 for the Turners.

Brady Duvall poured in 24 points and teammate Zeke Davison contributed 14 as Geraldine-Highwood fended off Box Elder 57-56. Jayden Jilot led the Bears with 16 points. 

• Noxon defeated St. Regis 40-33. The Red Devils jumped out to a 17-7 lead by halftime and held off St. Regis' frantic fourth-quarter rally. Rylan Weltz led Noxon with 18 and Tanner Day had 11 to pace St. Regis. 

• Victor held off Lincoln in a high-scoring affair 64-55. Skyler Webberson led Victor with 21 and Jerod Halley added 16. Nathan Brown exploded for 33 points for Lincoln. 

Brody Grebe stayed hot with 34 points and Shayden Cook helped with 14 as third-ranked Melstone advanced to 12-1 by coasting past Wibaux 67-41. Tel Lunde had 16 and Cobe Begger 15 for Wibaux.

Ethan Brown and Nate Wilhite each scored 12 points in powering Thompson Falls to a 54-46 home win over Troy. The Trojans' Trevor Hoagland led all scorers with 16 points.

• Seeley-Swan used a strong second half to race past Alberton-Superior 55-27. The Blackhawks led 17-7 at halftime but scored 21 points in the third quarter. Cordell Turner scored 15 points, Chance Johnson added 14 and Owen Mercado tallied 11 for Seeley-Swan. Michael Spence had nine to lead Alberton-Superior. 

• Charlo ran past Two Eagle River 79-40 thanks to a 27-point performance from Landers Smith. Connor Koenig added 19 and Nate Delaney tallied 11 for the Vikings. Dom Finley led Two Eagle with 10. 

Luke Lebsock was the big gun with 19 points and Fairview had little trouble dispatching Richey-Lambert 48-29. 

Garrett Diekhans led a balanced offense with 14 points, Hayden Diekhans added 13 and Logan Giles had 10 to offset 27 points by North Star's Bailey Spicher in Fort Benton's 58-45 win.

Girls Basketball

Class AA

• Playing without 6-foot-3 junior post Bailey King, Billings Senior handled crosstown rival Billings Skyview 46-27. Broncs senior Brianne McCauley led all players with 10 points (5-of-6 on free throws), and her teammate Jensen Keller added nine (2-of-5 on 3-pointers). Freshman Brooke Berry led the Falcons with seven points (3-of-15 on field goals). Senior is now 4-7 overall and 3-2 in Eastern AA play. Skyview is 0-10, 0-5.

Sydney Sheridan led with 15 points, Emily Kidder chipped in with 13 and Paige Bartsch had 11 as No. 2 Helena Capital rebounded from its only loss to roll past Kalispell Glacier 59-29. Raley Shirey had nine for the Wolfpack.

Class A

• Karsen Murphy had 12 points and Jillian Litwiller and Kasidi Walker contributed nine each for Glendive in a 48-41 Eastern A win over Miles City. The Red Devils got the upper hand with an 18-5 second quarter. Mackenzie Rask led the Cowgirls with 16 points.  

Tamika Guardipee scored 14 points, Taylor Jordon had 13 and fourth-ranked Browning improved to 11-2 by rallying in the fourth quarter for a 47-46 nail-biter over Shelby. The Indians trailed 35-28 entering the final frame. Bailey Johnson led with 15 points and Maddison Underdal had 14 for the Coyotes.

Tiana Ulutoa scored 13 points in leading Ronan to a 55-13 home win over Polson. Jaylea Lunceford and Regan Clairmont added 10 apiece. Mossy Kauley scored six points for the Pirates.

Kyndall Keller led with 14 points and top-ranked Havre used stifling defense to step up a class and roll past Class AA Great Falls 43-28 for the Blue Ponies' 37th consecutive victory. Jorgie Hawthorne led the Bison with 12 points.

Class B

Jaycee Murdock's 16 points were the key for Shepherd in a 40-29 triumph over Joliet. Skyler Wright scored nine to lead Joliet.

• No. 9 Colstrip defeated Baker 55-27 as Bailey Egan led all scorers with 17 points and Tegan Harris added 10. Ten players shared Baker's 27 points, led by Emily Shumaker with seven. 

• Morgan Kirch had 15 points and Brooklyn Wyllie added 11 as Columbus outlasted Big Timber 51-45. Hailee Brandon scored 18 to lead the Herders, who also got 13 points from Sydney Prather.

Sasha Youngman scored a game-high 14 points in leading Poplar over Frazer 61-32. Riley MacDonald added 11 for Poplar. Chandalynn Smoker had 11 points and Hallie Long contributed 10 for Frazer.

Kyle Olson poured in 30 points -- two-thirds of her team's output -- as Three Forks fended off Jefferson 45-34. Rachel Van Blaricom had 14 and Lauryann Armstrong 10 for Jefferson.

Blythe Sealey's 14 points led the way in Roundup's 42-22 victory over Red Lodge. Meghan Eiselein added nine for Roundup. 

Class C

Marnie Schieffer's 15 points led the way as Wibaux squeaked by Melstone 40-37. Layni Schieffer and Shantel Bertelsen added eight apiece for the Longhorns. Draya Wacker's 16 points led the Broncs, who had possession and a chance to tie but couldn't get off a shot. 

Jessica Adkins scored nine points and Hope Buessing and Emily Adkins had eight each for Bridger in a 36-28 win over Park City. Breanne Smith led Park City with 10 points.

Madison Kelly was the game's top scorer with 14 points to help St. Regis past Noxon 40-30. St. Regis led by 10 after one quarter and the teams played evenly the remainder of the game. Delaney Weltz topped Noxon with 11 points. 

Shyan Krass scored 25 points and Sarah Billmayer contributed 23 as Turner won at home against Dodson 80-61. Billmayer knocked down three 3-pointers. Dodson's Kailee Henry stole the show with her game-high 41 points, including eight 3-pointers. Henry scored 23 points during the first half and 18 in the second. 

Mallorey Sheppard was a one-person wrecking crew with 32 points to carry Absarokee past Broadview-Lavina 57-12. Lexi Feddes had eight points for the Huskies. Absarokee led 40-5 at halftime.

Allie Romo poured in 25 points, Bonny Krogedal contributed 17 and Kiara Brunelle added 10 to lift Bainville to a 70-49 victory over Lustre Christian. Kassie Kirkaldie's 20 points led Lustre, which also received 14 from Amber Reddig and 10 from Olivia Brown. Bainville outscored 44-21 over the middle two quarters. 

Sydney Dethman scored 13 points to help seventh-ranked Froid-Lake (11-0) remain perfect with a 32-28 victory over No. 10 Plentywood (8-5) in a battle of top eastern teams. Brenna Osksa was the Wildcats' primary offensive threat with 16 points. Froid-Lake led 11-4 after one quarter before Plentywood clawed back. 

Karli Lane scored 17 points as Harlowton overcame Reed Point-Rapelje 41-32. Jocelyn Ott scored 15 for the Renegades, who trailed 23-14 at halftime.

Serena Flat Lip’s game and team-high 25 points led Plenty Coups over Fromberg 98-8. Chamique Monroy of Plenty Coups added 14, and Kodi Big Lake, Sephra Covers Up and Sylvie Stewart chipped in 10 apiece.

• Three players scored points in double figures as No. 8 Scobey downed Westby-Grenora 47-38. Kortney Nelson provided a spark with her 17 points. Teammates ShaAnn Danelson and Gracee Lekvold added 14 and 10. The Spartans led 23-17 at halftime and 33-26 going into the fourth period. The Thunder received 14 points from Jenna Rust and 10 from Elizabeth Field.

• No. 3 Belt led 18-4 after the first quarter and finished with a 55-41 victory over Roy-Winifred. Brooke Schraner led the Huskies with 16 points. She made five of seven free throws in the fourth quarter to help clinch the win. Morgan Cooper added 14 points. Trinity Edwards and Dyauni Boyce had 12 each for Roy-Winifred and Olivia Cook had 11.

• Shields Valley limited Lone Peak to single-digit scoring in all four quarters for a 48-14 victory. Molly Engle’s 22 points paced the Rebels and teammate Morgan Fairchild had 12.

• Thompson Falls scored 11 unanswered points in the first quarter en route to a 48-19 home win over Troy. Megan Baxter scored 12 points and Jody Detlaff 11 for the Bluehawks.

• Victor defeated Lincoln 38-35. Lincoln used a 15-point third quarter come back after trailing 22-12 at half. Ashley Hopper led Victor with 17. Alexis Cannon led Lincoln with 16. 

• Eleven players scored for Seeley-Swan as the Blackhawks defeated Alberton-Superior 55-32. Ashley Miller led Seeley-Swan with nine. Madison Mask led Alberton-Superior with 12. 

Aspen Giese had 18 points, and McKenzie Clark and Leah Gannon each provided 12 to lead No. 2 Fort Benton (12-1) to a 71-35 romp over North Star. 

• Eklalaka emptied its bench and 13 players scored in a 68-20 victory over Plevna. Whitney Kittelmann and Heather LaBree each had 10 to lead Ekalaka. Chloe Tudor had eight for Plevna.

20-Point Club

41: Kailee Henry, Dodson

34: Brody Grebe, Melstone

33: Nathan Brown, Lincoln

32: Mallorey Sheppard, Absarokee

31: Clarence Stewart, Plenty Coups

31: Andrew Azure-Youpee, Poplar

30: Kyle Olson, Three Forks

28: Trae Hugs, Hardin

27: Bailey Spicher, North Star

27: Landers Smith, Charlo

26: Caleb Bellach, Manhattan Christian

25: Shyan Krass, Turner

25: Allie Romo, Bainville

25: Serena Flat Lip, Plenty Coups

25: Kevion Ladson, Plenty Coups

24: Tanner Rae, Roundup

24: Pierce Brown, Helena

24: Brady Duvall, Geraldine-Highwood

24: Steven Ray, Miles City

23: Sarah Billmayer, Turner

23: Rod Schaff, Broadview-Lavina

22: Molly Engle, Shields Valley

22: Damon Grovon, Lodge Grass

21: Milan Moscone, Shields Valley

21: Logan Leck, Shelby

21: Brendan Wing, Belt

21: Skyler Webberson, Victor

21: Joelnell Momberg, Box Elder

20: Justin Stulc, Roy-Winifred

20: Austin Samuels, Lone Peak

20: Kassie Kirkaldie, Lustre Christian

20: Chris Bradley, Roundup

20: James Lane, Harlowton

20: Wilfred Lambert, Poplar

20: Payden Lynn, Three Forks

20: Colter Miller, Three Forks

20: Colter Bales, Laurel

20: Haylie Conradsen, Savage

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