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Boys Basketball


• Top-ranked Missoula Sentinel lost its bid for a perfect regular season in its final game before the playoffs, suffering a 73-64 loss at Butte to drop to 13-1. The Spartans trailed 25-11 after one quarter and 39-25 at the half. They pulled within 47-39 after three quarters but were outscored 26-25 in the final frame. Butte made 23 of its 32 free throw attempts in the fourth quarter and 33 of 46 in the game.  Billy Kelly led Butte with 17, Blake Drakos added 16 and Cael Stenson 15.​ Alex Germer had 26 points for Sentinel, and Tony Frohlich-Fair had 18.

Jacksen Burckley led all scorers with 18 points, and Chazz Haws and Liam Romei chipped in with nine apiece to lead Billings Senior over Bozeman 60-42. The Broncs jumped to a seven-point lead after one quarter and were up 10 entering the final eight minutes. Ty Huse scored 12 and Tucker Macbeth nine for the Hawks.

Eastern A

• No. 4 Laurel handled Glendive 52-37 in the semifinals to clinch its third straight state tournament berth. Laurel's Colter Bales and Konnor Gregerson each scored 11 points. Bales grabbed seven rebounds and Gregerson had six. Glendive's Riley Basta scored 13 points, and Parker Buckley added nine for the Red Devils (11-6).

• No. 4 Billings Central held off Havre 60-55 to reach the divisional title game and clinch its seventh straight State A tournament berth. Central's Brock Blatter scored 16 points and blocked six shots, and Cayden Merchant added 16 points. Havre’s Josh Warp scored 15 points, and Kellen Detrick and Clint Owens each had 13. Central will face Laurel for the divisional title, and Havre will face Hardin in a loser-out, winner-to-state game at 11 a.m.

Royce Robinson went off for 31 points and 10 rebounds, and Bryce Graham had a solid afternoon with 16 points as Lewistown kept its season alive by throttling Livingston 78-55 in a loser-out matchup. Jalen Robinson added nine for the Golden Eagles. They led by 10 at halftime and expanded the margin to 18 after three quarters. Payton Kokot and Kaden McMinn scored 13 apiece and Wyatt Saile 11 for the Rangers. 

Troy Hugs had the hot hand with 22 points and Hardin built a 13-point first-quarter lead on the way to dispatching Miles City 72-40 in a loser-out matchup. Bryson Rogers chipped in with 11 for the Bulldogs. Logan Muri led the Cowboys with 13 points, and Zach Welch provided 11. 

Western A

• Colton Graham drained 22 points as No. 2 Polson staved off a big challenge from Frenchtown, finally pulling away in overtime for a 51-45 semifinal victory. Darian Williams added 14 points for the Pirates, who outscored the Broncs 10-4 in the extra session in a game that was tied at halftime as well. Brandon Finley scored 16 points and Carson Shepard 13 for Frenchtown.

• Top-ranked Dillon earned a berth in the championship game against No. 2 Polson by holding off Butte Central 58-48 on the strength of Jace Fitzgerald's 19 points. Cole Truman scored 11 more for the Beavers, who led by eight after one quarter and 10 at intermission. Dougie Peoples led all scorers with 23 points for the Maroons.

Leonard Burke scored 14 points, Elijah Tonasket provided 12 and Ronan rallied from a double-digit deficit after three quarters to send the game into overtime, where the Chiefs went on to a 57-49 loser-out win over Columbia Falls. Marlo Tonasket added 10 points for Ronan, which outscored the Wildcats 20-10 in the fourth quarter. Alihn Anderson scored 17, Cade Morgan 12 and Jace Hill and Allec Knapton nine each for C-Falls. Ronan will meet Polson for the championship. 

Austin Drake scored 13 points, and Liam O'Connell and Tyler Burrows backed him with 12 each as Hamilton rolled to a big early lead and kept Libby at bay for a 53-35 win in an elimination game. Colter Kirkland added eight for the Broncs, who bolted to a 19-5 first-quarter lead. Caden Williams scored 10 for the Loggers.


District 1B

Kade Harwood drained 20 points to lead three players in double figures as Conrad coasted past Great Falls Central in a loser-out game. Jarek Shepherd added 15 points and Ethan Wittmier chipped in with 12 for the Cowboys. Brandon Bliss led the Mustangs with 12 points and Relic Smith produced 11.

District 2B

Kooper Oxarart scored 21 points and Malta downed Wolf Point 61-54 in a semifinal outing. Rex Williams added 15 points for the Mustangs, and Pierce Mortenson came up with 11. The game was tied at 33 at halftime, and Wolf Point led 46-44 going into the fourth quarter. Malta closed on a 17-8 run to post the win. Oxarart scored six points in the lategoing. Antone Manning led Wolf Point with 25 points.

Trent Main's 14 points led four players in double figures and Harlem will play for consolation honors after beating Poplar 72-55. Tyler Cichosz scored 12 points for the winners, with Daniel Lawrence and Jehton Longfox adding 10 apiece. Harlem led 35-25 at half and 55-38 after three quarters. Joe Bear had 17 for Poplar. Wilfred Lambert notched 14 and Inyan Growing Thunder had 12.

District 4B

Trey Allen led all scorers with 16 points, Jay Jetmore added 14 points and seven rebounds, and No. 6 Red Lodge shook off the disappointment of an opening-round loss to thump Shepherd 50-25 in a loser-out matchup. Hayes Nydegger score seven points and Colt Hando hauled down nine rebounds for the Mustangs. 

Paxton McQuillan scored 14 points and hauled down six rebounds, Seth Bailey backed him with 13 points, six boards and four steals as Joliet kept its season moving along with a 58-52 triumph over Roundup in a game that was close the entire way. Hayden Ward scored 12 points for the J-Hawks. Jace Lemmel produced a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Panthers, who also received 11 points from Kaide Griffith.

District 5B

Tristin Matzik had 17 points and Codee Mehus backed him with 16 as Big Timber outlasted Whitehall 62-57 in overtime. Sam Shepherd added 10 for the Herders, who trailed by five at halftime. Brendan Wagner scored 18, Kenzie Hugulet 13, and Flint Smith and Lane Wagner 10 apiece for the Trojans.

Owen Long scored 25 points and Three Forks will play for consolation honors after defeating Jefferson 75-56. Long didn't score in the first quarter. Jacob Buchignani stepped up to score 19 overall and Austin Allen followed with 15. Buchignani nailed four 3-pointers. Three Forks started fast and led after every quarter. Trent McMaster scored 16 for Jefferson. Joey Visser added 13 and Braden Morris 12.


Northern C

Aidan McDaniel pumped in 20 points — 18 in the second half, and two in overtime — and Bridger Vogl dropped in 18 more as Belt edged Chinook 63-62 in overtime in the semifinals. Kaimen Evans added nine for the Huskies, who saw the Sugarbeeters rally from a seven-point fourth-quarter deficit to send the game into OT. Ethan Bell led all scorers with 22 points and Oskar Pula contributed 17 for Chinook. 

Jace Thompson dropped in 14 points, Hayden Diekhans added 12 and No. 8 Fort Benton handed No. 9 Simms its first defeat 52-43 to move into the championship against Belt. Devin Bird added nine for the Longhorns, who led by four at halftime and upped the margin to 10 after three quarters. Caden Smerker scored 10 for the Tigers. 

Cameron Falcon pumped in 22 points — including five 3-pointers — and Jordan Calf Looking provided 16 as Heart Butte rode a big second quarter to a 56-49 win over Dutton-Brady in a loser-out matchup. Dillon Kipp added eight for the Warriors, who trailed by three after one quarter but outscored the DiamondBacks 21-7 over the next eight minutes. Jake Feldmann scored 12 — on four 3-pointers — and Kellan Doheny and Rylan Doheny provided eight apiece for Dutton-Brady.

Justin Stulc scored 12 points, Blake Donsbach helped with 11 and Anthony DeMars tallied all nine of his points in the fourth quarter as Roy-Winifred staved off elimination by downing Chester-Joplin-Inverness 50-38. The Outlaws outscored the Hawks in each quarter, including 15-6 in a dominant third. Blake Harmon scored 17 points for the Hawks. 

Southern C

Baylor Pospisil led the way with 13 points and No. 7 Bridger had too much balance for Melstone on the way to a 49-43 semifinal victory. Quin Gillespie and Jace Weimer added 11 apiece for the Scouts, who trailed by three after one quarter but led by two at halftime. Bryce Grebe led all scorers with 26 for Melstone.

• In the wildest game of the night, Dillon Gee had the performance of the night with 34 points and 17 rebounds as Broadus blew a 17-point fourth-quarter lead and then outscored Harlowton-Ryegate 12-2 in overtime for a 74-64 semifinal win. Marcus Mader had a hot hand as well for the Hawks, scoring 25 points and adding nine rebounds. Joe Alvarez scored 17 points and Johnny Mysse added 16 for the Engineers, who outscored Broadus 34-17 in the final eight minutes. Colter Woldstad and Jason Todhunter added 10 apiece for Harlowton-Ryegate.

Colten Miske scored 22 points and Wibaux regrouped in overtime to eliminate Broadview-Lavina 46-43 after watching a 10-point fourth-quarter lead evaporate. Trey Knight scored eight for the Longhorns. Wibaux led 29-19 entering the fourth quarter. Kade Erickson had a game-high 24 points and William Sanguins added 17 to account for all but two of the Pirates' points.

Irvin Crow scored 16 points and hauled down nine rebounds, and three other Plenty Coups players scored in double figures as the Warriors lived to play another day with a 67-52 toppling of Ekalaka in a loser-out game. Cyrus Caufield provided 13 points, eight rebounds and four assists, Toko Stops helped with 13 points and Zane Plain Feather did his part with 10 points for Plenty Coups, which led by 20 at halftime. Tucker Tooke led the Bulldogs with 18 points, and Turner Tooke added 14 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots.

Western C

Charlie Kruer pumped in 18 points and No. 4 Twin Bridges set up a championship rematch with No. 3 Manhattan Christian by fending off Shields Valley 46-41 in a semifinal game. Matt Kaiser added 13 points and Tate Smith nine for the Falcons, who led by eight after one quarter and nine entering the final eight minutes. Kaden Acosta led the Rebels with 18 points. 

Seth Amunrud paced No. 3 Manhattan Christian with 20 points, Logan Leep added 16 and the Eagles set up a rematch of the district championship with Twin Bridges by overwhelming Harrison-Willow Creek 75-35 in a semifinal. Tebarek Hill scored 11 and Caidin Hill dished 13 assists for the Eagles, who led 44-15 at halftime. Luke Cima scored eight points and had seven rebounds, and Jackson Nye seven for the Wildcats. 

Kade Cutler was tops with 17 points, Preston Metesh chipped in with 12 and Philipsburg rallied past St. Regis in the fourth quarter for a 43-40 loser-out victory. Brian Ward scored eight for the Prospectors, who trailed by 16 at one point and outscored the Tigers 17-8 over the final eight minutes. Caleb Ball scored 16 and John Pruitt 10 for St. Regis.

Brennan Cox scored 15 points to lead four players in double figures and No. 6 Valley Christian rebounded from its first Class C loss of the season to drub Alberton-Superior 62-41 in a loser-out game. Billy Boone scored 12 points, added eight rebounds and had six blocks. Eyan Becker scored 11 and Riley Reimer 10 for the Eagles, who led by a point after one quarter but increased the margin to 12 by halftime. Carson Callison led the Mountain Cats with 17 points and Bryan Mask added nine.

Girls Basketball


Brooke Stayner led with 11 points and four assists, Challis Westwater added 10 points and eight rebounds, and Missoula Sentinel handled Butte 51-41. Olivia Huntsinger and Kodi Fraser added nine each for the Spartans, who led by three at halftime; Huntsinger also had nine rebounds. MacKenzie Tutty scored 13 and Kodie Hoagland 10 for the Bulldogs. 

Macy Mayer's 16 points and Nicole D'Agastino's 10 made the difference as Bozeman won at Billings Senior 44-32. Bozeman raced ahead 11-5 after one quarter and 24-13 by halftime. Mayer scored 12 first-half points. Allie Cummings was responsible for 13 of Senior's points. Lily Johnson added 12. 

Dani Bartsch compiled 15 points, 13 rebounds and six assists top-ranked Helena Capital pulled away late for a 44-28 win over Helena, its fourth straight in the crosstown series. Jaymee Sheridan and Audrey Hofer added eight each for the Bruins, who outscored the Bengals 13-3 in the fourth quarter. Kylie Lantz and Liz Heusier scored eight points each for the Bengals.


Eastern A

Mya Hansen popped in 18 points to surpass 1,000 for her career and Solei Erickson contributed 11 to help propel top-ranked Billings Central past Glendive 60-33 in a divisional semifinal game. Isabelle Erickson scored nine for the Rams, who led by eight at halftime and pulled away with a 16-3 fourth quarter to secure a berth in next week's state tournament. Codi Nagle scored 12 points and hauled down 12 rebounds for the Red Devils, who shot 29% from the floor. 

• No. 2 Havre took care of one defending state co-champion and now awaits another after downing No. 3 Hardin 50-46 in a semifinal. Sadie Filius scored 12 points, Kylie Walker 11 and Yelena Miller 10 for the Blue Ponies, who take on No. 1 Billings Central for the divisional title Saturday. Walker scored all of her points in the fourth quarter as Havre finally took control in a game where the lead changed hands eight times. Kylie Old Elk scored 13 points and Nevaeh Alden 10 for the Bulldogs, who led by as many as six points in the third quarter. 

Taylor Young scored 14 points, Skylar Higgs added 13 and Livingston took control in overtime for a 50-45 loser-out triumph over Sidney after the Eagles rallied from a double-digit fourth-quarter deficit. The Rangers led by 12 at halftime and nine after three quarters. Jenna Anderson led Sidney with 11 points and Ali Merritt had 10.

• Laurel stayed alive with a spread-out scoring effort in a 51-34 victory in a loser-out game against Miles City. Grace Timm had 13 points and sister Emma Timm added 11 to lead the Locomotives. Morgan Mack and Bailey Graves scored nine points apiece, and Laurel outrebounded the Cowgirls 35-21. Lainey Smith’s 10 points led Miles City.

Western A

Hannah Schweikert was tops with 17 points, Maddie Robison chipped in with 14 as fourth-ranked and unbeaten Columbia Falls fended off a stiff challenge from Browning for a 45-42 semifinal victory. Tatum Running Crane scored 12 and Mecca Bullchild 11 for the Runnin' Indians, who began the fourth quarter trailing by 10 points. 

Ainsley Shipman led with 11 points and Lauryn Petersen provided 10 to lead Dillon over Frenchtown 38-33 in an elimination game. The two teams were tied at 21-all entering the fourth quarter. Lauren Demmons and Sadie Smith each scored eight for the Broncs in their finale.

Brook Smith had a big day with 21 points and Gracie Smyley backed her with 15 as Whitefish earned the chance to play another day by outlasting Butte Central 63-44. Ashton Ramsey provided 11 points for the Bulldogs, who held a five-point lead at halftime. Brooke Badovinac scored 15 and Delaney Hasquet 11 for the Maroons.

Danielle Coffman scored 13 points, Jaeleigh Gatch contributed 11 and Ronan outplayed Hamilton 54-32. Katelyn Dickemore scored 10 and Rylee Brackman nine for the Broncs, who were within eight points at halftime. 

District 1B

Maddison Underdal had the hot hand with 24 points and Vivi McDermott backed her with 17 to fuel Shelby's 47-35 loser-out triumph over Great Falls Central. Sareya Hicks topped the Mustangs with 14 points. 

Aliyah Cruz was tops with 13 points, Makenna Burke chipped in with 12 and Cut Bank staged a fourth-quarter rally to nip Conrad 49-47 in a loser-out game. Sadie Pepion scored nine for the Wolves, who trailed by six entering the final eight minutes. Lauren Phillips scored 15 and Maggie Bender 14 for the Cowgirls.

District 2B

Allison Kunze scored 16 points and Maddie Williamson backed her with 12 as No. 4 Malta cruised by Harlem 59-30 to open postseason play. The M-ettes led by 13 at halftime and blew it open from there. Taya Trottier scored eight for the Wildcats. 

District 4B

Brayli Reimer dominated with 17 points, nine rebounds and three steals to power Red Lodge over Shepherd 45-35 in a loser-out game. Liddia Fontaine helped with eight points and six rebounds for the Rams, who turned a three-point deficit after one quarter into a five-point halftime lead. Aubrey Allison had 15 points and nine rebounds for the Fillies, who also received 10 boards from Kiara Dennison.

Skyler Wright led with 19 points, Kyelynn Coombe chipped in with 11 and Merrin Schwend notched 10 as Joliet stayed alive with a 52-31 trouncing of Huntley Project. The J-Hawks led by 11 at halftime. Josie Hatler scored 14 for the Red Devils. 

District 5B

Olleca Severson came up with 21 points and Manhattan will play for consolation honors after beating Three Forks 48-30. Severson scored all of her points in the game's first three quarters. The Tigers were up 25-4 by halftime. Ashlyn Swenson led Three Forks with 13 points.

• Jefferson will play for consolation honors after ousting Townsend 41-27 behind the 15 points apiece from Rachel Van Blaricom and Cia Stuber. Van Blaricom scored 10 of her points in the fourth quarter. Jefferson was on top 17-9 at intermission and 22-13 after three quarters. Charlotte Watson and Mel Woodward had seven points each for Townsend.


Northern C

Mariah Arkinson led three players with 15 points and Box Elder win a nip-and-tuck battle with Belt 46-44 in a loser-out game to send the seventh-ranked Huskies home. Kayla Momberg contributed 11 points and Angela Gopher 10 for the Bears, who led by five points entering the fourth quarter. Sabrina Wing topped Belt with 17, and Lindsey Paulson and Raily Gliko added 11 apiece. 

Trinity Edwards scored 16 points, Isabelle Heggem provided 15 and No. 6 Roy-Winifred recovered from its Thursday loss to trounce Geraldine-Highwood 53-21 in a loser-out game. The Outlaws led by five after one quarter but outscored the Rivals 17-2 over the next eight minutes. Jonna McCullough led Geraldine-Highwood with nine points.

Southern C

Leni Krehbiel drained 19 points, Koye Rindal added 11 and eighth-ranked Melstone rode a 16-0 second quarter to a 53-27 rout of Custer-Hysham in a semifinal. Avery Eike and Kayla Kombol each scored eight for the Broncs to help build a 20-point halftime lead. Brooklyn Ragland scored 16 to lead the Rebels' cause.

Lindsay Lawrence pumped in 20 points, Brooke Murnion backed her with 18 points and eight rebounds, and Jordan mounted a huge fourth-quarter comeback to upend Ekalaka 67-60 in overtime. Abby Pierce added 14 for the Mustangs, who trailed by 10 entering the fourth quarter and then outscored the Bulldogs 13-6 in the extra session. Heidi LaBree led four Ekalaka players in double figures with 22 points and also had seven steals. Tyra O'Connor had 13 points and five steals, Ella Owen 11 points and Codi Melton 10 for the Bulldogs. 

Western C

• Sariah Maughan poured in 20 points, Bethany Hoag added 12 and Klaire Kovatch had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds as No. 2 Seeley-Swan jumped to a 20-5 lead and held off No. 3 Manhattan Christian 57-51 in a battle of unbeatens for the Blackhawks second consecutive divisional crown. Seeley-Swan's lead was trimmed to 35-23 at the half and 39-30 after three quarters. The Blackhawks pushed the advantage to 52-41 in the fourth quarter but saw it trimmed to 55-51 before free throws sealed the win. Eliana Kuperus and Kiersten Van Kirk scored 12 each, and Katelyn Van Kirk produced 11 more for the Eagles. Kuperus hauled down 11 rebounds.

Liev Smith scored 16 points to lead No. 4 Charlo over Twin Bridges 43-29 for the consolation championship. Connor Fryberger added eight for the Vikings. Ayla Janzen and Callie Kaiser scored seven apiece for the Falcons.

Callie Kaiser scored 14 points and Twin Bridges built a 12-point halftime lead on the way to downing Ennis 38-27 to earn a berth in the consolation final. Allie Dale added eight for the Falcons. Landri Paladichuk scored 10 and Shae Lovett nine for the Mustangs. Charlo topped Alberton-Superior 32-27 in the other game.

20-Point Club

34: Dillon Gee, Broadus

31: Royce Robinson, Lewistown

26: Bryce Grebe, Melstone

26: Alex Germer, Missoula Sentinel

25: Antone Manning, Wolf Point

25: Owen Long, Three Forks

25: Marcus Mader, Broadus

24: Kade Erickson, Broadview-Lavina

24: Maddison Underdal, Shelby

23: Dougie Peoples, Butte Central

22: Cameron Falcon, Heart Butte

22: Colten Miske, Wibaux

22: Colton Graham, Polson

22: Troy Hugs, Hardin

22: Ethan Bell, Chinook

21: Brook Smith, Whitefish

21: Olleca Severson, Manhattan

21: Kooper Oxarart, Malta

20: Jace Lemmel, Roundup

20: Seth Amunrud, Manhattan Christian

20: Kade Harwood, Conrad

20: Sariah Maughan, Seeley-Swan

20: Aidan McDaniel, Belt

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