Payton and Paige Aasved

Helena High girls basketball players Payton and Paige Aasved sign their letter of intent the University of Providence basketball program Friday afternoon at Helena High as Providence coach Bill Himmelberg looks on.

HELENA — Helena High girls basketball standouts Paige and Payton Aasved knew when they visited the University of Providence that they had found the place they would commit to playing their college basketball.

The Aasved twins both signed with Providence, an NAIA Frontier Conference school, for next season Friday afternoon at Helena High.

For Paige, and her sister Payton, the decision to sign with the Argos was easy.

"(Providence) just definitely had that feel for us," Paige Aasved said. "It felt like home (on our recruiting visit), and the girls welcomed us, and that stood out for us."

Argos coach Bill Himmelberg liked the Aasved's twins work ethic.

"The whole time we watched them, they were hard-working kids, who did the right things, and are good in the classroom," Himmelberg said. "They are great teammates, and for us, they are coming from a winning program, and a coach who knows what he is doing, and that is exciting (for us) when we get kids prepared for the next level."

The Aasved twins were two critical components for the Bengals during the last three seasons as they've been a part of three consecutive Class AA championship teams.

With all their success, the Aasved twins had a handful of schools looking to recruit them.

"It is a hard decision for players," Helena coach Eric Peterson said. "(Where they chose to go to school) has to be the right fit, and you have to go with your gut, and whatever feels right, is probably the right choice to make, and that is what these two did."

Peterson expressed confidence in the twins that they've made the right decision.

"I think they figured it out, and they are the ones going on the visit, and talking (to) the coaches one-on-one, and they are going to decide to play for the coaches four, or maybe five years," Peterson said. "They also have to look at their education, and that is the biggest point where ever (they chose) is that they think about being successful after college, and that plays a big part in that as well."

For the Aasved twins, the goal has always been to move onto the next level.

"When they came and moved here from Missoula, their goal was to always play at the next level," Peterson said. "They are proactive throughout high school, and they are asking what they can do to get better, and they helped their team their senior year in becoming very, very successful, and moving onto the next level, which is amazing."

Payton and Paige Aasved have always had a dream to play together, and now they'll get an opportunity to play college hoops together.

"I shoot around on my own a lot, and with my sister, and we always make sure that we are in the gym all of the time," Payton Aasved said. "We always wanted to (play college basketball) together, and we love playing together. I think it will help to have a familiar face with us."

One of the main recruiting points that made the Aasved twins sought after by the Argos is their ability to play defense.

"We like how they defend, and I think that is going to be a big piece, and what they can do for us," Himmelberg said. "They defend, and get to the basket well, and they do all of the little things that make a basketball team better. They fit in great with our girls, and our girls loved them when they visited, and I thought it was just a right fit, and they seem to have a lot of chemistry with our kids."

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

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