BOZEMAN — Bozeman girls basketball coach Brad Rustan was hospitalized in a medically induced coma after suffering a head injury in a fall while on a fishing trip with his brother at Fort Peck Reservoir.
On a day where the other top seeds had their share of suspense — and in the case of one No. 2 seed, too much suspense — the Billings West girls basketball team took notice.
The Billings West girls basketball team entered Tuesday’s game against Bozeman with a golden opportunity. The Golden Bears didn’t let it pass.
Billings West guard Steph Boehm says the Lady Bears know they are improving. They just wanted to see some tangible proof.
Bozeman scored the game's first eight points, but Helena battled back within two points at halftime. The undefeated Hawks were too much in the second half, though, and pulled away for the 55-44 win in the girls basketball State AA semifinals.
BOZEMAN -- Worthington Arena at Montana State's Brick Breeden Fieldhouse isn't the home court of the Bozeman Hawks. But it's close enough, considering they'll get to play for a State AA girls basketball championship in front of a home crowd.
Top-ranked Bozeman didn't get a lot of production out of one of its Division I-bound players on Friday night.
Bozeman's defense held Billings West in check, and Alexa Dawkins scored 18 points and grabbed six rebounds as the Hawks beat the Bears 50-39.
Hardin coach Tana Stewart sent a message to her team, one that essentially said no one else believes in you, so you better.
Nothing came easy Friday night. Not for the Bozeman Hawks. Not for the Billings Senior Lady Broncs.
The 2010-11 boys and girls basketball seasons saw dominant teams win the state titles. The Billings West girls and Bozeman boys finished the seasons with a combined five losses, as both teams were the state champion favorites for much of the season.
In handing then top-ranked Bozeman its only loss of the season on Feb.12, 56-48, the Billings West girls basketball team held the Lady Hawks to their second-lowest point total of the season at the time.
Less than 48 hours after losing to Class A's No. 4 team, the Billings West girls basketball team took down Class AA's No. 1.
The Billings West Lady Bears used a 17-10 second quarter to grab control of their game against Bozeman. Janiel Olson and Danielle Muri combined for 36 points, as the Bears held off a Bozeman rally, 56-48.
Bozeman coach Brad Rustan insists that last year's State AA girls basketball championship belongs to last year's team, and that this is a new year. The past is past.