Billings Skyview needed every bit of an 18-point second-quarter lead, a clutch tie-breaking putback by Hailey Copinga, and two seal-the-deal free throws from Kira Nelson to hold off Great Falls 52-48 in Eastern AA girls basketball at the Skyview gym Friday night.
Billings Skyview built a 22-9 lead at the end of the first quarter and withstood a Great Falls rally to earn a 52-48 Eastern AA win.
Kira Nelson admits she was clueless about the importance to her Billings Skvyiew teammates of Saturday afternoon’s intra-city game against Billings Senior.
Senior leaders are emerging for Billings West, including a versatile transfer from Idaho named MorningRose Tobey and veteran Jessi Zuroff, who was a starter during the Golden Bears’ run to the Class AA title game last season.
It was a tough way to win a game, hitting six straight free throws in the final 63 seconds. If nothing else, the pre-holiday schedule has given the Billings Skyview girls basketball team many teachable moments.
Skyview announced its Twirp royalty Nov. 22. Chosen as queen was Aundrea Morales, daughter of Theresa and David Morales. Matthew Bigelow, son of Lisa and Steve Bigelow, was chosen as king.
• Billings Skyview’s Hailey Copinga has had herself quite a state tournament so far. Three matches into the tourney the senior middle hitter had tallied 23, 23 and 24 kills as the Falcons advanced to the fourth-place match late Friday night.
Middle hitter Hailey Copinga of Billings Skyview has signed a letter of intent with the Rocky Mountain College volleyball program and will be joining the No. 1-ranked Battlin' Bears next fall, coach Laurie Kelly announced Tuesday.
Last November, Holly Johnson was a spectator for the Eastern AA volleyball playoffs.
Billings Skyview closed its regular season with a 25-16, 25-14, 25-19 sweep of Butte, getting 19 kills from Hailey Copinga and 33 assists from Ashley Jones.
BOZEMAN – Third-ranked Bozeman won the Eastern AA regular-season volleyball title, beating No. 4 Billings Skyview 25-22, 25-12, 25-18 on Tuesday night.
Playing their third match in as many days, fifth-ranked Billings Skyview defeated Great Falls CMR 25-9, 20-25, 25-18, 25-16 in Eastern AA volleyball on Saturday.
Hailey Copinga had 19 kills and three blocks to help Billings Skyview sweep Great Falls 25-20, 25-15, 25-19 in Eastern AA volleyball Friday night.
Billings Senior has played in Pack The Place In Pink nights before, but never at Billings Skyview, where it’s done up on a grand scale.
Kids, kids everywhere.
Billings Skyview is on Version 3.0 of its offense. Based on Thursday night’s result at the West High gym, this one might stick.
Hailey Copinga had 25 kills as Billings Skyview switched offenses again to sweep Billings West 25-11, 25-23, 25-18.
Billings Skyview won three matches, including a victory over defending Wyoming 4A champion Casper Natrona, at the Border War matches held in Billings on Saturday.
It didn’t take long — probably in the midst of a seven-point serving run by Jeanann Lemelin early in the first set — to notice that the Billings Senior volleyball team was on a different level Thursday night.
GREAT FALLS -- Hailey Copinga came away with 24 of Billings Skyview's 46 kills Saturday as the Falcons defeated Great Falls 24-26, 25-19, 25-21, 25-22 in Eastern AA volleyball.
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