Senior vs Skyview bball girls

Billings Senior's Jensen Keller (2) dribbles around Billings Skyview's Kinsey Frost (4) during the fourth quarter at Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark on Tuesday.

BETHANY BAKER, Gazette Staff

BILLINGS -- The offensive rebound came down to Tavy Findon just inside the left block, and she did what comes natural to her.

The Billings Senior junior spun and immediately passed the ball out of the paint to a teammate.

Findon didn't need the groans of the Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark crowd to tell her she passed up a golden opportunity for an easy two points. 

"I know, that was bad," Findon said rather sheepishly after the Broncs defeated Billings Skyview 60-20 Tuesday night as the Crosstown Classic Series continued. "I just didn't even think. I just always look and pass the ball.

"(Coach Zach Robbins) gets on me about that, he really does. It's bad to say sometimes, but I need to be, not like selfish, but I need to be ... I don't know."

OK, maybe not selfish. Perhaps opportunistic? Senior ended up with a 3-pointer on the possession, so it was all good. And it's not like Findon didn't score at other times. Her two quick baskets off the bench to start the second quarter infused the Broncs with some energy, and they went on to win their 11th consecutive game with ease.

Kola Bad Bear finished with 15 points and Bailey Eleazer had 13 for the Broncs, who are ranked No. 4 in the 406mtsports.com Class AA girls basketball rankings. It was a 7-6 game late in the first quarter until a 3-pointer from Ellie Ostermiller and a basket from Courtney Bad Bear gave Senior a 12-6 lead at the end of the first.

Findon's two baskets to star the second contributed to what turned out to be a 24-0 run and the Broncs had the game in hand by halftime, 35-8. After a basket by Skyview's Kinsey Frost ended that run, Senior started another long run, this time 22-2, aided by non-starters Eleazer and Brianne McCauley.

"I'm very pleased with the way our non-starters come in and give us energy," Robbins said. "That's so key. If you're going to have a strong team, you have to have a bench, and they came in tonight a gave us great energy."

The Broncs hit seven 3-pointers and improved to 13-1 overall and 8-0 in the Eastern AA.

"We just move the ball really well and we play really good defense," Findon said. "I think that's our strongest thing is our defense."

Frost led Skyview with seven points. The Falcons (5-9, 1-7) look to end a four-game losing streak when they host the Great Falls schools Feb. 16 and 17.

Senior returns to Metra next Tuesday for its final crosstown game against No. 5 Billings West. The Broncs will be seeking to complete a four-game sweep of their intra-city rivals.

Email Mike Scherting at mike.scherting@406mtsports.com or follow him on Twitter at @GazSportsSchert

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