Semifinal updates: Southern B combined divisional tournament

2014-03-07T14:52:00Z 2014-03-07T23:17:16Z Semifinal updates: Southern B combined divisional tournament The Billings Gazette

Forsyth girls 45, Red Lodge 38

Forsyth finished the game on a 10-0 run to come from behind to beat Red Lodge 45-38 in a girls basketball Southern B semifinal game.

The Dogies trailed 38-35 before ending the game on their run, thanks to suffocating defense and clutch play on the offensive end.

Kaylee Zard paced Forsyth with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Three other players scored six points each and another three scored four points each for a balanced output.

The Dogies made 16 of 23 free throws to help ice the game.

Red Lodge got 16 points from Natalie Hilderman and 13 from Rylee Kane in the loss.

The Rams will play Manhattan in a 10:30 a.m. loser-out game Saturday morning. The Dogies clinched a state tournament berth with the win and will play Shepherd for the divisional championship at 8 p.m.

Shepherd girls 50, Colstrip 42

Shepherd used a third-quarter run to pull away from Colstrip 50-42 and secure a place in the Southern B divisional championship game.

Shepherd led 20-15 at the break, but outscored Colstrip 20-13 in the third quarter to build a double-digit lead. Janie McRae had 18 points and eight rebounds in the second half to spark the run.

McRae finished the game with 22 points and 15 rebounds. Abbie Goggins and Emily Millard each added 10 points.

Brina Hull led Colstrip with a game-high 24 points and 11 rebounds.

Shepherd awaits the Forsyth-Red Lodge winner in the championship game, while Colstrip will play a 10:30 a.m. loser-out game against Columbus.

Huntley Project boys 50, Joliet 44

Huntley Project rallied from a 26-18 halftime deficit to beat Joliet 50-44 in a Southern B semifinal game. The Red Devils, who clinched a berth at the state tournament with the win, will play Columbus in the divisional championship game.

Joliet led 34-31 heading to the fourth quarter, but four straight points from Michael Harris gave Huntley Project its first lead of the game at 35-34.

The Red Devils then iced the game from the foul line to set up the championship rematch with Columbus.

Harris scored 14 points and Yancey Fitch added 13 for Huntley Project. Brock Beede finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds for Joliet, but battled foul trouble in the second half.

The J-Hawks will play Colstrip at 9 a.m. in a Saturday morning loser-out game.

Columbus boys 47, Jefferson 34

The Columbus Cougars are going to the Class B boys basketball state tournament. The Cougars beat Jefferson in a semifinal game 47-34.

Trey Ostrum scored 18 points and grabbed six rebounds for Columbus. Ostrum converted 8 of 11 free throw attempts. Philip Holten scored 15, including 7-of-7 shooting from the foul line.

Columbus outscored Jefferson 22-11 in the pivotal fourth quarter to break open a two-point game.

Scotty Ferguson led the Panthers, who only shot 27.9 percent for the game, with 10 points.

With the win, Columbus advances to Saturday's championship game. The Cougars will play either Huntley Project or Joliet at 6:30 p.m.

Jefferson will play Forsyth in a 9 a.m. loser-out game Saturday morning.

Courtney Martinez broke free for a layup on a baseline out-of-bounds play to lift Columbus to a 52-50 win over Townsend in loser-out action.

The Cougars inbounded the ball with 1.5 seconds left, Martinez curled off a screen and found herself open underneath the basket for the winning bucket. She finished with 12 points and 14 rebounds.

Rachael Ault scored 22 points to lead the Cougars, who will play Shepherd or Colstrip in a loser-out game.

Jacy Thompson had another outstanding game for Townsend in the losing effort. Thompson finished with 25 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.

We're back at Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark for semifinal night at the boys and girls combined Southern B divisional basketball tournament.

The first semifinal game between the Columbus and Jefferson boys is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m., though the tournament is running behind schedule after the Colstrip and Lame Deer boys played an overtime game to start Friday's action.

Colstrip went on to beat Lame Deer 83-77 in the extra session, thanks in large part to 29 points from Tritan Aberle. Zach Hull (12 points and 10 rebounds) and Keyshawn Sandcrane (14 and 12) recorded double-doubles for the Colts.

Torilee Poitra scored 32 points in the loss for Lame Deer.

Colstrip will play the loser of tonight's game between Joliet and Huntley Project.

In the other boys' loser-out game, Forsyth pulled away from Whitehall, 59-42. The Dogies got 17 points from Luke Schwagler and a stat-stuffing game of 10 points, six rebounds and five assists from Dalton Hagadone.

Bryce Murphy and Nathaniel Reed each scored nine points to lead the Trojans.

Forsyth will play the loser of tonight's first semifinal game between Columbus and Jefferson.

On the girls' side, Brooke Jones scored 23 points, including a half-court buzzer-beater to end the first half, to lead Manhattan past Baker 51-31.

Tessa Miller had a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Tigers, who will play the loser of Forsyth-Red Lodge in a Saturday loser-out game.

Kylie Hadley scored nine points to lead Baker.

For updates throughout the rest of the evening, continue checking this space and/or follow me on Twitter (@SlimKimmel).

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