Laurel boys 39, Miles City 38
Laurel, the top team in the Eastern A, got a huge scare from Miles City but came away with a 39-38 championship game victory Saturday night.
Dylan Message's offensive-rebound basket with 1:18 was the winning basket. The Cowboys had two chances to win at the end, but couldn't convert.
Laurel and Miles City will represent the Eastern division at the State A tournament next week in Great Falls.
Laurel girls 60, Miles City 52
Defending Class A girls champion Laurel will be off to defend their title after the Locomotives defeated Miles City 60-52 in the title game of the Eastern A girls basketball divisional on Saturday night.
Both teams qualified for the state tournament. For Miles City, it's the Cowgirls first trip since 2009.
Allie McGrath hit a 3-pointer with 45 seconds left in the first quarter that gave Laurel a 14-12 lead. The Locomotives never trailed after thatl.
Billings Central boys 84, Hardin 73
Jacob Hadley scored 16 of his game-high 24 points in the second half and Billings Central beat Hardin 84-73 in a fast-paced third-place game on Saturday at Rimrock Auto Arena.
The Rams (11-10) led by two with 2:40 left, but pulled away with a 10-1 run. Oliver Wallace led five players in double figures for Hardin (9-12) with 18 points. Dominic LaForge added 14.
Central's win clinched a State A tournament berth for Miles City. It's the Cowboys first trip to state in 11 years. But the Rams need the Cowboys to beat Laurel in the championship game later tonight to force a challenge game.
Billings Central girls 44, Sidney 38
The Rams got 17 points and 10 rebounds from Justyn Juhl as they won the third-place game over Sidney 44-38 on Saturday afternoon in the Eastern A girls basketball divisional's third-place game.
Central (16-5) now awaits the outcome of Saturday night's championship. If Laurel beats Miles City, the Rams' season is over. If Miles City wins, Central will challenge Laurel for the right to advance to the State A tournament.
The Cowgirls clinched a berth in the state tournament with Billings Central's win.
Lexi Prevost had 19 points and 10 rebounds for Sidney, which finished the season 15-7.
The Billings Central and Sidney girls are playing the Eastern A consolation game after both teams won loser-out games Saturday morning. The Rams beat Hardin, while the Eagles topped Glendive.
On the boys' side, Central and Hardin earned wins Saturday morning. Central beat Sidney and Hardin beat Glendive to set up the consolation matchup.
Laurel plays Miles City in both the boys and girls championships.
As far as potential challenge games are concerned, neither Central team can challenge Miles City. The girls lost to the Cowgirls in a semifinal game Friday, while the boys lost to the Cowboys in an opening-round game.
The Sidney girls cannot challenge Laurel. The Locomotives pulled away in Friday's semifinal round.
The Hardin boys, though, can challenge either team. Their loss came at the hands of Sidney in the first round, so if the Bulldogs beat Central we're guaranteed a challenge game.