Boys Basketball

Class AA

Kyle Torgerson scored 22 points and Great Falls made 12 3-point baskets en route to trouncing Billings Skyview 68-46 to clinch the No. 1 seed for next week's Eastern AA divisional in Great Falls. The third-ranked Bison (15-3, 10-2) led 17-2 in the first quarter and led by as much as 31 points over Skyview (10-8, 6-6). Torgerson, who scored 31 points against Billings West on Friday night, had four 3-pointers. Drew Wyman added 14 points for the Bison. Julius Mims had nine for the Falcons.

• Rollie Worster and Abe Johnson scored 15 points apiece to lead top-ranked Missoula Hellgate over Kalispell Flathead 69-33 in the Western AA finale for both teams. Hellgate will take the top seed into next week's divisional at Kalispell.

Payton Turner's basket with 2.4 seconds remaining gave Billings Senior a surprising 57-55 victory over Bozeman, the No. 2 seed in Eastern AA behind Great Falls. The Broncs built a 19-point second-quarter lead only to see the Hawks rally. Junior Bergen had 19 points and Christian Cotharn 14 for Senior, which led 42-30 at halftime and has the No. 6 seed. Ryan Lonergan scored 15 points and Carter Ash and Kenneth Eiden had 10 apiece for the Hawks.

Jesse Owens scored 16 points and Cade Tyson added 11 as No. 4 Billings West snagged the third seed in Eastern AA with a 58-41 thumping of defending state champion and fifth-ranked Great Falls CMR. Bryce Depping scored 17 for the Rustlers, who land the fourth seed next week in Great Falls on their home court.

Brady Martin poured in 23 points to lift Helena Capital past Helena 47-42 in the crosstown rivalry to earn the third seed out of Western AA entering divisional play next week. Logan Brown scored 11 and Hayden Ferguson and Connor Murgel added 10 apiece for Helena. 

Eastern A

Niki Krause and Chrishon Dixon scored 14 points apiece and No. 2 Billings Central was hitting on all cylinders in a 65-51 triumph over No. 1 Hardin for the division crown in a rematch of Eastern A powers that split during the regular season. Sam Gray scored 12 points and Seth Sasich 10 for the Rams, who lost to the Bulldogs in the state title game a year ago. It's the first divisional title for Central in four years. Famous Lefthand, who notched his 1,000th career point Friday night, led Hardin with 19 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

• A 24-11 second quarter propelled Livingston (11-10) past Laurel (14-8) for a 56-36 win in the third-place game. Junior Brendon Johnson led all players with 23 points and nine rebounds, and senior John Waddell added eight points and seven rebounds. Freshman Emmit Renner led Laurel with 10 points and sophomore Colter Bales had seven points and nine boards.

• Gaje Leischner scored 16 points and Logan Kennedy added 11 as Laurel rallied from a fourth-quarter deficit to down Miles City 51-47. The Cowboys led 37-32 entering the final eight minutes. Kaden Stradley had 21 points, Jayden Venable 12 and Steven Ray 10 for Miles City. 

• Livingston (10-10) was in control from start-to-finish in a state tournament-clinching 61-35 win over Sidney at Rocky Mountain College. Livingston junior Brendon Johnson led all players with 19 points, and senior John Waddell added 17. Bridger Larson had 11 points for the Eagles.

Western A

Braden Harrington led the way with 13 points and No. 5 Butte Central cruised to a 46-37 victory over No. 4 Hamilton for the division crown in Hamilton. Cade Holter added nine for the Maroons. Carson Rostad had 12 points and Tanner Goligoski 11 for the Broncs.

Tyree Whitcomb poured in 28 points, Riley Spoonhunter added 13 and Blayne Deroche contributed 10 to lead No. 3 Browning to third place with a 60-46 thumping of Frenchtown in Hamilton. The Runnin' Indians trailed by six after one quarter and seven at halftime, but more than made up the difference with a 17-7 third quarter. Zack Baker scored 11 for Frenchtown.

• Eleven players scored for Browning, which rebounded from its second loss of the season to top Whitefish 62-55 to move into the third-place game and secure a berth at state. Tyree Whitcomb scored 15 points and Ethan Running Crane had 11 for the Runnin' Indians. Lee Walburn led all scorers with 22 points for the Bulldogs, followed by Dillon Botner at 15 and Ryan Kemm with 11.

Cade Baker led with 19 points, Zack Baker had 13 and Hank Rugg provided 12 for Frenchtown in a 64-59 loser-out triumph over Dillon. The Broncs led by 10 points at halftime, fell behind by a point after three quarters, and took over in the final eight minutes. Michael Haverfield had 26 points to lead all scorers for the Beavers. 

Western B

Clayton Reichenbach scored 13 points and Anders Epperly and Logan Gilliard tossed in 12 apiece as No. 4 Bigfork used a definitive third quarter to overcome No. 3 Missoula Loyola 53-43 to win the championship. The Vikings outscored the Rams 12-3 in the eight minutes after halftime. Jack Lincoln led all scorers with 20 points for Loyola. 

Jacob Hugs produced his second 22-point game of the day to lead St. Ignatius to a 67-53 win over No. 10 Deer Lodge and third place in the divisional. Lucas Vanderburg scored 11 points and Jedi Christy added 10 for Mission. Dyllon McDermid scored 15 and Ben Anderson had 10 for the Wardens. 

• Deer Lodge used a dominant fourth quarter to rally past arch-rival Anaconda in a loser-out game 69-54. Greydon Nicholson had 14 points and Ozzie King 12 for the Wardens, who outscored the Copperheads 27-11 over the final eight minutes. Kyler Gochanour scored 15 points and Michael Galle and Eli Saltenberger 10 each for Anaconda. 

• Jacob Hugs pumped in 22 points and Jedi Christy chipped in with 14 to lift St. Ignatius to a 67-39 elimination win in the morning over Florence. Mission jumped to a 15-3 first-quarter head and built the margin from there. JP Briney had 17 for Florence. 

Eastern C

Jeremy Handy scored 16 points and grabbed five rebounds in leading No. 4 Scobey to a 52-29 triumph over No. 9 Fairview in the championship game. The Spartans shot 51 percent from the floor. The Warriors connected on just 28 percent. Fairview led 12-7 after one quarter, but was outscored 45-17 the rest of the way. Cody Asbeck led Fairview with 15 points and six rebounds. 

• Westby-Grenora won the consolation game with a 44-39 win over Froid-Lake. Keegan Nelson sparked the Thunder with his 15 points and seven rebounds. Colt Miller had 12 points and nine boards for the Red Hawks. 

Colt Miller pumped in 26 points and Javonne Nesbit added 11 to lift Froid-Lake over Culbertson 46-38 in the morning to earn a shot at the third-place game. A 17-9 second quarter followed by a 10-4 third quarter was the difference. Chase Lambert scored nine for the Cowboys. 

Jack Solberg scored 22 points and Christian Melby had 15 as Westby-Grenora raced to a 15-point first-quarter lead and throttled Dodson 61-50 in an elimination game. Shaun Ball led with 21 points and Corbin Lone Bear added 15 for Dodson. 

Northern C

Cord Schneider scored 20 points and No. 6 Chinook rolled past Hays-Lodgepole 66-45 to win the division crown en route to its first berth at the state tournament since 1986. Isaac Bell added 17 points and Brendon Edwards 10 for the Sugarbeeters. Jeremy Pretty Paint and James Brockie had 13 for Hays-Lodgepole, which will face Winnett-Grass Range in a challenge game Sunday in Great Falls for a berth in the state tournament.

Zane Stahl's 3-pointer at the buzzer in overtime gave Winnett-Grass Range a 32-31 triumph over Belt and third place. Stahl had 14 points and Jacob Jessen 11 for W-GR. Kaimen Evans led the Huskies with 14. 

Zane Stahl scored 16 points and Charlie Keith contributed 14 as Winnett-Grass Range ended Roy-Winifred's Cinderella story with a 42-38 loser-out win in Great Falls. Justin Stulc had 11 for Roy-Winifred, which entered the postseason with three wins but began a roll in district play and won a game at divisionals.

Brendan Wing pumped in 24 points and Aiden McDaniel added 10 as Belt moved into the third-place game with a 51-49 clipping of Fort Benton. Garrett Diekhans had 27 points to lead all scorers for the Longhorns.

Southern C

Brody Grebe lit up the scoreboard for 35 points and No. 3 Melstone raced to a 13-point first-quarter lead and fended off No. 7 Plenty Coups in the fourth quarter for a 62-57 win and divisional championship. Shayden Cooke added 14 points for the Broncs. 

Cobe Begger led four players in double figures with 16 points and Wibaux took third place with a 52-48 triumph over Bridger. Chance Larson scored 13 points, Tel Lunde 11 and Cade Dschaak 10 for the Longhorns, who led 18-5 after one quarter but rallied from a point behind entering the final eight minutes. Jake Kallevig was a one-man show for Bridger with 28 points.

Tel Lunde had 16 points and eight rebounds, and Cobe Begger added 14 points, nine rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots in Wibaux's 45-34 victory over Ekalaka in a morning elimination game in Laurel. Mick O'Connor had 16 points and 10 rebounds in Ekalaka's final game.

Colby Zentner scored 24 points and Jake Kallevig added 20 as Bridger advanced to the third-place game with a 69-58 triumph over No. 8 Park City. Jake Mitzel had 13 points and 11 rebounds and Baylor Pospisil 12 points and nine boards for the Scouts, who had only four players score. Connor McNeil had 16, Tucker Johnstone 15 and Austin Popp 11 points and 10 rebounds to close the season for the Panthers.

Western C

Caleb Bellach scored 20 points, Sam Leep had 19 and Josiah Amunrud 16 as top-ranked and unbeaten Manhattan Christian earned a measure of revenge for the past two state finals by downing No. 2 Arlee 63-51 in Butte. The Warriors have defeated the Eagles in the last two Class C title games. Lane Johnson scored 15 points, Greg Whitesell had 14 and Isaac Fisher 10 for Arlee, which faces once-beaten Twin Bridges in a challenge game Monday. 

• No. 5 Twin Bridges used a 26-7 third quarter to break away from Gardiner 64-53 in the third-place game. Charlie Kruer had 17 points for the Falcons, who had all five starters in double figures. Twin Bridges made 10 3-pointers and received 14 points from Nate Konen, 13 from Daniel Kruer and 10 each from Jake Hughes and Bryce Nye. Clancy Thomas had a game-high 21 and Sean Rehmer 13 for the Bruins. Because of Arlee's loss to Manhattan Christian, Twin Bridges will face the Warriors in a challenge game Monday.

Jake Hughes led with 18 points and Daniel Kruer added 14 as Twin Bridges shrugged off its first loss of the season and moved into the third-place game by downing Darby 54-49. Dylan Parks and Nolan Smith had 18 points apiece for Darby, which finishes 20-3 after winning its first district title in 28 years.

Girls Basketball

Class AA

• Billings West had three players in double figures with Shayla Montague leading the way with a game-high 13 points as the No. 3 Golden Bears defeated Great Falls CMR 55-24 in an Eastern AA finale. West’s TyLee Manuel had 11 points and sister TyRaa Manuel added 10. Allie Olsen had eight for the Rustlers.

Jorgie Hawthorne led with 13 points and Great Falls broke open a close game in the second half for a 46-25 Eastern AA victory over Billings Skyview in the Eastern AA finale for both teams. Brooke Berry scored 12 for the Falcons, who earned their first victory of the season Friday against Great Falls CMR.

Emma Blakely scored 21 points and Kylie Lunday contributed 10 for No. 4 Missoula Hellgate, which rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit to down Kalispell Glacier 46-42 in the final Western AA regular-season game for both teams. Jenna Johnson scored 16 points and Taylor Henley 13 for the Wolfpack.

Ava Westphal led a balanced offense with 11 points and Bozeman ran away from Billings Senior 58-27 to close the Eastern AA regular season. Nine players scored for the Hawks, who also got nine points from Ayla Embry. Ellie Ostermiller scored 11 for Senior.

Eastern A

Olivia Moten-Schell and Isabelle Erickson scored 14 points apiece and No. 2 Billings Central ended top-ranked Havre's winning streak at 44 games with a 44-42 win for the divisional crown in Billings. Kyndall Keller led the Blue Ponies with 15 points. 

Marie Five scored 14 points and Hardin recovered from an early 10-point deficit to rally past Laurel 42-34 for third place. The Bulldogs trailed 25-19 at halftime but outscored the Locos by eight in the third quarter and six in the fourth. Mya Hansen topped Laurel with 14 points. Both teams advance to the state tournament.

• Three Laurel players reached double digits and the No. 4 Locomotives made 23 of 26 free throws to win a morning loser-out game against Miles City 53-41. Aspen Cotter led the way with 14 points, followed by Mya Hansen with 13 and Maeson Cotter with 10.  Mackenzie Rask scored 13 points for Miles City, which finished the season 9-14. 

Ivery Fritzler scored 12 points and Charlie Bell Rock had nine points and nine rebounds to help No. 2 Hardin defeat Belgrade 55-28 in a morning loser-out contest. Hardin, which led 32-13 by halftime, also got nine points from Breanna Old Elk. Gracey Carter led Belgrade with seven points. The Panthers finished the season 10-11.

Western A

Josie Windauer scored 16 points and Ryley Kehr and Hannah Schweikert added 10 apiece as No. 3 Columbia Falls built a double-digit-third quarter lead and held on to top Browning 59-52 for the championship. Windauer finished with 13 rebounds and Kehr had 12 boards. The Wildkats entered the fourth quarter with a 43-30 margin. Dulci Skunkcap kept the Runnin' Indians in it with 23 points and Taylor Jordon contributed 16. 

Jayden Winslow was her team's leading scorer for the second consecutive game with 14 points and Libby held off Butte Central 36-30 for third place. The Loggers outscored the Maroons by five points in the fourth quarter. Tricia Joyce had nine points for Butte Central.

Tricia Joyce scored a game-high 19 points and Butte Central rallied in the fourth quarter for a 38-33 loser-out triumph over Hamilton in the morning. The Maroons rode an 18-11 final eight minutes to the win. Lauren Ryter topped the Broncs with nine points. 

Jayden Winslow's 16 points led the way as Libby broken open a close game in the fourth quarter for a 49-37 elimination victory over Ronan. Jaylea Lunceford scored 12 and Tiana Ulutoa 10 for the Maidens. 

Northern B

L'Tia Lawrence scored 28 points and collected five rebounds in directing Harlem to a 46-43 win over Wolf Point in the championship game. Harlem outscored Wolf Point 27-23 in the middle quarters to emerge with the title. Lawrence shot 9 of 20 from the field and 10 of 13 from the foul line. Imani Bighorn compiled 24 points and 16 rebounds for the Wolves. Mya Fourstar ended up with 12 points. 

Kenna Pitcher had 18 points and Naemi Wipf 15 as Fairfield defeated Glasgow 44-30 for consolation honors. Wipf also had nine rebounds and seven blocked shots. The Eagles outscored the Scotties 30-8 during the second and third quarters. Keely Fossum led Glasgow with eight points. 

Taylor Pederson's 20 points were the difference as Glasgow moved on with a 44-33 loser-out victory over Malta in the morning. The Scotties pitched a 6-0 shutout in the first quarter and led 20-9 at halftime. Erica Smith scored nine to lead Malta.

Kenna Pitcher was unstoppable with 42 points and teammate Naemi Wipf added 17 to lead Fairfield over Cut Bank 67-53 in an elimination game. Pitcher made 18 of 19 free throws en route to her career high. Jazmine Spotted Bear scored 18 points for the Wolves.

Western B

Rilee Mangun was high scorer with 12 points and No. 7 Florence built an 11-point lead after three quarters and then held off No. 9 Missoula Loyola 43-38 for the division championship at Ronan. Danielle Zahn added nine points for the Falcons. Sam Clevenger led Loyola with 12 points. 

Rachel Nicholson led with 17 points and Rilee Gray provided 16 as Deer Lodge pulled away from Bigfork in the fourth quarter for a 52-36 victory and third place in the divisional. The Wardens outscored the Valkyries 52-36 in the final eight minutes. Ansleigh Edgerton had 14 points and Emma Berreth 13 for Bigfork. 

Rilee Gray and Rachel Nicholson led a balanced Deer Lodge offense with 12 points apiece and the Wardens offset 30 points by Anaconda's Logan Stetzner to win a morning loser-out game 49-45. Seven players scored for Deer Lodge, which led 24-10 at halftime and withstood an Anaconda rally. 

Ansleigh Edgerton scored 13 points and Rakiah Grende chipped in with 11 as Bigfork slipped past Eureka 51-49 to ease into the third-place game. Sienna Utter had 12 points and Rhianna Hawkins added 10 for the Lions.

Southern C

Heather LaBree scored 17 points and Whitney Kittelmann 11 in helping Ekalaka claim the championship by beating Wibaux 61-41 at Laurel. Ella Owen added 10 points to the winning cause. The Bulldogs used a 20-9 scoring spree in the fourth quarter to break the game open. Wibaux received 18 points from Marni Schieffer, and sister Layni Schieffer posted a double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds.

Jessica Adkins led Bridger with 15 points and the Scouts defeated Melstone 46-31 for third place. Bridger’s Serena Oyler added 11 points and Hope Buessing chipped in 10. Melstone’s Draya Wacker had a game-high 17 points.

Western C

Teaira Truman led four players in double figures and Charlo won a wild 60-55 overtime game over Arlee for the divisional title in Butte. Arlee led 29-17 at halftime before Charlo rallied for a tie after three quarters. The teams each scored 19 points in the fourth quarter before the Vikings took over in OT. Liev Smith scored 13, Kaitlin Cox 12 and Carlee Fryberger 10 for Charlo. Alyssia Vanderburg had a big day with 24 points and Louetta Conko-Camel 18 for the Scarlets.

Whitney McKitrick scored a game-high 26 points and Ennis rolled to a 45-23 romp over Manhattan Christian for third place. Jourdain Klein added 11 more for the Mustangs, who outscored the Eagles 18-1 in the second quarter. Ennis downed West Yellowstone 51-25 earlier in the morning to advance, ending the Wolverines' first trip to divisionals in 20 years.

Taylor Devries led with 14 points, Kiersten Van Kirk added 11 and Manhattan Christian kept its season alive with a 56-31 morning victory over Seeley-Swan. Nine players scored for the Eagles. Autumn Morse had eight points for the Blackhawks.

20-Point Club

42: Kenna Pitcher, Fairfield

35: Brode Grebe, Melstone

30: Logan Stetzner, Anaconda

28: Jake Kallevig, Bridger

28: Tyree Whitcomb, Browning

28: L'Tia Lawrence, Harlem

27: Garrett Diekhans, Fort Benton

26: Michael Haverfield, Dillon

26: Whitney McKitrick, Ennis

26: Colt Miller, Froid-Lake

24: Colby Zentner, Bridger

24: Brendan Wing, Belt

24: Imani Bighorn, Wolf Point

24: Alyssia Vanderburg, Arlee

23: Brendon Johnson, Livingston

23: Dulci Skunkcap, Browning

23: Brady Martin, Helena Capital

22: Lee Walburn, Whitefish

22: Jacob Hugs, St. Ignatius

22: Kyle Torgerson, Great Falls

22: Jacob Hugs, St. Ignatius

22: Jack Solberg, Westby-Grenora

21: Kaden Stradley, Miles City

21: Clancy Thomas, Gardiner

21: Emma Blakely, Missoula Hellgate

21: Shaun Ball, Dodson

20: Jake Kallevig, Bridger 

20: Taylor Pederson, Glasgow

20: Caleb Bellach, Manhattan Christian

20: Jack Lincoln, Missoula Loyola

20: Cord Schneider, Chinook

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