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Billings Skyview vs. Billings West

Billings West's TyLee Manuel finished with 21 points as Billings West defeated Billings Skyview 75-37 in an Eastern AA girls basketball game on Friday at Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark. 

BILLINGS -- The way Shayla Montague was feeling her shot, she probably could have gone on all night Friday.

Four flick of the wrists in the first quarter from the Billings West junior led to the same amount of 3-pointers, and Montague's work at Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark was essentially done. So were the Billings Skyview Falcons.

Montague combined with TyLee Manuel and Ambreya Windy Boy for 57 points, and the Golden Bears rolled to a 75-37 Eastern AA girls basketball win over Skyview in the Crosstown Classic Series.

Montague's hot start helped the Bears, No. 5 in the 406mtsports.com rankings, to a 25-9 first-quarter lead.

Manuel took her turn in the second and third quarters and Windy Boy the fourth as West (6-1, 2-0) tied its season-high for points and won its sixth consecutive game and its 11th in a row over Skyview.

Manuel, a 6-foot-1 junior post, finished with 21 points. Montague, with six 3-pointers, and Windy Boy, with four 3-pointers, both had 18 points. Megan Brown hit another 3-pointer to give West 11 for the game. 

"I joke with Shayla and Ambreya that they're the Splash Sisters, and they really can be," West coach Charlie Johnson said. "Tonight, I think you saw what we can be. Now, we're not going to score 70 every game, but I think we can be pretty efficient inside and out."

Montague, who made 37 percent of her 3-point attempts last season, made her first three attempts against Skyview. She demonstrated once again her points can come in bunches as she scored just six points after the first quarter.

"I just happened to be on point, I guess," Montague said. "My teammates did a good job of looking for all the shooters, not just me, but Ambreya and Megan, too. We didn't play very selfishly this game and I think that's why we got the win."

Kenzie Ketchum led the Falcons with 18 points. It was their second straight Crosstown loss, and the second time in a row they've dug themselves an early hole. Last week it was against No. 4 Billings Senior.

"Knowing we play (West) again in a couple weeks, it's a motivation for us," Skyview coach Robbyn Hergenrider said. "We had a good second quarter, there were sparks, but this game gave us some good pointers to really work on for the upcoming weeks."

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