BILLINGS – It took 11 quarters for Shea Dolan to score her first points of the Crosstown Classic Series this season. The Billings West point guard isn’t worried about that, though.
“My job’s easy just because we have so many great shooters on the court,” said Dolan, who broke her drought with a fourth-quarter basket in Thursday night’s 67-50 Eastern AA girls basketball win over Billings Skyview at Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark. “They move so well, so it makes my job super easy and super fun, too. I’m fine with not scoring because an assist is just as good as scoring for me.”
Dolan had eight assists in West’s two previous intra-city games and she probably had another handful against the Falcons as the Golden Bears improved to 2-1 in crosstown games.
Four players scored in double figures, led by Shayla Montague’s 14 points. West (8-2, 4-1) was able to find open spots in Skyview’s zone and nail down its shots.
TyRaa Manuel added 12 points, Maddie Albrecht 11 and Willa Albrecht 10 to help the Bears top 65 points for the fourth time this season. The Bears went into Thursday’s game averaging 53 points per game, fourth in AA.
“We can count on each other 24/7 and we’re all capable of doing that,” said Montague, who improved her AA-best 3-pointer total to 26 by making four more against Skyview. “It’s really nice not to just rely on one or two people to do that.”
Coach Charlie Johnson’s Bears have been prolific against Skyview this season. West has scored 142 points in two wins over the Falcons, though Johnson admitted his team needed some work of its own on the defensive side of things this time around.
“We have multiple girls who can score 10 points every single game and that’s what I love,” Johnson said. “That just makes us more difficult to guard and shows we’re not a selfish team, by any means. I’m proud of them tonight.”
Skyview (5-6, 1-4) trailed by five after the first quarter, but the Bears took control with a 19-7 run to end the second quarter.
Kinsey Frost led Skyview with 10 points. Raegan Harper added nine and Sophie Stott and Kenzie Ketchum had seven each.