BILLINGS — So, what do you think are some of the most impressive high school basketball records of all time in Montana? Now, since we have had high school hoops in our state for the past 108 years, we do have some outstanding numbers.
Following are what I think are the 10 most impressive records in Montana history, building to the most remarkable:
6: From 2007-12, the Billings West High Golden Bears advanced to the state Class AA championship game six consecutive years.
93: Back in the 1990s, there was no need for a shot clock. Lodge Grass won the 1991 state Class B tournament with games of 100, 94 and 85. That’s averaging 93 points a game, or 41 points more than Class B teams averaged at the 2011 state tournament.
152: Also during that same 1991 season, Missoula Loyola set the single-game scoring record of 152 points. That’s almost five points a minute.
245: Most combined points in a game. In 2002 Huntley Project and Lodge Grass lit up the scoreboard in a game Project won 125-120.
9,079: Recently a crowd of more than 4,000 witnessed the Billings Central-Hardin games at Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark. That will be the largest crowd for a regular-season game all season. The record for a non-tournament game is 9,079, set on the night of Jan. 26, 1993, for the West–Senior game.
24: The record for the most consecutive trips to the state tournament. The Kalispell Flathead girls qualified for the state every season from 1974-98. During those 24 years they never did win it all. In 1999 they missed out on the state tournament, but they were back in 2000 to take home the Class AA championship.
11: This is not really a record … just a great stat. From 2007-17, Malta and Fairfield combined to win the state Class B girls basketball title 11 years in a row.
66: On the night of Nov. 10, 2000, Brockton’s Kayla Lambert scored 66 points. She is the only Montana high school player to score 60 or more in a in single game — a feat she accomplished four times.
42.2: Back in 1999, Lambert scored 928 points in 22 games. Her 42.2 per-game average is one of the most impressive records of all time. To put that in perspective, today we have five Class AA girls teams averaging less than 42 points a game.
120: While in high school, Fairfield’s Jill Barta never lost a game, leading the Eagles to four consecutive 26-0 seasons. Plus, they would win their first 16 games the following year. 120 wins in a row ... a record that may never be broken.