Miles City boys 44, Glendive 41
Brac Warren's 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded lifted Miles City to a 44-41 victory over Glendive in an Eastern A boys semifinal game Friday night.
With three seconds left, Warren inbounded the ball at half court to Connor Torstenbo, who quickly gave it back to a cutting Warren. Warren pulled up from the top of the key and drained the game-winner.
Miles City will play Laurel on Saturday for the championship.
Warren finished with 14 points to lead all scorers. He also had eight rebounds.
Glendive was led by Bryden Boehning's 10 points and six rebounds. The Red Devils will face Hardin on Saturday in a loser-out game.
Miles City girls 61, Billings Central 54
Miles City rallied from a 13-point deficit in the first half and went on to win a see-saw Eastern A girls semifinal 61-54 over Billings Central behind 20 points from Makena Ellingson, 18 from Shaylee Singleton and 11 from Beth Sutter.
The Cowgirls (12-8) will face Laurel (14-4) in Saturday night's championship game. The winner advances to the State A tournament, while the loser could face a challenge game.
Trailing 27-14, Miles City closed the first half on a 15-0 run for a 29-27 halftime lead. The teams then exchanged the lead nine times in the second half before Singleton gave the Cowgirls the lead for good on a 3-pointer with 1:15 to play.
Justyn Juhl led Central with 17 points. Allie Lucas had 14 and Meslissa Koerber had 12 for the Rams (14-5), who play Hardin at 9 a.m. in a loser-out game on Saturday at Rocky Mountain College.
Laurel boys 50, Sidney 35
Zac Allen had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Laurel advanced to their sixth consecutive Eastern A boys title game with a 50-35 semifinal win over Sidney.
Evan Jones scored 12 points, including three 3-pointers in the second quarter, to help the Locomotives (17-2) build a nine-point lead by halftime. The championship game is scheduled for Saturday at 8 p.m.
Sidney (11-9) dropped into a Saturday loser-out game against Billings Central.
Cade Strasheim paced the Eagles with 10 points. Colin Moran, battling foul trouble and a left ankle injury, was limited to seven points.
Laurel girls 59, Sidney 40
Abbie Lohof scored 19 points and Allie McGrath had 13 as top-seeded Laurel eventually ground down fourth-seeded Sidney with a 59-40 Eastern A girls divisional semifinal win Friday afternoon at Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark.
Laurel took a four-point lead into the fourth quarter, but the Locomotives quickly distanced themselves with a 12-3 run.
They made 11 of 11 free throws over the game's final 2:24. McGrath was 11-for-11 from the line for the game.
Both teams were hit with foul trouble to key players early, but it seemed to affect the Eagles more. They shot 60 percent in their first-round win on Thursday, but the combination of fouls and a good Laurel game plan limited Sidney to 26 percent shooting Friday.
Lexi Prevost had 15 and Kortney Mayer 12 to lead the Eagles, who will play Glendive at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning in a loser-out contest.
Laurel will play either Billings Central or Miles City on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. for the divisional title.
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Miles City boys 63, Billings Central 56
Timmy Regan scored 20 points and Brac Warren scored 17 more as sixth-seeded Miles City knocked off No. 3 seed Billings Central 63-56 in the first-round of the Eastern A divisional tournament Friday at Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark.
Warren was in foul trouble for much of the game, but was effective in the minutes he did play. Warren made 6 of 10 shots, including two 3-pointers, and grabbed nine rebounds for the Cowboys.
Regan hit a pair of important 3s, and also hit several free throws in the fourth quarter to help ice the game.
Bryce Hawbaker led Central with 16 points, including three 3s in the fourth quarter to keep the score relative close. The Rams dropped into the loser-out bracket on Saturday.
Miles City (16-3) advanced to face Glendive in Friday's semifinals.
Miles City girls 53, Glendive 36
Miles City scored the first eight points of the game and Glendive never did have a lead as the Cowgirls easily won their first-round game.
The Cowgirls (11-8) spread out their scoring, getting 10 points from Ashlie Larson, nine from Tori Swope and eight from Halie Warren.
Six other players scored for the Cowgirls, who made 67 percent of their shots in the first half but struggled to 26 percent in the second half. No matter, though, as Glendive could not fully overcome a 22-point halftime deficit.
Miles City plays Billings Central (14-4) in Friday's second semifinal at 6 p.m.
Wyniah Mintz led Glendive with 10 points and Teia Knutson had eight.
The Red Devils (4-15) are off Friday and play a loser-out contest on Saturday morning.
Sidney boys 57, Hardin 56
Colin Moran's basket and steal in the final 32 seconds lifted Sidney over Hardin 57-56 in a first-round boys game. Moran, playing the second half on an injured left ankle, finished with 18 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots.
Moran scored on a press-breaking layup with 32 seconds left to give the Eagles a one-point lead. Moran stole a pass from Oliver Wallace with six seconds left to snuff out Hardin's second-to-last possession.
Hardin's Keen White Wolf had a good look at a winning shot from the right wing, but it bounced off the back of the rim at the buzzer. Wallace, the league's leading scorer, finished with a game-high 20 points.
Sidney (11-8) advanced to face top-seeded Laurel in Friday's semifinal round. Hardin (8-11) dropped into the loser-out bracket.
Sidney girls 70, Hardin 39
Kortney Mayer and Hailey Steinbeisser combined for 41 points as Sidney cruised to a 70-39 win over Hardin in the first round of the girls tournament.
The Eagles outscored Hardin 37-20 over the span of the second and third quarters to advance to the semifinals.
Mayer had 21 points while Steinbeisser finished with 20, going 7-for-7 from the floor and 3-for-4 from the free-throw line. The guard duo also combined to hit five 3-pointers.
Lexi Prevost had 15 points and a team-high eight rebounds. She also had six assists.
Hardin was led by the 13 points of Darrelynn Left Hand. Alyssa Big Man and Hannah Ware each added 10.
Sidney (14-5) plays Laurel (14-4) in Friday's first semifinal at 2 p.m. Hardin (7-12) will play a loser-out game on Saturday morning.