Boys Basketball

• Great Falls, No. 4 in the Class AA boys rankings, put five players into double figures on its way to a 74-47 win over Billings Senior. The Broncs led 20-18 after the first quarter, but the Bison outscored Senior 56-27 the rest of the way. Kyle Togerson scored 15 point to lead the Bison. Blake Thelen chipped in 13 and Hunter McKinney 12. Senior’s Connor Kieckbusch led all scorers with 17 points. 

• Top-ranked Missoula Sentinel used 36 points by Sam Beighle in holding on for a 66-59 Class AA win at Kalispell Glacier. Beighle was 11 for 20 from the floor with two 3-pointers and 12 for 14 from the free-throw line. He also had eight rebounds.

• Bozeman bolted to a 21-10 start and finished with a 75-50 Class AA win over Billings Skyview. The Hawks outscored the Falcons 43-23 in the second half. “We didn’t come out ready and had now answer for them,” Skyview coach Kevin Morales said. Zach Schacht had 10 points for the Falcons. Mack Anderson led Bozeman with 20 and Ryan Lundren added 14.

• Sam Vining scored 22 points to help No. 2 Great Falls CMR to a 79-59 Eastern AA win over Billings West. Jake Olsen and Garrison Rothwell both added 16 points for the Rustlers, who bolted to a 43-23 halftime lead. Cole DeVries led West with 14 points.

• In another round of overtimes, the No. 4 Billings Central Rams came out on top this time with an 81-78 double-overtime victory over No. 2 Hardin at MetraPark in Billings. The Rams had four players in double-figures and the Bulldogs had five. Seth Sasich led the Rams with 18, Cade Herriford scored 17, Sam Gray had 16 and Chrishon Dixon had a 16-point, 14-assist and 7-rebound performance for Central’s third win in a row. These teams met on Jan. 6 when Hardin won a three-overtime thriller. Famous Lefthand led Hardin in scoring with 19 points and Trae Hugs (17), Andrew House (15),  David Evans (13), and Cayden Redfield (11) all contributed big for the Bulldogs, who lost their first game of the season. 

• Shayden Cooke scored 19 points to help No. 3 Melstone (16-0) top Winnett-Grass Range 59-35 in Class C action. Brody Grebe added 18 points for the Broncs, who are No. 3 in the Class C rankings. Jacob Jessen led Winnett-Grass Range with 11 points.

• Dalton Bragg paced Stevensville with 15 points and Logan Roth scored 14, but the Dillon Beavers were too much for the Yellowjackets, 61-52 in Class A action.

• Danny Hoisington scored a game-high 15 points in Thompson Falls' 58-31 Class B win over Eureka. Payton Frields added 10 points for the Blue Hawks. 

• Rollie Worster led Missoula Hellgate with 17 points and Bridger Deden added 12 in the Knights' 63-37 Class AA win over Helena. Kade Lunday added 10 points for Hellgate.

• Carson Callison tallied 24 points in leading Alberton-Superior to a 63-49 Class C win over Victor. Skyler Webberson scored 24 points for the Pirates.

• Cade Baker scored 15 points and was one of four Frenchtown players to score in double digits in the Broncs' 71-65 Class A win over LibbyJared Cole added 14 points, Adam Botkin scored 13 and Hank Rugg chipped in 10. Ryggs Johnston paced Libby with 26 points.

• Brendan McDonald tallied a double-double of 28 points and 13 rebounds to lead Two Eagle River to an 87-63 Class C win over St. Regis. Ian Farris had 25 points to pace St. Regis.

Noxon outscored Hot Springs 18-13 in the fourth quarter to squeak out a 47-46 Class C win. Logan Wood paced Noxon with 16 points, and Brandon Knudson had 31 for Hot Springs.

Girls Basketball

• Billings West outscored Great Falls CMR 20-2 in the third quarter to break away for a 52-30 Class AA win. Shayla Montague led the Bears (11-2, 5-1) with 13 points, and TyRaa Manuel had 11. “We talked at halftime about being more aggressive. Our assistant coaches did a great job of making some adjustments,” West coach Charlie Johnson said. Johnson also credited the defense of Montague and Aliyah Holton on CMR’s Addison Gardner, who was limited to nine points. Gardner is third in Class AA, averaing 13.4 points a game. 

• No. 4 Billings Senior won its 10th straight game, defeating Great Falls 45-22 in Eastern AA play. Kola Bad Bear, who announced her commitment to Montana State on Twitter in the morning, had 12 points. Ellie Ostermiller and Tavy Findon added nine points each. Senior shut Great Falls out in the first quarter and led 21-8 at halftime. Annie Toon finished with eight points to lead the Bison. “I think what’s clicking is our defense. We’re just playing fantastic defense right now. We’re rebounding well. I think we can keep improving on our offensive execution. I felt like today, defensively, we got better. I’m very excited for the second half of our season,” Senior coach Zach Robbins said. 

• Four Bozeman players scored in double figures and the Hawks defeated Billings Skyview 64-37 in an Eastern AA  game. Hannah Wheeler led the way for Bozeman with 16 points. Alex Carey added 15 for the Hawks, who had scored just 68 points in their two previous games. Nevaeh Alden had 12 points for Skyview.

• Jordyn Schweyen scored a game-high 15 points to lead Missoula Sentinel past Kalispell Glacier 49-30 in a Class AA game. The Spartans led 29-17 at the half.

• Elizabeth Field scored 13 points and Westby-Grenora upset Froid-Lake 36-35 in overtime. Froid-Lake, No. 10 in the Class C rankings, trailed 26-22 after three quarters but managed to send the game into overtime. There, Kiara Salsbury’s second 3-pointer of the game made the difference for the Thunder, who outscored the RedHawks 3-2 in the extra frame. Mackenzie Dethman scored 16 for Froid-Lake and Sydney Dethman added 12.

• Trailing by seven entering the fourth quarter, top-ranked Belt rallied to beat Hobson-Moore-Judith Gap 45-41. Dani Urick scored 14 points for Belt, No. 1 in the Class C rankings, and Kolby Pimperton added nine. Belt was held scoreless in the second quarter but scored 20 points in the fourth. Brianna Bergum led H-M-JG with 11 points, and Chloe Derks and Kristen Vincent each added 10.

Shainy Mack and Kyle Olson combined for 41 points as No. 1 Three Forks won at home against No. 2 Townsend in a Class B showdown. Mack finished with 22 points and Olson 19 for the 16-0 Wolves. Tavia Rooney tallied 17 for the Bulldogs (14-2). Three Forks shot 15 of 23 from the foul line; Townsend was 3 of 7. Mack had eight rebounds and two steals. Both of the Bulldogs' losses this season have come to Three Forks. Townsend led 31-30 at halftime, but Three Forks went on a 21-12 run in the third quarter.

• Jasmine Russell scored 17 points and Brenna Osksa added 16 to help No. 8 Plentywood beat Fairview 59-38 in Class C play. Russell scored 15 of her points in the first half, helping Plentywood to a 31-13 lead. Torrie Hurley led Fairview with 16 points.

• Winnett-Grass Range used a 28-3 first quarter start to defeat Melstone 65-22 in Class C action. Taylor Stahl led the winners with 21 points, all in the first three quarters. Sydney Browning added 11. Draya Wacker had 14 for Melstone.

• Madison Wasson and Mariah Dietrich each had 20 points and No. 4 Harlowton beat Absarokee 43-25 in Class C play. Mallorey Sheppard led Absarokee with 14 points.

• Megan Pendergast scored 14 points for Stevensville in a 45-43 Class A loss to Dillon. Haley Kampka and Kayla Schmeideke added 10 points apiece for Stevi. 

• Danielle Zahn paced sixth-ranked Florence with 21 points and Makenna Liles added 18 in the Falcons' 60-49 Class B win over Anaconda. 

• Cory Brodmerkle scored 14 points, Kristina Brown added 11 and Delaney Weltz chipped in 10 in Noxon's 42-37 Class C win over Hot Springs. McKennzie Cannon scored a game-high 19 points for the Savage Heat. 

• Kaitlin Cox dropped 19 points for Charlo in the the Vikings' 40-31 Class C win over Philipsburg. Jaden Comings led the Prospectors with 17 points. 

Alberton-Superior cruised to its 16th straight win, topping Victor 78-10 in Class C action. Three Mountain Cats scored in double figures, including Kenzie Mueller with 20, Hailey Kelly with 18 and Madison Lommen with 14.

Sienna Utter had a game-high 24 points to lead Eureka to a 61-44 Class B victory over Thompson Falls. Megan Baxter scored 15 points for Thompson Falls. 

• Justice Tate scored 31 points to lead St. Regis to a 63-22 Class C win over Two Eagle River. Ce'Alana Sheperd and Tyra Aimsback each scored six points to pace Two Eagle River.

20-Point Party

36: Sam Beighle, Missoula Sentinel

35: Elijah Rogers, Lodge Grass

33: Cobe Begger, Wibaux 

31: Brandon Knudson, Hot Springs

31: Justice Tate, St. Regis

31: Hayden Harrell, Cut Bank

30: Braxton Hill, Anaconda

28: Brendan McDonald, Two Eagle River

28: CJ Nelson, Scobey

27: Zoe Cortner, Red Lodge

26: Ryggs Johnston, Libby

26: Shaun Ball, Dodson

26: Stephen Steinbron, Glendive

26: Trace Simonson, Saco-Whitewater-Hinsdale 

26: Colten Curry, Valier

25: Ian Farris, St. Regis

24: Skyler Webberson, Victor

24: Sienna Utter, Eureka

24: Carson Callison, Alberton-Superior

24: Aaron Infanger, Dutton-Brady

24: Rhet Woodall, Denton-Geyser-Stanford

24: Owen Nelson, Savage

23: Aubrey McMaster, Jefferson

23: Chloe Hanser, Broadview-Lavina

23: Dominik Dunk, Power

23: Z. Brown, Lustre Christian

22: Sam Vining, Great Falls CMR

22: Clair Callahan, Ekalaka

22: Shainy Mack, Three Forks 

22: Mya Fourstar, Fraser

22: Nathan VanDyke, Manhattan

22: Will Syverson, White Sulphur Springs

22: Bryson Stermitz, Gardiner

21: Ryan Gauthier, Park City

21: Danielle Zahn, Florence

21: Taylor Stahl, Winnett-Grass Range

21: Sydney Sheridan, Helena Capital

21: Kailee Oliverson, Twin Bridges

21: Brady Saltzman, Townsend

21: Tyson Petticrew, Charlo

21: Tanner Lien, Savage

20: Mack Anderson, Bozeman 

20: Madison Wasson, Harlowton

20: Mariah Dietrich, Harlowton

20: Kenzie Mueller, Alberton-Superior

20: Talon Johnstone, Park City

20: Bryn Anderson, Great Falls Central

20: Bryce Nye, Twin Bridges

20: Jayson Jackson, Frazer