Full Court Press: Friday's high school highlights (Dec. 20)

Full Court Press: Friday's high school highlights (Dec. 20)

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Boys Basketball

Class AA

• With the Billings Senior student section chanting “We love Batman!”, the Broncs’ Reece Connolly scored a career-high 18 points in a 52-42 win over Helena. Nick Eliason added 13 points and Junior Bergen 11 for fifth-ranked Senior. Logan Brown led Helena with 15 points. Connolly took an elbow in practice Thursday night that broke his nose and the right eye socket in three places. Connolly said he spent four hours at the emergency room Thursday and saw another doctor Friday, who told him he was “dumb” to try and play. But Connolly borrowed a face mask worn by Broncs girls player Brenna Linse last season, had it fitted and padded, and had the game of his life. Connolly said he even had to adjust his shot because the ball would hit the mask when he started his motion, so he had to extend his arms away from his body. Connolly said his right nostril continued to fill with blood that caused breathing problems, and that he’ll have to wear the mask for 6 to 9 weeks. “I guess I’ll have to own the Batman thing, huh?” Connolly deadpanned.

Levi Torgerson scored a game-high 27 points and Drew Wyman continued his torrid scoring with 26 as Great Falls improved to 4-0 with a 69-54 home win over Butte. Jake Olson and Blake Drakos scored 12 points each for Butte, and Andrew Booth provided 11.

Drew Engellant scored six of his team-high 20 points in overtime to lift Kalispell Glacier past defending state champion Bozeman 65-61. Jaxsen Olson, who had 10 points on the night, hit two free throws for Glacier to send the time into OT tied at 52-52. Michael Schwarz added 12 points for the Wolfpack. Carter Ash was the game's leading scorer with 24 points for Bozeman. Hudson Willett added 12. 

Class A

• Four players scored at least 14 points for top-ranked Hardin in an 88-61 Eastern A win over rival Billings Central. Hardin’s Peyton Good Luck, Kidd Little Light and Famous Lefthand each scored 17 points, and fellow senior Trae Hugs added 14. Central junior Marcus Wittman led all players with 22 points.

• Hamilton used a 21-point third quarter to pull away from Missoula Loyola in a 55-36 road win. Montana football signee Carson Rostad scored a game-high 16 points and teammate Trey Searle added 14 points. Jaden Job paced Loyola with 12 points.

Braden Harrington scored 13 points for Butte Central in a 44-31 win over Frenchtown, which was coming off a dramatic buzzer-beating 82-80 triple-overtime win over Dillon the previous night. The Broncs were led in scoring by Cade Baker, who had 11 points. Brandon Finley, who hit the game-winner against Dillon, added six. Butte Central also got 11 points from Jared Simkins.

Riley Basta's 14 points led four players in double figures and Glendive staved off a big fourth-quarter rally by Havre for a 64-59 win. The Red Devils led 48-32 entering the final eight minutes. Max Eaton had 13 points and Taven Coon and Parker Buckley 11 apiece for Glendive. 

Class B

Dawson Laverell scored 16 ponits and Codee Mehus contributed 14 as Big Timber used a strong second half to rally past Townsend 56-53. The Herders trailed 30-24 at intermission despite 12 points from Laverell in the second quarter. Big Timber outscored the Bulldogs 14-9 in the fourth quarter to overcome a three-point deficit. Tyler Christensen led Townsend with 12 points. 

Finn Tesoro led with 21 points and Caden Holgate helped with 11 as Manhattan downed rival Jefferson 58-48 with the help of 12-for-14 free-throw shooting in a 20-13 fourth quarter. 

• Bigfork rallied for a 55-52 win over St. Ignatius behind 18 points from Colt Thorness. Bigfork outscored St. Ignatius 18-6 in the final quarter. Eli Hines and Wyatt Duke each had 10 points for the Vikings. John Komotios had 17 and Jedi Cristy 12 for St. Ignatius.

Emiliano McMakin had the hot hand with 26 points, Journey Emerson added 18 and Mickey Selage contributed 12 to lift Lame Deer past Red Lodge 65-59. The Morning Stars trailed 48-43 entering the fourth quarter. Elijah Reynolds had a big night as well, scoring 22 points for Red Lodge. Corby Mann added 16 for the Rams. 

• Micah Houser led four players in double figures with a team-high 20 points for Three Forks in a 71-48 triumph over Whitehall. Dustin Dalke had 17 points, Owen Long 14 and Hayden Hoagland 11 for the Wolves. For Whitehall, Brendan Wagner and Mason Alexander had nine points apiece.

Lance St. Germaine led a balanced Wolf Point offense with 16 points and Antone Manning added 11 as the Wolves outlasted Poplar, pulling away with a 17-9 fourth quarter. Duseke Gourneau led the Indians with 24 points and Andrew Azure-Yompec added nine.

• St. Labre jumped to a 28-3 lead after one quarter and then held on for dear life as Rylan Kuntz led Forsyth back before the Braves came away with a 70-65 win. Kuntz scored 31 points to lead the Dogies, who trimmed 11 points off the deficit in the second quarter and eight more entering the fourth, trimming the deficit to six. No individual statistics were available for St. Labre.

Tanner Watson led the way with 22 points and received an assist from Logan Leck with 15 as Shelby rolled over Conrad 71-52. A big 23-10 second quarter was the difference for the Coyotes. Brady Bokma led Conrad with 14 points, followed by Jarek Sheperd with 11. 

Class C

• Garrett Diekhans topped four players in double figures with 19 points and Jace Thompson added 15 as No. 4 Fort Benton withstood a 29-point outburst from Shane Kimmel for a 91-55 rout of Turner. Devin Bird and Logan Giles each scored 12 points for the Longhorns, who led 44-21 at halftime. Austin Welsh's 14 points were next for Turner. 

Sam Leep scored 19 points and Josiah Amunrud added 18 as top-ranked Manhattan Christian bolted to a 19-point first-quarter lead and coasted past Lone Peak 81-27. The Eagles led 45-16 at halftime. Frankie Starz led Lone Peak with eight points. 

Parker Donaldson and Dylan Taylor pumped in 21 points apiece and Denton-Geyser-Stanford handled Winnett-Grass Range 77-49. D-G-S poured in 30 first-quarter points and led 52-27 at halftime. Arik Ayers had 14 points and Ace Becker 10 more for the Bearcats. 

Keenan Murnion and Douglas Murnion each scored 19 points and Edward Murnion dropped in 15 to lead Jordan to its 63-46 win over Custer-Hysham. With Cole Murnion adding four points, a Murnion scored all but six of the Mustangs' points -- those by Dalton Bliss.

Jack Solberg had 19 points and Ridge Sargent 10 as Westby-Grenora topped Plentywood 44-31. The Thunder led by three points at the end of three quarters but outscored the Wildcats 16-6 over the final eight minutes. 

Jace Weimer led four players in double figures as Bridger outlasted Broadview-Lavina 57-19. Kalen Pospisil had 13, and Baylor Pospisil and Jake Kallevig 10 apiece for the Scouts. Bridger led 50-16 after three quarters.

• Rylan Weltz , fresh from a 42-point and 13-rebound effort against Clark Fork (Idaho) on Tuesday, scored a game-high 29 for Noxon to go with 15 rebounds, two steals and an assist in the Red Devils' 46-42 home win over Two Eagle River. Two Eagle River was led by 13 points from Michael Brown.

Andrew Sanford had the hot hand with 21 points, Caleb Ball contributed 13 and Ian Ferris was next with 10 to lead St. Regis over Alberton-Superior 60-32. Aaron Waddle's eight points led the Mountain Cats.

• Valley Christian got its first win of the season behind 30 points from Riley Reimer, topping Victor 51-26. Reimer scored at least four points in every quarter and also added on 21 rebounds. Brennan Cox added on 12 points for the Eagles.

Ryan Fenley led four players in double figures with 16 points and Harlowton-Ryegate had no trouble with Fromberg, winning 70-13. The Engineers raced to a 30-4 lead after one quarter and were up 55-6 at halftime before backing off. Colton Woldstad had 12 points and Jason Todhunter and Johnny Mysse 10 each for Harlowton.

• All five Circle starters scored in double figures in the Wildcats' 60-38 trouncing of Savage. Hunter Olson led the way with 15 points, followed by Blayne Hubing at 13, Beau Beery 12 and Rhett Bailey and Caleb Gackle 10 apiece. 

Nelson Smith scored a game-high 23 points and Preston Smith helped with 14 to lead Darby over Lincoln 69-38. Ten players scored for the Tigers. 

Colt Miller had a big night with 23 points, and Bode Miller and Jovonne Nesbit added 12 apiece in Froid-Lake's 78-36 rout of Frazer. Froid-Lake led 28-7 after one quarter and 59-20 at intermission.

Girls Basketball

Class AA

• Billings Senior held three-time defending champ Helena to just one point in the first quarter on the way to a 41-31 win over the No. 1 Bengals. Senior had 14 steals – five from Jensen Keller --  and limited Helena to 25 percent shooting from the floor. Lily Johnson scored 12 points to lead the Broncs, who closed the game on a 9-0 run.

• Missoula Hellgate used a balanced effort to cruise to a 61-29 road win over Belgrade. Sophomore Bailee Sayler led the Knight with 13 points, freshman Alex Covill scored nine and sophomore Lauren Dick added eight.

Paige Bartsch scored a team-high 13 points and Dani Bartsch scored six fourth-quarter points to help No. 3 Helena Capital hold off No. 4 Billings West 43-42. The Golden Bears led 31-30 after three quarters and had the game’s final possession, but were denied at the buzzer. Maddie Albrecht scored 15 points to lead West, and Laiten Lantis added 11. The teams combined to shoot just 19 free throws.

Allison Harris went for 16 points and Gracie Lins chipped in with 11 to lift Great Falls past Butte 40-28. Haley Herron's 12 points topped the Bulldogs, who scored four points in the second half.

Aubrie Rademacher topped Kalispell Glacier with 11 points and Kenzie Williams contributed nine in a 44-39 victory over visiting Bozeman. The Wolfpack outscored the Hawks 10-2 in the final quarter. Addi Ekstrom's 13 points paced Bozeman. 

Cami Harris and Brooke Berry combined for 43 points and Bella Bryan added a double-double to help Billings Skyview give coach Brent Montague his first career victory in a 75-54 win over Sheridan, Wyoming. Harris hit five 3-pointers from 22 points and Berry added 21 as the Falcons improved to 1-2. Bryan finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds, and MG Spotted Bear added 13 points. Skyview hit eight 3-pointers in the win.

Class A

Olivia Moten-Schell scored four crucial points, and 21 total, in Billings Central’s 60-56 overtime win at Eastern A rival Hardin. Moten-Schell sank two free throws with eight seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 52-52, which was the score going into OT. The 6-foot-1 senior also hit a jumper with 25 seconds left in overtime to put the top-ranked Rams ahead 58-56. Central’s Mya Hansen added 16 points, and fellow sophomore Maria Stewart scored 10. Hardin senior Marie Five led all players with 28 points, and sophomore Kamber Good Luck added 10 for the No. 3 Bulldogs.

• Despite trailing 41-26 at halftime, Browning rallied for a 63-58 win led by Mecca Bullchild's 15 points. Browning outscored Ronan 17-2 in the fourth quarter. Regan Clairmont paced Ronan with 15 points, and Jaylea Lunceford added 12 points. Browning had three other players score in double figures.

Kiya Shelton scored 15 points and Frenchtown made 8 of 12 free throws in the fourth quarter to hang on for a 42-36 win over Butte Central. Faith Rebich added nine points for the Broncs, who survived a 21-point fourth-quarter onslaught by the Maroons after holding them to six first-half points. Delaney Hasquet and Sofee Thatcher topped Butte Central with 10 points apiece, with Thatcher scoring all 10 of hers in the fourth quarter.  

Class B

Maddison Underdal popped in 22 ponits and Brogan McAllister added 11 as Shelby coasted past Conrad 65-45. The Coyotes outscored the Cowgirls 16-8 in the first quarter and out-pointed Conrad in all four frames. 

Kenna Pitcher led all scorers with 23 points and Madison Rosenbaum chipped in with nine to help Fairfield hold off Cut Bank 43-40 in a game that was tight the whole way. Jada Doore had 16 points and Aryana Black 11 for the Wolves. 

Izzy Santistevan led with 17 points, Ansleigh Edgerton added 13 and Emma Bereth contributed 12 as Bigfork held off St. Ignatius 64-60 after leading by 17 points after the first quarter. Azia Umphrey had 17 for Mission, which trailed 41-30 at halftime. Mady Currie added 14 points and Courtney Mitchell 11 for St. Ignatius. 

• Missoula Loyola improved to 5-0 with a 64-43 road win over Class A Hamilton as sophomore Lani Walker led the Breakers with 19 points. Sam Clevenger followed with 17 points and Syd Koppang chipped in 14 points. Hamilton was led by a 12-point outing from Taryn Searle.

Rachel VanBlaricom scored a game-high 20 points and was the only Jefferson player with more than five in a 52-41 win over Manhattan. Jasmine Grossman had 19 points and Ella Halverson added nine for the Tigers. 

Macee Murphy's 13 points were tops and Alana Graves chipped in with 10 for Huntley Project in its 37-32 win over Joliet as the state's top two Class B volleyball programs squared off on the basketball court for the first time. Joliet led 22-17 at halftime before the Red Devils rebounded with a 16-9 third quarter. 

Macey Stump was high scorer with 14 points and Poplar used a balanced offense to down Wolf Point 51-38. Chloe Shields had eight points and five other players scored at least five points for the Indians.

Emily Cooley led with 12 points and Bailey Finn provided 11 in Big Timber's 37-23 win over Townsend. 

Class C

McKenzie Clark led with 19 points and Aspen Giese and Megan Clark contributed 12 apiece to lead a balanced Fort Benton team to a 72-43 romp over Turner. Nine players scored for the Longhorns, who led 31-18 at halftime. Brook Reed had 14 points and Sarah Billmayer 10 for Turner. 

Emily Adkins scored 15 points, Jenna Kallevig added seven and 12 Bridger players scored in a 58-19 romp over Broadview-Lavina. The Scouts led 16-2 after one quarter. 

Jenna Rust scored 22 points and Westby-Grenora held off Plentywood 47-44 in overtime after watching a six-point fourth-quarter lead slip away. The Thunder led 35-29 entering the final eight minutes. 

Katelyn Christensen scored 11 points and Hot Springs used a huge second half to rally past Seeley-Swan 48-47. The Blackhawks rode a 20-4 second quarter to a 37-23 halftime lead, but the Savage Heat chipped away in the third quarter and then won the scoring battle 16-4 in the final eight minutes. Terra Berten led Seeley-Swan with 14 points. 

Darby Haskins was top scorer with 12 points and Sorren Reese chipped in with eight as Alberton-Superior held off St. Regis 44-27. Clark Fork secured the win with a 15-4 fourth quarter run.

Ceara Miske led the way with 10 points and Marni Schieffer had nine as Wibaux held Terry without a field goal in a 46-2 win over the Terriers. Terry had single free throws in the second and third quarters. Wibaux led 24-0 after one quarter and 40-1 at halftime before putting on the brakes.

Sydney Von Bergen pumped in 21 points and Mariah Schott was right behind with 20 as Denton-Geyser-Stanford slipped past Winnett-Grass Range 53-43 despite 30 points from Tia Stahl. D-G-S led 21-7 after one quarter and withstood a Rams push in the third to hang on. Stahl was backed by Shani Browning's 11 points.

Jonna McCullough was tops with 14 points and Emma Bye provided 13 as Geraldine-Highwood coasted to a 60-12 rout of Dutton-Brady. Nine players scored for the Rivals.

Taylor DeVries dumped in 18 points and Eliana Kuperus was next with 15 to lead Manhattan Christian to its 55-23 triumph over Lone Peak. 

Teah Conradsen led with 18 points and Haylie Conradsen added 12 for Savage in a 44-34 victory over Circle. Ryann Moline led all scorers with 22 points for the Wildcats.

• Led by Jessy Barger's 16 points, 10 players scored for the Cascade Badgers en route to a 57-29 trouncing of Sunburst. Maddison Wilson also was in double figures with 10 points for Cascade. 

Sydney Dethman scored 21 points and Carolyne Christofferson added 13 for Froid-Lake in a 48-35 win over Frazer.

20-Point Club

31: Rylan Kuntz, Forsyth

30: Tia Stahl, Winnett-Grass Range

30: Riley Reimer, Valley Christian

29: Shane Kimmel, Turner

28: Marie Five, Hardin

27: Levi Torgerson, Great Falls

26: Drew Wyman, Great Falls

26: Emiliano McMakin, Lame Deer

25: Rollie Worster, Missoula Hellgate

25: Kolten Hoversland, Lustre Christian

24: Makena Hauge, Culbertson

24: Duseke Gourneau, Poplar

24: Carter Ash, Bozeman

24: Devin Gobert, Cut Bank

23: Kenna Pitcher, Fairfield

23: Nelson Smith, Darby

23: Colt Miller, Froid-Lake

22: Jenna Rust, Westby-Grenora

22: Madidison Underdal, Shelby

22: Marcus Wittman, Billings Central

22: Elijah Reynolds, Red Lodge

22: Tanner Watson, Shelby

22: Ryann Moline, Circle

22: Cami Harris, Billings Skyview

21: Brooke Berry, Billings Skyview

21: Dylan Taylor, Denton-Geyster-Stanford

21: Parker Donaldson, Denton-Geyser-Stanford

21: Sydney Van Bergen, Denton-Geyser-Stanford

21: Finn Tesoro, Manhattan

21: Andrew Sanford, St. Regis

21: Sydney Dethman, Froid-Lake

21: Josh Erbacher, Billings West

20: Mariah Schott, Denton-Geyser-Stanford

20: Rachel VanBlaricom, Jefferson

20: Micah Houser, Three Forks

20: Drew Engellant, Kalispell Glacier


• Kalispell Flathead took second place in the Best of the West Dual Meet tournament in Pasco, Washington. In dual meets, the Braves won 68-6 over Wenatchee (Wash.), 81-0 over Newberg (Ore.) No. 2, 56-16 over Camas (Wash.), 57-21 over Selah (Wash.) and fell 33-39 Newberg's No. 1 team. Flathead is 15-3 in dual meets. Undefeated Flathead wrestlers were Cade Troupe (126), Brendan Barnes (138), Noah Poe-Hatten (152), Tanner Russell (170) and Paxton Boyce (182). The Braves will compete in the Best of the West Individual Tournament on Saturday.


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