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State tournaments

Class A: David Evans dropped in 17 points and Famous Left Hand added 11 as Hardin rallied from a nine-point deficit to topple Billings Central 47-43 for the championship. Chrishon Dixon had 15 points for the Rams, who led 21-12 after one quarter. The teams split their regular-season games, both in overtime. Tanner Goligoski poured in 27 points and Carter Kearns contributed 16 as Hamilton took third place with a 74-69 win over Browning. Tyree Whitcomb led the Runnin' Indians with 26 points and Nathaniel Stiffarm added 11.

Class C: Will Mesteth and Philip Malatare each scored 18 points and Isaac Fisher added 14 as Arlee successfully defended its state title with a 66-58 win over Manhattan Christian, the team it defeated last season. Caleb Bellach topped the Eagles with 27 points. In the third-place game, Beni Jankovits' 17 points led the way as Melstone pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 46-39 win over Scobey for third place. CJ Nelson led Scobey with 15 points. 


Eastern AA: Garrison Rothwell scored 18 points and Sam Vining contributed 15 as Great Falls CMR rolled to a 63-53 win over Bozeman for the championship. Mack Anderson topped the Hawks with 18 points. In the third-place game, Kendall Kynett scored 16 points and Kyle Torgerson added 11 as Great Falls fended off Billings Senior. Sam Evenson had 17 and Connor Kieckbusch 13 for Senior.

Western AA: Sam Beighle scored 21 points for Missoula Sentinel to offset 25 by rival Rollie Worster of Missoula Hellgate as the Spartans topped the Knights 59-56 in overtime for the championship. In the third-place game, Helena topped Kalispell Glacier 42-38 in overtime as Connor Murgel scored 13 points. Caden Harkins and Alex Whitman had nine apiece for Glacier.

Southern B: Colter Miller scored 25 points and Micaiah Hauser added 23 as Three Forks broke open a close game in the fourth quarter to down Lodge Grass 69-56 for the championship. Mylon Blacksmith had 14 points and Ethan Dust 13 for Lodge Grass. In the third-place game, Payton Means had 12 points and Isaiah Williams 11 to lead a balanced Colstrip attack as the Colts used a big second quarter to cruise past Joliet. Taylor Rowlison scored 20 for Joliet.


Eastern AA: Ambreya Windy Boy scored 12 points and Billings West held off a late Billings Senior rally for a 41-38 win in the championship game. Ellie Ostermiller was Senior's top scorer with nine points. In the third-place game, Kyra Willis scored 12 points and Addison Gardner chipped in with 11 to lead Great Falls CMR to a 42-39 win over Bozeman. Ayla Embry led the Hawks with 12 points. 

Western AA: Jordyn Schweyen scored 19 points and sister Shelby chipped in with 17 — including a game-tying bucket at the buzzer in regulation — as Missoula Sentinel downed Helena 59-52 in overtime for the championship. Sentinel outscored the Bengals 7-0 in OT. Kamden Hilborn scored 24 for Helena. In the third-place game, Taylor Sullivan, Sydney Sheridan and Dani Bartsch eached scored 11 points as Helena Capital got off to a fast start and had no trouble dispatching Kalispell Glacier 60-43. Abi Manger topped Glacier with nine points.

Northern B: Adrienne Gopher and JayLynn Mitchell each scored 20 points as Rocky Boy cruised to its first championship with a 76-52 romp over Wolf Point. Sean Henry added 17 points for the Morning Stars. Aubry Zilkoski scored 13 points for Wolf Point, which will play a challenge game Monday night against Poplar for the second berth in the state tournament. In the third-place game, Poplar got 15 points from Imani Bighorn and 13 from Chloe Belton in routing Fairfield 61-44. Kenna Pitcher scored 13 for Fairfield.

Southern B: Kylie Olson scored 21 points and Shainy Mack chipped with 13 as Three Forks overpowered Colstrip 63-44 for the championship. Shelby Jordan led Colstrip with 12. In the third-place game, Lainee Hill scored 15 points and Townsend broke open a close game in the second quarter en route to a 45-33 win over St. Labre. Madison Bighorn topped St. Labre with 15 points.

Southern C: Heather LaBree scored 20 points and Tori Tooke added 10 to lead Ekalaka over Harlowton 55-48 for the championship. Madison Wasson led the Engineers with 19 points. In the third-place game, only five players scored for Bridger but it was enough for a 30-24 win over Plenty Coups. Jessica Adkins topped the Scouts with 10 points. Anonda Goes Ahead had 10 for Plenty Coups.

20-Point Party

33: Cade Baker, Frenchtown

33: Imani Bighorn, Poplar

27: Taylor Goligoski, Hamilton

27: Caleb Bellach, Manhattan Christian

25: Colter Miller, Three Forks

25: Rollie Worster, Missoula Hellgate

24: Tanner Trafton, Lewistown

24: Kamden Hilborn, Helena

23: Micaiah Hauser, Three Forks

22: Isaiah Williams, Colstrip

21: Jaden Graham, Lewistown

21: Brody Grebe, Melstone

21: Sam Elliot, Kalispell Flathead

21: Kylie Olson, Three Forks

21: Aubrey McMaster, Jefferson

21: Sam Beighle, Missoula Sentinel

21: Kelson Eiselein, Roundup

20: Eric Seaman, Kalispell Flathead

20: Mystic Striker, Harlem

20: Taylor Rowlison, Joliet

20: JayLynn Mitchell, Rocky Boy

20: Adrienne Gopher, Rocky Boy

20: Heather LaBree, Ekalaka 


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