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CATS WIN STATE!!! BEAT DILLON 56-47!

March 11, 2014
Columbia Falls High School



CATS WIN STATE!!!  BEAT DILLON 56-47

Wildcats deny Beavers in title game

 
Updated: March 8, 2014 at 10:52 pm

By Derek Hendrickson

GREAT FALLS — The Columbia Falls Wildcats played a nearly flawless game Saturday night, winning their fifth Class A State Championship, 56-47 over the Dillon Beavers at the Four Seasons Arena.

Columbia Falls used a late second-quarter surge to pull ahead for good and held off every attempt to comeback Dillon threw at them.

Dillon’s best attempt to get back in the game occurred after a four-point run to end the third, but the Wildcat lead to six when the Beavers switched to a man defense.

The Wildcats were up to the challenge to start the fourth and rattled off 5 points to regain a double digit lead at 48-37.  The normally composed Beavers didn’t get a point until the 4:19 mark and the Wildcats were never seriously challenged in the fourth.

The key to the game was clearly the outstanding three-point shooting by Columbia Falls. They did an excellent job of finding open shooters and exploited the Beaver zone for one of the rare times this season.

For the game Columbia Falls was 7 of 10 from three, with each of their 4 snipers hitting on 50 percent or better, led by 3 of 4 from senior Alex Presnell.

The excited senior Presnell talked about his team after the game, saying “We have a lot of big guys and they have to respect our size and they were bearing down.  Our shooters were open, we had to make them and we did.  It feels amazing to go out on top.”

Junior Ty Morgan led the Wildcats with 14 points only taking six field goal attempts in the process.  Presnell had 11.

One area that Dillon did accomplish the goal they set out to was in shutting down senior post Jared Trinastitch, who was a major factor in the semifinal win over Laurel.  Despite being limited due to foul trouble and eventually getting his fifth he put in 9 points on 3 of 4 shooting.

Trinastitch spoke about the tournament and his senior season championship amongst his friends and family after the game.

“We just wanted to just get some momentum going into the championship,” he said.  “I had some fouls but some kids on the bench stepped up.  The guards played great tonight.  Dillon has that full court press but we were able to get through it.”

Jayce Fagerland also scored nine for the Wildcats, hitting two triples and 3 of 4 from the line.

Troy Scott led the Beavers in his final game with the program.  He won three state championships — 2 in football. He was the sixth man on the 2012 title team.

Scott spoke highly of his teammates and their effort after the game, saying “Everybody played great, a great bunch of guys.  I feel like we played harder than they did but they got a few shots to fall and we didn’t.”

It seemed every time the Wildcats needed a three they found one of their guards open and they were up to the task all night long.

Columbia Falls head coach Cary Finberg spoke about his 5th title since taking over the helm of the Wildcats, the adjustments he and his coaching staff made along with giving high praise to Dillon as well as already looking ahead to next year.

“In the first half we gave some second chance points we said at halftime eliminate the second chance points and we can put them away and that’s what happened.” Finberg said.  “The perimeter players stepped up and made some huge shots.  Our bigs stepped up big on the defensive end, great effort tonight. We knew this year that we would have a lot of guys that could step up, Stenger stepped up and had the best game of the year.  It was huge that everyone stepped up, especially when Jared was in foul trouble.  Dillon is a very good basketball, Scott is a legitimate player.  You have to play very well against a team like that.  This is the best three point shooting team I’ve ever had, it’s a combination of good shooting and big.  Their goal was to get to state and they took advantage of the situation and that he couldn’t feel more proud of them.  No. 5 is as sweet as number 1 and we have a lot of kids coming back next year and will see what we can do.”

This marked the four time since 2009 these two programs have battled for the top spot in Class A.  That year Dillon prevailed 54-50 on this same court in Great Falls.  In 2011 Columbia Falls brought a juggernaut to state at Bozeman, including Nick Emerson who put in 26 in the championship, and won 55-43.  The Beavers got revenge with a memorable team lead by Wes Knox, Ben Folsom, JT Linder and Chevy Reed that knocked off the Wildcats in 2012 in Butte.

Tonight’s win evened the recent rivalry at 2 in State Finals and gave the Wildcats a final record of 19-4 and back to back impressive wins over the two topped ranked teams in the state coming into the game.  Both teams have a great deal of talent coming back and it’s not inconceivable that round 5 could be in the works for next year.

Dillon head coach Terry Thomas spoke about the differences in the game as he saw it and the top notch program his counterpart runs in the Northwest Conference.

“I really felt like we were getting good looks but just couldn’t knock down the outside 3,” Thomas said.  “Our players worked the ball around and got the shots we wanted but we just couldn’t knock them down.  If we would have made a couple we could have loosened them up and got what we wanted.  They have a lot of depth and a lot of good shooters, it’s hard to get them to turn the ball over.  We like to get the tempo going, if we allow them to hold the ball it’s to their advantage.  Once we got into our half court defense we played pretty solid.  Seniors played a good last year of basketball and it’s passed on.”

The stat sheet backed up what everyone had to say about the game.  Columbia Falls hit their shots and Dillon did not.  The Wildcats were 51.7 percent for the game, which Dillon hit on a very uncharacteristic 11 of 43, just 25.6 percent.

The first half was excellently played as both coaches had their teams prepared for one another.  It was back and forth, with lead changes and ties.

Columbia Falls got the best of both quarters.  In the first a late travel call on Dillon gave the Wildcats the ball underneath with 2.5 seconds left and Morgan hit a catch-and-release corner three to give Columbia Falls a 16-14 edge.

In the second Dillon took their last lead at 18-17 when Scott made both free throws.  Trinastitch hit a hook down low to give the Wildcats the lead and they quickly built on it as Fagerland hit a 3 and two free throws.  Dillon got treys from Simkins and Love to keep it close but Morgan again ended the scoring with 2 charity shots putting C-Falls up 31-26 at the break.

The stats were extremely close across the board through two quarters.  Dillon had a 12-11 edge on the boards and forced the Wildcats into one more turnover, 11-10.  Both teams passed off six assists.  The major difference was shooting percentage as the Wildcats hit 8 of 15 compared to just 8 of 22 for the Beavers.  Columbia Falls also gained ground on the line, hitting 10/12 while Dillon struggled to go 6 of 11.  The Wildcats patience on offense paid off as they drained 5 of 6 threes, with four different players getting in on the act.

Columbia Falls did an outstanding job to contain the rest of the Beaver roster, as no player had more than 6 points, which came Parker Love who did hit 2 of 3 from behind the arc.

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Columbia Falls 56, Dillon 47

 

Columbia Falls Wildcats vs. Beaverhead Co. Beavers
Date: 3/05/2014   Time: 19:25 PM   Site: Unknown   Attendance: Unknown


Visitors: Beaverhead Co. Beavers

##

Name

P

TFG

2FG

3 Pt

FT

PTS

ORB

DRB

TR

PF

FD

AST

AA

TO

BS

ST

MIN

10

* Chance Kluesner

 

1/3

1/1

0/2

0/0

2

1

0

1

0

0

1

0

3

0

0

14:45

11

Tyler Jory

 

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

DNP

12

* Trae Williams

 

0/2

0/1

0/1

1/2

1

0

1

1

2

0

1

0

4

0

1

20:16

14

* JD Ferris

 

0/3

0/2

0/1

2/4

2

1

4

5

4

0

3

0

0

0

2

23:17

20

Parker Love

 

2/3

0/0

2/3

0/0

6

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

1

0

1

9:39

21

Nate Simkins

 

1/5

0/2

1/3

0/1

3

1

0

1

1

0

1

0

1

0

0

8:44

22

Justin Ferris

 

0/5

0/1

0/4

2/2

2

2

1

3

3

0

1

0

1

0

1

17:16

23

Carson Turner

 

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

DNP

24

* Troy Scott

 

3/14

2/5

1/9

12/13

19

3

3

6

3

0

0

0

2

0

1

26:01

30

Nick Huber

 

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

DNP

32

Tanner Haverfield

 

0/1

0/1

0/0

0/0

0

1

1

2

0

0

2

0

1

0

0

8:06

33

Jason Ferris

 

1/3

1/3

0/0

4/6

6

3

0

3

4

0

0

0

1

0

2

18:50

44

Travis Ackerson

 

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

DNP

52

* Brady Richardson

 

3/4

3/4

0/0

0/1

6

1

1

2

2

0

0

0

2

0

1

13:11

 

Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

1

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Totals

 

11/43

7/20

4/23

21/29

47

14

12

26

21

0

9

0

16

0

9

160:05

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total FG

1st Half

8/22

36.4%

2nd Half

3/21

14.3%

Game

11/43

25.6%

3 PT FG

1st Half

4/12

33.3%

2nd Half

0/11

0.00%

Game

4/23

17.4%

Free Throws

1st Half

6/11

54.5%

2nd Half

15/18

83.3%

Game

21/29

72.4%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Home: Columbia Falls Wildcats

##

Name

P

TFG

2FG

3 Pt

FT

PTS

ORB

DRB

TR

PF

FD

AST

AA

TO

BS

ST

MIN

10

* Alex Presnell

 

4/7

1/3

3/4

0/1

11

1

4

5

1

0

2

0

4

0

2

32:01

11

Trevor Houston

 

1/1

1/1

0/0

0/0

2

0

1

1

0

0

2

0

3

0

0

6:11

15

Grant Stenger

 

1/2

1/2

0/0

1/1

3

2

4

6

4

0

0

0

1

4

0

15:13

21

Jayce Fagerland

 

2/5

0/2

2/3

3/4

9

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

3

0

1

18:31

23

* Austin Kimmet

 

1/2

0/1

1/1

3/4

6

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

12:49

24

* Nakia Alexander

 

0/1

0/1

0/0

2/2

2

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

1

0

2

7:19

30

* Ty Morgan

 

3/6

2/4

1/2

7/8

14

1

2

3

1

0

1

0

2

0

2

32:01

31

Jackson Barta

 

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

DNP

32

Logan Williams

 

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

DNP

33

Justice McManus

 

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

DNP

34

Mason Gedlaman

 

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/2

0

1

4

5

3

0

1

0

0

0

1

16:18

35

* Jared Trinastich

 

3/4

3/4

0/0

3/3

9

0

1

1

5

0

1

0

6

0

2

15:46

41

Grant Wallace

 

0/1

0/1

0/0

0/0

0

0

0

0

3

0

2

0

0

0

0

3:56

44

Glenn Morden

 

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

DNP

 

Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

1

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Totals

 

15/29

8/19

7/10

19/25

56

6

18

24

20

0

10

0

20

4

10

160:05

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total FG

1st Half

8/15

53.3%

2nd Half

7/14

50.0%

Game

15/29

51.7%

3 PT FG

1st Half

5/6

83.3%

2nd Half

2/4

50.0%

Game

7/10

70.0%

Free Throws

1st Half

10/12

83.3%

2nd Half

9/13

69.2%

Game

19/25

76.0%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bea

Col

 

Bea

Col

 

Bea

Col

Free Throw Pts

21

19

3Pt Points

12

21

Pts/Possession

0.82

1.01

Pts off Turnovers

22

14

2nd Chance Points

10

3

Pts off Bench

17

14

Total Rebounds

26

24

Team Rebounds

2

2

Dead Ball Reb

6

4

Off Rebound %

43.8

33.3

Def Rebound %

66.7

56.3

Total Rebound %

52.0

48.0

3Pt Efficiency

-5.9

+41.9

Def. Stops

32

34

Pts/Shot

0.82

1.36

Effective FG%

30.2

63.8

FT Rate

0.48

0.65

Points in Paint

12

16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Technical Fouls

Bea

None

 

Col

None

Officials

Unknown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Qtr 1

Qtr 2

Qtr 3

Qtr 4

OT 1

OT 2

OT 3

OT 4

Total

Beaverhead Co. Beavers

14

12

11

10

0

0

0

0

47

Columbia Falls Wildcats

16

15

12

13

0

0

0

0

56

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Largest Lead  

Col 51 Bea 38   (13 pts)  

Lead Changes  

6  

 

 

Number of Ties  

5  

 

Longest Run  

Col 9-2 Bea 10-3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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