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January 6, 2013
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HAVRE 57 SHELBY 34    


Frenchtown 64, Libby 53

FRENCHTOWN — Kraig Nelson scored a game-high 27 points to lead Libby (2-6, 0-3), but the Loggers couldn’t keep up in the fourth quarter, dropping their third straight Northwestern A conference game.

Libby 8 11 23 11 – 53

Frenchtown 19 9 16 20 – 64

LIBBY – Dan Leggins 7, Jared Winslow 13, Barak Lapka 6, Kraig Nelson 27.

FRENCHTOWN – John Chapman 18, Levi Shepard 7, Daniel Lebsock 6, Andrew Honken 4, Bridger Truett 11, Kyle Cyr 13, Matt Price 5.


Loyola 57, Polson 54
At Polson, the visiting Loyola Rams and the host Pirates swaped back and forth for the lead the final quarter, but it was the visitors who emerged with the advantage when time finally ran out. After taking a narrow lead in the first quarter of action, the Rams had to battle their way back into the game against the Pirates, knotting things up at 43 apiece 30 seconds into the final stanza. Polson would retake the lead on a pair of FTs by Hayden Congdon, but Loyola would tie things up at the free throw line, then took the lead 47-45 on another pair of FTs and extended it even further after a subsequent steal. Polson would battle back within two on a pair of FTs by Cedrick Smith, finally knotting things up again with Riley Sampson at the charity strip at 52 apiece. The Pirates had their chances at taking the advantage, but missed a pair of FTs. Loyola's Josh Janssen would sink both of his offerings at the line at the other end after being fouled to give the Rams a 2 point edge 54-52. Loyola could have extended that advantage after a foul that put them at the line with the double bonus, but missed both of their attempts to maintain the slim margin. Polson's Sampson would knot the game up once again at 54 apiece with a deuce down under. Loyola's Janssen would be fouled making a move to the basket with 17.3 seconds remaining in regulation, sinking the first of his FT attempts to give the visitors a narrow one point margin 55-54. His miss of the second opportunity was rebounded by Polson's Cedric Earthboy. As Polson attempted to maneuver the ball into position to take the final shot for the win, Loyola would steal the ball, which was passed down court for a score with no time remaining which accounts for the final margin of victory equating to three 57-54. Polson's Sampson led all scorers with 22 points and 13 rebounds. Cedrick Smith added another 14 for the hosts. Loyola was led by Janssen with 17 points. Forestt Cooper contributed another 11 for the visitors, Danner Linhart tossing in 8 points.
Loyola 14 10 14 19 - 57
Polson 10 19 14 11 - 54
LOYOLA - Josh Janssen (3-6, 1-?, 6-12) 17, Forestt Cooper (0-0, 4-?, 3-5) 11, Danner Linhart (1-1, 2-3, 1-2) 8, JJ Anderson (0-2, 1-6, 5-6) 7, Matt McHugh (1-1, 0-?, 3-4) 6, Tony Madsen (0-0, 0-?, 6-9) 6, Zach Hollenback 2.
POLSON - Riley Sampson 22, Cedrick Smith 14, Cedric Earthboy 7, Hayden Congdon 3, Chris McDonald 3, Derek Peel 3, Will Davey 2.
3FG - Loyola 5-10 (Janssen 3, Linhart, McHugh), Polson 2-11 (Smith, Peel). REBOUNDS - Loyola > 18 (McHugh 8, Anderson 4, Cooper 2, Janssen 2, Linhart 1, Shane Olson 1), Polson 30 (Sampson 13, Congdon 5, Will Davey 5, Earthboy 3, MacDonald, Peel, Smith, Dylan Kelley). ASSISTS - Loyola >2 (Janssen, Cooper), Polson at least 5 (Peel 2, Kelley, Smith Davey. STEALS - Loyola > 9 (Cooper 3, Janssen 2, Linhart 2, McHugh, Anderson), Polson 5 Davey 2, Kelley, Congdon, Sampson). BLOCKS - Loyola (unavailable), Polson at least 3 (Peel 2, Sampson).
unofficial game rendition by John Heglie derived from personal notations. Loyola data is incomplete due to lack of familiarity with players and pace of game, which forced this statistician to leave contributions out lest a tally of what transpired during subsequent sequences be impacted as well. Apologies to Loyola fans. Polson data is closer to what actually transpired in total, although minor aspects may have been interpreted differently by another statistician. Consequently, some data can be expected to vary from official summary. Loyola cumulative numbers should be viewed as being higher than what is being reported here, hence the > (greater than) symbol. This version reported what the viewer is fairly solid about regarding what was observed.  

Prep boys' basketball: Stevi hands Dillon first loss

DILLON – The Stevensville boys’ basketball team handed Dillon its first loss Saturday, 52-46, in a battle of Southwestern A superpowers.

The Yellowjackets (3-0 conference, 6-1 overall) set the tone early with a 20-7 surge in the first quarter. From there it was a matter of holding off the Beavers (2-1, 5-1), who outscored Stevensville in each of the last three periods.

The Yellowjackets benefited from a 20-9 edge in points from the foul line. Senior guard Kadin Beller led the way with 16 points, followed by junior guard Jared Schultz with 14.

Boyd Jenne scored 16 points and Ben Folsom 13 for Dillon.

Stevensville 20 3 18 11 – 52

Dillon 7 5 20 14 – 46

STEVENSVILLE – Chris Lords 1, Canyon Miwa-Vogan 1, Austin Lords 3, Kadin Beller 16, Zach Gavlak 7, Jesse Simms 10, Jared Schultz 14.

DILLON – Boyd Jenne 16, Ben Folsom 13, J.D. Ferris 2, Austin Carver 6, Troy Scott 5, Caleb Gillis 4.


Hamilton 50, Anaconda 49

At Hamilton, Reese Isherwood hit three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to help the Broncs battle back to beat the Copperheads in the Southwestern A contest.

Isherwood led Hamilton with 18 points and hit five 3-pointers on the night. The Broncs dialed it up from deep 10 times for the game.

Jesse Bartels hit three treys to propel him to 13 points for Frenchtown.

Anaconda’s Brandon Fode scored 14 for to lead the Copperheads, who fell despite leading by three headed into the final quarter.

Anaconda 10 11 13 15 – 49

Hamilton 8 8 15 19 – 50

ANACONDA – Brandon Fode 14, Geoff Dierenfeldt 8, Jackson Wagner 5, Jade Green 8, Cory Stanberry 5, Dennis Stanberry 6, Kelley Krumm 3.

HAMILTON – Jesse Bartels 13, Reese Isherwood 18, Josh Bauder 8, Teague Blome 1, Ty Burt 8, Josh Heath 2.


LIVINGSTON — Butte Central had a big-time rebound in its shooting Saturday.

The Maroons shook off Thursday’s cold shooting to hit on 11 of 25 3-pointers as BC beat Livignston 61-44 in a non-conference boys’ basketball game.

Kale Guldseth led the way with 21 points for the Maroons, who improved to 5-3 overall.

“Kale played outstanding on both ends of the floor,” BC coach Brodie Kelly said.

Brady Tippett broke out of a recent scoring slump to score 16 points, while Nate Bolstad scored eight in the win.

“Nate Bolstad and Brady Tippett played solid offensively,” Kelly said. “As a team we took really good care of the ball and shot the ball well again.”

Eight different BC players scored points. Marcus Ferriter scored six points, while Dalton Sessions scored five, Danny Peoples tossed in three and Connor McGree netted two. Emmett McCarthy, Wyatt Kingston, Jimmy Martz and Kaemen Richards also played for the Marooons.

Marcus Payne scored 15 to lead the Rangers.

Kelly said McGree was key in containing Payne.

“Connor McGree did a great job on Marcus Payne,” the coach said. “Payne is one of the best players in the state.”

The Maroons play again Thursday when they take on Butte High at the Civic Center.

Central                        17    19    13    12 — 61
Livingston       15     8       6    15 — 44
— Kale Guldseth 21, Danny Peoples 3, Connor McGree 2, Brady Tippett 16, Dalton Sessions 5, Marcus Ferriter 6, Nate Bolstad 8, Chad Peterson 3, Emmett McCarthy 0, Wyatt Kingston 0, Jimmy Martz 0, Kaemen Richards 0.

LIVINGSTON — Bragg 6, Ricketts 13, Schweigert 3, Darr 2, Fowlie 3, Gavne 2, Payne 15, Overstreet 1.


Central boys rout Miles City

Billings Central jumped out to a 35-0 lead en route to beating Miles City 62-19 Saturday night in Eastern A boys basketball.

The Rams, 2-1 in league and 5-3 overall, didn't allow a Cowboy basket until the 4:15 mark of the second quarter.

Daniel Meyer led Central with 17 points. Blayne Sandue chipped in with 12 points, with all of them coming on 3-pointers.

The Rams knocked down six 3-pointers, while holding the Cowboys to just four field goals. Miles City shot 11 of 14 from the foul line.

Brett Keith scored six points for the visitors.

Billings Central 62, Miles City 19

Miles City 19 
Billings Central 30  17  62

Miles City — Gavin Gundlach 0 2-2 2, Austin Stradley 0 2-2 2, Brett Keith 2 2-2 6, Troy Burk 0 2-2 2, Brac Warren 2 0-0 4, Lane Woosley 0 2-2 2, Beau Peaslee 0 0-0 0, Drew Senger 0 1-4 1. Totals: 4 11-14 19. 3-point goals: none. Fouls: 15.

Billings Central (5-3, 2-1) — Jacob Stanton 3 3-8 9, Riley Nichols 1 1-3 3, Holden Ryan 1 0-0 2, Camden Caraveau 0 0-0 0, Ian Byorth 1 3-4 5, Garrett Flaming 1 0-0 3, Connor Cerkovnik 1 0-0 2, Blayne Sandau 4 0-0 12, Colin Holetz 1 0-0 2, Bryce Hawbaker 1 0-0 2, Daniel Meyer 8 1-5 17, Dylan Hanser 2 0-0 5. Totals: 24 8-20 62. 3-point goals: 6 (Flaming, Sandau 4, Hanser 1). Fouls: 16.


Thompson's buzzer-beater lifts Laurel over Skyview

LAUREL -- Brett Thompson has taken more useful, higher-percentage shots than the one that rescued Laurel on Saturday night.

But sure enough, it was Thompson’s off-balance runner in the lane that beat the buzzer and lifted Laurel to a 50-48 non-conference victory over Billings Skyview at the Locomotives’ gym.

Class A Laurel trailed Class AA Skyview by as many as nine points midway through the fourth quarter, but crawled back in it with timely shots down the stretch. And when Thompson got the ball in his hands after a timeout with 10 seconds remaining, he made it count.

“I was trying to draw a foul and get to the free throw line,” explained Thompson, Laurel’s high-scoring senior guard. “But sometimes luck is on your side. I just tossed it up there and it went in.”

With 29 points, Thompson accounted for nearly 60 percent of Laurel’s scoring output. But none were bigger than his last two.

With the final seconds ticking away, after Skyview’s Josiah Running Crow made two clutch free throws to tie the game, Thompson came off a screen, drove right, spun through the lane and put up an awkward floater over air-tight Skyview defense that fell through the hoop just before the buzzer sounded.

It sent the home fans into a frenzy.

“We couldn’t have played better defense on that possession,” said Skyview coach Toby Hill. “He made a great shot. Hats off to him on that. But it was some of the other possessions early. We let (Thompson) get 29 out of 50 points, and that’s not good enough. He’s a really good player, but our defense on him wasn’t what it needed to be.”

“We definitely wanted Brett to come off and get a look,” said Laurel coach Pat Hansen. “Brett’s a very good, kind of unorthodox player around the basket, but he’s got good balance and can shoot off it. Brett just made a great play. The ball was in his hands, he showed great senior leadership and he made an outstanding play.”

Laurel came out hot, jumping to a nine-point lead after the first quarter. But Skyview settled in, outplayed the Locomotives through the second and third quarters and eventually took a 42-33 lead when Tanner Nelson hit a second-chance basket with 5:21 remaining.

The Locomotives were scoreless in the fourth quarter until Evan Jones made a 3-pointer from the left wing with 4:37 on the clock. That shot seemed to ignite the home team.

From there, Zac Allen hit a pair of free throws, Thompson hit two 3s and Jones drove the lane for a key layup as the Locomotives closed out the final four minutes on a 17-6 run.

Skyview standout Daine Muller, who led the Falcons with 15 points, fouled out with 1:12 remaining. But the Falcons survived, getting within 47-46 when point guard Matt Fuhrman drew a foul and made two free throws with 33 seconds left.

Running Crow, who played a big role with eight second-half points, got an offensive rebound off a miss from Fuhrman on the Falcons’ next possession, drew a foul and knocked down two free throws to tie the game with 15 seconds remaining.

That set the stage for Thompson’s heroics.

“Once Evan Jones hit that 3-pointer it all just seemed to come back to us,” Thompson said. “We were fired up from then on.

“We wanted to come in here and prove something. Just because we’re Class A, we can play with AA. They’re a dang good team. But we wanted to show what we’ve got this year. We’ve got a team that can go a long way.”

Laurel improved to 8-0 overall with the win. It was the Locomotives’ first victory against a Class AA team since a 66-55 triumph over Skyview in 2006.

It was the Falcons’ first loss of the season, moving them to 6-1 overall.

Laurel 50, Skyview 48
Billings Skyview 13  13  12  10  48 
Laurel 22  17  50 

Billings Skyview (6-1) — Matt Fuhrman 1-6 4-4 6, Daine Muller 6-13 2-2 15, Tanner Nelson 3-3 0-0 6, Josiah Running Crow 3-8 4-5 10, Konner Wiechman 4-11 0-0 11, Alex Zacher 0-0 0-0 0, Cole Sowden 0-2 0-0 0, Grant Franjevic 0-0 0-0 0, Nolan McHugh 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 17-44 10-11 48. 3-point goals: 4-16 (Weichman 3-10 Muller 1-5, Fuhrman 0-1). Fouls: 16. Fouled out: Muller.

Laurel (8-0) — Taylor Maida 0-3 0-0 0, Shawn Nardella 0-2 6-10 6, Bryce Herman 2-5 0-0 4, Brett Thompson 11-18 4-6 29, Evan Jones 4-7 0-1 7, Jake Anderson 1-2 0-0 2, Zac Allen 0-1 2-2 2, Jared Simons 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 17-38 12-19 50. 3-point goals: 4-13 (Thompson 3-6, Jones 1-4, Maida 3-0). Fouls: 16.


Glendive 47, Sidney 38

Glendive 20  47 
Sidney 17  38 

Glendive — Gavin McPherson 3, Taylor Schwartz 6, Blake Stanhope 3, Tanner Schwartz 11, Colter Bachmaier 8, Bryden Boehning 16.

Sidney — Paul Brannon 5, Colin Moran 5, Justin Brown 5, Cody Steinbeisser 3, Caleb Benson 14, Austin Papka 2, Colton Moran 4.

Belgrade 59, Lewistown 36

Belgrade 9 18  24  59 
Lewistown 7 7  10   12  36 

Belgrade — Jeremy Ragar 3, Ryan Townsend 10, Jered Bryant 5, Brandon Karnath 14, Koby Ruff 2, Shiloh Christopher 8, Trevor Mahn 12, Baxter Roys 5.

Lewistown — Tre Bradley 3, Brock Butcher 1, Morgan Roy 7, James Derheim 4, Dylan Stenseth 12, Jessy Perry 3, Logan Wilcox 4, Andy Butcher 2.

Butte Central 63, Livingston 48

Butte Central 17  19  13  14  63 
Livingston 15  19  48 

Butte Central — Wyatt Kingston 21, Danny Peoples 3, Connor McGree 2, Brady Tippett 16, Dalton Sessions 4, Marcus Ferriter 6, Nate Bolstad 8, Chad Peterson 3.

Livingston — Nick Bragg 6, Ladan Ricketts 15, Garrett Schweigert 3, Jesse Parr 2, Colton Gavne 2, Marcus Payne 18, Joey Overstreet 2. 

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