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February 17, 2013
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Big first half sets up Stevi’s rout of Dillon

STEVENSVILLE – Jesse Sims scored 19 points and No. 2 Stevensville used a dominant first half to down Dillon 75-45 in a Class A boys’ basketball showdown Saturday.

Four players reached double figures for the Yellowjackets, who shot 50 percent (18 of 36) in the first half while taking a 48-20 lead.

Kadin Beller checked in at 17 points for Stevi, while Zach Gavlak had 15 and Jared Schultz added 13.

The hosts earned the league regular-season title at 9-1; they’re 15-3 overall.

Boyd Jenne scored 16 points to lead Dillon. The defending State A champs fell to 8-2 in league games and 13-4 overall.

Both the Beavers and Jackets get a bye into the semifinals of the Southwestern A Divisional tournament, which begins Thursday at Butte Central’s Maroon Activity Center.

Stevensville’s only league loss came to Butte Central at the MAC, 51-47 in overtime, on Jan. 19.

Dillon 11 9 13 12 – 45

Stevensville 22 26 17 10 – 75

DILLON – Boyd Jenne 16, Trae Williams 4, Ben Folsom 9, J.D. Ferris 2, Austin Carver 5, Troy Scott 4, Wyatt Holland 2, Carson King 2, Dale Peterson 1.

STEVENSVILLE – Austin Lords 9, Kadin Beller 17, Zach Gavlak 15, Jesse Sims 19, Jared Schultz 13, Chris Lords 2.

Whitefish 54, Polson 46

At Whitefish, Jace Kalbfleisch led a balanced Bulldog attack over the Pirates in the Northwestern A contest.

Logan Harwood and Cooper Olson each added 12 points for the Bulldogs, which were trailing 38-37 headed into the fourth quarter.

Whitefish (6-2, 11-7) had to overcome Cedrick Smith, who finished with 23 points for the Pirates. Polson fell to 1-7 in conference, 6-12 overall.

Polson 17 12 9 8 – 46

Whitefish 13 13 11 17 – 54

POLSON – Cedrick Smith 23, Will Davey 8, Andrew Weltz 7, Derek Peel 2, Dylan Kelley 2, Hayden Congdon 4.

WHITEFISH – Keaton Nicholson 6, EJ Havens 6, Logan Harwood 12, Jace Kalbfleisch 14, Art Doorn 4, Cooper Olson 12.

Tippett leads BC boys in Snake Pit

Updated: February 16, 2013

ANACONDA — Brady Tippett shot 13 for 13 from the free throw line and scored 27 points Saturday as the Butte Central boys’ basketball team closed out the regular season with a 57-53 win over Anaconda at Memorial Gym.

The Maroons ended the regular season at 7-3 in conference and 12-6 overall. BC will open the Southwestern A Divisional tournament as the No. 3 seed against Corvallis at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Maroon Activities Center.

The 27 points was a career-high for Tippett.

“Offensively he’s suck a leader for us,” BC coach Brodie Kelly said. “He wants the ball in his hands.”

The Maroons never trailed in the game. BC led 31-22 at halftime, and the Copperheads tied the game at 31 with nine straight points to open the third.

BC, though closed the quarter with a 10-3 run to take the lead for good.

Kale Guldseth and Marcus Ferriter each added nine points for the Maroons. Nate Bolstad scored four points, while Danny Peoples and Dalton Sessions scored three and Emmett McCarthy tossed in two.

Dennis Stanberry scored 13 to lead the Copperheads, who ended the regular season at 2-8 in conference and 2-16 overall.

Caleb Stetzner and Brandon Fode each scored nine for the Copperheads. Jackson Wagner scored eight, and Cory Stanberry tossed in seven.

BUTTE CENTRAL (7-3, 12-6) — Kale Guldseth 2 3-4 9, Brady Tippett 6 13-13 27, Nate Bolstad 1 1-2 4, Marcus Ferriter 4 0-0 9, Danny Peoples 1 0-0 3, Connor McGree 0 0-0 0, Emmett McCarthy 1 0-0 2, Dalton Sessions 1 1-2 3. Totals 16 18-21 57.
ANACONDA (2-8, 2-16) — Dennis Stanberry 3 5-6 13, Cory Stanberr 3 0-2 7, Eli Mathias 1 1-1 3, Jade Green 2 0-0 4, Jackson Wagner 2 2-5 8, Geoff Dierenfeldt 0 0-0 0, Caleb Stetzner 4 0-0 9, Brandon Fode 4 1-2 9. Totals 19 9-16 53.
Central                       16   15   10   16 — 57
Anaconda       10   12   12   19 — 53

3-point goals — BC 7 (Guldseth 2, Tippett 2, Peoples, Ferriter, Bolstad), Anaconda 6 (D. Stanberry 2, Wagner 2, C. Stanberry, Stetzner). Fouls — BC 15, Anaconda 18. Fouled out — none.

Falcons strike back

The one thing that mattered Saturday night was pride.

In a cross-county battle of No. 1-ranked teams that had no bearing on the standings, Billings Skyview and Laurel fought all the way, neither giving much of an inch.

The Falcons eventually emerged with a 51-46 victory in double overtime in front of a raucous crowd on senior night at the Skyview gym.

It was the second down-to-the-wire thriller the teams played this season, and the Falcons’ victory served as comeuppance for a two-point loss earlier in the year at Laurel. This time Skyview, christened as the new No. 1 team in the Class AA rankings early last week, was able to outmaneuver Laurel, the top-ranked team in Class A.

Skyview improved to 16-2, while Laurel lost for the first time all year, falling to 17-1.

“Tonight we came out and played better defense,” said Falcons guard Matt Fuhrman. “We didn’t necessarily play good offense, but the defense and rebounding really helped us. Last time, that wasn’t the case. We didn’t come out ready to play. But tonight we did.”

Laurel’s Evan Jones made a spinning shot in the lane to tie the game 43-43 at the end of the first overtime. But Skyview, playing for the second straight night without leading scorer Daine Muller, took command in the second OT.

Josiah Running Crow got it started with a quick basket underneath, and then the Falcons shut the door defensively. Laurel was unable to get many good looks at the basket in the second overtime, and didn’t score until Brett Thompson banked in a futile 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Running Crow ripped down four defensive rebounds in the second overtime for a Skyview team that dominated the glass. Running Crow, one of seven Falcon seniors honored Saturday, finished with game-highs of 12 points and 12 boards.

Fuhrman and Alex Zacher combined to make six free throws to put the game away in the second OT, making up for some poor shooting from the foul line earlier.

“They scored quick right off the jump,” said Laurel coach Pat Hansen. “Even in the first overtime they scored quick and we had to play from behind.

“The opportunities just weren’t there for us. I thought Josiah did a (great) job on the defensive glass. We took some contested shots and some quick shots, and he made sure we weren’t going to get any second chances.”

Defensively, Skyview did a better job against Thompson. In the previous meeting between the teams on Jan. 5, Thompson went off for 29 points, including the game-winning shot at the buzzer to lift the Locomotives to a 50-48 victory.

Fuhrman, Zacher and Cole Sowden primarily defended Thompson on Saturday, and limited him to 11 points on 3-for-12 shooting.

“In the first game he was getting everything he wanted,” Fuhrman said. “But our defense stepped up tonight.”

The Falcons made just 13 of 26 from the foul line, and it nearly cost them the game. But Zacher twice made both ends of a double-bonus as time wound down, and Fuhrman went 1 for 2 on two occasions late, including once when he stole the ball with 27 seconds left.

“Our defense was good all night long. We didn’t give them many easy looks,” said Skyview coach Toby Hill. “Our offense was a little sluggish still -- they play really good defense -- and we didn’t make enough free throws to stretch our lead like we wanted to. But in that second overtime, we were able to make a couple.”

The Falcons have a chance to sew up the top seed in the Eastern AA and an automatic bid to the state tournament when they travel to Great Falls this coming weekend.

For Laurel, the postseason begins Friday with the Eastern A tournament at Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark.

The Locomotives had a chance to finish the regular season undefeated, but came up short.

“There’s no shame in losing to Skyview. They’re a great team,” Hansen said. “Our non-conference schedule was outstanding. To be 18-0 would have been great, but being 17-1 is also great.

“Our kids battled. They got down, but they came back to get it to overtime and gave themselves a chance to win. That proved to me that they didn’t care if their 17-0 or 0-17, they’re just trying to play second-by-second and execute down the stretch.”

NOTES: Skyview’s Muller was again held out of the lineup due to a strained calf muscle. Hill said Muller is day-to-day, but will try to be ready to play in Great Falls. Muller is the leading scorer in Class AA at 21.7 points per game.


Hardin 73, Sidney 48

Sidney  8  11  22  48
Hardin  11 20   18  24  73

Sidney — Paul Brannon 6, Riley Peterson 7, Chad Strasheim 5, Colin Marma 3, Tyler Quilling 1, Cody Steinbeisser 4, Caleb Benson 9, Austin Papka 3, Colton Moran 8, Jesse Belseth 2.

Hardin — Jared Johnson 8, Gary Dawes 2, Anthony Whiteman 3, Cordell Cummins 2, Keen White Wolf 7, Machiah Not Afraid 7, Curt LaForge 9, Melvin Ware 2, Milo Paz 15, Jacie Hogan 2, Oliver Wallace 14, Carlos Salazar 2.

Browning 75, Havre 46

Browning 16  24  19  16  75 
Havre 16  16  46 

Browning — Dan Hall 6, Isaac McKay 10, Wyatt Mad Plume 2, George Hall 14, Clarence McNabb 8, Jake Bell 6, Trevor Gray 4, Emmette Dusty Bird 4, DeeJay Lazy Boy 13, Jalen Croff 2, Joe Bremner 6.

Havre — Nate Rismon 3, Dane Warp 10, Brian Smith 2, Thurman Holdsclaw 17, Kade Rismon 14

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