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February 22, 2013
Northwest Montana A Conference


NWA girls: Quick start guides Libby girls into semifinals



Northwestern A


(2 teams advance)


Libby 25, Whitefish 17


6 p.m. – Libby (4-15) vs. Columbia Falls (15-3), semifinal

8 p.m. – Frenchtown (14-4) vs. Polson (7-11), semifinal

RONAN – Dayln Germany’s nine points led the way for Libby Thursday, in the Loggers’ 25-17 win over Whitefish at the Northwestern A girls’ basketball tournament.

Hailey Craig added seven points for Libby, which takes a 4-15 record into a Friday semifinal game against No. 1 Columbia Falls at 2 p.m.

Simone Craft scored 12 points to lead Whitefish, which trailed 11-0 after the first quarter.

The Bulldogs fell to 1-18 and into a loser out game at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

Whitefish 0 7 7 3 – 17

Libby 11 4 3 7 – 25

WHITEFISH – Simone Craft 12, Ashley Brewer 5. totals 6 3-11 17.

LIBBY – Dayln Germany 9, Hailey Craig 7, Devon Gallagher 5, Hannah England 3, Hailey Moe 1. Totals 9 4-13 25.

3-point goals – Whitefish 2, Libby 3. Rebounds – Whitefish 19 (Brewer 5), Libby 20 (Germany 5). Fouls – Whitefish 13, Libby 11. Fouled out – none.

SWA girls: Corvallis, Anaconda stun way into semifinals


Southwestern A

Maroon Activity Center


(2 teams advance)


Butte Central, bye

Anaconda 32, Dillon 27

Corvallis 35, Stevensville 33

Hamilton, bye


12:30 p.m. – Butte Central (14-4) vs. Anaconda (7-12), semifinal

6:30 p.m. – Hamilton (14-4) vs. Corvallis (2-17), semifinal

BUTTE – Thursday was a day of upsets in Southwestern A divisional league girls’ basketball action.

Lakyn Connors scored 13 points to lead the Corvallis Blue Devils to an improbable 35-33 win over Stevensville.

Corvallis, which won just its second game all season (2-17), held Stevensville (10-9) to nine points through three quarters. The Blue Devils had to hang on in the fourth as the ’Jackets raced back on a 24-14 last gasp.

Anaconda got out to a 10-2 first quarter lead and finished strong in the fourth to knock off Dillon, 32-27.

Corvallis will advance to play No. 2-seeded Hamilton and Anaconda will take on top seed Butte Central. Both games are on Friday with Butte Central/Anaconda starting the action at 12:30 p.m.

Anaconda 32, Dillon 27

Courtney Moodry netted 14 points to lead Anaconda to the victory over Dillon.

Natasha Stommen added eight points for the Copperheads, who jumped to 7-12.

Cierra Lamey and Courtney Linder led Dillon (9-9) with 13 combined points. Lamey had seven while Linder scored six.

Dillon will play Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in a loser out match versus the loser of the Hamilton/Corvallis matchup.

Anaconda 10 7 2 13 – 32

Dillon 2 11 6 8 – 27

ANACONDA – Taylor Flynn 1 0-0 2, Lacee Moodry 0 2-2 2, Courtney Moodry 4 3-5 14, Natasha Strommen 3 2-4 8, Tyler Baustadt 1 0-0 2, Kiernan Gallagher 1 0-0 2, Molly Huber 1 0-2 2. Totals: 11 7-13 32

DILLON – Audrey Schurg 1 0-0 3, Kayla Meine 1 0-0 2, Shay Parke 2 0-0 4, Cierra Lamey 3 1-3 7, Alex Rouse 1 0-0 3, Courtney Linder 1 4-4 6, Tiffany Hayden 1 0-0 2. Totals: 10 5-7 27

Corvallis 35, Stevensville 33

Jordan Miller added 10 points to join Connors in double figures and help the Blue Devils to the win.

Alycia Sims scored 14 points to lead Stevensville.

The Yellowjackets and Blue Devils combined for more points in the fourth quarter (38) than the three quarters previous (30).

Stevensville will face the loser of Friday’s Butte Central/Anaconda matchup on Saturday at 9:30 a.m.

Corvallis 4 5 12 14 – 35

Stevensville 3 2 4 24 – 33

CORVALLIS – Lakyn Connors 6 0-3 13, Carlie Jessop 1 0-0 2, Courtney Albright 2 1-2 5, Chelsi Clarke 0 4-8 4, Jordan Miller 4 2-2 10. Sydonia Curtis 0 1-2 1. Totals: 13 8-17 35.

STEVENSVILLE – Kyla Paulsen 0 4-4 4, Alycia Sims 2 8-11 14, Bailey Vercruyssen 1 2-4 4, Carly Sebastian 2 0-1 4, Carly Vercruyssen 2 0-0 4, Courtney Tvedt 1 0-0 3. Totals: 8 14-20 33.

Copperheads top Beavers, will face BC

Updated: February 21, 2013
Anaconda's Molly Huber defends as Dillon's Cierra Lamey gets off a shot in the fourth quarter of Thursday's tournament-opening game. (Bill Foley photo) Anaconda's Molly Huber defends as Dillon's Cierra Lamey gets off a shot in the fourth quarter of Thursday's tournament-opening game. (Bill Foley photo)

Courtney Moodry scored 14 points to lead the Anaconda girls’ basketball team to a 32-27 victory over Dillon today in the opening game of the Southwestern A Divisional tournament at the Maroon Activities Center.

Anaconda advances to take on Butte Central in the semifinals.

Natasha Strommen scored eight points in the win. Taylor Flynn, Lacee Moodry, Molly Huber and Tyler Baustadt each scored two.

Cierra Lamey scored seven points to pace Dillon, which heads to loser-out action. Courtney Linder scored six points.

Sidney girls roar back to beat Glendive

A big third-quarter run keyed Sidney’s 46-40 victory over Glendive during the first round of the Eastern A girls divisional Thursday at Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark.

Lexi Prevost scored 18 second-half points to lead the Eagles (13-6), who erased a nine-point deficit with a 13-0 scoring run at the end of the third quarter.

Prevost and Elise Torgerson combined to make three consecutive 3-pointers during that stretch to tie the game, and Prevost made a layup with 35 seconds remaining in the third to give the Eagles the lead.

Prevost finished with 20 points for Sidney, who advanced to play top-seeded Hardin (12-6) in Friday night’s semifinal round.

Glendive (9-10) dropped into a loser-out game Saturday morning. Brooke Herring led the Red Devils with 18 points and 11 rebounds.


Blue Devils upset Yellowjackets

Updated: February 21, 2013
Corvallis picked a good time to get its first win over a conference opponent.

The Blue Devils got 13 points from Lakyn Connors and 10 points and 10 rebounds for Jordan Miller to beat Stevensville 35-33 at the Southwestern A Divisional tournament at the Maroon Activities Center.

The Blue Devils (2-17) advance to take on Hamilton in Friday’s 6:30 p.m. semifinal game.

Alycia Sims, who hit a meaningless 3-pointer as time expired, scored 14 points to lead the Yellowjackets (10-9), who head to loser-out play.

Stevensville was 0 for 17 from the field in the first half. The Yellowjackets missed their first 30 shots.

Central girls advance with win over Miles City

Justyn Juhl scored 15 second-half points and Billings Central grinded out a 46-38 first-round victory over Miles City at the Eastern A girls divisional Thursday at Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark.

The teams were tied 23-23 in the third quarter after a basket by Miles City’s Shaylee Singleton. But Juhl, who had a game-high 19, and teammate Allie Lucas sparked a rally.

Central (12-7) eventually led by six points at the end of the third, and went up by 10 -- 38-28 -- on a Juhl 3-pointer at the 6:28 mark of the fourth. Miles City (5-14) couldn’t get closer than six points after that.

Lucas had 12 first-half points, and finished with 16 for the Rams, who will face archrival Laurel (13-5) in a semifinal game Friday.

Miles City was led by Dani Finn who scored 12 points on 4 of 8 shooting. The Cowgirls dropped into a Saturday loser-out game.

Central, Laurel girls primed for semifinal showdown

A big first half from Allie Lucas and a big second half from Justyn Juhl has set up a big semifinal at the Eastern A girls divisional basketball tournament.

Lucas and Juhl combined for 35 points as Billings Central defeated Miles City 46-38 on Thursday night in the tournament's first round at Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark.

The third-seeded Rams (12-7) move on to play second-seed Laurel (14-5) in Friday's second semifinal.

"I think it'll be back and forth, and it'll be a slugfest," Central coach Jeff Malby said. "I guess it'll be who has the inner strength more than the other. It's such a good rivalry game that it'll be heated battle."

Sidney, in the tournament's first game, rode a dominating second half from Lexi Prevost to beat Glendive 46-40 and advance to the semifinals as well.

Central 46, Miles City 38

Though seeded sixth in the tournament, Miles City won the last time these teams played. So the Rams knew they would be in for a test.

And they got one. For most of the first half the teams battled back and forth, and the game was tied 23-23 with 5:09 left in the third quarter.

Juhl, though, caught fire and the Rams eventually began to distance themselves from the Cowgirls.

Juhl had game-highs of 19 points -- 15 in the second half -- and nine rebounds. Lucas added 16 points, 12 of which came after the first seven minutes of the game as the Rams got things going after a six-point first quarter and led 21-15 at halftime.

"Our passing, we saw each other a lot more," said Lucas, who added four assists and five steals to her totals. "We pushed the ball, which really kicked up our game. Pushing the ball and getting some big steals and easy buckets off those."

Dani Finn scored 12 points to lead Miles City (5-14), while Shaylee Singleton added nine.

The Cowgirls, who dropped into Saturday morning's loser-out action, held a slight rebounding advantage at halftime but were out-boarded 25-16 in the second half. Coach Jacqui Engstrom said that was one of the differences in the game.

"I think there were a lot of little things throughtout the entire game, like no blocking out," said Engstrom, who on Wednesday went past her due date to deliver her baby. "They had a lot of easy layups on us ... I tell the girls all the time it's the little things that can win a ballgame and that's what lost it for us tonight. A couple of players really stepped up for them and we didn't shut them down the way we were supposed to."

Sidney 46, Glendive 40

Sidney entered the tournament having won five of its last six games. But the Lady Eagles quickly found themselves down 9-0 to start the game. And though they battled back to within one point at halftime, they fell flat again in the third quarter.

Glendive started the second half on an 8-0 run and built the lead back up to 22-13.

Then Prevost, and subsequently the Eagles, came alive. The 5-foot-4 junior started a 13-0 Eagles' run over the final 2:50 of the third quarter and Sidney took control from there.

"We just got out and played better defense," Prevost said. "Their post (Brooke Herring) got a lot of rebounds, we needed to rebound better than we did. We just had to settle down and take good shots on offense."

Prevost poured in 18 points in the game's final 11 minutes and Elise Torgerson finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Though Glendive (9-10) stayed within reach, the Eagles closed things out by making 9 of 12 free throws in the last 2:22 of the game.

"I felt I was a little lackadaisical" in the first half, said Prevost, who finished with a game-high 20 points. "So I just tried to be a little more aggressive. I took what was open and shots started falling for me."

Herring had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Jordan Johnson also had a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds. The Lady Red Devils, who had 25 turnovers and made just 9 of 19 free throws, dropped into a Saturday morning loser-out game.

Sidney (13-6) plays top-seeded Hardin (12-6) in Friday's first semifinal. Sidney beat Hardin last Saturday, but both teams played without key players: Krista Steinbeisser for Sidney and Kanani Birdinground for Hardin. Both will play Friday.

"Turnovers will be the key," Sidney coach Jace Sullivan said. "They pressure, pressure, pressure. It's kind of nice, because we had a full week of Hardin preparation (to end the regular season) and then we had a full week of Glendive preparation (for the tournament). So it's like we've had two weeks to prep for this tournament. The girls will know what to do Friday, hopefully. It's just go out and do it."


Central A Girls: Livingston upsets Lewistown

Feb. 21, 2013
Lewistown's Kailey Grover, left, shoots as Livingston's Mia Stewart tries to block during the Central A Basketball tournament at CMR Fieldhouse on Thursday. / TRIBUNE PHOTO/LARRY BECKNER

Not much fell in favor of the Park High girls’ basketball team this season. Offensive struggles, injuries and even the flu hampered the squad from Livingston all year.

On Thursday in the opening round of the Central A combined tournament inside C.M. Russell High’s Fieldhouse, the Park Rangers got a new start to the season. And they made the most of it, besting the Fergus Golden Eagles of Lewistown 44-35.

“We went 1-17 this season and now we are 1-0,” said a buoyant Park head coach Jon Willyerd.

The Rangers opened their new slate with a win against a Fergus team that swept them in the regular season.

“For Lewistown, it’s hard to beat a team three times in a row,” Willyerd said. “Our team has been hit with the ‘flu bug’ and we had a girl, Meadow Ingram, who had eight points and a couple blocked shots. It was her first game back in eight games.

“We’ve been down starters all year long. We’ve got a new season now.”

Macy Ricketts guided the Rangers with a game-high 14 points on 7 for 12 shooting. The senior guard also pulled down nine rebounds.

“Rickets was pretty good from the field,” Willyerd said. “We didn’t turn the ball over as many times in the second half as we did in the first half and we limited their offensive rebounds.”

Park took a 20-16 lead into halftime and used an 11-3 run in the opening minutes of the third quarter to earn a 31-19 advantage.

The Rangers never let the Eagles back within eight the rest of the way.

“It’s crazy awesome,” Ricketts said. “Everybody was really amped.”

Lewistown’s star guard Mikaela Olson scored a team-high 13 points, but struggled shooting from the field, record a 6-for-19 mark.

“We did a nice job on Olson even though she had 13 points,” Willyerd said. “She is a super player. She’s as good as there are in our conference.”

The Park Rangers will now meet Havre tonight at 6:30 p.m. inside CMR Fieldhouse.

“Anything can happen in a tournament,” Willyerd said. “Any team can go cold and any team can go hot. That’s the scary thing about tournaments.”

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