LIBBY — The Libby girls couldn’t hold on to a first-half lead, falling at home to Bonners Ferry 36-29 in a nonconference basketball game on Tuesday night.
Shyla Stevens led the Lady Loggers with 11 points, including five in the second quarter to give Libby a 18-17 halftime lead. The Loggers dominated the first half, scoring 11 points in the first quarter, but were stymied after the break, scoring just 11 points in the last 16 minutes.
McKenzie MacDonald led Bonners Ferry with nine points.
Bonners Ferry 5 12 8 11 — 36
Libby 11 7 3 8 — 29
BONNERS FERRY — Kayleigh Morgan 4, McKenzie MacDonald 9, Emma Kelly 2, Aaliyah Zarate 3, Regan Byers 4, Abby Davis 1, Desirae Minor 5, Kaley Platz 8.
LIBBY — Gaby Oliver 2, Shyla Stevens 11, Hailley Moe 4, Taylor Quinn 7, Dayln Germany 2, Devon Gallagher 3.
Browning 62, Shelby 42
Shelby …10 10 3 19 – 42
Browning …22 14 16 10 – 62
Shelby – Katie Kelleher 17, Whitney Giesler 2, Kylee Bailey 7, Melanie Brauchle 1, Sarah Sanchez 7, Jessica Mahr 8. Totals: 15 9-26.
Browning – Rachel Heppner 4, Courtney Little Dog 6, Mindy Gallagher Horn 2, Shelsey St. Goddard 4, Shelby St. Goddard 4, Tiara Gilham 18, Cydnie Sharp 4, Brylee Cross Guns 3, Ivannah Spotted Eagle 2, Autumn Little Plume 6, Kaylea Skunkcap 4, Shania Hoyt 2, Jayla Wells 3. Totals: 28 5-12.
Total fouls: Shelby 15, Browning 25. Fouled out: none. 3-pointers: Kelleher, Bailey, Sanchez, Cross Guns.
Eagles soar past Williston, 65-50.
Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 11:03 am
First-game glitters can always be a problem for young basketball teams.
The Williston High School Lady Coyotes basketball team experienced first hand Tuesday night in a 65-50 loss to the Sidney Eagles in the season-opener for both schools.
“The nerves definitely got the best of them,” said Williston girls basketball coach Josh Washvedt. “The pressure got to them.”
The Lady Eagles led wire-to-wire.
After Sidney scored the first six points of the game, Williston countered with consecutive baskets by Maria Semenko to pull to within 6-4.
Sidney used a 7-2 run to stretch the lead out to 13-6. However, the Lady Coyotes battled back to within 15-12 on a basket by Semenko.
That would be as close as Williston would get the remainder of the night.
Sidney then used a 9-0 run to go up 24-12.
Williston fought back to get to within nine at 29-20. Sidney closed out the half, and basically the game, with an 18-1 run to go up 47-21 at the break.
Sidney hit 19 of 23 from the free throw line in the opening half.
“We were doing just enough to slow them,” the Williston coach said of the defense.
Sidney also applied a full-court press that Williston struggled with. According Washvedt, Williston had more than 20 turnovers in the first half.
The Williston coach says his team can expect to see more pressure until it proves it can beat it.
“It’s something everybody is going to throw at us,” he said.
Shelby Njos scored 14 points to pace Williston, while Amanda Nelson scored 12.
Williston also got 10 points from Jensen Clarke.
Sidney’s Lexi Prevost scored 17 points in the win, while Hailey Steinbeisser added 13.
Sidney 65, Williston 50
S 47 18 - 65
W 21 29 - 50
Meyer 7, Steinbeisser 13, Nentwig 6, Sinks 9, Prevost 17, Peterson 1, Metz 4, Wolff 8 - 65 Williston (50)
Clarke 10, Njos 14, Semenko 8, Lysne 2, Nelson 12, Nice 4 - 50
Panthers girls rout Whitehall
Girls rout Trojans to earn first win, 56-30
Posted: Friday, December 13, 2013 12:05 pm
WHITEHALL — It was just the second game of the season, but it certainly didn’t seem that way for Belgrade High’s girls Tuesday night.
After losing their season opener three days earlier in a non-conference game against Class AA Bozeman, the Class A Panthers needed a victory before beginning a tough three-game stretch before Christmas break. They got it by shaking off a scrappy Class B Whitehall squad on the road.
Led by guards Kindall Bethke and Alexis Clingingsmith, who combined for 26 points, Belgrade pulled away in the second half for a 56-30 non-conference victory.
“I put the pressure on the team at the beginning of the game. I said this is a must-win for us. That seems like early in the season to say something like that, but we have to pick up these W’s that we should,” sixth-year Belgrade coach Shanna Smith said. “There can’t be any question of whether we get to the fourth quarter and we’ve got a substantial lead or if it’s a dog fight. So we certainly have to make sure that we have control of the games that we need to have control of, and I felt like tonight was one of those games.”
Belgrade (1-1) never trailed in the contest, but the Trojans rallied from an early 9-2 deficit to get within a point, 9-8, by the end of the first quarter. Junior Aubree Simon capped the frame with five straight points, including a three-pointer from the top of the arc.
The Panthers simply wore down Whitehall from there, however. They controlled the boards and overcame some early foul trouble by 5-foot-11 post Tanna Holliday and fellow senior Madison Page, a 5-foot-9 forward.
“It was one of those games where you didn’t know what was going to come out of the pile as far as the call. Tanna and Madison certainly are smart kids and they know how much we rely on them,” said Smith. “So it would have been a good learning experience if they would have picked up four (fouls).”
With Holliday and Page in foul trouble, Bethke and Clingingsmith provided the offensive punch Belgrade needed in the first half. Clingingsmith scored five straight points early in the second quarter that stretched a slim10-8 lead to 15-8. Then Bethke scored four straight points late in the frame to extend the Panthers’ lead to 21-13.
The duo were a thorn in the Trojans’ side all night, and Clingingsmith wound up finishing with a game-high 15 points — including a pair of 3-pointers. Bethke, a sophomore, scored a career-high 11 in just her second varsity game.
“They’ll bring such a dimension to the game as far as the dribble penetration because they’re great passers too. You can’t coach the passing ability that those two have,” said Smith. “If they can get to the hoop and get easy looks we’re going to get the help side pretty soon and that’s when they’ll gladly distribute it to the low block. Tonight they did a great job of it.”
In the third quarter the Panthers overwhelmed Whitehall with a full court press that turned a 10 point game into a comfortable 19-point lead. Sophomore Skyla Neubauer scored on a fast break off a dish by Clingingsmith, then Shaylee Ragar and Judy Taylor followed with back-to-back threes to give Belgrade a 38-19 lead.
“We need to just get an easy look every now and again not off of an offensive set. When we can get in the open court and some of those younger kids when they see the basket for a layup that gives them some confidence. They make an easy one right there and they’re ready to roll the next time,” said Smith. “We needed something to give us a couple of easy looks and also to give us some confidence on our defense.”
The Panthers’ lead swelled to as much as 27 points in the final frame, which was highlighted by a 3-pointer from Clingingsmith and back-to-back buckets to senior Taylor Salsbury to cap the scoring. Clingingsmith scored seven of her points in the fourth quarter.
“I think the kid’s intensity was there. I think our effort was there,” said Smith. “I really felt on the boards we were strong, everybody was rebounding. I thought our box outs were there. We had them oversized, but I still think that we fought hard for the boards.”
While Belgrade’s young team had its share of mistakes, Smith was pleased with the overall effort. Nine of the 10 players who saw action scored in the contest, and the Panthers connected on five 3-pointers.
“Tonight I thought we forced a little bit,” Smith noted. “But with this team it’s also like you have to give them the reins because that’s what they’re really great at is creating.”
Whitehall (0-1) was led by Trystin Larsen’s 11 points and Simon had eight.
Belgrade competed without senior Sadie Reddick and junior Erin Singleton, who sat out with injuries. Smith expects the guards to see limited action Saturday against Butte High.
“I think she’ll (Reddick) get spot minutes against Butte and so will Erin,” she said. “Just to get them on the court before the Browning-Havre trip will be my goal. It’s not going to be substantial playing time, but we’ll get them out there.”
Belgrade hosts Butte Saturday at 6 p.m The Panthers then travel to Browning on Friday, Dec. 20 and Havre on Saturday, Dec. 21 for a pair of Central A conference games to close out the December portion of the schedule.
Belgrade 56, Whitehall 30
Belgrade 9 16 15 16 - 56
Whitehall 8 7 7 8 - 30
BELGRADE (1-1) - Kindall Bethke 5 0-2 11, Alexis Clingingsmith 4 5-6 15, Judy Taylor 1 0-0 3, Veronica Floyd 0 0-0 0, Taylor Salsbury 2 0-0 4, Skyla Neubauer 3 1-2 7, Madison Page 1 1-2 3, Tanna Holliday 2 0-2 4, Shaylee Ragar 2 0-0 5, Jamie Woolman 2 0-2 4. Totals: 22 7-16 56.
WHITEHALL (0-1) - Aubree Simon 2 2-3 8, Trystin Larsen 2 6-10 11, Jamie Kopf 2 0-0 4, Cooper Huckaba 0 0-0 0, Habiibah Pate 2 0-2 4, Kaya Welch 0 0-0 0, Cassidi Shaw 1 1-5 3, Ashlie Benner 0 0-0 0. Totals: 9 9-20 30.
3-point goals: Bel 5 (Clingingsmith 2, Bethke 1, Taylor 1, Ragar 1), White 3 (Simon 2, Larsen 1). Fouls: Bel 15, White 17. Fouled out: Simon. Technicals: Whitehall bench.