COLUMBIA FALLS – A couple players down, the Wildkats were still way too much for Eureka.
Winter Kemppainen scored 17 points to lead a balanced attack for Class A’s top-ranked team, and Columbia Falls rolled to a 62-27 girls’ basketball win over District 7-B Eureka Thursday.
Cydney Finberg added six points, 10 assists, five rebounds and eight steals for the Northwestern A Wildkats, who are 11-1. The hosts trailed 10-8 after one quarter but outscored the Lions 54-17 from there.
Allyson Gimbel and Kiara Burlage grabbed nine rebounds each for Columbia Falls, which played without Haley Belgarde (concussion) and Ciera Finberg (knee).
Amanda Peterson scored eight points to lead Eureka, which committed 30 turnovers.
Eureka 10 4 7 6 – 27
C. Falls 8 19 15 20 – 62
EUREKA – Caty Conderio 1, Charity Parsons 7, Evynn Anderson 4, Amanda Peterson 8, Jamie Soderling 3, Ashley Pacella 4.
COLUMBIA FALLS – Summer Burlage 7, Sydney Grilley 2, Cydney Finberg 6, Ellie Johnson 6, Andrea Getts 6, Winter Kemppainen 17, Miranda Livingston 4, Kiara Burlage 3, Allyson Gimbel 4, Peyton Kehr 7.
Missoula Big Sky 61, Hamilton 55
Dani Baker and Maddy Shaide scored 15 points each and Big Sky shook off Hamilton’s fast start to take a nonconference win at the Eagles’ gym.
Shaide had seven points in the third quarter, when the Western AA Eagles (5-7) overtook the Southwestern A Broncs (9-3), who are ranked No. 3 in Class A.
Kendra Joyce added four of her 10 points in the frame for Big Sky, which trailed 19-9 after one quarter and 30-25 at halftime. A zone defense aimed at Hamilton’s Taylor Goligoski, who had 11 of her 27 points in the first quarter, helped the Eagles.
Anna Gragg grabbed 10 rebounds for Big Sky.
Hamilton 19 11 9 16 – 55
Big Sky 9 16 20 17 – 61
HAMILTON – McKayl Rothie 1 0-0 3, Taylor Goligoski 11 3-5 27, Jaylee Albert 2 1-2 5, Kali Hayes 2 1-2 6, Brianna Huggans 1 3-4 5, Sami Kratofil 4 1-3 9, Ellie Hurlbert 0 0-0 0, Kloie Nye 0 0-0 0, Carlie Jessop 0 0-0 0, Shaylyn Mohn 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 9-18 55.
BIG SKY – McKenna Arledge 2 5-6 9, Dani Baker 4 5-7 15, Sidney Davis 2 0-0 4, Kendra Joyce 5 0-0 10, Maddy Shaide 5 3-4 15, Kenzie Hansen 2 0-1 4, Anna Gragg 2 0-0 4. Totals 22 13-18 61.
3-point goals – Hamilton 4 (Goligoski 2, Rothis, Hayes), Big Sky 4 (Baker 2, Shaide 2). Total fouls – Hamilton 16, Big Sky 17. Fouled out – Albert, Davis. Rebounds – Hamilton 24 (no leader), Big Sky 35 (Gragg 10).
Stevensville 35, Polson 14
At Polson, Stevensville’s Kayla Peterson scored 15 points and the Yellowjackets’ stingy man-to-man defense did the rest.
Mikayla Croft and Jaylin Kenney had four points each for the Northwestern A Pirates, who were held scoreless in the first quarter and fell to 1-10.
Carly Sebastian added 10 points and led the Southwestern A Yellowjackets’ person-to-person half-court defense. Stevi improved to 3-9.
Stevensville 13 9 8 5 – 35
Polson 0 6 4 4 – 14
STEVENSVILLE – Katie Malichinski 4, Carly Vercruyssen 5, Carly Sebastian 10, Mariah Henson 1, Kayla Peterson 15.
POLSON – Mikayla Croft [Skyla Krantz] 4, Jaylin Kenney 4, Wright [Nicole Lake] 2, Kaelen Wall 1, Erin Sampson 2, Monika Frame 1.
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Stevensville 35, Polson 14
At Polson, the host Lady Pirates were intending to clip the wings of the visiting Lady Yellowjackets so that they couldn’t take flight, but instead got stung in the process. Polson found itself in a hole early when the visitors converted on their first quartet of shot attempts, opening up a double figure lead before the quarter had reached the half way mark. From there on the point spread would continue to grow much like the snowflakes were piling up outside of the gym where the game was being played. Polson would not be able to convert enough shot attempts to reach double figures in scoring until the third quarter, but by then the point spread would be insurmountable to overcome. Completely baffling how a team that scored 19 points in its final quarter of the preceding game can struggle to even come close to matching that output over the course of an entire contest. The players might have found it easier to pick a letter or buy a vowel on the Wheel of Fortune than to net a basket on this night. To the credit of TEAM LP, their defensive efforts kept the contest a low scoring affair, limiting their opponent to single digits quarters after the opening period barrage. In fact, Polson had held their visitors to a single point seven eighths of the way through the final period before free throw shooting further padded the lead. Had Polson’s otherwise-would-have-been final basket by Nicole Lake (who should have been deemed to be in the act of shooting when she was fouled and still managed to convert the shot from the perspective of this viewer) not been denied by the officiating crew, who ruled the infraction took place before the shot, the Lady Pirates would have matched the Lady Yellowjackets deuce for deuce. Where they were outdone was at the free-throw line, one of their otherwise strong suits during the course of this season, where the visitors made the trip to the charity stripe three times more often than the host team. The other area where Polson came out on the short end was dialing the operator long distance from behind the arc for triples, where Stevensville dropped a quartet on the host team, shooting in the fortieth percentile, while Polson was unable to counter. The Lady Pirates fade to 1-10 record wise, tangling with the Frenchtown Lady Broncs in Frenchtown tomorrow night.
Stevensville 13 9 8 5 - 35
Polson 0 6 4 4 - 14
SCORING – can be acquired from media coverage when released.
3FG - Stevensville 4-10 (Sebastian 2, Vercruyssen, Peterson), Polson 0-3.
REBOUNDS - Stevensville > 30 (Vercruyssen 9, Peterson 7, Sebastian 5, Miller 3, Malachinski 2, Hinson 2, Boesch ), Polson 29 (Kenney 7, Quinn 6, Frame 5, Anderson 3, Lake 2, Wall 2, Sampson 2, Krantz 1, Congdon 1). ASSISTS - Stevensville >5 (Boesch 2, Miller, Hinson), Polson 4 (Quinn 2, Kenney, Sampson). STEALS - Stevensville > 11 (Sebastian 6, Boesch 2, Miller, Vercruyssen), Polson 11 (Kenney 3, Wall 2, Krantz, Marlee Congdon, Lydia Dupuis, Lake, Quinn, Sampson). BLOCKS - Stevensville ?, Polson 1 (Frame).
Unofficial game rendition by John Heglie with statistical input from informal Lady Pirate statistician Alan Anderson. Some details may vary from official summary, particularly with regard to Stevensville as some sequence contributions were missed on account of traffic as well as lack of familiarity with the players.