Class C Divisional Tournament Coverage

Twin Bridges Lady Falcons rise to the challenge, earn state tournament berth

It seemed the Lady Falcons were on the easy path to a repeat trip to the State Class C Girls Basketball Tournament, but a waived off last-second shot in the girls’ Western C Divisional championship game detoured the Twin Bridges team right into a challenge game with the Shields Valley Lady Rebels.

Diverted to Bozeman to earn a trip to the state tournament in Belgrade, the Lady Falcons held off their district foe 57-30 with scrappy defense and a great offensive showing from lone senior Hannah Konen. The win pits Twin Bridges versus Hinsdale at the Belgrade Special Events Center on Feb. 28, at 2:30 p.m. Hinsdale comes into the state tournament as the number one seed from the Eastern C. The winner advances to the 7 p.m. semifinal game tomorrow and the loser plays tomorrow at 1 p.m.

Twin Bridges beat Superior 64-44 and Seeley-Swan 53-35 before falling to the Drummond Lady Trojans 46-48. The Lady Falcons were able to put up big numbers in their first two games to pull away from their opponents, but Drummond proved harder to shake. Drummond held its biggest lead of the game, 12 points, at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Twin whittled that lead down to just four by the midway point of the quarter, but could not get shots to fall and when they did time had run out.

Superior 8 9 17 10 — 44

Twin  11 24 18 11 — 64

SUPERIOR

Marissa Koke 4, Myranda Kuhl 2, Nicole Stroot 20, Jordan Mueller 5, Kinzie Cooper 2, Danielle Ewoniuk 9, Sierra Ireland 0, Nadea Ewonuk 0, Michele Smith 0, Anesa Ruiz 2, Hannah Hollenback 0, Kayla Boone 0. TOTALS: 15 13-28 44.

TWIN BRIDGES

Hannah Konen 13, Kristen Ashcraft 6, Abby Williams 8, Morgan Martin 6, Alison Griebenow 10, Julia Cox 8, Pagie Phillips 2, Kelsie Dustin 0, Madyson Beagley 2, Cassidy Wetzel 2, Rylee Mehhring 0, Megan Martin 7. TOTALS: 28 7-13 64.

Twin Bridges 7 10 16 20 – 53

Seeley-Swan 6 11 13 5 – 35

TWIN BRIDGES – Hannah Konen 4 8-10 18, Kristen Ashcraft 0 0-2 0, Julia Cox 0 0-2 0, Abby Williams 1 0-0 2, Morgan Martin 4 4-6 12, Alison Griebenow 1 4-6 6, Madyson Beagley 0 0-2 0, Cassidy Wetzel 0 1-2 1, Megan Martin 6 1-1 14. Totals 16 18-30 53.

SEELEY-SWAN – Hope Crowell 6 2-4 14, Tiffany Wendel 1 0-0 3, Hailey Towe 1 2-2 4, Kelsey Linford 1 1-2 3, Paige Holmes 2 0-1 4, KeAnna Conley 1 0-0 2, Mariah Cooper-Nies 2 1-2 5. Totals 14 6-11 35.

3-point goals – Twin Bridges 3-8 (Konen 2, Meagan Martin), Seeley-Swan 1-8 (Wendel). Total fouls – Twin Bridges 15, Seeley-Swan 27. Fouled out – Shelby Holmes. Rebounds – Twin Bridges 43 (Morgan Martin 10), Seeley-Swan 40 (Linford 7). Turnovers – Twin Bridges 19, Seeley-Swan 27.

Twin Bridges 10 16 2 18 – 46

Drummond 10 13 15 10 – 48

TWIN BRIDGES – Hannah Konen 5 3-4 14, Kristen Ashcraft 1 2-2 4, Abby Williams 0 0-0 0, Morgan Martin 2 0-0 4, Alison Griebenow 1 2-3 4, Julia Cox 5 3-4 13, Paige Phillips 1 0-0 2, Cassidy Wetzel 2 0-0 5, Megan Martin 0 0-0 0, Madyson Beagley 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 10-13 46.

DRUMMOND – Alexys Bryant 4 0-0 8, Krissy Paske 4 3-5 13, Frankie Bignell 7 3-6 17, Ashley Mannix 3 4-8 10, Melanie Parke 0 0-0 0, Samantha Henderson 0 0-0 0, Audrie Parke 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 10-19 48.

3-point goals – Twin 2 (Konen, Wetzel), Drummond 2 (Paske 2). Total fouls – Twin 15, Drummond 12. Fouled out – none. Rebounds – Twin 33 (Konen 6), Drummond 40 (Bignell 18). Turnovers – Twin 14, Drummond 18.

Ennis Mustangs one win shy of state tournament

A challenge game against the Arlee Warriors was not the game the Ennis Mustangs were hoping to be their first after the Western C Divisional Tournament in Hamilton.

Despite junior Connor Sullivan’s best efforts, the Mustangs’ season ended 68-60 versus the Warriors. Ennis led 32-31 at the half, but poor transition defense created multiple opportunities for Arlee to get back in the game while Ennis was dominant down low on offense. The Warriors led 49-46 after three quarters of play.

Arlee standout Isaac Camel scored seven unanswered points to start the fourth quarter. Sullivan brought the Mustangs within four points with 22.5 seconds on the game clock, but Warrior free throws put the game and trip to the state tournament out of reach for Ennis.

An up and down post season pitted the Mustangs against some talented teams running on momentum. Ennis narrowly squeaked by the Drummond Trojans 55-54 in its first game of the divisional tournament. Game two gave the Mustangs a bit more breathing room and a spot in the championship game against the Victor Pirates as Ennis beat Superior 55-46.

The Pirates proved too much to handle on the boards and from the three-point line. Victor out rebounded the Mustangs 41-31 and tallied 21 points from behind the arc while Ennis had just three. Ennis trailed by as many as 20 points in the fourth quarter while only scoring six points total in the final quarter.

Ennis 14 14 13 14 – 55

Drummond 8 19 18 9 – 54

ENNIS – Wes Goodman 1 0-0 2, Tucker Ott 0 0-0 0, Braydon McKittrick 5 2-3 13, Dalton Bullock 5 1-3 14, Connor Sullivan 10 4-10 24, Colten Clark 1 0-0 2, Walker McKittrick 0 0-0 0, Wylie Leo 0 0-0 0, Reid Farnes 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 7-16 55.

DRUMMOND – Mac Bignell 11 8-14 31, Bryce Gill 0 0-2 0, Kevin Oberweiser 6 3-4 18, Danny Mannix 1 0-0 2, Josephe Park 0 3-4 3, John Manley 0 0-0 0, Gregory Schindler 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 14-24 54.

3-point goals – Ennis 4 (Bullock 3, B.McKittrick), Drummond 4 (Oberweiser 3, Bignell). Rebounds – Ennis 40 (B.McKittrick 9), Drummond 34 (Bignell 11). Total fouls – Ennis 18, Drummond 16. Fouled out – B. McKittrick, Gill.

Superior 5 13 17 11 – 46

Ennis 13 18 10 14 – 55

SUPERIOR – Billy Smith 2 5-9 10, Tucker Smith 0 2-2 2, Adam Kay 1 0-0 2, Zach Benda 5 1-3 11, Clint Voll 6 2-2 14, Jarrod Tippens 1 0-0 2, Wyatt Zylawy 2 0-0 5. Totals 17 10-16 46.

ENNIS – Wes Goodman 0 4-15 4, Tucker Ott 1 0-1 2, Reid Farnes 1 6-8 8, Braydon McKitrick 6 2-2 17, Dalton Bullock 1 4-8 7, Connor Sullivan 8 1-1 17. Totals 17 17-35 55.

3-point goals – Superior 2 (B. Smith, Zylawy), Ennis 4 (McKitrick 3, Bullock). Total fouls – Superior 26, Ennis 13. Fouled out – Voll, McKitrick. Rebounds – Superior 31 (Voll 5), Ennis 39 (Farnes 8). Turnovers – Superior 11, Ennis 14. Technical foul – Bullock.

Ennis 12 7 8 6 – 33

Victor 14 13 16 8 – 51

ENNIS – Wes Goodman 2 0-0 4, Reid Farnes 1 0-0 2, Brayden McKittrick 3 0-2 6, Dalton Bullock 4 -1 10, Connor Sullivan 5 0-4 10, Wylie Lee 0 0-0 0, Colton Clark 0 0-0 0, Chad Johnerson 0 0-0 0, Walker McKittrick 0 1-3 1, Brady Croy 0 0-0 0, Tucker Ott 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 2-10 33.

VICTOR – Kyle Ball 8 4-9 23, Corey Deering 1 1-2 3, Randy Miller 2 0-0 4, Derrick Cavill 3 0-1 7, Matt Kittle 4 0-0 11, Nate Bishiop 1 1-2 3, Michael O’Leary 0 0-0 0, GP Monta 0 0-0 0, ,Austin Lewis 0 0-0 0, Jack Pederson 0 0-0 0, Kolton Benish 0 0-0 0, Terrill Sherrill 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 6-14 51.

3-point goals – Ennis 1 (Bullock), Victor 7 (Ball 3, Kittle 3, Cavill). Total fouls – Ennis 18, Victor 16. Fouled out – none. Rebounds – Ennis 31 (Farnes 11), Victor 41 (Ball 8, Miller 8). Turnovers – Ennis 9, Victor 15.

ENNIS 14 18 14 14 — 60

ARLEE 15 16 18 19 — 68

ENNIS — Wes Goodman 1 0-0 2, Reid Farnes 3 2-2 9, Braydon McKitrick 5 2-4 13, Conner Sullivan 14 5-7 34, Colton Clark 1 0-0 2. Totals — 24 9-13 60.

ARLEE — Christian Haynes 2 0-1 4, Rocky Lewis 4 2-2 12, Zack Camel 14 2-4 31, Justin Adams 2 4-4 8, Patrick Big Sam 0 2-2 2, Josh Reed 3 1-2 8, Isaac Camel 1 0-0 3. Totals — 26 11-15 68.

3-pointers — Ennis 3 (Farnes, McKitrick, Sullivan), Arlee 5 (Lewis 2, Z. Camel 1, Reed 1, I. Camel 1). Total fouls — Ennis 16, Arlee 13. Fouled out — none.

Harrison-Willow Creek Wildcats fall in two at Western C Divisional

The Lady Wildcats ended their season in Hamilton losing first to eventual champion Drummond and then the Arlee Scarlets. Harrison-Willow Creek finished the season with a 16-7 record.

Drummond cut into the Wildcats’ lead in the third quarter after a close first half that ended with the Wildcats ahead 19-17. A win slipped further away from Harrison-Willow Creek as the Lady Trojans outscored the Wildcats 12-6 in the fourth quarter. The score was tied at 29 halfway through the fourth, and the Wildcats managed to stay within three points much of the rest of the final quarter as Drummond held onto its lead and clinched the 38-33 win with free throws in the last seconds.

The Wildcats were led by Jaci Nesbit’s 13 points and six rebounds. Britt Cooper added 11 points and 12 rebounds while Tori Wilson tallied seven.

The following day, Harrison-Willow Creek started strong and received some great play from bench players, but could not keep up with the Arlee Scarlets. The Scarlets started pulling away from the Wildcats in the second quarter and continued to in the third. The Wildcats posted 20 points in the final quarter, but it was not enough to close the gap. Arlee won 56-45, making 13 more free throws than the Wildcats and scoring eight more points off turnovers.

Cooper scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Wilson also had eight rebounds to add to her eight points.

Drummond 9 8 9 12 – 38

Harrison-WC 7 12 8 6 – 33

DRUMMOND – Alexys Bryant 3 3-6 9, Krissy Paske 4 3-7 11, Frankie Bignell 6 2-4 15, Ashley Mannix 1 0-0 2, Melanie Parke 0 1-2 1. Totals 14 9-19 38.

HARRISON-WILLOW CREEK – Kristen White 1 0-0 2, Britt Cooper 2 5-6 11, Jaci Nesbit 6 1-3 13, Tori Wilson 3 1-2 7, Becca White 0 0-0 0, Alecia Panagakis 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 7-11 33

3-point goals – Drummond 1-10 (Bignell), Harrison-WC 2-15 (Cooper 2). Rebounds – Drummond 32 (Bignell 7), Harrison-WC 44 (Cooper 12). Assists – Drummond 6 (Paske 4), Harrison-WC 11 (White 5). Steals – Drummond 15 (Paske 7), Harrison-WC 10 (Wilson 4). Total fouls – Drummond 14, Harrison-WC 17. Turnovers – Drummond 9, Harrison-WC 22. Technical fouls – none. Fouled out – Paske, White.

Harrison 14 8 3 20 – 45

Arlee 10 18 10 18 – 56

HARRISON – Becca White 1 0-0 2, Kristen White 2 2-4 6, Britt Cooper 9 2-3 20, Jaci Nesbit 3 0-0 6, Taya DeFrance 1 1-2 3, Tori Wilson 4 0-0 8. Totals 20 5-11 45.

ARLEE – Whitney Malatare 7 7-11 23, Rebecca Whitesell 2 0-0 5, Tiffany O’Neill 0 1-2 2, Tayla Desjarlais 2 0-0 5, Violet Pablo 0 3-4 3, Skyla Perry 1 0-0 2, Alexis Shick 1 0-1 2, Mahalia Hendren 3 7-10 15. Totals 16 18-28 56.

3-point goals – Arlee 6 (Malatare 2, Hendren 2, Whitesell, Desjarlais), Harrison 0. Total fouls – Arlee 15, Harrison 24. Fouled out – none. Rebounds – Arlee 44 (Hendren 9), Harrison 48 (Wilson 8, Cooper 8).

Falcons battle at Western C Divisional

Losing their opening round game against Superior 62-46 did not deter the Twin Bridges Falcons.  The team rallied and won its next game against Seeley-Swan 54-47 before falling out of the tournament to the Drummond Trojans 52-49.

The first quarter versus Drummond was a low-scoring one for both teams, and ended tied 9-9.  Twin Bridges pulled away at the start of the second quarter, but the Falcons’ lead was cut down just before the half. The third quarter remained close as well, before the Trojans finally clinched the win with key shots from Mac Bignell. The score was tied three times in the final quarter. The final tie being at 49 apiece with less than two minutes remaining. Bignell hit a three-pointer, and the Falcons missed free throws and turned the ball over on a traveling call giving the ball and the win to the Trojans.

Superior 17 19 14 12 – 62

T. Bridges 16 6 10 14 – 46

SUPERIOR – Billy Smith 2 3-4 7, Tucker Smith 3 6-7 13, Adam Kay 2 0-0 4, Zach Benda 1 0-0 2, Clint Voll 8 1-1 17, Jarrod Tippens 5 3-4 14, Wyatt Zylawy 0 5-6 5. Totals 21 18-22 62.

TWIN BRIDGES – Nolan Konen 0 0-0 0, Jesse Pfertsh 4 0-0 9, Cole Miotke 6 6-6 20, CJ Cox 6 0-1 13, Max Orrin 0 0-0 0, Michael Pfertsh 1 0-0 2, Mackay Hirst 1 0-0 2. Totals 18 6-7 46.

3-point goals – Superior 2 (T. Smith, Tippens), TB 4 (Miotke 2, J. Pfertsh, Cox). Total fouls – Superior 11, TB 17. Fouled out – Orrin.

Seeley-Swan 6 12 12 17 – 47

Twin Bridges 7 19 11 17 – 54

SEELEY-SWAN – Tylen Dial 1 6-6 9, Jordan Everson 1 0-0 3, Christian Cahoon 9 1-2 22, Jacob Casebolt 2 0-0 4, Skyler Lee 1 2-2 4, Conor Marlatt 2 0-0 5, John Parcell 0 0-0 0, Justin Cahoon 0 0-0 0, Justin Grimes 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 9-10 47.

TWIN BRIDGES – Jesse Pfertsh 2 2-4 6, Cole Miotke 5 4-7 17, CJ Cox 5 4-6 15, Max Orrin 2 0-0 4, Michael Pfertsh 0 5-8 5, Mackay Hirst 3 1-2 7, Tate Myers 0 0-0 0, Nolan Konen 0 0-0 0, Tristan Guillot 0 0-0 0, Gabe Johnson 0 0-1 0, Jerricho Broksie 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 16-28 54.

3-point goals – Seeley 6 (C.Cahoon 3, Dial, Everson, Marlatt), Twin 4 (Miotke 3, Cox). Rebounds – Seeley 23 (Casebolt 7), Twin 51 (Pfertsch 10). Fouls – Seeley 21, Twin 7. Fouled out – none.

T. Bridges 9 20 12 8 – 49

Drummond 9 15 15 13 – 52

TWIN BRIDGES – Jesse Pfertsh 1 0-0 2, Cole Miotke 3 4-6 11, CJ Cox 7 2-2 17, Max Orrin 1 1-1 3, Michael Pfertsh 5 0-0 12, Mackay Hirst 2 0-2 4. Totals 19 7-11 49.

DRUMMOND – John Manley 1 0-0 2, Mac Bignell 10 4-6 30, Bryce Gill 0 0-0 0, Kevin Oberweiser 1 0-0 3, Danny Mannix 2 1-2 6, Joseph Parke 4 3-3 11. Totals 18 8-11 52.

3-point goals – Twin Bridges 4 (M. Pfertsh 2, Cox, Miotke), Drummond 8 (Bignell 6, Oberweiser, Mannix). Total fouls – Twin Bridges 11, Drummond 13. Fouled out – none. Rebounds – Twin Bridges 52 (Orrin 16), Drummond 36 (Bignell 11).

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