Plans are fluid as local teams look forward to tournament time. Initially, all tournaments were set to be held in Butte at the Maroon Activity Center, but that plan was scratched in early January due to Covid concerns.
It had been several years since the Ennis Mustangs had a matchup against the West Yellowstone Wolverines, so when the Wolverines came to Ennis on Jan. 29 there were plenty of unknowns about how the bout would play out.
Twin Bridges senior Charlie Kruer hit the Panthers with his best shot during the matchup between Twin Bridges and Sheridan on Jan. 26 – individually stacking up as many points as his competitors did in total during the 61-18 game.
The Ennis lady Mustangs knew they’d have a tough battle against their Twin Bridges counterparts on Jan. 22. The game on Twin’s court played out to be a close one, and the Mustangs galloped home with a win 31-25.
Being familiar with the powerhouse Twin Bridges team, Harrison boys knew they had their work cut out for them at their Jan. 14 matchup in Twin Bridges. Leading up to the game the Harrison Wildcats were feeling good, coming off of a home win against Gardiner on January 9.
Sheridan boys’ varsity rode a rollercoaster on Jan. 8 and 9.
The Panther boys overcame Gardiner on Jan. 8, but not by much. Head Coach Ben Holland said the boys were off to a slow start, but battled back, ending the game with 26 points in the fourth quarter alone. The final score was a close one – Panthers 50, Bruins 48.
It may be a few weeks later than usual, and the season will be truncated, but young varsity basketballers around the county are finally back competing on the court.
Madison County’s Twin Bridges team is playing in the 2020 State C Boys Basketball Tournament.
The Falcons are competing for the championship title at the University of Montana Adam’s Center March 11-14. Their first game is against Fort Benton Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.
The Falcons transformed into a championship team in a single season. Twin Bridges is the champion of 2020 Girls’ District 12-C Basketball. The young team, with two eighth graders putting in some important minutes on the court, defeated the Granite Prospectors, 43-28, in Butte Feb. 22.
Both teams were electric in the first few of minutes of the game. Harrison senior Vern Homner stole the ball at half court for a dunk in the second minute. Twin Bridges senior Nate Konen tied the game each time Harrison got ahead during the fast paced plays early in the game.