Whitefish slips by Flathead in OT

Whitefish senior Tucker Blake (20) and the rest of the Bulldog bench celebrate Dillon Botner's made free throw on the front end of a one-and-one during the final seconds of overtime of the Bulldog's 49-46 win in Flathead on Friday. (Aaric Bryan/Daily Inter Lake)

Whitefish outscored Flathead 9-6 in overtime to edge a 49-46 victory on Friday in a nonconference boys basketball game at Flathead High School.

The Bulldogs (2-4) were able to lock down on defense in the extra session to get the win, evening the series between the teams this season after Flathead won a 52-51 nail-biter earlier in Whitefish.

Sawyer Silliker had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Derek Kastella tallied 17 points for Whitefish, which used an 11-2 run in the first quarter to take an early advantage. Flathead (4-4) fought back to exchange the lead a handful of times before sending the game to overtime.

Wyatt Potter had a team-high 13 points for Flathead, including three 3-pointers. Tyler Johnson added 11 points for the Braves.

Whitefish 11 10 14 5 9 — 49

Flathead 7 13 14 6 6 — 46

WHITEFISH — Derek Kastella 5 6-7 17, Sawyer Silliker 9 1-2 20, Ryan Kemm 0 2-2 2, Lee Walburn 1 0-0 2, Dillon Botner 3 2-2 8. Totals: 18 11-13 49.

FLATHEAD — Cade White 0 1-2 1, Cooper Barrett 1 1-2 4, Wyatt Potter 5 0-0 13, Bridger Johnson 1 0-1 2, Eric Seaman 3 0-2 6, Tyler Johnson 4 2-4 11, Sam Elliott 4 1-2 9. Totals: 18 5-13 46.

3-point goals—Whitefish 2-13 (Kastella, Silliker), Flathead 5-14 (Potter 3, Barrett, Tyler Johnson). Rebounds—Whitefish 42 (Silliker 11), Flathead 31 (Elliott 8). Total fouls—Whitefish 14, Flathead 15. Fouled out—none.

Bigfork 72, Troy 30

BIGFORK — The Bigfork boys outscored Troy 22-3 out of the halftime break to pull away in a District 7B rout.

The Vikings (3-0 7B, 7-1 overall) built a 32-19 lead at halftime and turned up the pressure in the second half, leading 54-22 entering the fourth quarter.

Beau Santistevan had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Anders Epperly had 10 points and 10 assists to post double-doubles for Bigfork. Logan Taylor also scored 15 points for the Vikings.

Dillon Savage scored 12 points to lead Troy.

Troy 11 8 3 8 — 30

Bigfork 17 15 22 18 — 72

TROY — Zack Cotten 6, Dillon Savage 12, Jordan Day 3, Noah Caballero 6, Mason Chapel 3.

BIGFORK — Anders Epperly 10, Clayton Reichenbach 4, Colton Reichenbach 8, Luke Schmit 7, Logan Taylor 15, Chase Chappius 4, Logan Gilliard 9, Beau Santistevan 15.

Libby 51, Columbia Falls 43

LIBBY — Erik Lauer scored nine of his team-high 15 points in the second half to guide Libby past Columbia Falls in a nonconference game.

Libby, up 24-14 at the half, also had Ryggs Johnston in double-figure scoring with 10 points.

Matthew Morrison led Columbia Falls, and all scorers, with 18 points.

Columbia Falls 7 7 9 20 — 43

Libby 10 14 7 20 — 51

COLUMBIA FALLS — Austin Green 3, Logan Stephens 7, Quintin Schriver 4, Dakota Bridwell 7, Matthew Morrison 18, DJ Schrade 4.

LIBBY — Giovanni Cano 1, Ryggs Johnston 10, Gabe Peck 7, Colin Maloney 7, Stephen Williams 4, Ryan Doyle 7, Erik Lauer 15.

Stillwater Christian 58, North Idaho 56

Isaac Neumann with 19 points and eight rebounds and Nicholas Sulzbacher, who contributed 15 points off of the bench, helped Stillwater Christian escape with a nonconference victory over visiting North Idaho.

Stillwater rallied in the second half, outscoring North Idaho 36-25.

Austin Brown added 12 points for Stillwater (6-1).

Dillon Walker scored 20 points to power North Idaho.

North Idaho 16 14 9 16 — 56

Stillwater 13 9 22 14 — 58

NORTH IDAHO — Brandon Schwinters 6, Brock Brennan 1, Dillon Walker 20, Cross Pilgrim 10, Nick Beck 2, Garret White 15, Kobe Cottier 2.

STILLWATER CHRISTIAN — Jared Fetveit 4, Nicholas Sulzbacher 15, Austin Brown 12, Joe Hooker 6, Isaac Neumann 19, Jeremiah Hooker 2.

Girls

Flathead 66, Whitefish 20

WHITEFISH — Flathead ran out to a 22-6 lead in the first quarter in a rout of Whitefish in a nonconference game.

Tiana Johnson led all scorers with 21 points as the Bravettes (5-3) built an early lead that kept growing. Kelsey Gillespie added 11 points.

Libby Nagler and Diana Vasquez each scored five points to lead Whitefish (0-6).

Flathead 22 14 13 17 ­— 66

Whitefish 6 5 8 1 — 20

FLATHEAD — Kylee Meredith 6, Mary Heaton 7, Sierra Siblerud 7, Kelsey Gillespie 11, Clara Vandenbosch 5, Allie Gagnon 4, Sara Clarin 5, Tiana Johnson 21.

WHITEFISH — Kit Anderson 3, Hope Brown 1, Libby Nagler 5, Bella Wilson 4, Anissa Brown 2, Diana Vasquez 5.

Troy 56, Bigfork 54

BIGFORK — Troy kept its composure down the stretch, handing Bigfork its first District 7B conference loss of the season.

Allie Coldwell scored 29 points and the Trojans (2-1 7B, 3-1 overall) took advantage of Bigfork’s shaky free-throw shooting down the stretch to edge the victory.

Haile Norred led Bigfork (2-1, 4-4) with 17 points.

Troy 10 15 15 16 — 56

Bigfork 11 13 17 13 — 54

TROY—Aurora Bequart 6, Allie Coldwell 29, Olivia Roach 1, Kaitlyn Downey 3, Sammi Rorich 6, Allie Brown 5, Alyssa Lewis 6.

BIGFORK—Haile Norred 17, Shae Anderson 9, Abby Ellison 8, Reese Nissen 4, Jaime Berg 7, Emily Park 7, Rakiah Grende 2.

Columbia Falls 64, Libby 35

LIBBY — Sydney Hovde led a balanced attack with 12 points as Columbia Falls cruised by Libby in a nonconfernce contest.

Hannah Gedlaman and Cydney Finberg tallied 10 points each for the victors while Kiara Burlage and Peyton Kehr both had nine.

Shannon Reny led Libby in scoring with nine points.

Columbia Falls 14 21 15 14 — 64

Libby 14 7 8 6 — 35

COLUMBIA FALLS — Dani Douglas 7, Hannah Gedlaman 10, Cydney Finberg 10, Peyton Kehr 9, Ryley Kehr 7, Kiara Burlage 9, Sydney Hovde 12.

LIBBY — Alli Collins 2, Madison Monigold 3, Abby Ennenga 4, Jayden Winslow, Sammee Bradeen 2, Shannon Reny 9, Brooklyn Bodner 2.

Stillwater Christian 34, North Idaho 29

Dori Smith accounted for nearly half of Stillwater’s scoring in a nonconference victory over visting North Idaho.

Smith finished with 15 points to lead all scorers. She also had 15 rebounds.

Lulu Newmann and Selah Neumann had eight rebounds each for Stillwater (5-2).

On Thursday in nonconference action, Smith tallied 16 points and Helen Hashley added 14 as Stillwater lost to the Flathead JV.

Sara Clarin led Flathead with 21 points. Clara Vandenbosch was next with 17 and Madison Walter added 12.

North Idaho 7 11 2 9 — 29

Stillwater 8 7 8 11 — 34

NORTH IDAHO — Kaylee Prosch 1, Emma Whiteman 12, Kiki Holmes 10, Macy Schlader 4, Sochie Kruse 2.

STILLWATER CHRISTIAN — Cora Boll 3, Ramey Metzger 4, Adrianna Lambert 2, Chloe Erb 1, Dori Smith 15, Alicia Warricks 4, Helen Hashley 3, Lulu Neumann 2.

Late Thursday

Flathead JV 16 13 15 13 — 57

Stillwater 14 7 4 22 — 47

FLATHEAD JV — Kaysie Malmin 4, Clara Vandenbosch 17, Madison Walter 12, Sara Clarin 21, Grace Cody 3.

STILLWATER CHRISTIAN — Cora Bull 2, Haleigh Schwartz 1, Adrianna Lambert 1, Chloe Erb 2, Dori Smith 16, Alicia Warricks 6, Helen Hashley 14, Lulu Neumann 4, Selah Neumann 1.

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