BASKETBALL: Troy boys top Eureka in District 7B play-in

EUREKA — Troy hit 11 3-pointers in a hot-shooting performance to beat Eureka 65-60 on Tuesday in a District 7B boys basketball play-in game.

The Trojans moved on to the district tournament with the victory, riding a wave of points in the second and third quarters.

Troy outscored Eureka 23-11 in the third quarter, building a 16-point lead entering the fourth, just enough to hold off a Lions squad that found its range late, cutting the lead to within three points with 23 seconds to play.

Dillon Savage led Troy with 18 points while three other Trojans hit double digit scoring. Jordan Day scored 11 points and Mason Chapel and Brylee Fruend each added 10.

Brad Stein led Eureka with a game-high 27 points, Jake Cardinale added 16 and Riley Durham 10.

Troy will now take on district regular season champ Bigfork in the first round of the 7B tournament this weekend.

Troy 13 22 23 7 — 65

Eureka 8 23 11 18 — 60

TROY — Zack Cotten 8, Dillon Savage 18, Tucker Winn 8, Brylee Fruend 10, Jordan Day 11, Mason Chapel 10.

EUREKA — Brad Stein 27, Matthew Anderson 3, Riley Durham 10, Colton Cooper 2, Taylor Sherwood 2, Jake Cardinale 16.

GIRLS

Eureka 57,

Thompson Falls 31

EUREKA —Eureka had little trouble shutting down Thompson Falls to move on to the 7B tournament this weekend.

Eureka built a 29-16 halftime lead and continued to push the lead after halftime.

The Lions’ Sienna Utter had five 3-pointers while scoring a game-high 21 points in the win.

Ember Schwindt led Thompson Falls with 11 points.

Eureka will play Troy on Thursday to open the 7B tournament.

Thompson Falls 8 8 6 9 — 31

Eureka 13 16 11 17 — 57

THOMPSON FALLS — H Slater 3, G Nelson 3, H Wilson 6, H Morgan 6, L ValElswyk 2, Ember Schwindt 11.

EUREKA — Megan Hanson 6, Averie Escobar 2, Sienna Utter 21, Liz Pacella 2, Cassie Hammack 2, Maggie Graves 4, Karlee Frost 3, Ashlyn Waldo 2, Stacy Cooper 6, Erynn Thier 9.

Mt. Baker 54,

Stillwater Christian 44

Stillwater Christian couldn’t complete the comeback in its final home game of the season, falling to Canadian team Mount Baker.

The Cougars fell behind in the second quarter, seeling a one-point deficit turn into a 10-point hole at half. Stillwater fell behind further in the third quarter but got going in the fourth, just not enough to make up the difference.

Dori Smith had 15 points to lead Stillwater and Helen Hashley had 12 points.

Stillwater now heads to the MCAA state tournament in Great Falls, where it holds the top seed from the West. The Cougars open play against Bozeman’s Heritage Christian on Feb. 23.

Mt. Baker 11 19 16 8 – 54

Stillwater 10 10 9 15 — 44

MOUNT BAKER — Mary Armstrong 12, Rachel Hubick 11, Justyn Mackie 6, Sydney Marlow 13, Lacey Reay 2, Haylee Thomas 10.

STILLWATER CHRISTIAN — Ramey Metzger 4, Adrianna Lambert 6, Chloe Erb 2, Dori Smith 15, Helen Hashley 12, Lulu Neumann 4, Selah Neumann 1.

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