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LIBBY — Ryggs Johnston scored 24 points and the Libby Loggers rolled to a 70-56 victory in its season opener against Thompson Falls on Saturday.

Johnston was a perfect 8-for-8 from the free-throw line, scoring 12 points in the second half to help the Loggers pull away. JJ Davis scored 17 points for Libby.

Stats for Thompson Falls weren’t available.

Polson 57, Stevensville 53

STEVENSVILLE — Polson outscored Stevensville down the stretch to notch a win in the season opener.

Shade Main scored 18 points and Robin Erickson scored 10 as the Pirates outscored Stevi 17-13 in the fourth quarter to pull away after a back-and-forth first half.

Logan Roth scored 26 points to lead the Yellowjackets.

Polson 18 12 10 17 – 57

Stevi 11 19 10 13 – 53

Polson — Shade Main 18, Robin Erickson 10, Connor Lanier 9, Trevor Schultz 6, Micah Askan 6, Asa Askan 4, Sam Schultz 4

Stevi — Logan Roth 26, Alex Gavlak 13, Ivan Yazvaac 8, Sean Craft 4, Colby Meeds 2.

Deer Lodge 70, Eureka 52

EUREKA — Deer Lodge got on top early and pulled away from Eureka in a rout.

Dyllon McDermid scored 22 points and Ben Anderson scored 21 points for the Wardens.

AJ Pacella scored 16 points and Jake Kindel had 10 to lead the Lions.

Deer Lodge 17 18 13 22 — 70

Eureka 11 14 10 17 — 52

DEER LODGE — Ben Anderson 21, Judd Applegate 8, Greydon Nicholson 9, Dyllon McDermid 22, Tresten Smith 2, Ozzie King 1, Dalton Pauley 7.

EUREKA — Austin Callender 6, AJ Pacella 16, Quade Anderson 5, Colton Cooper 8, Alex Lowe 7, Jake Kindel 10.

GIRLS

Libby 40,

Thompson Falls 27

LIBBY — Shannon Reny had 13 points as the Loggers defense locked down Thompson Falls to start the season with a win.

Libby took a 14-point first quarter lead after holding the Blue Hawks to just four points in the first eight minutes. The Loggers defense allowed just one point in the third quarter as they pulled away.

Seven Libby players recorded points in the win.

Megan Baxter led Thompson Falls with six points.

Thompson Falls 4 14 1 8 — 27

Libby 18 9 9 4 — 40

THOMPSON FALLS — Hope Slater 5, Maya Stiles 3, Sarah Detlaff 3, Haley Morgan 5, Jody Detleff 5, Megan Baxter 6.

LIBBY — Alli Collins 8, Syd Gier 2, Samantha Miller 3, Sammee Bradeen 6, Khalyn Hageness 5, Shannon Reny 13, Brooklyn Rainer 3.

Deer Lodge 38, Eureka 35

DEER LODGE — Deer Lodge held Eureka to one point in the first quarter and held off a comeback attempt late to beat the Lions.

Sienna Utter led Eureka with 15 points and Liz Pacella scored eight points.

Darcy Walker had 12 points to lead Deer Lodge.

Eureka 1 15 8 11 — 35

Deer Lodge 12 8 5 13 — 38

Eureka — Megan Hanson 3, Sienna Utter 15, Liz Pacella 8, Maggie Graves 2, Cassie Hammack 6, Erynn Thier 1.

Deer Lodge — Darcy Walker 12, Rilee Gray 2, Mya Wirth 3, Rachel Nicholson 5, Bailee Johnson 1, Kamryn Scully 9, Alyssa Lamb 3, Ariel Clark 3.

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