Bigfork’s Epperly sets state assists record

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BIGFORK — It was a night of milestones, state records and career highs on Friday at Bigfork High School.

As the buzzer sounded on Bigfork’s 72-49 boys basketball victory over Mission, coach Sam Tudor earned his 100th career win.

Afterwards, Tudor was met by a deluge of Silly String as he entered the locker room. His wife had put together a postgame celebration.

Senior Anders Epperly shattered the all-class state assists record set by Randy Robinson in 1992, previously 691. Epperly’s 12 assists put him at 699. He scored 7 points.

“It’s pretty special that we did it at home,” Tudor said of he and Epperly’s respective accomplishments. “I can’t say enough about Anders as a player.”

Colton Reichenbach scored a career-high 26 points. Logan Gillard added 22.

“We have a talented group of kids,” Tudor said.

“We shared the ball well tonight.”

Mission 15 18 8 8 – 49

Bigfork 21 17 19 15 – 72

MISSION – Lucas Vandenburg 2, Jacob Hugs 6, Flint McPherson 8, Wacey McClune 5, Jedi Christy 8, Rayne Spiedel 4, Matt Anderson 16.

BIGFORK – Anders Epperly 7, Clayton Riechenbach 9, Colton Reichenbach 26, Luke Schmit 3, Brady Thorness 1, Logan Gillard 22, Colt Thorness 4.

Ronan 43, Libby 41

RONAN — Anthony Camel’s double-double — 19 rebounds and 22 points — on his 19th birthday helped Ronan edge Libby in Northwest A play.

Down 37-33, Ronan (3-7 overall, 2-3 conference) made eight free throws in the fourth quarter to take the lead.

Jacob Gatch added 9 points for Ronan.

For Libby (6-5, 2-4), Ryggs Johnston scored 13 points.

Libby hosts Whitefish in Northwest A play today.

Libby 4 15 16 6 – 41

Ronan 12 14 7 10 – 43

LIBBY – JJ Davis 4, Ryan Goodman 1, Ryggs Johnston 13, Jay Beagle 4, Caden Williams 4, Keith Johnson 12, Kevin Barnes 3.

RONAN – Randy Finley 1, Dallas Durheim 7, Jacob Gatch 9, Bubba Bush 4, Anthony Camel 22.

Girls

Bigfork 49, Mission 44

ST. IGNATIUS — Ansleigh Edgerton, a junior forward/center, turned in a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds as Bigfork slipped by Mission in a Class B contest.

Sophomore forward/center Saylor Martinz had a strong all-around game for the Valkyries with two points, four assists and eight rebounds.

Bigfork (5-8) led 24-20 at the half, but trailed 35-34 heading into the fourth quarter.

Bigfork 14 10 10 15 — 49

Mission 12 8 15 9 — 44

BIGFORK — Izzy Santistevan 3, Meredith Bedford 3, Emma Berreth 9, Heidi Schneller 5, Audrey Buenz 1, Jordan Nelson 8, Rakiah Grende 2, Ansleigh Edgerton 14, Saylor Martinz 2, Quinn Nissen 2.

MISSION — Karolyna Buck 4, Garland 2, Madyson Currie 10, Sydney Brander 6, Azia Umphrey 14, Addison Arlint 8.

Ronan 45, Libby 28

RONAN – The Ronan Maidens cruised to a win over the Libby Loggers in Northwest A play.

Ronan (5-6 overall, 2-3 conference) led 21-9 at the half.

Tiana Ulutoa’s 12 points led the Maidens. Jaylea Lunceford scored 11.

For Libby (7-4, 3-3), Sammee Bradeen scored 13 and McKenzie Proffitt scored 4 points.

Libby 4 5 12 7 –  28

Ronan 14 7 11 13 –  45

LIBBY – Emma Gruber 3, Alli Collins 3, Samantha Miller 3, Sammee Bradeen 13, McKenzie Proffitt 4, Taylor Holm 2.

RONAN – Lexi Wirz 2, Tiana Ulutoa 12, Jaeleigh Gatch 6, Madison Clairmont 5, Regan Clairmont 7, Ari Burke 2, Jaylea Lunceford 11.

Thursday

Browning 70,

Columbia Falls 67, OT

BROWNING – The Browning Indians toppled the Columbia Falls Wildkats in overtime in a Northwest A matchup.

Browning (9-2 overall, 7-0 conference), was led by Tamika Guardipee’s 22 points. For Columbia Falls (10-2, 4-2), Ryley Kehr scored a team-high 18 points and Josie Windauer had 11.

Columbia Falls 11 18 9 23 6 – 67

Browning 12 13 27 9 9 – 70

COLUMBIA FALLS – Maddie Robison 7, Lakia Hill 14, Josie Windauer 11, Hannah Schweikert 7, Ryley Kehr 18, GraceAnn Sevesind 2, Trista Cowan 8.

BROWNING – Chalissa Kipp 11, Chaslin Kipp 8, Veronica Reed 7, Danayia Polk 6, Walker Running Crane 6, Dulci Skunkcap 6, Tatum Running Crane 2, Tamika Guardipee 22.

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