Basketball Roundup Polson nips C-Falls; Deer Lodge trips Bigfork

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COLUMBIA FALLS — Columbia Falls rallied in the late going, but fell three points short as Polson held on for a 47-44 Class A boys basketball victory on Saturday.

Polson led 35-23 after three quarters.

“We couldn’t score, find the hoop,” Columbia Falls coach Chris Finberg said.

“We were able to score to get into full court pressure that led to a few easy buckets” in the fourth quarter.

Columbia Falls outscored Polson 21-12 in the final eight minutes.

The Wildcats got as close at two points and had a 3 at the buzzer hit the front of the rim.

Columbia Falls (1-6) continues with league play at Whitefish on Thursday.

Polson 10 17 8 12 — 47

Columbia Falls 9 7 7 21 — 44

POLSON — Ryker Wenderoth 5, Robin Erickson 5, Trevor Schultz 1, Parker Toth 5, Colton Graham 6, Seth Lake 2, Kordell Walker 8, Micah Askan 15.

COLUMBIA FALLS — Dillon Wanner 2, Drew Morgan 18, Dillon Shipp 7, Danny Henjum 5, William Dyon 2, Logan Bechtel 2, Zack Pletcher 6, Sam Hovde 2.

Deer Lodge 49, Bigfork 47

DEER LODGE — Deer Lodge slipped by Bigfork in Class B play, dealing the Vikings their first loss of the season.

Bigfork is 7-1.

“Deer Lodge played great,” Bigfork coach Sam Tudor said. “We didn’t score when we needed to.”

Logan Gillard put up a team-high 16 points for the Vikings and Colton Reichenbach scored 11.

Bigfork 10 14 14 9 –  47

Deer Lodge 10 12 17 8 – 49

BIGFORK – Anders Epperly 7, Clayton Reichenbach 11, Colton Reichenbach 6, Luke Schmid 3, Randy Stultz 4, Logan Gillard 16

DEER LODGE – B. Anderson 6, J. Applegate 9, G. Nicholson 7, D. McDermid 19, O. King 2, D. Pauley 4, K. Kippenham 2

Hamilton 83, Whitefish 46

WHITEFISH — Tanner Goligoski knocked down 29 points and Trey Searle added 19 as Hamilton cruised to a Class A victory over Whitefish (5-3).

Hamilton jumped out to a 28-8 lead and took a 43-17 advantage into the locker room at the half.

Lee Walburn paced Whitefish in scoring with 13 points.

“They played an unbelievable game,” Whitefish coach Scott Smith said of Hamilton.

“They brought the intensity and flat out took it to us.”

Whitefish is back in action hosting Columbia Falls on Thursday.

Hamilton 28 15 13 27 — 83

Whitefish 8 9 16 12 — 46

HAMILTON — Cam Rothie 7, Carsin Rostad 8, Tyler Burnes 8, Hunter Omlid 6, Tanner

Goligoski 29, Trey Searle 19, Tyler Burrows 6.

WHITEFISH — Jace Cripe 6, Bodie Smith 1, Justin Conklin 7, Jack Schwaiger 1, Mark Anderson 7, Sam Menicke 6, Lee Walburn 13, Dillon Botner 5.

Browning 67, Libby 52

BROWNING – Browning defeated Libby 67-52 in Class A play behind Tyree Whitcomb’s 20-point performance.

Rylee Spoonhunter added 18 points for Browning.

For Libby, Ryggs Johnston scored 21 points and Caden Williams contributed 8 points.

Libby 6 13 15 18 —  52

Browning 22 12 14 19 — 67

LIBBY – JJ Davis 4, Chandler Bower 2, Ryan Goodman 2, Ryggs Johnston 21, Jay Beagle 5, Caden Williams 8, Keith Johnson 8, Kevin Barnes 2

BROWNING – Rylee Spoonhunter 18, Ethan Running Crane 9, CJ Smith 4, Brant Bremner 2, Trevon Fisher 2, Latrell Bullchild 2, Justin Burd 7, Deion MadPlume 3, Tyree Whitcomb 20

Girls

Hamilton 30, Whitefish 22

HAMILTON — Hamilton outscored Whitefish in every quarter to claim the tight Class A victory.

Hamilton led 8-4, 14-9 and 24-17 after the first three quarter stops.

Lauren Ryter topped Hamilton in scoring with eight points.

Marlee Bender led Whitefish, and all scorers, with nine points.

Whitefish (2-6) hosts Columbia Falls on Thursday.

Whitefish 4 5 8 5 — 22

Hamilton 8 6 10 6 — 30

WHITEFISH — Kaiah Moore 1, Claire Carloss 1, Gracie Smyley 4, Payton Kastella 5, Mikenna Ells 2, Marlee Bender 9.

HAMILTON — Sophia Doyle 2, Abby Johnson 3, Ani Mason 1, Mariloa Tesoro 5, Maggie Ringer 4, Jorden Taggart 2, Mikaylnn Brickley 1, Lauren Ryter 8, Katelyn Dickemore 4.

Columbia Falls 81, Polson 25

PABLO – Columbia Falls rolled over Polson at Salish Kootenai College. Ryley Kehr netted 24 points in the effort.

Trista Cowan scored 14 points and Josie Windauer scored 12.

Mossy Pauley led Polson with 7 points, and Mahala Buffalo scored 6.

Columbia Falls 39 14 24 4 — 81

Polson 9 5 7 4 — 25

CF – Ryley Kehr 24, Trista Cowan 14, Josie Windauer 12, Lakia Hill 11, Maydsen Hoerner 8, GraceAnn Sevesind 6, Hannah Schweikert 2, Maddie Robison 2, Savvy Ellis 2

POLSON – Mossy Pauley 7, Mahala Buffalo 6, Alex Pierre 6, Sharmaine Tempel 4, Karly Lawson 2

Eureka 50, Thompson Falls 33

THOMPSON FALLS – Eureka easily cruised to a win in a Class B matchup with Thompson Falls to improve to 4-2 overall and 2-0 in conference play.

Megan Hanson scored 7 points and had 10 of 25 total team steals. Karly Frost had 3 points and six steals.

Eureka 8 10 14 18 – 50

Thompson Falls 10 2 12 9 – 33

Eureka – Rhianna Hawkins 11, Michael Shea 2, Megan Hanson 7, Avory Escobar 2, Sienna Utter 14, Maggie Graves 9, Karly Frost 3, Alyssa Utter 2

TF – E. Pardee 4, R. Wilson 5, Faith Frields 5, Jody Detlaff 4, Megan Baxter 15

Browning 51, Libby 21

BROWNING — Browning rolled to an easy victory over Libby in Class A play.

No scoring details were available.

Great Falls Home 29,

Stillwater Christian 63

Stillwater Christian School routed Great Falls Home School 63-29, led by Helen Hashley and Abigail Hudson’s 14 points apiece.

Madison Morken added 6 points.

Great Falls Home 10 5 10 4 – 29

Stillwater Christian 21 13 16 13 – 63

SCS – Asiah Brockington 5, Marae Tintzman 6, Madison Morken 7, Helen Hashley 14, Selah Neumann 17, Abigail Hudson 14

Scoring information for GFHS was not available.

Flathead Valley 50,

Gallatin Valley 38

Flathead Valley 65,

Great Falls Home 44

The Flathead Valley Home School Crusaders defeated Gallatin Valley Homeschool, with Elizabeth Buckner leading the scoring with 13.

The Crusaders also routed Great Falls Home School on Friday, with Buckner scoring 22 points. Makaila Burlingame and Corey Connerly both scored 10 points.

Saturday

Gallatin Valley Home 9 8 9 12 ­— 38

Flathead Valley Home 15 5 16 14 —  50

GVHS – Leila M. 3, Ashleigh S. 4, Grace A. 11, K’Lee M. 10, Alexa L. 6

FVHS– Codi Kenney 6, Britney Howery 4, Yayne Myers 4, Elizabeth Buckner 13, Corey Connerly, Sharlyn Davis 2, Makaila Burlingame 9

Friday

Great Falls Home 10 18 9 7 —  44

Flathead Valley Home 21 16 22 6 —  65

GFHS – Abigail Gray 14, Naomi Ryder 2, Shannon Wipf 4, Taryn Johnson 10, Grace Reiman 9, Golden Holmquist 5

FVHS – Codi Kenney 11, Britney Howery 8, Elizabeth Buckner 22, Corey Connerly 10, Starlyn Davis 2, Makaila Burlingame 10

Deer Lodge 38, Bigfork 32

DEER LODGE — Bigfork lost to Deer Lodge in Class B play.

No scoring results were available.

Bigfork falls to 3-5 overall.

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