HELENA – Michaela Dowdy scored 21 points and No. 3 Helena Capital used free throws to pull away in the final 3 minutes for a 55-50 girls’ basketball win over top-ranked Missoula Sentinel on Saturday.

Alexa Welch added 10 points for the Bruins, who trailed 32-20 at halftime, led 46-40 in the fourth quarter and then closed on a 9-4 surge – all on freebies.

McKenzie Johnston hit five free throws in the surge and finished with seven points, five rebounds and three assists. Rayna Pilgeram scored all of her four points in the surge as well.

Olivia Roberts scored 18 points to lead Sentinel, which shot 38 percent and fell below the Bruins (5-0 in league, 11-1 overall) atop the Western AA standings.

Maddie Keast added 15 points for Sentinel (4-1, 11-1), which used a 10-0 second-quarter spurt to seemingly take command. The Spartans managed just three third-quarter points, however.

The loss snapped a 19-game winning streak for the two-time defending State AA champions, dating back to a loss at Kalispell Glacier last February.

Sentinel 12 20 3 15 – 50

Capital 13 7 11 24 – 55

MISSOULA SENTINEL – Haley Rogers 1-1 0-0 3, Maddie Keast 5-12 4-5 15, Lexi Steele 2-6 2-2 7, Shannon Worster 1-2 0-0 2, Olivia Roberts 5-12 7-8 18, Sam Harper 2-4 1-2 5, Emily Beach 0-0 0-2 0. Totals 16-42 14-19 50.

HELENA CAPITAL – Alexa Welch 4-7 1-3 10, Michaela Dowdy 6-9 9-11 21, Kasidee Campbell 0-0 0-0 0, Kallie Herrera 0-1 0-0 0, Sydni Shea 0-0 0-0 0, Rayna Pilgeram 0-1 4-4 4, McKenzie Johnston 1-6 5-6 7, Sierra Bignell 6-11 0-0 13, Tjaden Pallister 0-0 0-0 0, Savanna Bignell 0-0 0-0 0; Totals 17-35 19-24 55.

3-point goals – Sentinel 4-16 (Keast, Roberts, Steele, Rogers), Capital 2-10 (Welch, Bignell). Total fouls – Sentinel 19, Capital 14. Fouled out – none. Rebounds – Sentinel 18 (3 with 2), Capital 25 (Johnston 5). Turnovers – Sentinel 8, Capital 10.

Elsewhere

Class AA

Missoula Big Sky 47, Helena High 33

At Helena, the Eagles used a 15-6 edge in the fourth quarter to pull away from Helena for the Western AA win.

Big Sky led 22-18 at halftime and 32-27 after three quarters.

Maddy Shaide made good on a pair of 3-pointers and led Big Sky (2-3 in league, 6-7 overall) with 13 points. Kendra Joyce added nine points.

Callie Kanthack led Helena (1-3, 6-6) with nine points.

Big Sky 13 9 10 15 – 47

Helena 4 14 9 6 – 33

BIG SKY – Anna Gragg 3 2-4 8, Dani Baker 3 1-4 8, Kendra Joyce 3 2-2 9, Kenzie Hanson 1 0-0 2, Maddy Shaide 5 1-2 13, McKenna Arledge 0 3-4 3, Sidney Davis 1 2-2 4. Totals 16 11-18 47.

HELENA – Jenna Starke 0 2-4 2, Regan Fruh 0 3-8 3, Paytyn Floerchinger 1 0-0 2, Callie Kanthack 4 1-5 9, Alyssa Ferguson 2 0-0 6, Shanna Floerchinger 2 0-0 4, Kindra Dunlap 0 0-0 0, Hailey Crawford 3 0-0 7. Totals 12 6-18 33.

3-point goals – Big Sky 4 (Baker, Shaide 2, Joyce), Helena 3 (Ferguson 2, Crawford). Total fouls – Big Sky 18, Helena 18. Fouled out – S. Floerchinger. Rebounds – Helena 37, Big Sky 31.

Missoula Hellgate 51, Kalispell Flathead 44

Lexi Duce scored 14 points and Kylie McWilliams added 11 as Missoula Hellgate picked up its first Western AA conference win.

Duce also snared 10 rebounds for the Knights (1-4 in league, 4-8 overall), while Kara Hogan added six points and nine boards.

Hellgate outscored the Bravettes (0-4, 3-9) 20-13 at the line, in a game that featured 50 personal fouls and 62 free throws.

Jenessa Heine scored 13 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Flathead, which trailed just 34-31 after three quarters. Emma Andrews added 11 points for the Bravettes.

Flathead 9 10 12 13 – 44

Hellgate 9 15 10 17 – 51

KALISPELL FLATHEAD – Emma Andrews 4-11 2-4 11, Jenessa Heine 4-11 5-10 13, Tana Fountain 3-11 0-1 6, Lizzie Sherwood 1-1 3-4 5, Tiana Johnson 0-4 2-4 2, Jessica Simmons 1-5 1-1 3, Stephanie Wilson 0-2 0-0 0, Kelsey Noland-Gillespie 1-5 0-2 2. Totals 15-52 13-26 44.

MISSOULA HELLGATE – Lexi Duce 5-11 3-5 14, Kylie McWilliams 3-10 5-6 11, Kara Hogan 1-5 3-4 6, Darby Henthorn 1-4 4-11 7, Claire Hinther 2-4 1-2 5, Ellie Arledge 0-1 3-6 3, Sidney Riddle 2-4 1-2 5, Katie Stahl 0-5 0-0 0. Totals 14-44 20-36 51.

3-point goals – Flathead 1-16 (Andrews 1-4)a make), Hellgate 3-11 (Hogan 1-1, Henthorn 1-3, Duce 1-3). Total fouls – Flathead 28, Hellgate 22. Fouled out – Andrews, Fountain, Arledge, Hogan. Rebounds – Flathead 32 (Heine 12), Hellgate 36 (Duce 10). Steals – Flathead 15 (Andrews 6), Hellgate 12 (4 with 2). Turnovers – Flathead 20, Hellgate 20.

Class A

Anaconda 48, Stevensville 24

At Anaconda, 11 Copperheads reached the scoring column in the Southwestern A win over the Yellowjackets.

Anaconda led 26-13 at halftime.

Tyler Baustadt scored nine points to lead Anaconda (3-3 in league, 6-6 overall).

Kayla Peterson scored a game-high 15 points for Stevensville (1-5, 3-10).

Stevensville 7 6 4 7 – 24

Anaconda 8 18 11 11 – 48

STEVENSVILLE – Katie Malachinski 2, Carly Vercruyssen 3, Carly Sebastian 4, Kayla Peterson 15.

ANACONDA – Shelby McNeil 2, Taylor Flynn 4, Lacee Moodry 2, Kiernan Gallagher 3, Courtney Moodry 8, Molly Huber 2, Randee Jo Johnson 2, Kristy Hayden 3, Khali Knadler 7, Tyler Baustadt 9, Shea Forsberg 6.

Florence 36, Corvallis 27

At Corvallis, Megan Byrne scored 14 of her 15 points in the second half to lead Florence to a comeback nonconference win.

Nikki Schurg added 13 points for the District 6-B Falcons, who improved to 8-5 despite trailing 21-10 at halftime.

Chelsi Clarke scored 10 points to lead the Southwestern A Blue Devils (3-9).

Florence 3 7 14 12 – 36

Corvalis 9 12 2 4 – 27

FLORENCE – Megan Byrne 15, Steph Drozdz 1, Nikki Schurg 13, Megan Kowalski 5, Margaret Finlay 2.

CORVALLIS – Jessica Lewis 2, Corrine Sanderson 6, Chelsi Clarke 10, Kira Doyle 9.

Frenchtown 71, Whitefish 39

At Whitefish, Frenchtown’s Vanessa Stavish and Haley Cyr outscored the Bulldogs on their own with 42 combined points in a Northwestern A win.

Stavish dropped 23 points while Cyr was close behind with 19 as Frenchtown improved to 4-2 in league games, 8-5 overall.

Simone Craft’s 22 points weren’t enough for Whitefish as the next highest two Bulldog scorers came in at just five apiece.

Frenchtown 18 18 18 17 – 71

Whitefish 11 8 10 10 – 39

FRENCHTOWN – Haley Cyr 19, Vanessa Stavish 23, Kayla Blood 6, Allie Moe 3, Keegan Wickman 10, Lacey Hochhalter 8, Laci Willett 2.

WHITEFISH – Allie Schulz 5, Katie Fyall 5, Haley Nicholson 1, Mariah Drown 2, Simone Craft 22, Cevana Lawshe 2, Makenna Benbrook 2.

Columbia Falls 51, Libby 30

At Libby, Columbia Falls improved its undefeated record in Northwestern A play to 5-0 with a win over Libby.

Andrea Getts and Winter Kemppainen led the way for the Wildkats with 11 points apiece and Cydney Finberg added nine more. Columbia Falls is now 12-1 overall.

Libby (2-2 in league, 4-9 overall) had the high scorer on the night. Taylor Quinn rolled out 12 points, though no other girl had more than Shyla Stevenson’s six.

Columbia Falls 14 7 16 14 – 51

Libby 11 7 9 3 – 30

COLUMBIA FALLS – Ciera Finberg 4, Cydney Finberg 9, Ellie Johnson 4, Andrea Getts 11, Winter Kemppainen 11, Miranda Livingston 3, Allyson Gimbel 3, Peyton Kehr 3.

LIBBY – Bailie Rosling 2, Shyla Stevenson 6, Hailley Moe 4, Taylor Quinn 12, Dayln Germany 3, Devon Gallagher 3.

Hamilton 53, Butte Central 36

At Hamilton, Taylor Goligoski scored 16 points, Jaylee Albert added 13 and the No. 3-ranked Broncs made a big first half stand up against their Southwestern A foe.

Goligoski and Albert each scored eight points as Hamilton (6-0 in league, 10-3 overall) built a 28-13 halftime lead. Sami Kratofil had six of her 10 points before intermission as well. Albert hit three 3-pointers.

Sierra Pica scored 15 points for the Maroons, who fell to 3-4 and 5-9.

Butte Central 6 7 10 13 – 36

Hamilton 18 10 8 17 – 53

BUTTE CENTRAL – Sierra Pica 15, Shelby Paffhausen 8, Emily St. John 8, Mollie Peoples 5.

HAMILTON – Taylor Goligoski 16, Jaylee Albert 13, Sami Kratofil 10, Bri Huggans 2, Kali Hayes 2, Ellie Hurlbert 4, McKayl Rothie 6.

Class B

Plains 50, Eureka 29

At Eureka, Kayla Holmes scored 15 points and Kimberly Earhart added 14 to spark the No. 7 Trotters past the Lions in a District 7-B game.

The Trotters (7-0 in league, 11-3 overall) didn’t shake the Lions until the third quarter, when they owned a 17-6 edge to open a 40-25 lead.

Amanda Peterson scored 23 of Eureka’s 29 points. The Lions fell to 1-5, 3-11.

Plains 10 13 17 10 – 50

Eureka 11 8 6 4 – 29

PLAINS – Kimberly Earhart 14, Sami Kinzie 9, Demi Horton 2, Carley Vonheeder 8, Lily Hoenink 2, Kayla Holmes 15.

EUREKA – Whitney Williams 4, Nichole Anderson 2, Amanda Peterson 23.

Thompson Falls 44, Troy 32

At Thompson Falls, Logan Beckman scored 12 of her 14 points in the second half to lift the Bluehawks to the District 7-B win over the Trojans.

Thompson Falls (3-2 in league, 8-5 overall) led 15-9 at halftime and extended that to 34-21 after three quarters.

Kellie Lundin led Troy (0-6, 2-11) with 15 points and Caitlyn Johnston added 12.

Troy 5 4 12 11 – 32

T. Falls 11 4 19 10 – 44

TROY – Kellie Lundin 15, Taylor Brown 5, Caitlyn Johnston 12.

THOMPSON FALLS – Madi Wheeler 2, Shey Hannum 10, Erica Sorlie 9, Madi Fitchett 2, Angela Padden 3, Gilliam Nelson 2, Autrey Hannum 2, Logan Beckman 14.

Bigfork 61, St. Ignatius 21

At Bigfork, Tessa Robertson scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Vals to the nonconference win over the Bulldogs.

Miranda Campbell added seven points and nine rebounds for Bigfork (11-3). Mattison McAnally had 10 points and five steals for Bigfork, which was 20 for 27 at the free-throw line.

Courtney Charlo led St. Ignatius (1-12) with 14 points.

St. Ignatius 3 6 12 0 – 21

Bigfork 14 12 18 17 – 61

ST. IGNATIUS – Kaylie Durglo 3, Emilie Charlo 4, Courtney Charlo 14.

BIGFORK – Marissa Hiza 3, Aluana Weilacher 8, Mattison McAnally 10, Lana Berg 8, Josie Spoklie 7, Kallister Meagher 4, Tessa Robertson 13, Miranda Campbell 7, Abbie Fraley 1.

Corvallis 36, Ronan 32

Late Friday

Corvallis 4 10 7 15 – 36

Ronan 7 15 5 5 – 32

CORVALLIS – Jessica Lewis 2, Corrine Sanderson 9, Chelsi Clarke 4, Jane Booth 10, Kayla Lewis 2, Emmy Warnken 7, Kira Doyle 2.

RONAN – Angela North Piegan 5, Raymi Clairmont 2, Aspen Jore 4, Alaina Madsen 6, Hailey O’Hern 6, Maha Hamel 4, Kendra Starkel 2, Lee Camel 3.

Class C

Drummond 50, Philipsburg 20

At Philipsburg, Frankie Bignell scored 12 of her game-high 18 points in the first quarter to lead the Trojans to the District 13-C win over Granite County rival Philipsburg.

Behind Bignell, Drummond took a 29-10 lead at intermission.

Krissy Paske and Audrie Parke added eight points apiece for Drummond (9-1 in league, 11-2 overall).

Anna Pence and Ciera Wingo scored seven points apiece for the Prospectors (4-7, 5-9).

Drummond 15 14 13 8 – 50

Philipsburg 5 5 0 10 – 20

DRUMMOND – Claire Fickler 2, Alexys Bryant 4, Krissy Paske 8, Audrie Parke 8, Paige Fickler 7, Frankie Bignell 18, Melanie Parke 2, Samantha Henderson 1.

PHILIPSBURG – Maggie Althaus 4, Anna Pence 7, Liz Graham 2, Ciera Wingo 7.

Loyola Sacred Heart 51, Arlee 48

At Arlee, Makaya Resner scored 14 points to lead Class B Loyola Sacred Heart to the nonconference win over Class C Arlee.

Sami Worster added 11 points for Loyola (9-5) and Olivia Round had 10.

Whitney Malatare led Arlee (11-3) with 18 points and Alicia Camel had 13.

Loyola 9 17 10 15 – 51

Arlee 6 15 11 16 – 48

LOYOLA – Olivia Round 10, Darien Schneider 2, Makaya Resner 14, Kelsey Twite 3, Skylar Hollenback 7, Brook Kolar 4, Sami Worster 11.

ARLEE – Whitney Malatare 18, Violet Pablo 4, Morgan Malatare 2, Alexis Shick 5, Alicia Camel 13, Bryndle Goyins 6.

Seeley-Swan 56, Hot Springs 21

At Seeley Lake, four players reached double digits in scoring for the

No. 7 Blackhawks in their nonconference win over the Savage Heat.

Paige Holmes and Mariah Cooper-Nies scored 11 apiece for Seeley, while Shelby Holmes and KeAnna Conley had 10 each.

Seeley-Swan (13-1) led 35-8 at halftime.

Meara Schmiedbauer scored eight points to lead Hot Springs (5-9).

H. Springs 3 5 7 6 – 21

Seeley 19 16 8 13 – 56

HOT SPRINGS – Meara Schmiedbauer 8, Laurel Schmiedbauer 1. Chelsea Ramstad 4, Jewel Huntsman 3, Josey Carr 5.

SEELEY-SWAN – Shelby Holmes 10, Mackenzie Richards 2, Cera Strumpfer 1, Eliana Robinett 3, Paige Holmes 11, KeAnna Conley 10, Mariah Cooper-Nies 11, Alex Bohlman 2, Tessa Grimes 4, Mary Strumpfer 2.

Darby 61, Valley Christian 30

At Darby, Siri Nojd and Lacey Dolcater led a group of four Darby double-digit scorers in the Tigers’ District 13-C victory.

Nojd had a game-high 15 points while Dolcater chipped in 14. Lauren Dolcater added 11 points and Sarai McCollaum scored 10 as the Tigers improved to 9-2 in league, 11-3 overall.

Valley Christian (3-8, 5-9) was led by Sarah Kesler’s nine points.

Va. Christian 4 3 16 7 – 30

Darby 10 18 14 19 – 61

VALLEY CHRISTIAN – Kaileigh Moser 3, Taylor Kelly 4, Kelcie Hill 1, Linnea Hill 6, Brie Lange 3, Darby Dybdal 4, Sarah Kesler 9.

DARBY – Tori Johnston 2, Keeley Ehmann 3, Lily Lang 2, Seanna Abrahamsen 4, Lacey Dolcater 14, Lauren Dolcater 11, Siri Nojd 15, Sarai McCollaum 10.

Lincoln 45, Alberton 34

At Lincoln, the Lynx jumped to an eight-point lead in the first quarter behind 10 points by Abby Erickson and from there they cruised to a District 13-C victory.

Erickson finished with a game-high 19 points. Lincoln boosted its record to 3-7 in league play, 4-10 overall.

Ryan Vicek scored a team-high 16 points for Alberton (0-9, 0-13).

Alberton 7 4 11 12 – 34

Lincoln 15 6 14 10 – 45

ALBERTON – Ryan Vicek 16, Taylor Erdman 7, Monty Baughman 4, Becka Braae 3, Mia Tocci 2, Deveyn Dutt 2.

LINCOLN – Abby Erickson 19, Cailey Denboer 9, JeriLyn Dietz 8, Katie DeLuca 3, Abby Castagne 2, Angela Krier 2, Dani Cyr 2.

Charlo 55, Noxon 12

At Charlo, the Vikings jumped out to a 19-3 halftime lead and cruised to the District 14-C win over the Red Devils.

Shayna Nagy led Charlo (7-2 in league, 12-2 overall) with 14 points and Jordan Ludeman added 13.

Kamber Torti had three points to lead Noxon (0-9, 0-14).

Noxon 2 1 4 5 – 12

Charlo 7 12 13 23 – 55

NOXON – Kristen Webley 1, Kamber Torti 3, Asiah Jensen 2, Zoey Osborne 2, Katie Chandler 2, Megan Beyer 2.

CHARLO – Cheyenne Nagy 5, Mikaylan Roylance 9, Madison Foust 2, Jordan Ludeman 13, Abby Knight 2, MacKenzie Foust 2, Aspen Runkel 4, Skyler Frame 4, Shayna Nagy 14.

​Reach the Missoulian newsroom at @missoulian, at newsdesk@missoulian.com or at (406) 523-5240

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