Dillon drills Libby

Dillon drills Libby

Freeman nets 15 in 72-54 loss to Beavers

BILLINGS - The Libby Loggers packed plenty of baggage for the state Class A girls' basketball tournament, but they forgot to toss a few essentials on the bus.

Their shooting touch, their press breakers and their concentration were nowhere to be found Thursday night as Dillon cruised to a 72-54 opening-round victory at Montana State-Billings. Libby, the Western A champ, missed a half-dozen layups, committed 21 turnovers and made just 12 of 31 free throw s in falling to Dillon, the only team in the field with a losing record.

"This not the game we wanted, this is not the game we expected, this is not the game we thought we could play," said Libby coach Jim May. "We just to have to rally the kids and play better on Friday."

Unranked Dillon (11-12) advanced to Friday's 8 p.m. semifinal against top-ranked Lewistown (19-3), a 55-42 victor over Colstrip. Libby (16-6) meets Eastern A runner-up Colstrip (13-10) in loser-out action at 2 p.m.

n Dillon 72, Libby 54: Dillon rode a pair of spurts en route to the rout.

The Beavers, using fullcourt pressure to disrupt the Loggers, scored 13 straight points at the start of the second quarter and expanded a 15-12 lead to 28-12. Libby missed seven shots, including three from point-blank range, du ring the four-minute drought.

"They got on a roll, got some confidence and we turned the ball over against the kind of pressure we've seen all year," May said. "That's the disappointing thing. (Dillon) had a little more athleticism, sure, but … we just made bad decisions. My gosh, we're trying to dribble through two kids instead of moving the ball."

Dillon's aggressive play drew plenty of fouls, and Libby had plenty of chances to stay in touch. But a 7-of-19 effort at the free-throw line made sure Dillon had a comfortable 34-21 lead at halftime.

Dillon, the Central A's third-place team, came out of the locker room and drilled six straight shots in a 14-4 run to open the second half, including 3-pointers by Lynsey Monaco and Laura Scott.

"Our defensive pressure made the difference," said Dillon coach Kami Kennedy. "We extended it out there, because we didn't want to allow them any easy entry passes."

Libby shot just 27 percent from the field in the first half and 38 percent for the game.

Reserve guard Sammie Freeman found the often frenetic pace to her liking - so much so that the speedy sophomore finished with 15 points, 10 rebounds and five steals. However, she also had seven turnovers.

"This was good experience for her," May said. "She's going to be a good one for us."

Senior center Kate Hawley added 13 points and seven rebounds for Libby.

Scott and Nicole Bradley led Dillon with 15 points apiece, followed by center Lyndsey Lalicker with 13 and Monaco with 12. Monaco, a talented sophomore guard, also had five assists and just one turnover.

"We don't have a dominant star, but we do have a lot of solid players," Kennedy said.

n Lewistown 55, Colstrip 42: Forward Cassie Chapman scored 19 points, hitting 8 of 9 shots, and speared 12 rebounds to lead the Central A runner-up Eagles. Center Lindsey Buehler added 14 points for Lewistown, which shot 46 percent from the field while limiting Colstrip to 29 percent.

Lewistown scored the first 10 points of the second half to open up a 33-15 lead, and was in total control the rest of the way.

Guard Micah Allen led Colstrip with eight points.

Colstrip 11 4 12 15 - 42

Lewistown 9 14 18 14 - 55

COLSTRIP (13-10) - Micah Allen 3-13 0-0 8, Kami Egan 1-4 0-0 3, Dana Zimmerman 3-7 0-0 7, Rae Dawn Lei 1-5 0-0 2, Janell Breyer 2-7 0-4 4, Lindsey Beckman 1-1 0-0 3, Jacqui Coryell 1-6 2-2 4, Molly Hatten 0-1 0 -0 0, Jessica Johnson 2-4 2-2 6, Robyn Finnicum 1-2 0-0 2, Lisa Gange 1-2 3. Totals 16-55 5-10 42.

LEWISTOWN (19-3) - Jamie Slagel 0-1 0-0 0, Jamie Larson 2-4 0-0 5, Kale Johnson 2-7 2-2 6, Lindsey Buehler 4-12 6-10 14, Cassie Chapman 8-9 3-8 19, Margaret Caldwell 0-1 0-0 0, Erika Duffy 1-2 0-0 2, Kristin Ha gen 2-4 2-2 6, Sarah Wilder 0-1 3-6 3

, Erica Daniels 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-41 16-28 55.

3-point goals- Colstrip 5-22 (Allen 2-5, Zimmerman 1-2, Egan 1-4), Lewistown 1-5 (Larson 1-3). Total fouls- Colstrip 20, Lewistown 14. Fouled out- None. Rebounds- Colstrip 35 (Breyer 6), Lewistown 36 (Chapman 12, Johnson 8). Turnovers- Colstrip 18, Lewistown 18.

Dillon 72, Libby 54

Dillon 15 19 23 15 - 72

Libby 12 9 13 20 - 54

DILLON (11-12) - Lynsey Monaco 4-7 3-6 12, Nicole Bradley 3-6 9-11 15, Laura Scott 5-16 2-2 15, Lyndsey Lalicker 4-8 5-6 13, Anna Alberi 1-2 1-2 3, Lindsey Scott 2-5 0-0 4, Katie Blades 0-3 0-0 0, Shana Probst 2-6 0-0 6, Quinn Godecke 0-0 2-2 2, Crystal Marshall 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 21-53 24-31 72.

LIBBY (16-6) - Averiel Wolff 2-6 1-2 5, Jolene Huntsberger 0-2 0-4 0, Crystal Barnes 0-5 1-6 1, Joanna Wolcott 3-5 2-2 8, Kate Hawley 5-12 3-5 13, Sammie Freeman 6-14 3-6 15, Sarah Freeman 3-9 2-4 8, Kim Baker 1-2 0-0 2, Anne Haines 1-1 0-2 2, Satu Orismaa 0-1 0-0 0, Kori Fansler 0 0-0 0, Jesi Hocking 0 0-0 0. Totals 21-57 12-31 54.

3-point goals - Dillon 6-14 (La. Scott 3-9, Probst 2-3, Monaco 1-1), Libby 0-5. Total fouls - Dillon 21, Libby 24. Fouled out - Monaco, Wolcott. Rebounds - Dillon 39 (Monaco 7, Bradley 7, Blades 7), Libby 36 (Sam. Freeman 10, Hawley 7). Turnovers - Dillon 16, Libby 21.

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