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Class AA

• Junior Rollie Worster, a Montana Griz commit, scored 22 points to lead Missoula Hellgate to a 63-55 win over Billings West. Worster had 14 of the Knights' 28 first-half points. “It was good, not great,” Worster said. “We’ve got a lot of room to improve. But great first showing.” Bridger Deden had 11 points and Dylan Holst 10 for Hellgate. Cade Tyson led West with 19 points, 15 coming in the second half. “Hellgate’s supposed to be one of the better teams in the state, and I think that we showed we’re right there with anybody," West coach Kelly Darragh said. "We shot about as poorly as we can possibly shoot. I like our chances going forward.” 

• Missoula Sentinel opened the season with a 46-40 win over Billings Skyview. Alex Germer led the Spartans with 14 points and Hayden Kolb added 12 more. Julius Mims led Skyview with 11 points.

Ryan Lonergan scored 22 points and Ryan Simpson had 15 as Bozeman used an 18-0 run in the second half to race past Helena 70-50 in the season opener for both teams.

Class A

• Eight Billings Central players connected on 17 3-pointers, and the Rams topped Havre 94-53. Seth Sasich hit six 3-pointers for 18 points, and Niki Krause also had 18 for the Rams. Cade Herriford made four 3-pointers for 17 points for the Rams, who scored 55 second-half points after leading 39-31 at the half. Kellen Detrick scored 18 to lead Havre.

Lee Walburn scored 24 points, Dustin Conklin 13 and Dillon Botner 12 as Whitefish held off a deluge of points by Tanner Goligoski to down Hamilton 71-65 in overtime. Goligoski poured in 37 points for the Broncs, who rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit. Camron Rothie added 11 points for Hamilton. 

• Frenchtown held off a late rally from Ronan at the Western A Tip-Off to win 57-52. Zack Baker scored 17 points and Cade Baker added 12 more to lead the Broncs. Anthony Camel scored 18 points to lead Ronan. 

• Polson defeated Stevensville 67-56 at the Western A Tip-Off as Colton Graham scored 17 points and Kordell Walker and Trevor Schultz each added 12. The Pirates held Stevensville scoreless in the fourth quarter. Stevensville led 56-46 at the of the third quarter. Colby Meeds led Stevensville in scoring with 21. 

Famous Lefthand had 22 points, Trae Hugs 18 and Andrew House tossed in 16 as defending state champion Hardin overpowered Livingston 91-45. Brendon Johnson had 14 points and John Woodell 12 for the Rangers. 

Gaje Leischner led four players in double figures with 12 points as Laurel trounced Belgrade 63-36. Colter Bates and Kamden Hill scored 11 apiece and Gus Crowl added 10. Laurel led 17-2 after one quarter. 

Class B

• Missoula Loyola started off its season with a win by stopping Shepherd in the Shelby Tip-Off Tourney 64-40. Jack Lincoln and Cooper Waters each scored 12 points to lead the Rams and Jacob Hollenback added 10 points. 

• Dyllon McDermid scored 17 points and Deer Lodge defeated Whitehall 42-29. Ben Anderson added 12 points for the Wardens. Clay Wolfe led Whitehall with 14 points.

• Kevin Henry had 14 points and Tanner Smith 13 to lead Malta to a 58-46 win over Cut Bank. The Mustangs scored 20 points in the first quarter and led 36-20 at the half. Devin Gobert had 15 points and Hayden Harrell 10 for Cut Bank. 

Anders Epperly scored 20 points and Logan Gilliard and Clayton Reichenbach added 15 apiece as Bigfork coasted to a 71-41 win over Shelby. Tanner Parsons led the Coyotes with 20 points.

Colter Peterson's 15 points led Baker to a 49-33 win over Glasgow.

Ry Olson scored 17 points as Joliet topped Forsyth 35-31. Michael Lira scored 13 points for the Dogies. 

Jadon Pierce, Gavin Duncan and Cache Douma all had 12 points and Kyle Hotvedt chipped in 11 as Manhattan held off Ennis 54-43 despite 22 points from the Mustangs' Trevor Swanson.

Corby Mann had 15 points and Kaden Myrstol added 11 as Red Lodge defeated Park City 58-25. 

Class C

 Belt tipped Florence 56-37 in the Shelby Tip-Off Tourney. Parker Hotsinpiller scored 14 points for Florence.

• Melstone held Townsend to single digits in the first half and went on to a 63-29 win. Brody Grebe scored 15 points, Nathan Zard had 13 and Carson Hein added 12 for the Broncs, who led 28-6 at the half. Tyson Racht scored 10 to lead Townsend.

• Belt put three players in double figures on its way to a 56-37 win over Florence. Brendan Wing led the way for the Huskies with 16 points, and Aiden McDaniel added 15 and Kaimen Evans 13. Parker Hotsinpiller led Florence with 14.

Jesse Lee finished with 26 points and Beau Simonson added 15 to help Saco-Whitewater-Hinsdale defeat Shields Valley 66-35. Lee had 16 of his points in the first half. Aiden Jenkins led Shields Valley with 11.

• Montana State recruit Caleb Bellach scored 22 points to lead Class C Manhattan Christian to a 68-42 victory over Class B Columbus. Sam Leep added 17 for the Eagles. Ricky Preece’s 13 points paced Columbus.

• Darby made quick work of Lincoln 75-33 as Nelson Smith scored 27 points and Dylan Parks added 18. Darby jumped to a 47-25 lead by halftime. Nathan Brown led Lincoln with 15.

Martin Farver scored 14 points and Jeremy Handy added 10 as Scobey outlasted Fairview 51-33. Cody Asbeck scored 10 for Fairview.

Bill Triplett celebrated his return to the Montana prep coaching ranks by directing Savage past visiting Wibaux 64-38. Triplett, who led Reed Point-Rapeljie to two state titles in the early 2000s before leaving to coach at Minot State University, received 18 points from Kiana Miller and 17 from Soda Rice. Haylie Conradsen (12) and Tyler Lien (12) also scored in double figures for the victors. Savage led 14-5 after one quarter and 29-18 by halftime. Triplett now has 409 coaching wins at Montana high schools.

• Owen Mercado scored 18 points to lead Seeley-Swan past Drummond 66-49. Four Seeley-Swan players scored in double figures as Chance Johnson added 17 and Dakota Wood and Cordell Turner each added 14. Jonah Parke led all in scoring with 20 points for Drummond.  

Rod Schaff had a game-high 25 and Cameron Hickson chipped in 17 to lead Broadview-Lavina to a 68-31 win over Custer-Hysham. Aidan Payne added 14 for the Pirates. For Custer-Hysham, Preston Long had 12 points and Caden Rhoads added 11.

Eli Williams had 14 points and Tristan Labatte and Noah Nickoloff added 13 each as Culbertson cruised past Bainville 54-34. 

Max Lane had 12 points, Hayden Diekhans added 11 and Damon Bird and Logan Giles each contributed 10 as Fort Benton downed Hobson-Moore-Judith Gap 55-31. Matthew Eike and Jacob McAllister each had 10 for Tri-Cities.

Rylan Weltz's 20 points topped Noxon in a 53-34 win over St. Regis. Logan Wood added 13 for Noxon.

Landers Smith scored 17 points and Connor Koenig added 14 to lead Charlo to a 49-46 win Victor.

Sam Davis was top scorer with 15 points and Alex Novark added 12 to lift White Sulphur Springs to a 62-19 rout of Fromberg. 

Cobe Begger and Chance Larson scored 20 points apiece -- all but three of the team's points -- to power Wibaux to a 43-35 win over Savage.

Isaac Bell's 16 points led Chinook to a 63-40 win over Sunburst. 

Caleb Hess topped Winnett-Grass Range with 15 points in a 61-41 win over Bridger. Jake Kallevig had 12 for Bridger. 

Girls Basketball

Class AA

 Maddie Albrecht scored a game-high 19 points as Billings West opened its season with a road win over Missoula Hellgate 72-43. The Golden Bears jumped ahead 20-13 after the first quarter, and kept the points coming. "We moved the ball around really well," West coach Charlie Johnson said. "I thought Maddie Albrecht did a really nice job of attacking the basket." Shayla Montague and TyLee Manuel chipped in with 14 points apiece for the Bears. Kylie Lunday led Hellgate with 12 points. Addy Heaphy added 11.

• Missoula Sentinel started hot with a 25-2 first quarter and went on to defeat Billings Skyview 63-26. Lexi Deden scored 19 points to lead the Spartans and Kodi Fraser added 18. Brooke Berry led Skyview with nine. 

• Billings Senior rode double digit scoring nights from Brianne McCauley (16 points), Brenna Linse (15) and Ellie Ostermiller (13) to a 68-38 win over host Missoula Big Sky. "I liked our effort, but we need to improve our execution on every single thing from our out of bounds plays to sideline outs to our half court offense. In terms of our effort I thought it was fantastic," Senior coach Zach Robbins said. "We crashed the boards hard, but we've got lots of room for improvement. It is a young team." Corbyn Sandau scored 11 for Big Sky.

• Senior Jamie Pickens, a Montana Griz signee and Montana Gatorade Player of the Year in 2017-2018, was just shy of a triple-double, dropping 22 points with eight blocks and nine rebounds in leading Helena to a 48-35 win over Bozeman. "Jamie is just a phenomenal player," Hawks coach Erika Gustavsen said. Ayla Embry led Bozeman with 10 points.

Jenna Johnson had 19 points and Taylor Henley 12 to lift Kalispell Flathead to a 53-40 win over Great Falls in both teams' season opener. Jorgie Hawthorne scored 14 points for Great Falls. 

• Kali Gulick scored 11 points, and Aubrie Rademacher and Ellie Keller added 10 each as Kalispell Glacier shook off a slow start to down Great Falls CMR 48-29. Marley Calliham had 11 for CMR.

Class A

Kyndall Keller scored a game-high 29 points as reigning state champion Havre opened its season with a 63-59 triumph in overtime against visiting Billings Central. Keller shot 13 of 15 from the foul, and had the Blue Ponies' lone bucket in OT. Teammate Kylie Walker made 3 of 4 free throws in overtime as Havre outscored the Rams 6-2. Olivia Moten-Schell led Central with 22 points overall. Melissa Hanser contributed 14 for the Rams. The game was tied at 43-all after three quarters and 59-all at the end of regulation.

 Gracie Smyley scored 14 points to lead Whitefish to a 34-31 win over Hamilton in the Western A Tip-Off in Missoula. Foreign exchange student Mariola Tesoro scored 11 points for Hamilton.

Tamika Guardipee scored 21 points and Browning raced past Corvallis 53-30 at the Western A Tip-Off. Browning led 28-14 at halftime and used a 17-point third quarter to pad the lead. Calla Halderson led Corvallis with 11 points. 

• Frenchtown held off Ronan 38-28 at the Western A Tip-Off. Lauren Demmons scored 11 points and Hailey Arthur added 10 to lead the Broncs. Jaylea Lunceford scored 13 points to pace Ronan offensively. 

Angel Richards and Kennedy Praast each scored 15 points to lead Stevensville past Polson at the Western A Tip-Off on Friday. Stevensville outscored Polson 24-4 in the second quarter to break open the game. Alex Pierre led Polson with 10 points. 

Maria Five had 15 points and Ivery Fritzer 14 to power defending state runnerup Hardin past Livingston 62-27. Ten players scored for the Bulldogs. 

Class B

• Whitehall rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Deer Lodge 40-31 behind Brynna Wolfe and Jada Clarkson, who both finished with 12 points. Asha Noyes added 11 points for Whitehall, which trailed Deer Lodge 23-20 after three quarters.

Kyle Olson topped all scorers with 18 points as defending state champion Three Forks rolled to a 56-33 win over Twin Bridges, the Class C runnerup from a year ago. Ashleigh Guinnane had 15 for the Falcons.

Class C

• Morgan Cooper scored 16 points and Kolby Pimperton added 15 to help Belt top Florence 51-29 in the Shelby Tip-Off. The Huskies outscored Florence 17-3 in the third quarter to extend their 26-18 halftime lead. Rilee Morgan led Florence with 10 points.

Kia Wasson scored 13 points and Kaitlyn McColly added 11 as Saco-Whitewater-Hinsdale slipped past Shields Valley 39-34 in a Class C matchup. Molly Engle scored 11 points and Aspen Sanderson chipped in with 10 for Shields Valley.

Kourtney Hanson scored 28 points and Rachel Gunderson added 20 to lead Chinook past Sunburst 62-15. Chinook led 44-11 by halftime.

Bryn Fawcett, Brenna Osksa, Mikayla Stevens and Liv Wangerin scored 11 points apiece as Plentywood defeated Circle 55-25. The well-balanced Wildcats led 13-4 after one quarter and 32-11 by intermission. Circle's Ryann Moline also tallied 11 points.

• A big fourth quarter powered Scobey to a 50-41 win over Fairview. Kortney Nelson and Gracee Lekvold had 15 points each for Scobey, which trailed 35-30 after three quarters. ShaAnn Danelson scored nine of her 14 points in the fourth quarter when Scobey outscored Fairview 20-6. Hanna Skov led Fairview with 14 points.

Brooklyn Ragland scored 23 points to lead Custer-Hysham to a 66-8 win over Broadview-Lavina. Lorisah Moreland had 15 points and McKenzie Morrison 13 for Custer-Hysham.

Amanda Cline's 16 points topped Big Sandy in a 42-27 win over Dutton-Brady, which got 19 points from Grace Weber

Liev Smith scored 13 points to help Charlo to a 54-10 rout of Victor.

Aspen Giese poured in 28 points and teammate Maci Molinario added 16 to lift Fort Benton to a 71-58 win over Hobson-Moore-Judith Gap, which got 17 points from Brianna Bergum and 16 from Chloe Derks.

20-Point Club

37: Tanner Goligoski, Hamilton

29: Kyndall Keller, Havre

28: Kourtney Hanson, Chinook

28: Caden Smerker, Simms

28: Aspen Giese, Fort Benton

27: Nelson Smith, Darby

26: Jesse Lee, Saco-Whitewater-Hinsdale

25: Draya Wacker, Melstone

25: Rod Schaff, Broadview-Lavina

24: Lee Walburn, Whitefish

23: Brooklyn Ragland, Custer-Hysham

22: Tanner Trafton, Lewistown

22: Caleb Bellach, Manhattan Christian

22: Olivia Moten-Schell, Billings Central

22: Rollie Worster, Missoula Hellgate

22: Trevor Swanson, Ennis

22: Tanner Parsons, Shelby

22: Famous Lefthand, Hardin

22: Ryan Lonergan, Bozeman

21: Tamika Guardipee, Browning

21: Colby Meeds, Stevensville

21: Parker Donaldson, Denton-Geyser-Stanford

21: Tyson Flickinger, Plentywood

21: Kyle Torgerson Great Falls

21: Hayden Massar, North Star

20: Grady Taylor, Circle

20: Rachel Gunderson, Chinook

20: Jonah Parke, Drummond

20: Anders Epperly, Bigfork

20: Rylan Weltz, Noxon

20: Chance Larson, Wibaux

20: Cobe Begger, Wibaux

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