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Central takes on Senior boys

Central's Sam Gray (33) goes for a layup as Billings Senior's Max Evenson (10) and Billings Senior's Jacksen Burckley (5)defend during the first quarter of the game at Billings Central Catholic High School on Thursday.

Editor's note: Highlights and top scorers will be updated on the website as results arrive from around the state. 

Boys Basketball

Class AA

• Coeur d’Alene (Idaho) put pressure on Missoula Big Sky early, racing to a 25-10 first-quarter lead and coasting to an 81-61 victory. Kale Edwards, a Montana football signee, fueled the early Vikings surge. Cam LaRance led Big Sky with 22 points.

Kyle Torgerson led with 18 points and Blake Thelen and Keegan Bistodeau added 14 apiece as unbeaten Great Falls (4-0) topped Helena 63-50. Pierce Brown scored 14 and Connor Murgel 11 for the Bengals.

Class A

Chrishon Dixon scored 23 points leading five players into double digits to help Billings Central, the No. 2 team in Class A, over Billings Senior 73-55. Sam Gray added 12 points for the Rams (4-0), who play Billings Skyview, Class AA’s No. 2 team, on Friday. Christian Cotharn led Senior (0-5) with 19 points and Junior Bergen had 17.

Stephen Steinbron scored 23 points and Alex Bakoc added 14 to carry Glendive over Class B Glasgow 54-42. The Red Devils pulled away with a 20-13 fourth quarter. Chevy Boos led the Scotties with 15 points.

Braden Harrington led all scorers with 22 points and Cade Holter contributed 19 to lift No. 3 Butte Central past No. 4 Hamilton 57-50 in a battle of Class A heavyweights. Dylan Sestrich added 11 for the Maroons, who broke away from a 36-all tie after three quarters. Trey Searle's 12 points led Hamilton, which got only eight from high-scoring Tanner Goligoski.

Michael Haverfield's 17 points were the difference as Dillon outlasted Livingston 40-34. Matt Natlex and Morgan Rosberg had 10 apiece for the Rangers. 

Cade Baker scored 21 points and Frenchtown needed every one as the Broncs raced to an 18-point lead after one quarter and then had to rally from four points down entering the fourth quarter for a 52-50 win over Polson. Hank Rugg had 10 for Frenchtown. Colton Graham had 19 points and Micah Askan had 11 for Polson.

Jaden Graham led four players in double figures with 22 points as Lewistown toppled Miles City 72-52 in Eastern A play. Wes Jameson had 16, Gage Clinton 13 and Tanner Trafton 10 for the Golden Eagles. Kaden Stradley was tops for Miles City with 19. Steven Ray had 12 and Haden Warren 11 for the Cowboys.

Class B

• St. Ignatius moved to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in District 6B play with a 70-45 home win over Florence. Five players scored in double figures for the Bulldogs, led by 17 from Wacey McClure. Jacob Hugs added 14 points, Jedi Christy chipped in 13, Flint McPherson tallied 12 and Lucas Vanderburg had 10. The Falcons were led by Parker Hotsinpiller's nine points. "Everybody's just confident," St. Ignatius head coach Stuart Grant said of the undefeated start. "They've always been skilled, but the confidence has taken off and elevated their games."

Ry Olson's 20 points were the difference as Joliet outlasted Columbus 41-32. No other player scored in double figures for the J-Hawks. Ricky Preece had seven points for the Cougars.

Bernardine Fisher poured in 26 points and Even Pretty Weasel added 23 as St. Labre broke the century mark in a 101-46 rout of Broadus. Brian Red Star added 15 points, Tegan Medicine Bull 14 and Ezra Bear Crane 13 for the Braves. Kashus Giacometto scored 12 for Broadus. 

Rhett Reynolds scored 20 points and Damen Irvin added 14 to carry Shelby to a 64-46 win over Cut Bank. Devon Gobert had 13 and Colby Kraft added 11 for the Wolves.

Class C

Gilbert Snow had a big night with 20 points and Ken Black Crow Jr. assisted with 14 points for Hays-Lodgepole in a 74-44 win over North Star. Jeremy Pretty Paint pitched in with 10 points for H-P. Bailey Spicher had 17 for North Star.

Chance Johnson poured in 27 points, Owen Mercado added 18 and Dakota Wood contributed 14 to lead Seeley-Swan past Alberton-Superior 69-49. Carson Callison topped A-S with 16 points. Bryan Mask added 13 and Aaron Waddle 12. Seeley-Swan led by 18 at halftime and coasted from there.

Sam Leep scored 19 points, Caleb Bellach 13 and Josiah Amunrud 10 to lead top-ranked Manhattan Christian (6-0) to a 67-20 win at White Sulphur Springs. Sam Davis led the Hornets with 10.

Tyler Wanken had 18 points to lead Chester-Joplin-Inverness past Turner 54-44. Shane Kimmel had 14 for the Tornadoes.

Cody Smith had 15 points and Stanley Jarvis pitched in with 14 for Sunburst in a 71-27 trouncing of Augusta. Ezra Bolles had 10 for the Elks.

• Charlie Keith's 22 points lifted Winnett-Grass Range over Centerville 62-30.

Tristen Johnston scored 20 points and Connor McNeil helped with 10 in No. 7 Park City's 53-24 victory over Absarokee. Park City's 22-0 run in the second quarter was the difference. Wyatt Hayes had 11 for Absarokee.

Jeremy Handy led with 17 points and Martin Farver added 12 as third-ranked Scobey toppled Westby-Grenora 55-39. Jack Solberg led the Thunder with 12.

• In a game that went to the wire, Zach Brown had 18 points and Terry Allmer 14 as Lustre Christian edged Bainville 45-44. Lustre outscored Bainville 13-7 in the fourth quarter. Bainville was led by A.J. Ullmer's 19 points.

• J’Ree Old Bull of Plenty Coups scored 27 points to lead his team over Broadview-Lavina 70-60.

Daniel Kruer had 18 points and brother Charlie Kruer was right behind with 17 to lift Twin Bridges to a 57-46 win over Drummond. Bryce Nye added 10 for the Falcons. Jonah Parke had 15 points, Luke Holland 13 and Damien Poole 10 for Drummond.

Justin Stulc was on fire with 32 points as Roy-Winifred clipped Hobson-Moore-Judith Gap 52-39.

Noah Ambuehl was the top scorer with 18 points in Great Falls Central's 69-52 success over Cascade. Ryan Bogden had 16 to lead the Badgers.

Kade Cutler had 14 points, Brian Ward 13 and Athlete of the Month for November Jaxon Lee added 11 to lead Philipsburg to a 53-37 win over Harrison-Willow Creek. Luke Cima was the game's top scorer with 16 for Harrison-WC.

• The Murnion family had every field goal and scored all but one point as Jordan rolled past Terry 55-33. Ed Murnion had 15, Keenan Murnion 14, Doug Murnion 13 and Dawson Murnion 12 for the Mustangs. The all-Murnion party was spoiled by Dalton Bliss, who had a single free throw. Kobe Chaska had 11 points to lead the Terriers.

Derick Curry topped all scorers with 21 points and Plains outscored Thompson Falls 23-3 in the fourth quarter for a 50-37 win. Matt McCracken added 12 for the Horsemen. Grant Lundberg led T-Falls with 18.

Baylor Pospisil had 14 points, Colby Zentner 13 and Jake Kallevig 11 as Bridger squeaked past Harlowton 58-55. Topping all scorers was the Engineers' James Lane with 18, followed by teammate Johnny Mysse with 16.

Josh Herron pumped in 18 points, teammate Alex Schriver came through with 14 and Cody Asbeck had 12 to lift eighth-ranked Fairview to a 59-36 win over Richey-Lambert. Seth Prevost's 16 points led the Fusion.

Grady Taylor led the scoring with 21 points and teammates Blaine Hubing and Hayden Lockie each had 15 to power Circle past Brockton 68-42. Rodney Drum led Brockton with 15 and Treydyn Bauer had 12.

Dylan Flatt had 25 points and Kayden Acosta was right behind with 19 as Shields Valley won a shootout with Lone Peak 82-70. Aiden Jenkins and Cole Flatt each had 10 for the Rebels. Kegan Babick and Austin Samuels contributed 10 apiece for Lone Peak.

Jaxon Pedersen led all scorers with 20 points and Tyson Flickinger had 14 for Plentywood in a 60-44 win over Froid-Lake. Bryce Osksa added 13 for the Wildcats. Leading Froid-Lake were Javonne Nesbit with 18 and Cole Miller with 11.

Eli Williams and Gabe Granada led a balanced attack with 11 points as Culbertson cruised to a 62-29 victory over Savage. Nine players scored for Culbertson, which also got 10 points apiece from Bryan Pederson and Tristan Labatte. Sioan McPherson led all scorers with 12 points for the Savages.

Girls Basketball

Class AA

Jamie Pickens was a one-person show in top-ranked two-time defending state champion Helena's 43-27 win over Great Falls with 23 points and 17 rebounds. Abby Marcille helped with nine points for Helena. Erin Watt's eight points were tops for Great Falls. "Jamie is the best player in the state in any class," Bison coach Jerry Schmitz said. "We tried to neutralize her a little bit, but we didn't do an excellent job."

Class A

• Mackenzie Rask was the only scorer in double figures, putting up 18 to lead Miles City to a 38-32 victory over Lewistown. Anna Zimmer and Kayla Nelson each had nine for the Golden Eagles.

Lauren Ryter's 13 points led Hamilton, which held off a fourth-quarter fally for a 46-41 triumph over Butte Central. The Broncs led 34-20 entering the fourth quarter. Emma Keeley had 12 points and Tricia Joyce 10 for the Maroons.

Kodie Vondra was Livingston's only player in double figures with 10 points but the Rangers had enough balance for a 46-32 victory at Dillon. Nine players scored for Livingston. Josey Jones was Dillon's primary offensive threat with 17 points.

Class B

Breanna Rouane scored 10 points and Morgan Kirch added nine as Columbus tripped Joliet 39-18 after rolling to a 12-0 lead after one quarter. Kerstin Sweet led Joliet with 10 points.

Destynee Two Moons had 18 points and Madison Bighorn 17 to power St. Labre to a 58-18 win over Broadus. Kiarah Coulter had 10 for Broadus.

• Florence used a pair of 25-point quarters to earn an 83-54 road win over eighth-ranked St. Ignatius. The Falcons got 17 points apiece from Rilee Mangun and Makenna Liles. Danielle Zahn, who just signed with Montana State-Billings, added 14, and Emma Stensrud and Joey Janetski chipped in 11 points apiece. St. Ignatius got 16 points from Azia Umphrey, 14 from Karolyna Buck and 13 from Addison Arlint.

Rachel VanBlarieson scored 19 points and Ashley Pankratz had 15 as Jefferson escaped with a 54-53 overtime win over Three Forks despite 32 points by the Wolves' Kyle Olson. Jefferson took the overtime 2-1 after Olson hit a game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer in regulation.

Macee Barry led with 15 points, Jaycee Feydenlund added 11 and Jada Rides at the Door finished with 10 to carry Cut Bank past Shelby 65-53 despite 30 points from the Wolves' Skyler Martin.  

Chloe Belton poured in 24 points and Macy Dionne added 16 to lift Poplar over Frazer 59-34. Kaylandra St. Marks had 10 for the Cubs. 

Class C

Joelnell Molmberg led four players in double figures with 20 points as second-ranked Box Elder trounced Geraldine-Highwood 83-29. Angela Gopher was next with 15 points, Lilly Gopher added 11 and Sarah Perisian contributed 10 for the defending state champion Bears. Eight players scored for Geraldine-Highwood, led by Azzia Rowland's seven points.

Kelsey Heidema had a game-high 17 points and Manhattan Christian bolted to a 26-2 lead after one quarter en route to a 59-13 win over White Sulphur Springs. Rylie Thompson added 11 points for the Eagles, who got scoring from nine players. Cabry Taylor had six for White Sulphur Springs.

Olivia Isakson poured in 20 points and Bradi Hill chipped in with 15 to lift Augusta past Sunburst 70-47. The Refiners were led by 17 points from Jeena Alborano and 13 from Mackinzie Wilson.

Sylvie Stewart was tops with 14 points and Sephra Covers Up and CeCilia Stewart contributed 12 each to lead Plenty Coups to a 61-13 victory over Broadview-Lavina. Nobody scored more than three points for the Pirates.

Shayla Borlaug's 18 points led all scorers as North Star cruised past Hays-Lodgepole 59-31. Paij Peterson added 13 points for North Star. 

Mackenzie Dethman had 15 points and Dasani Nesbit added nine as Froid-Lake outlasted Plentywood 42-39 in a battle of two of the top eastern Montana squads. Brenna Osksa had 12 points and Mikayla Stevens 10 for the Wildcats.

ShaAnn Danelson scored 15 points and Kortney Nelson contributed 13 to lift Scobey past Westby-Grenora 38-31. Jenna Rust led the Thunder with 15.

Sarah Goff led all scorers with 17 points to power Philipsburg over Harrison-Willow Creek 49-19. Aleena Bacon's eight points led Harrison-WC.

Sami Connerton had 13 points and Brianna Bergum 12 for Hobson-Moore-Judith Gap in a 44-34 victory over Roy-Winifred. Dyauni Boyce topped Roy-Winifred with 13.

Jessie Maruska kept up her high-scoring ways with 26 points to guide Power to a 51-28 win over Dutton-Brady. Grace Weber had 15 for Dutton-Brady.

Jessica Adkins scored 14 points to lead Bridger in a 41-21 victory over Harlowton. Sister Emily Adkins added nine.

• After being held to 23 points through three quarters, Thompson Falls exploded for a 24-point fourth quarter to pull off a come-from-behind 47-41 win over Plains. Thompson Falls' Jody Detlaff scored 11 of her game-high 19 points in the fourth quarter, and teammate Megan Baxter scored six of her 14 in the frame. Plains was led by 11 points from Kylee Altmiller.

• Seeley-Swan outscored Alberton-Superior by seven points in the fourth quarter to erase a one-point deficit and earn a 53-47 win at home. Terra Bertsch paced Seeley-Swan with 13 points, and Ashley Miller added eight. Madison Mask scored 21 points to lead Alberton-Superior.

Sydney Browning tossed in 18 points and Brynn Jolma added 11 to carry Winnett-Grass Range past Centerville 50-21. The Miners received nine points from Hailey Christian.

Lauren Wilkens scored 18 points and Hattie Fauque had 14 as Great Falls Central started fast and held on for a 62-50 win over Cascade. Georgia Mortag topped the Badgers with 17 points, and Caybree Ludvigson and Kendra Anderson both had 11.

Allie Romo led with 16 points, Bonny Krogedal added 15 and Aubrey Picard contributed 13 as Bainville coasted past Lustre Christian 52-22. Amber Reddig had 12 for Lustre.

Mallorey Sheppard's 12 points were tops for Park City in a 35-32 win over Absarokee. Blakely Verke also had 12 for Absarokee.

Riley Hilmo's 15 points helped Drummond slip past Twin Bridges 39-35. Ashleigh Guinnane's 16 points topped the Falcons.

Molly Engle led with 17 points to lift Shields Valley over Lone Peak 33-26. Jay Cole led Lone Peak with 12. 

Kolby Pimperton scored 24 points and Shelby Paulson chipped in with 21 to lead No. 1 Belt to a 69-39 over traditional Class B power Fairfield. The Huskies used a 26-10 second quarter to pull away. Kenna Pitcher was Fairfield's top scorer with 21. 

Haley Olson had 18 points in Richey-Lambert's 46-34 win over Fairview. Jadyn Gackle had 15 for the Warriors.

Soda Rice's 23 points led four players in double figures as Savage raced to a 30-5 lead after one quarter and trounced Culbertson 67-38. Tyler Lien had 18 points, Haylie Conradsen 12 and Kiana Miller 11 for the Savages. Faith Bowland had 12 and Kelsie Williams had 10 for Culbertson.

20-Point Club

32: Justin Stulc, Roy-Winifred

30: Skyler Martin, Shelby

28: Oliva Isakson, Augusta

27: Chance Johnston, Seeley-Swan

27: J’Ree Old Bull, Plenty Coups 

26: Jessie Maruska, Power

26: Bernadine Fisher, St. Labre

25: Dylan Flatt, Shields Valley

24: Keandra Martell, Poplar 

24: Kolby Pimperton, Belt

24: Chloe Belton, Poplar

24: Nathan Morse, West Yellowstone

23: Stephen Steinbron, Glendive

23: Chrishon Dixon, Billings Central

23: Jamie Pickens, Helena

23: Soda Rice, Savage

23: Even Pretty Weasel, St. Labre

22: Braden Harrington, Butte Central

22: Charlie Keith, Winnett-Grass Range 

22: Jaden Graham, Lewistown

22: Maverick McKinlay, Geraldine-Highwood

21: Cade Baker, Frenchtown

21: Derick Curry, Plains

21: Grady Taylor, Circle

21: Frankie Starz, Lone Peak

21: Madison Mask, Alberton-Superior

21: Shelby Paulson, Belt

21: Kenna Pitcher, Fairfield

20: Joelnell Molmberg, Box Elder

20: Gilbert Snow, Hays-Lodgepole

20: Tristen Johnston, Park City

20: Ry Olson, Joliet

20: Jaxson Pedersen, Plentywood

20: Rhett Reynolds, Shelby

20: Trent McMaster, Jefferson

20: Cameron Hickson, Broadview-Lavina


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