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State Class B girls Three Forks v. Colstrip

The Three Forks girls basketball team celebrates at the buzzer after beating Colstrip for the state Class B girls basketball championship Saturday night in Missoula. 

Class B girls basketball

2017-18 top three: 1)Three Forks, 2) Colstrip, 3) Townsend

2018-19 storyline

Last year, Three Forks cruised through an undefeated season before toppling Colstrip 57-48 to capture the Class B crown. The Wolves finished off their season with an unblemished record, something they won't likely duplicate given the competitive dynamics of Class B and the Wolves only have one returning player Kyle Olson from last year's star-studded lineup. The Three Forks lineup featured arguably the best guard tandem in the state with Olson and Shainy Mack, who has since graduated. The Wolves will be challenged in their District this year by Townsend, a team that finished third last season. The Bulldogs are now guided by former Three Forks basketball coach Norm Darlinton, who is best friends with Wolves basketball coach Mike Sauvageau. They will face each other for the first time this season on opposite ends of the bench. The Bulldogs lost a few key components to graduation in post player Lainee Hill and shooter Abby Leachman. This year, Bulldogs senior player Tavia Rooney will anchor the lineup. Peyton Vogl, a 6-1 junior forward, Molly Woodward, a senior guard, and Denika Dolen, another guard, should all receive significant playing time. Other teams that should challenge for a wide-open Class B title will be Colstrip, Bigfork, and Malta, which last season ended a 10-year run of being at state.

One Big Number

1,777: Last year, the Three Forks team generated a total of 1,777 points during their 28-game win streak. This year, the Wolves hope to duplicate that level of point-production with a revamped roster.

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