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Senior Bryn Hasquet missed the first shot of her last game at Sentinel gym Thursday night.

She made the second one, though. And the third. And the fourth.

Hasquet scored 10 of her 13 points in the first half as the Spartans jumped in front early to claim a 53-38 victory over Kalispell Flathead and a spot in the State AA girls' basketball tournament March 11-13 in Billings.

Sophomore DJ Reinhardt led Sentinel with 14 points and six rebounds in the Western AA playoff matchup.

"It feels great to go out with a win," Hasquet said, "and state is such a fun atmosphere. I know we're all looking forward to showing everyone what we've got."

What the Spartans have is a pair of pure shooters in Hasquet and Reinhardt, not to mention a solid defense and quick transition game. The ingredients to an 18-3 record this season, so far.

"I think we're playing well right now. We're finding our stride again," Sentinel coach Karen Deden said.

The Spartans went 5 for 10 from beyond the arc in the first half. Hasquet hit two, as did Reinhardt and junior Kate Patenaude added the other.

"Those five threes came back to haunt us in the end," said first-year Flathead coach Karly Tait. "We didn't get out to their shooters the way we should have."

Sentinel used an 11-0 run spanning the end of the first quarter and the start of the second to take control.

They picked apart the Flathead 2-3 zone defense by driving and dishing, waiting patiently for the Bravettes to make the wrong adjustment. Open jumpers from the elbows and wings opened up.

Patenaude hit a 3-pointer from the wing with 6:35 left in the first half, followed by Hasquet's second trey of the game at the 5:32 mark. Reinhardt capped the run with a 3-pointer from the wing less than 30 seconds later to give the Spartans a 21-6 advantage.

"We were patient and didn't always take that first open look," Deden said.

Sentinel held a 25-12 lead by halftime.

The Spartan defense held Flathead leading scorer Danika Johnson to just three shots in the opening 16 minutes. Two of them came with less than three minutes to play, when the 6-foot-3 junior followed her own miss for her first points of the game.

"They were packed in good on Danika," Tait said. "But our shot selection wasn't the greatest either. I felt we were forcing shots."

Flathead opened the game 5 for 21 and finished with a 27 percent clip from the floor.

Deden's defenders in the post - senior Molly Jones and juniors Amanda Davis, McCall Hasquet and Katie Focher - continued their work in the paint in the second half, where Flathead put together a more rounded 16 minutes.

In the early going of the third quarter the Bravettes trimmed the Sentinel lead to 28-18 after a baseline jumper from Tess Brenneman, who led Flathead with 10 points.

Bryn Hasquet responded by getting a pass from sister McCall for a wide-open look and her third 3-pointer with 4:36 left in the third to silence the threat. The Spartans closed the frame on a 13-7 run to hold a comfortable 16-point lead entering the fourth.

"This was a good way to go out, but I'm excited to move on," Bryn Hasquet said. "We're on a good roll now."

Deden said her two seniors closed their final home game on the best note possible.

"I'm just so proud of them," she said. "They've got big things ahead. This is just a small thing, but I hope we take advantage of it and carry it through."

Flathead 6 6 13 13 - 38

Sentinel 12 13 16 12 - 53

FLATHEAD - Sam Thompson 3-7 0-0 6, Christyne Hanson 0-1 2-2 2, Tess Brenneman 4-13 2-2 10, Taylor Twichel 0-1 0-0 0, Taylor Keltner 1-6 0-0 2, Brittany Earnest 2-8 2-2 6, Danika Johnson 2-9 1-2 5, Ashley O'Dell 0-1 0-0 0, Kwyn Johnson 1-1 0-0 3, Cassie Krueger 1-4 2-2 4. Totals 14-51 9-10 38.

SENTINEL - Bryn Hasquet 4-8 2-2 13, McCall Hasquet 2-3 1-2 5, Kimmy Kavran 0-1 0-0 0, DJ Reinhardt 5-9 2-3 14, Kate Patenaude 2-6 0-0 6, Molly Jones 2-4 0-0 4, Riley Cullip 0-1 0-0 0, Amanda Davis 2-4 2-3 6, Katie Focher 2-3 0-0 4, Amanda Bearmedicine 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 19-40 8-13 53.

3-point goals - Flathead 1-5 (K. Johnson 1-1, Keltner 0-1, Earnest 0-3), Sentinel 7-13 (B. Hasquet 3-5, Reinhardt 2-3, Patenaude 2-5). Rebounds - Flathead 26 (D. Johnson 8), Sentinel 24 (Reinhardt 6). Assists - Flathead 11 (Brenneman 5), Sentinel 13 (M. Hasquet 4). Steals - Flathead 7 (three with 2), Sentinel 10 (Patenaude 5). Turnovers - Flathead 14, Sentinel 14. Total fouls - Flathead 14, Sentinel 12. Fouled out - none.

Helena High 64, Kalispell Glacier 31

At Helena, the Bengals earned Western AA's third seed at state with a one-sided victory over the Wolfpack in a league playoff contest.

Mariah Shein drained seven buckets from the field and closed with a team-leading 15 points for Helena, which will take a 13-8 record to next weekend's state tournament in Billings.

Kyndal Williams scored 12 and Kelsey Williams added 10 for the Bengals, who received nine rebounds from Monica Grimsrud.

Rachel Cutler led Glacier with 11 points. The Wolfpack finished the season 6-15.

Glacier 2 15 7 7 - 31

Helena 18 11 16 19 - 64

GLACIER - Rachel Cutler 3-8 2-2 11, Paige Latimer 3-8 0-3 6, Cami Mathison 0-2 0-0 0, Sydney Sharaf 2-5 0-0 4, Patty Hughes 1-5 2-2 4, Brooke Watkins 1-6 0-2 3, McKell Bennett 0-1 1-4 1, Emily Gilbertson 0-1 0-0 0, Marnie Mann 0-2 2-2 2, Dayna Niebaum 0-0 0-0 0, Nicole Heavirland 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 10-38 7-15 31.

HELENA - Sydne Simanton 4-4 1-4 9, Kelsey Williams 4-5 0-0 10, Mariah Shein 7-15 0-0 15, Sydney Carpenter 0-2 0-0 0, Kyndal Williams 4-12 3-3 12, Taylor Kanthack 2-4 0-0 4, Elizabeth Hartley 0-1 3-4 3, Monica Grimsrud 3-6 1-2 7, Mykaylee Verworn 1-2 0-0 2, Tatum Teegarden 1-2 0-1 2, Meghan Upham 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-53 8-14 64.

3-point goals - Glacier 4-15 (Cutler 3-5), Helena 4-13 (Ke. Williams 2-2). Total fouls - Glacier 13, Helena 16. Fouled out - none. Rebounds - Glacier 22 (Hughes 6), Helena 39 (Grimsrud 9).

 

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