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BILLINGS - Bryn Hasquet was nearly perfect Friday, and the Missoula Sentinel Spartans stayed alive at the State AA girls' basketball tournament by ousting Missoula Big Sky 48-40.

Hasquet, a senior forward, scored 18 points and her sister McCall Hasquet added 13 as Sentinel, 19-4, advanced to another 9 a.m. loser-out game at MetraPark on Saturday against Helena Capital.

Sentinel's second win in three matchups with Big Sky wasn't assured until the Spartans hit 12 of 16 free throws in the final three minutes and change. The Spartans surrendered a 15-4 second-quarter advantage in a game that featured six lead changes.

Big Sky, the two-time defending AA champ, came in with hopes of another title run but ended up 14-9. The Eagles' final game was exemplary of their season: A rough start, a stretch of excellent ball and a tough finish.

"It was kind of like a rollercoaster," Big Sky senior guard Stephanie Carl of the season. "When we played well together as a team, we were unstoppable."

Billings West, behind Danielle Muri's 18 points, beat Helena 57-43 in Friday's second loser-out game.

Sentinel 48, Big Sky 40

Big Sky came out cold, but after Bryn Hasquet made a three to put Sentinel up by 11 at 6:00 of the second quarter, the Eagles scored the next 12 points.

It took awhile: Their first lead came at 16-15 on two Carl free throws with 7:20 left in the third quarter. At the 4:40 mark they led 25-21 on a put-back by Kelsey LaVaute.

Bryn Hasquet hit another three to start an 8-0 Sentinel spurt, and her two free throws gave the Spartans a 31-27 lead going into the final quarter.

Big Sky rallied again, going ahead 36-35 on two Elle Tinkle free throws with 5:26 left in the game.

It was Katie Focher who got Sentinel the lead for good. She made a steal, and a long possession later, hit a 15-footer to make it 37-36 Spartans with 3:57 left.

Big Sky went cold from there, while Sentinel went to the line. After LaVaute hit a free throw to cut the Spartans' lead to 41-38 with a minute remaining, the Eagles committed turnovers on three straight possessions.

Bryn Hasquet missed one shot from the floor - a third-period 3-pointer. She was 5-for-6 from the field and 5-for-5 at the line.

Big Sky, which won 10 of 11 games after a 3-4 start to the season, shot just 23 percent. Tinkle, a sophomore, had nine points - all on free throws - to go with 10 rebounds.

"We started off rough," said Carl, who had five points. "We couldn't make our shots and couldn't make any free throws. We got it together there in the middle, and then at the end all those turnovers just killed us."

It was the Eagles' fourth loss in five games.

"We didn't want just to get to state," Carl said. "We wanted to get to state and do well. But overall the season was fun. I had fun. My teammates were great, my coach was great. I wouldn't change it."

Big Sky 4 8 15 13 - 40

Sentinel 10 5 16 17 - 48

MISSOULA BIG SKY - Elleson Tinkle 0-4 9-11 9, Sarah Lidstrom 2-8 2-6 7, Katie Showers 3-5 0-0 6, Stephanie Carl 1-7 3-6 5, Kelsey LaVaute 3-5 1-2 7, Megan Chansler 0-2 0-0 0, Tali Hart 0-2 0-0 0, Alexandra Soos 2-7 0-0 6, Danielle Sheridan 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 11-40 15-25 40.

MISSOULA SENTINEL - McCall Hasquet 3-5 7-11 13, Bryn Hasquet 5-6 5-5 18, Amanda Davis 0-2 1-2 1, Kate Patenaude 1-3 6-8 8, D.J. Reinhardt 3-9 0-0 6, Katie Focher 1-1 0-0 2, Kimmy Kavran 0-0 0-0 0, Molly Jones 0-0 0-0 0, Riley Cullip 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 13-26 19-26 48.

3-point goals - Big Sky 3-16 (Soos 2-5, Lidstrom 1-4, Tinkle 0-3, Carl 0-2, Hart 0-2), Sentinel 3-9 (B.Hasquet 3-4, Davis 0-2, Reinhardt 0-2, Patenaude 0-1). Total fouls - Big Sky 23, Sentinel 16. Fouled out - Showers, Tinkle. Rebounds - Big Sky 33 (Tinkle 10), Sentinel 17 (M.Hasquet 6). Assists - Big Sky 5 (Lidstrom 2, Carl 2), Sentinel 6 (Reinhardt 4). Steals - Big Sky 12 (Lidstrom 5), Sentinel 11 (Focher 3, Reinhardt 3). Blocks - Sentinel 1 (Cullip). Turnovers - Big Sky 20, Sentinel 20.

West 57, Helena 43

The Bengals started hot and led 13-7 in the first quarter, but managed just three points in the second.

Muri kept the Golden Bears (10-13) in command with 12 second-half points. The Bengals stayed in range until 4:36 remained in the game, when Brianna Robinson drained a 3-pointer to put West up 45-32.

It was Robinson's only field goal.

Janiel Olson added 11 points and 11 rebounds for West, which will play Butte in another 9 a.m. Saturday elimination game. That will be at Billings Skyview.

Kelsey Williams had 12 points for the Bengals, who ended up 13-10. Monica Grimsrud added 10 for Helena.

West 10 16 11 20 - 57

Helena 14 3 9 17 - 43

BILLINGS WEST - Danielle Muri 7-15 3-4 18, Janiel Olson 4-11 3-8 11, Devan Dennehy 1-6 1-2 3, Kylie Nielsen 1-6 7-8 9, Jessica Sharbono 1-3 1-2 3, Kacie Hutton 1-3 2-2 4, Steph Petersen 0-0 0-0 0, Cassie Langstraat 2-5 0-0 4, Brianna Robinson 1-2 0-0 3, Marta Prosinski 0-2 0-0 0, Laura Prosinski 0-1 0-0 0, Jessica Johnson 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 19-56 17-26 57.

HELENA - Kelsey Williams 3-7 4-6 12, Mariah Shein 2-5 2-4 6, Taylor Kanthack 2-7 0-2 4, Kyndal Williams 2-9 1-4 5, Monica Grimsrud 5-10 0-1 10, Sydne Simanton 0-2 0-0 0, Megahn Upham 0-0 0-1 0, Mykaylee Verworn 0-1 4-6 4, Sydney Carpenter 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 15-44 11-24 43.

3-point goals- West 2-12 (Muri 1-3, Robinson 1-1, Nielsen 0-3, Dennehy 0-1, M. Prosinski 0-1), Helena - 2-12 (Ke.Williams 2-5, Shein 0-3, Ky.Williams 0-3, Carpenter 0-1). Total fouls - West 17, Helena 20. Fould out - Kanthack. Rebounds - West 42 (Olson 11), Helena 38 (Kanthack 7). Assists - West 8 (Muri 3), Helena 10 (Ky.Williams 4). Steals - West 11 (Dennehy 3), Helena 9 (Ky.Williams 4). Turnovers - West 11, Helena 17.

 

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