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BILLINGS - It "Klicked" for Great Falls Russell on Friday.

The Rustlers rode 13 big points for Katy Klick into the State AA girls' basketball championship, with a last-minute, 51-46 victory over Helena Capital at MetraPark.

CMR takes a 20-3 record into Saturday's 6:30 p.m. title game against Bozeman, which downed Butte 57-43 in the other semifinal behind Kellie Cole' 25 points.

The Hawks, 20-2, are going for their third title in five seasons.

Bozeman and CMR split their two regular-season meetings, each winning on the road.

CMR 51, Capital 46

Klick, who hit a 3-pointer to spur the Rustlers back from a 38-34 deficit with 4:44 left in the game, added a driving layup to put CMR up for good, 41-40, with 2:35 remaining.

She added two free throws with 1:59 left to make it 43-40, and the Rustlers barely held on.

Megan Rickman, who had 20 points and nine boards for Capital, scored and was fouled with 13.8 seconds left but missed the tying free throw, leaving the score 47-46.

Alex Lowry and Diondra Denton each hit two free throws in the final 10 seconds to cap the scoring.

Sammi Bignell added 14 points for the Bruins.

Capital, 14-8, falls into a 9 a.m. loser-out game against Missoula Sentinel on Saturday at MetraPark.

Russell 12 10 7 22 - 51

Capital 10 10 12 14 - 46

GREAT FALLS RUSSELL - Haley Vining 2-5 4-4 9, Jordan Bagley 2-6 2-5 6, Katy Klick 3-10 6-6 13, Alison Sullivan 3-8 1-2 7, Kate Striepe 1-7 1-6 3, Sarah Leo 0-0 0-0 0, Jessie Hardin 0-0 0-2 0, Alex Lowry 0-2 2-2 2, Diondra Denton 1-3 2-2 5, Sara Wier 2-3 2-2 6. Totals 14-44 10-31 51.

HELENA CAPITAL - Sammi Bignell 3-9 7-10 14, Caity Pilgram 0-3 1-2 1, Jordan Jonston 0-7 2-5 2, Kaci Matthies 2-3 1-1 5, Maggie Rickaman 5-7 10-13 20, Kelsey Robertson 0-1 0-0 0, Emily Burke 1-1 0-0 2, Smith Wells 1-2 0-3 2. Totals 12-33 21-34 46.

3-point goals - CMR 3-10 (Vining 1-4, Denton 1-3, Klick 1-2, Lowry 0-1), Capital 1-12 (Bignell 1-6, Johnston 0-3, Pilgeram 0-2, Matthies 0-1). Total fouls - CMR 27, Capital 22. Fouled out - Sullivan, Striepe, Wells, Rickman. Rebounds - CMR 31 (Bagley 6, Sullivan 6), Capital 31 (Rickman 9). Assists - CMR 6 (Denton 2), Capital 7 (Johnston 2, Matthies 2). Steals - CMR 14 (Vining 7), Capital 5 (Bignell 3). Blocks - CMR 2 (Rickman 2). Turnovers - CMR 7, Capital 20.

Bozeman 57, Butte 43

Cole, a senior guard, had 22 points by halftime. She converted a three-point play, hit two 3-pointers and scored 11 points as Bozeman ran out to a 15-4 lead four minutes into the game.

Butte got as close as 26-19 on a drive from Keli Dennehy at 1:43 of the second quarter.

Cole answered with a 3-pointer to close the first half. She opened the second half with another.

Bozeman's biggest lead was 52-30, on two free throws from Shanae Gilham midway through the fourth period.

Lexie Nelson scored 13 points for Butte (18-5). The Bulldogs have a 9 a.m. loser-out game against Billings West. That game will be at Billings Skyview.

Butte 11 8 8 16 - 43

Bozeman 20 9 12 16 - 57

BUTTE - Lexie Nelson 4-12 5-5 13, Alex Thatcher 1-1 1-3 3, Calley Bosch 0-1 0-2 0, Micaul McClafferty 2-2 1-4 5, Kabri Emerson 1-3 6-6 8, Maria Robinson 1-1 1-2 3, Keli Dennehy 2-2 0-0 4, Shannon Dwyer 0-1 0-0 0, Natalee Faupel 1-2 0-0 2, Hattie Thatcher 0-0 0-0 0, Kelsey McConnaha 2-2 1-1 5, Taylor Edden 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 14-28 15-23 43.

BOZEMAN - Jenna Banks 1-3 2-3 5, Lindsay Manning 1-5 0-0 2, Taylor Parker 3-5 0-0 6, Alexa Dawkins 3-5 1-2 7, Kellie Cole 10-16 1-1 25, Shanae Gilham 2-5 3-4 7, Mikaela McLeod 1-4 0-0 3, Rosie Nickerson 0-0 0-0 0, Kylie Gagnon 0-1 1-2 1, Abby Rustan 0-0 0-0 0, Amy Davis 0-0 1-2 1, Trae Roderick 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 21-44 9-14 57.

3-point goals - Butte 0-2 (Nelson 0-2), Bozeman 6-14 (Cole 4-6, McLeod 1-3, Banks 1-1, Gilham 0-2, Manning 0-1, Dawkins 0-1). Total fouls - Butte 16, Bozeman 18. Rebounds - Butte 25 (A. Thatcher 4, Emerson 4), Bozeman 20 (Gilham 3). Assists - Butte 4 (4 with 1), Bozeman 10 (Manning 3, Cole 3). Steals - Butte 8 (Dwyer 2, Dennehy 2), Bozeman 12 (Manning 2, Parker 2). Turnovers - Butte 15, Bozeman 13.

 

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