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BELGRADE - Two-time defending champion Fairfield and top-ranked Malta advanced to the championship game after winning semifinal contests Friday night at the State B girls' basketball tournament.

Fairfield defeated Choteau 50-43 and Malta moved on with a 41-36 defeat of Manhattan Christian. The Eagles (23-2) and M-Ettes face off at 8 p.m. for the championship.

In loser-out action, Loyola Sacred Heart (23-2) kept its season alive with a 57-46 win over Three Forks and Columbus edged Bigfork 61-60.

Saturday's loser-out games begin at 9:30 a.m. when Columbus (17-8) meets Manhattan Christian (20-6) before the Breakers take on Choteau (20-5) at 11 a.m. Winners of those games will play in the consolation final at 6:30 p.m.

Fairfield 50, Choteau 43

Molly Klinker was the star as the Eagles secured their spot in the title tilt.

Klinker was 6-for-8 from the floor and made 9 of 12 free throws to finish with 21 points. She also contribute a game-high eight rebounds as Fairfield won the battle of the boards 30-21.

Though the Eagles attempted just 24 field goals, they made up for by getting to the foul line 38 times and converted 27. Choteau was just 5-for-21 from the charity stripe.

Ashley Vadolah and Alisha Breen scored 10 apiece for the Bulldogs.

Semifinal

Choteau 8 15 8 12 - 43

Fairfield 14 13 11 12 - 50

CHOTEAU - Mariah Renteria 3-6 1-2 7, Ashley Vadolah 2-6 4-5 10, Samantha Mellinger 1-8 2-2 5, Alisha Breen 2-11 6-9 10, Marissa McCormick 3-8 0-0 6, Chelsie Woith 0-0 0-0 0, CJ Spinder 1-3 0-0 3, Trisha Christense 0-3 2-3 2. Totals 12-45 5-21 43.

FAIRFIELD - Molly Klinker 6-8 9-12 21, Courtney Kinna 1-6 6-6 8, Brianne Poor 0-1 0-0 0, Katie Louma 1-2 3-5 5, Skylar Steinbach 1-2 5-6 7, Lexi Bremer 0-0 0-0 0, Jordyn Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Destiny Palmer 1-2 4-9 7, Brianne Kirkhorn 0-1 0-0 0, Paige Oveson 0-0 0-0 0, Sydnie Manuel McInerney 1-2 0-0 2, Sydnie Steinbach 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 11-24 27-38 50.

3-point goals - Choteau 4-16 (Vadolah 2-5), Fairfield 1-4 (Palmer 1-2). Total fouls - Choteau 25, Fairfield 16. Fouled out - Renteria, Breen. Rebounds - Choteau 21 (Vadolah 5, Christense 5), Fairfield 30 (Klinker 8). Turnovers - Choteau 11, Fairfield 20.

Malta 41, Manhattan Christian 36

The M-Ettes crept one win away from a perfect season behind Bobbi Knudsen and Krischelle Zwiers.

Knudsen scored 12 points and Zwiers added 11, while they tied each other for the team lead in rebounds with six apiece.

Malta, which was outrebounded 29-23, sprinted to an 11-4 lead at the end of the first quarter before the Eagles clawed back withing 15-13 at halftime.

Lauren Potts led Manhattan Christian with 15 points.

Semifinal

Malta 11 4 14 12 - 41

MCHS 4 9 12 11 - 36

MALTA - Courtney Henry 0-1 0-0 0, Jessica Cole 2-7 2-2 8, Bobbi Knudsen 3-9 5-7 12, Kori Kindle 2-6 0-0 5, Jennifer Weaver 2-5 1-2 5, Krischelle Zwiers 5-13 1-1 11. Totals 14-43 9-12 41.

MANHATTAN CHRISTIAN - Miranda Koenes 0-3 2-2 2, Chelsea VanDyk 3-7 0-0 6, Amber Visser 0-4 0-1 0, Breanna Heidema 0-0 2-2 2, Lauren Potts 6-10 3-11 15, Hanna VanDyk 5-12 0-0 11. Totals 14-36 7-16 36.

3-point goals - Malta 4-12 (Cole 2-6), Manhattan Christian 1-4 (H. VanDyk 1-2). Total fouls - Malta 17, Manhattan Christian 14. Fouled out - none. Rebounds - Malta 23 (Zwiers 6, Knudsen 6), Manhattan Christian 29 (C. VanDyk 8). Turnovers - Malta 16, Manhattan Christian 21.

Loyola Sacred Heart 57, Three Forks 46

The Breakers pulled away in the second half and posted the loser-out victory.

Alex Anderson paced a trio of Loyola scorers to reach double figures with 19 points. Jordan Pfau had 12 and Ashley Medeiros scored 10. Medeiros and Emma Priddy each pulled down eight rebounds.

The Breakers led by one at halftime before outscoring Three Forks 30-20 in the second half.

Shayla Mack scored a team-leading 16 points for the Wolves, who saw their season end at 16-9.

Loser out

Loyola 14 13 14 16 - 57

Three Forks 13 13 9 11 - 46

LOYOLA - Jordan Pfau 4-13 4-5 12, Alex Anderson 6-12 7-9 19, Kiernan Haggarty 4-8 1-2 9, Taylor Galiher 0-2 0-0 0, Emma Priddy 1-2 3-4 5, Alex Lamey 0-3 2-2 2, Ashley Medeiros 4-9 2-4 10. Totals 19-49 19-28 57.

THREE FORKS - Haylee Folkvord 2-5 0-0 4, Shayla Mack 4-7 6-11 16, Allie Sauvageau 3-13 0-1 8, Jordan Hamilton 1-2 2-2 4, Ashley Malmquist 1-6 10-13 13, Cierra Myers 0-3 0-0 0, Dani Diefenderfer 0-0 1-3 1. Totals 11-36 19-30 46.

3-point goals - Loyola 0-8, Three Forks 5-17 (Mack 2-4, Sauvageau 2-7). Total fouls - Loyola 23, Three Forks 23. Fouled out - Medeiros. Rebounds - Loyola 38 (Priddy 8, Medeiros 8), Three Forks 30 (Malmquist 10). Turnovers - Loyola 14, Three Forks 17.

Columbus 61, Bigfork 60

The Cougars rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit to pull off the loser-out victory.

Bailey Wilson sank four 3-pointers en route to a game-best 24 points for Columbus. Mikaela Osborne supplied the Cougars with 12 points and eight rebounds.

Bigfork led 20-12 after eight minutes and took a 46-36 advantage into the third quarter before Columbus exploded for 25 points in the final period.

Quinci Paine's 22 points and nine boards led the Vals, who finished up 19-6.

Loser out

Bigfork 20 18 8 14 - 60

Columbus 12 15 9 25 - 61

BIGFORK - Mallery Knoll 5-13 1-7 11, Kristen Woll 0-1 0-0 0, McKinzie Shults 1-4 0-2 2, Quinci Paine 8-12 6-7 22, Lila Cenis 0-1 0-0 0, Melissa VanDerveer 2-2 1-3 5, Caitlin Charlebois 3-9 6-10 15, Kailey Fierro 2-8 1-4 5. Totals 21-50 15-33 60.

COLUMBUS - Lindsey Stewart 1-2 0-2 2, Kelsey Stewart 1-3 2-2 4, Kali France 2-4 0-0 4, Tessa Rouane 2-9 2-4 7, Mikaela Osborne 3-12 5-6 12, Samantha Church 2-9 2-2 6, Bailey Wilson 7-18 6-7 24, Ashtyn Aumueller 0-1 0-0 0, Stephanie Rouane 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 19-59 17-23 61.

3-point goals - Bigfork 3-9 (Charlebois 3-5), Columbus 6-23 (Wilson 4-13). Total fouls - Bigfork 19, Columbus 25. Fouled out - none. Rebounds - Bigfork 38 (Paine 9), Columbus 37 (Osborne 8). Turnovers - Bigfork 26, Columbus 21.

 

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