RED LODGE – From worst to first.
The Shepherd Fillies finished last in the 4B regular season, but will head into the Southern B Divisional tournament as the 4B’s top seed after beating Roundup, 32-24, in the District 4B title game Saturday night.
Shepherd led just 12-8 after a very slow-paced first half. They finished 11-30 from the field – nothing flashy, but miles ahead of Roundup’s 9-44 FG shooting performance.
Taylor Buyse was active for the Fillies throughout, scoring a team-high nine points and drawing 10 fouls. Buyse also chipped in five of Shepherd’s six assists.
McKenna Sealey and Faith Nichols each scored 10 for Roundup, but the rest of the team combined for just four points on 2-22 FG shooting.
Joliet’s boys will also be a No. 1 seed at the Southern B after a big second half propelled the J-Hawks to a 47-35 win over Roundup in the first 4B title game of the night in Red Lodge.
Ty Olson scored 16 points, while Wyatt Kramer had a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds for Joliet.
Roundup shot just 15-56 (26.8%) from the field, including 3-25 from the three-point line. The Panthers also only took five free throws, making just two.
Roundup led 15-11 at halftime, but Joliet found their offense after the break, scoring 17 points in the third quarter and 19 in the fourth.
Shepherd will join the J-Hawks and Panthers at divisionals, after the Mustangs beat Huntley Project in the 4B consolation game to clinch the conference’s third bid. Red Lodge won the girls consolation game, 66-44 over Joliet, to also punch a ticket to divisionals.
The Southern B begins Thursday, Mar. 2 at Rimrock Auto Arena in Billings.