BILLINGS – The Bozeman Hawks know both varsity teams are headed to the Class AA state tournament. Now it’s time to see who will join them.
Bozeman’s boys and girls each won hard-fought games over Billings West Saturday to clinch the No. 1 seeds in each Eastern AA conference race. The boys got a last-second tip-in on the road to beat the Bears 54-52, while the Lady Hawks overcame a 19-5 first-quarter deficit at home, and rallied to beat West’s girls 55-47.
The top two seeds each earn byes directly to the State AA tournaments, which run concurrently in Great Falls from March 9-11. Billings Skyview earned the No. 2 seed on the boys side, while Great Falls CMR is the No. 2 seed on the girls side.
West will be the No. 4 seed on both sides after identical 6-6 conference records. The Bears will host a playoff doubleheader Thursday. The girls kick things off against Great Falls High at 5 p.m., while the boys host Butte afterward at 7 p.m.
The Lady Bison have to travel because Billings Senior’s girls beat Great Falls, 49-43, Saturday in a “winner gets a home game” scenario. The Lady Broncs are one of the hottest teams coming into state, winning six of their past seven games.
Senior is the No. 3 seed, and awaits the winner between No. 7 Butte and No. 6 Skyview. The Falcons host the Bulldogs Tuesday at 6 p.m., with the winner traveling to Senior Friday, also at 6 p.m.
No. 6 CMR will host No. 7 Senior in the boys play-in game, Tuesday at 6 p.m. That winner will travel to Great Falls High Friday at 6 p.m., as well.
Below is the full Eastern AA playoff schedule. Please click here for the Western AA playoff schedule.
No. 7 Butte at No. 6 Billings Skyview – Tuesday, 6 p.m.
No. 5 Great Falls High at No. 4 Billings West – Thursday, 5 p.m.
Butte/Skyview winner at No. 3 Billings Senior – Friday, 6 p.m.
*Bozeman, Great Falls CMR earn byes*
No. 7 Billings Senior at No. 6 Great Falls CMR – Tuesday, 6 p.m.
No. 5 Butte at No. 4 Billings West – Thursday, 7 p.m.
Senior/CMR winner at No. 3 Great Falls High – Friday, 6 p.m.
*Bozeman, Billings Skyview earn byes*