DILLON – The MSU-Northern men’s and women’s basketball teams traveled to Dillon on Thursday to face Montana Western in a Frontier Conference doubleheader.
In the women’s game, there looked to be a brief moment where the Skylights might claw their way back from a 17-point deficit. A pair of 3s from Peyton Kehr cut the Western lead to 11 points. She finished as the Skylights’ leading scorer with 14 points. The fourth quarter, though, was all Montana Western. Brianna King and Cierra Lamey led the way offensively. King had a game-high 19 points and Lamey chipped in 17. The third-ranked Bulldogs went on to win by a final of 64-47, bringing their overall record to 15-1. The Skylights fall to 9-10.
In the men’s game, the Lights were looking to avenge a loss on their home court to the Bulldogs on Jan. 4. But Montana Western came out hot, as Tanner Haverfield and Cedric Boone found their stroke from beyond the arc. Boone connected on his first four 3-point attempts en route to a team-high 26 points. After a slow start, the Lights started to find their rhythm. Devin Bray and Mascio McCadney sparked MSU-Northern’s offense, as it ended the half on a run to go up 17 at the break. McCadney dropped 13 points and Bray had nine in the contest. The Lights would hold on, despite Western cutting the lead to single digits multiple times throughout the second half, for an 81-63 win.
Both Montana Western teams host Providence on Saturday. MSU-Northern travels to Lewiston, Idaho for a pair of games against Lewis-Clark State on Saturday.